What is Luxury Vinyl Tile?

When you think of vinyl flooring, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?  For many, vinyl tile brings to mind peel and stick flooring in grandma’s kitchen or brightly colored school hallways. These days, though, there’s a new vinyl in town.

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Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) has taken the flooring industry by storm. Available in styles that mimic hardwoods or ceramic tiles for a fraction of the price and with the resilience of traditional vinyl, LVT is ideal for use in any room in the house – Particularly those that face heavy traffic or are prone to moisture like bathrooms or basements.

Because it’s vinyl, LVT offers the same comfort, warmth, easy maintenance and sound-dampening of traditional vinyl sheets. However, it separates itself with the sheer number of options in which it is available – And because it’s sold in tiles rather than sheets, the combinations and limits to creativity are virtually endless. As a result, many homeowners are making LVT their flooring of choice for home remodels.

At Rusmur Floors, we offer a wide selection of Luxury Vinyl Tiles from manufacturers like Armstrong, IVC and Konecto. Visit a showroom today to browse our selection and learn more about how LVT can make an impact in your home.

Flooring Projects for the DIYer

Want to give your home a refresh? Or maybe you’re looking to give your home’s value a bump before you sell? Whatever your motivation, updating your flooring is a great place to start – And there are a number of flooring projects that you can take on yourself.

Here are some of our favorite, DIY flooring projects:

1. Apply Paint: Give rooms a fresh, fun vibe by painting floors with an interesting pattern, try a checkerboard or chevron, in complementary colors – For best results, use a paint designed just for floors like this one from Benjamin Moore.

2. Lay Cork: Cork flooring is part of the latest trend in green flooring. This resilient flooring option adds warmth to the room and cushion underfoot. Cork flooring is also easier to install than traditional hardwood with engineered panels that snap together without the use of glue or nails.
3. Upgrade to LVT: Replace existing sheet vinyl flooring with luxury vinyl tile (LVT). The moisture-resistance of vinyl makes this flooring option ideal for basements, kitchens and bathrooms while providing the high end look of traditional hardwood, ceramic or stone flooring with a budget-friendly price tag.
4. Epoxy-Coat the Garage: Feel like you’re driving into a showroom anytime you pull into your garage with an epoxy-coated floor. Epoxy resists oil stains and chips and can be wiped clean like a kitchen counter. With anti-slip additives that you give the grip you need in snow and rain, epoxy’s custom color options can also help hide flaws and imperfections. The best part? This project can easily be done in a weekend! .
5. Install a Stair Runner: Add color and texture to your interior staircase by installing a carpeted runner. This tutorial from This Old House shows you how it’s done.

Whether you want to freshen up a room or add value to your home, the floors are a great place to start – What’s your go-to flooring project when your home needs a pick me up? Let us know in the comments!

How To: Organizing Your Home for the New Year

Now that the New Year is in full swing, it’s time to tackle those resolutions – Including the one you made swearing you were going to finally get your home organized!

Here are our top 5 tips for getting, and staying, organized in 2014:

1.      Tackle the junk drawer: Buy one, or several, compartmentalized organizers (like these from Ikea) to keep your junk drawer tidy. Toss items you don’t need and organize the rest neatly.

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2.      Clean up closets: Rather than deal with a jumble of wire, plastic and wooden hangers choose one type and brand of hanger and stick with it. Now is also a good time to go through your clothing, shoes and other accessories and start a donation pile with those items you no longer use or wear.

3.      De-clutter the coffee table: Toss old magazines and neatly arrange any you choose to keep. Keep remotes and other small accessories in sight with a small basket on an end table or the lower shelf of the coffee table.

4.      File photos: Rather than tossing photos in a closet or drawer, create a photo file using acid-free boxes from kolo.com. These boxes feature a slot on the front where you can attach a photo or label so you can easily tell what each one contains.

5.      Straighten up the bathroom: Make the medicine cabinet easy to navigate by grouping like-medicines together – Allergy, pain relief, vitamins, etc. Organize first aid items in a single drawer or purchase a pre-packaged first aid kit so everything is within easy reach when you need it.

