Installing Hardwood Floors vs. Installing LVT Floors

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After you have spent time researching types of floors and looking through our samples, it’s time to install the floors into your home. Rusmur Floors has a team of experts who will install your hardwood and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) floors. Before the installation process begins however, there are a few things to consider. Some aspects of the installation process for hardwood and LVT are similar, and some are very different. Below are three categories of price, timeline, and  preparation where we compare the two kinds of flooring in regards to installation.

Price

Hardwood floors in general are more expensive than LVT floors, and that also applies to installation. The price of hardwood installation comes in at about twice as much as luxury vinyl tile installation. This isn’t necessarily because of the way they install it, but because of the source of hardwood versus the source of LVT. Hardwood is a natural source and LVT is not, so therefore hardwood is more expensive to buy, install, and upkeep than vinyl tile.

Timeline

From selecting the floors up until the installation process, both hardwood and LVT floors take 2 to 3 weeks to complete. Once the floors are selected and delivered, they need to be left alone for an estimated 48 hours to acclimate to the environment. Installing the hardwood floors takes about 1 to 3 days and then up to 2 weeks prior to sanding for hardwood floors. This timeline includes the time it takes to prepare for installation as well as cleanup after installation.

Preparation

Remove any furniture, decor, and valuables from the walls of the rooms you will be having the floors installed in before your scheduled appointment. As mentioned before, make sure the floors have arrived at your home at least two days prior to starting the installation process, to be properly acclimated to the environment. Once your floors arrive, make sure they do not have any damages or defects. For both luxury vinyl tile and hardwood flooring, make sure you read the warranty, installation instructions, and manufacturer’s instructions prior to when the installation team arrives. It is also good to prepare for the post-installation clean up. Prior to installation, have a plan in place to clean any leftover dust, dirt, or extra materials that can pile up during this process.

Want to learn more about the similarities and differences between hardwood and LVT floors? Check out our Hardwood vs. LVT guide and stay tuned for our next blog that discusses in-depth the upkeep and maintenance for both types of flooring!

 

2018 Marble Flooring Trends

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The Marble Trend

You may be aware of the marble trend hitting department stores and home decor aisles, but did you know marble flooring has been around for hundreds of years? It has been an elegant and timeless flooring choice since the middle ages. Although marble may not be your go-to option for everyday flooring (versus carpet, hardwood, or LVT), it is a great choice for people who prefer more luxurious stone flooring.

Marble Flooring Positives

Marble may not be the right option for everyone, but it has its benefits. Starting with the obvious, marble is made out of natural stone, just like our hardwood floors are made from natural wood. Marble is also extremely durable, and can last a lifetime without much upkeep or maintenance. Marble is an investment, more so than other floor types, which in turn can increase the value of your home for resale down the line. It also pairs well with many different color schemes, and even a number of different design styles. There are a variety of options to choose from depending on your personal interior style.

How To Incorporate Marble In Your Home

If you do want to make the investment in marble floors, here are a few interior design styles you can incorporate them into:

Minimalist Style

The best way to imitate the marble trend for people who favor minimalist design is to stick with a neutral color scheme so it looks like the marble veins and colors. Shades of white, tan and greys will look the most natural with this theme and tie the overall look together, creating a crisp, fresh and clean space for all to enjoy.

Modern Style

Modern style tends to border on the edge of eclecticism with an assortment of shapes, colors,  and sharp lines. One way to incorporate marble flooring into this modern style is to use a geometric marble tile pattern. Another way to add some geometrical elements to the marble floor is to use marble tiles with different shapes. Unlike minimalist style, modernism is all about pops of color and showing your bold style through design elements, so adding bright colored decor accents would also pair nicely with marble flooring.

European Style

It’s no secret that European style is for those who favor luxury decor. If you like leather sectionals, fur rugs, and gold accents, a European-themed room is perfect for you. Glossy and pure white marble tiles work best with the European look. Consider pairing the marble with antique decor pieces.

There are many ways to incorporate marble in your home if you don’t want to invest in marble flooring quite yet. For example, you can buy marble counters, backsplash, and decor and pair it with more traditional floors, like quality hardwood flooring.

What do you think about the ongoing marble trend? If you’re not ready to commit to marble floors but are still looking for new floors for your home, check out our online catalog, stop by any of our locations, or call us today at 1-800-278-768.

How to Style White Flooring

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It’s no secret that the color white has been an ongoing interior design trend, and the trend only seems to grow. If you’re in the market for new floors, and are looking specifically for white floors, our Rusmur Floors team can help narrow down the options. Picking the color or shade for your floors is half the battle, now it’s time to pick which type of white flooring you’d like for your home, as well as how to style it. Continue reading for advice on how to design your rooms around each kind of white flooring, whether you choose carpet, hardwood or tile.

White Carpet/White Area Rugs

White carpet is the perfect choice if you’re searching for a fresh look while focusing on comfort. Another bonus? With bright white carpet, you have endless options for styling the rest of the room! If you’d like to keep your color scheme neutral, stick to shades of beige, olive green, and dark brown for your furniture and decor to pair with the white carpet. You can also pair the white carpet with bold colors of bright orange, yellow, or pink if you would rather display a stand-out design. If you don’t want to commit to an all white carpet in the entire room, a white area rug is a great option to cover less square footage, yet still be on-trend.

