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.


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.


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.


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!


Upkeep/Maintenance for LVT Floors vs. Hardwood Floors

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Now that you have your hardwood or LVT floors installed, it’s time to focus on the upkeep and maintenance of your floors. Taking care of your floors is important, and ensures that your flooring can be the heart of the home for many years to come. Since hardwood floors are a natural source and are known to last longer than luxury vinyl tile, they requires more upkeep over the years. LVT on the other hand, is popular because it’s cheaper and not as high maintenance as hardwood.

Everyday Care

The day-to-day care for hardwood flooring includes vacuuming and sweeping regularly with a broom. Avoid using a vacuum with a power rotary brush head on the floors, as it can be too rough. It’s also a smart idea to move the furniture in the room occasionally, to help the hardwood age at an even pace. Try to prevent extreme daylight from shining on the hardwood for long periods of time, as this can cause uneven fading and aging.

LVT is more durable than hardwood, and it’s also waterproof. The durability and low maintanence of this type of flooring results in little daily upkeep. The basic everyday care for luxury vinyl tile includes sweeping with a soft-bristle broom to clean loose dust or dirt, as well as mopping with clean water and gentle cleaner. Unlike hardwood, you don’t have to worry as much about direct sunlight fading or aging LVT floors. If there is a stain on your LVT floors, use 1 part bleach and 10 parts water to spot-treat.


There are various ways to prevent speeding the process of aging, scratches, dents and other damage to your hardwood or LVT floors. For both types of flooring, it’s best to avoid wearing heeled or spiked shoes while walking on the floors. Avoid dragging heavy furniture on the floors, instead pick up the furniture to prevent scratches and dents. If there are any spills, you should not let them sit for long periods of time and instead clean them up immediately. Although it is possible to clean LVT floors with a damp mop, you should avoid using a damp or wet mop to clean your hardwood floors to prevent any liquid damage.

Refinishing Options for Hardwood

Although LVT floors are low maintenance and require little to no upkeep overtime, choosing hardwood floors allows for future refinishing options. These refinishing options can take your flooring from tired and worn out to looking better than when they were first installed! Refinishing hardwood can also extend the longevity of hardwood floors and help you get the most out of your investment. There are three types of refinishing services: sanding, screening, and staining.

  • Sanding: Sanding is when the floors are completely sanded down to the raw wood to start fresh with the refinishing process.
  • Screening: Screening is the process of lightly sanding or “screening” the top layers of the floor. Then, covering it with a polyurethane top-coat.
  • Staining: This process requires sanding the floors, then staining them the color or finish of your choice, then topping them with a coat of polyurethane.

Want to learn more about the similarities and differences between hardwood and LVT floors? Download our Hardwood vs. LVT guide and check out our previous blog comparing the installation process for hardwood and LVT floors.


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 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 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 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!

Which Flooring Width is Right for Your Wood Floor?

So you’ve decided on hardwood flooring and even picked out which species of flooring you’re using – think you’re done making flooring decisions? Nope! Now it’s time to decide on the width for your flooring planks. wood-begin

Traditionally, wood flooring came in narrow strips with widths of less than 3-1/2”, but times have changed and there are more options than ever before. The traditional narrow boards can make a smaller room feel more spacious, but larger rooms and homes are now the norm.

Open floor plans and larger homes have made wider flooring (with long lengths for balance) much more popular because it helps to balance the space out. With wider widths, there are also fewer seams, creating a beautiful streamlined look.

Using varying widths throughout a room can add a modern element to the design, whereas using one width throughout the room achieves a nice clean look.

At the end of the day, the correct flooring width is the one that you feel compliments your space and design style best. Do you have more questions about flooring widths? Stop into any of our locations today and talk to one of our sales representatives!

Hardwood Flooring Species

Hardwood floors are one of the most popular flooring choices there is.Bolivia-765_Plank_LG Hardwoods look great, and adds value and visual appeal to a home. Each type of hardwood species has specific characteristics. Here are some of the most popular hardwood flooring species for your home:

  • Oak is one of the most popular hardwood flooring options in the United States. Oak comes in red or white varieties, and there is a wide array of colors within the varieties of oak. It is a durable hardwood, making it resistant to scratches and dents.
  • Ash is very light-colored, ranging from white to tan. Ash is very strong and durable, meaning with proper care it will last for years. It also tends to be less expensive than other hardwood flooring options.
  • American Chery has a light to medium reddish brown color. It is easy to maintain and looks great once finished, but it is one of the softest hardwood options there is.
  • Brazilian Cherry has a medium reddish wood color. Brazilian cherry is an extremely hard material, making it durable and good for high traffic areas.
  • Walnut flooring’s color can range from dark brown to black, depending on the wood’s origin. Walnut is strong and durable, but it is an expensive option.
  • Maple flooring is lighter in color with subtle grain detailing. Maple is a very sturdy and durable choice.

Which hardwood flooring species did you pick for your home? Let us know in the comments!

Engineered Hardwood vs Solid Wood

Installing hardwood flooring adds appeal and increases the resale value of your home. Bolivia-765_Plank_LGYou can choose between solid wood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring. Both options give you beautiful floors, but there are differences between the flooring types including construction and humidity resistance.

Solid wood is made from a single piece of hardwood, usually about ¾” thick.

Engineered hardwood is made from three to five layers bonded together under extreme heat and pressure. Generally, the lower layers are made of plywood and only the top layer is hardwood.

Humidity Resistance
Solid wood will expand and contract, warping the floors, depending on a home’s humidity levels. To prevent this, humidity levels in a home with solid wood flooring should be kept between 35% and 55%.

Engineered hardwood is more resistant to moisture than solid wood; however, a moisture barrier needs to be installed between the subfloor and the hardwood to protect it.

Install Location
Solid wood shouldn’t be installed in below grade—below ground level—areas due to moisture issues.

Engineered hardwood can be installed in below grade areas of the home such as the basement, as long as precautions against moisture problems are taken.

If you are interest in installing hardwood flooring in your home, but still aren’t sure whether you should go with engineered hardwood or solid wood, stop into one of our five locations today to learn more!