This year, make a resolution to keep your home organized – These simple tips are a great place to start! What are some of your favorite tricks for keeping your home neat and clutter-free?

Buying Flooring: Laminate

Our Buying Flooring Series is designed to help you make an informed decision when purchasing flooring. To learn more about the types of flooring we offer and how we can help you choose the perfect flooring for your home, visit our website www.rusmurfloors.com.

LaminateLaminate flooring is a stylish, budget-friendly flooring option that can stand up to scratches and dents. It’s available in a variety of finishes, including hardwood, ceramic and stone, providing a high end look without the high end price tag.

Laminate flooring is constructed of four layers – A protective wear layer, a decorative layer that contains the floor’s pattern, a rigid core and a bottom balancing layer that keeps the material from warping. The combination of these layers creates a tough flooring option that can stand up to scratches, fading, stains and moisture making it ideal for high-traffic and low-lying areas. The protective wear layer on top also makes laminate flooring easy to clean.

What should you consider when shopping for laminate flooring?

Thickness
The thickness of the rigid core layer in laminate flooring will help you determine the overall durability of the various flooring options – The thicker the core, the more durable the laminate. There are four common thicknesses for laminate flooring:

  • 6 millimeter (least durable)
  • 8 millimeter
  • 10 millimeter
  • 12 millimeter (most durable)

Installation
There are two types of installation for laminate floors – With glue and without glue. Floors installed with glue are ideal for areas where spills may occur more often, like bathrooms and kitchens, because the glue acts as seal between the flooring pieces. If you choose to have your laminate floors installed using glue, you should be prepared to allow for drying time before you can walk or place furniture in the room.

Laminate floors installed without glue tend to be more popular among consumers. This is because they can install the flooring themselves and they do not have to allow for drying time. Glueless, or floating, laminate floors are installed with an underlayer that’s typically made of cork, rubber or foam that acts as a sound barrier.

Maintenance
While laminate flooring does require less maintenance than traditional hardwood or tile flooring, it’s still important to keep up with some maintenance. For instance, do not let water pool on the floor and collect between planks. Doing so could cause the edges of the floor to swell.

Laminate floors also require a different method for cleaning compared to their traditional counterparts. To clean laminate flooring, you’ll need to do a combination of dry-mopping, vacuuming and wet-mopping with a laminate-specific floor cleaner. Caring properly for your laminate floors will go a long way towards how well they hold up.

With its exceptional durability and budget-friendly price point, laminate flooring is an ideal choice for just about any room in your home. At Rusmur Floors, we offer an array of laminate options – Visit one of our showrooms today to learn more about laminate flooring or to choose a style that’s right for you!

2014 Flooring Trends: How Can You Use Them?

Considering updating the floors in your home in 2014? Check out some of the trends we’re seeing for the New Year and how you can incorporate them into your home!

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Flooring Type:
Luxury Vinyl Tile
: This type of tile, known as LVT, mimics the look of hardwood, ceramic, natural stone or slate flooring for a fraction of the cost.
Where to Use it:This top-quality resilient flooring’s unique ability to mimic high-end products and moisture resistance make it ideal for any room in the house – Including bathrooms and basements.

Flooring Type: 
Carpeting
While carpeting is still the most popular flooring material available, it accounts for more than 60% of retail flooring sales, new colors, patterns and textures make it a must-have for 2014.
Where to Use it: The variety of carpeting styles and materials available make it ideal for any room in the house – Bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms can all get a facelift with a unique carpet color or pattern when combined with updated paint or furnishings.

Flooring Type: 
Green Flooring:
This type of flooring encompasses a number of options including cork flooring and engineered or reclaimed hardwoods.
Where to Use it: Similar to carpeting, green flooring materials can be used just about anywhere in the home – As long as it’s dry. If your family has issues with asthma or allergies, cork flooring’s potential antibacterial properties can keep dirt, dust and allergens at bay, making it perfect for living rooms or family rooms.

If you’re shopping for new flooring for 2014, be on the lookout for patterns, colors or other one-of-a-kind touches that can give your home an elegant, unique new look. Visit one of our five showrooms today to shop the latest trends and styles from your favorite manufacturers!