White Hardwood

White hardwood, or white wood flooring, is a more contemporary way of participating in the white flooring trend. This type of flooring would be especially great for kitchens and dining rooms. To create a more elegant look to your interior, install accent marble countertops or decor to compliment the white wood. White plank wood floors can also be styled as a rustic cozy room, by adding faux fur rugs, grey decor, and other wood features.

White Tile

White tile flooring is best for bathrooms to give the illusion of more space. Glossy white tile combined with all white countertops will make the most out of the square footage you have in your bathrooms, whether it’s a powder room or an en suite! Gold or copper accents would pair perfectly with white tile in this room.

If you want to discuss more white flooring options, or check out what we have available at our stores, visit us at any of our locations!

Green Flooring Options

If you’re trying to be more eco-friendly around your home, consider starting with the flooring! Here are some green flooring options that you should take a look at:

  • Bamboo – Bamboo plants are renewable, making bamboo flooring a sustainable option. However, some varieties of bamboo are better suited for flooring than others, so be sure to do your research and look for certified eco-friendly brands.
  • Rubber –Rubber floors are a great natural option, depending on where the rubber comes from. Stay away from synthetic rubber if you are going green, but natural rubber–produced from the sap of rubber trees–and recycled rubber–made from old tires and other recycled materials–are good choices. However, there are some caveats to using rubber floors that you should consider:
    • Some people may be allergic to natural rubber floors;
    • There is a slight smell associated with rubber floors; and
    • Recycled rubber shouldn’t be used in rooms where it could be subjected to grease, fat, oil or detergent spills.
  • Linoleum – Made out of solidified linseed oil, which is a natural substance, linoleum is non-toxic, asthma- and allergy-friendly, and durable, making it an ideal choice in high traffic areas of the home.
  • Cork – Cork flooring usually is made of material left over from bottle stopper manufacturing. Cork is a great green option because it comes from a renewable source and it has anti-bacterial properties. Cork flooring is also comfortable to stand on, offers soundproofing qualities and retains heat.
  • Wool carpet – The natural fibers of wool make it an eco-friendly choice, but pay careful attention to the backing and binding used on a wool carpet.
  • Concrete – In most homes, concrete already exists as the subfloor, so to get concrete floors, you only need to remove the current flooring. This means no new flooring material needs to be created, making concrete more environmentally friendly than many other flooring options.
  • Wood – Look for wood that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council to ensure it was harvested sustainably, and be sure to stay away from wood that contains formaldehyde.
  • Reclaimed flooring – Reclaimed flooring is a great green option because it utilizes a source that already exists, meaning there is little to no environmental impact in the creation of the floors.

Other things to consider when choosing green flooring include: the installation process, and the adhesives and finishes used on the flooring. These factors can quickly take a green product from eco-friendly to not so earth-conscious. Do your research and talk to experts to make an informed decision on your purchase.

Vinyl Planks vs. Sheet Vinyl

Vinyl flooring comes in two different types – Planks/tiles or sheet vinyl. Which type is correct for you and your home? Here are the pros and cons of each to help you decide:

Vinyl/Tile Planks

  • Come in a wider variety of designs that can mimic stone, ceramic, hardwood and more.
  • Can be configured in any pattern or design you desire.
  • More durable due to their construction methods.
  • Faster and easier installation.
  • Initial costs are generally higher than sheet vinyl.

Sheet Vinyl

  • Fewer design choices, but vastly improved from the sheet vinyl of the old days.
  • Best used for places that require fewer floor seams for safety reasons.
  • Not as easy to repair as tiles/planks. You either need to replace the whole floor or cut out and replace damaged section, giving the floor seams that could compromise its moisture resistance.
  • Has a tendency to curl if not properly installed (because it is stored in rolls), potentially leading to safety risks and appearance problems.
  • More expensive and time-consuming installation.
  • Cheaper than vinyl planks, but it is necessary to take in to account the cost for installation and potentially, repairs.

If you need more help deciding which option is the better choice for you, stop into any of our locations today!

Bedroom Flooring Options

Your bedroom is supposed to be your sanctuary in your home,Bedroom so picking the right flooring to make the perfect room is essential. Here are some of the most popular options for bedroom flooring:

Carpet

Carpet adds warmth and texture to a bedroom, and can be the ideal choice in colder climates to avoid the dreaded “bare feet on cold floors” feeling. Carpet can also provide noise reduction, allowing you to get a better night’s sleep. However, if you have asthma or allergies, carpets attract dust and can be hard to clean which can impact your air quality. It’s also important to note that carpet has a shorter lifespan than other flooring options.

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring in your bedroom can add value, beauty and warmth to your space. Though hardwoods don’t keep your feet as warm as carpet, adding an area rug can solve this problem. However, hardwoods don’t provide the sound reduction and insulation that carpet can. Depending on your design style, hardwoods provide a natural elegance that other flooring choices can’t.

Cork

Cork flooring is growing in popularity as a flooring option. For those who prefer to go “green,” cork is an environmentally friendly option. Cork offers warmth and give which makes walking or standing on it more pleasant than harder flooring materials. It also offers some of the same sound reduction and insulation qualities as carpeting does. Cork flooring is relatively easy to care for – only requiring sealing periodically. However, since cork is a softer material, those with pets should be cautious, as their claws can damage the flooring.

 

There are many other bedroom flooring options to choose from depending on your design style and what qualities you’re looking for in flooring. Stop into one of our locations today to find out which flooring is right for you!