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!

Vinyl vs Laminate Flooring

Vinyl and laminate flooring are two of the most popular flooring materials today because of their durability and low cost. However, they do have differences – so which one is right for you? Let’s take a look:

Vinyl has come a long way since the sheet vinyl days. Now it comes in tiles and planks that can mimic the look of hardwood, ceramic tile and much more.

Laminate flooring can also mimic the look of hardwoods, stone and a variety of other materials.

Moisture Resistance
Vinyl is one of the most water-resistant flooring materials available, so it’s the ideal choice for rooms such as bathrooms where water may stand on the floor.

On the other hand, laminate is less water-resistant so it is recommended to be used in parts of the house that shouldn’t expect to see much water spillage.

Vinyl flooring is thinner than laminate so it can be harder on the feet. It can also be on the cooler side if installed directly on the subfloor. Vinyl can feel more plastic-like than other flooring options, though that depends on the quality of vinyl you purchase.

Laminate is thicker in construction, so it offers more comfort and warmth. Laminate can also feel more “real” than vinyl, especially when mimicking hardwoods, since it is made partially out of wood byproducts.

Both options are similar in cost, ranging from cheap to moderately pricey, depending on the kind of vinyl or laminate you choose.


To see what vinyl or laminate looks and feels like, and to learn more about which is right for you, stop into any of our locations today!

Maintaining Your Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is a great choice for your home – it’s affordable, durable, and available in a multitude Maintaining Your Vinyl Flooringof patterns and colors. To keep your floors in great shape, follow these tips:

  • Sweep or vacuum your floors at least once a week to remove debris and dirt. If you’re using a vacuum, don’t use the beater bar attachment because it can damage the floors.
  • Clean up spills immediately with a clean white cloth, as vinyl flooring can be vulnerable to moisture.
  • Detergent, mop and shine, and soap products should be avoided because they can leave a dull film on the floor. Instead, use the manufacturer’s recommended solution to mop.
  • Prevent scuffs on the floor by using floor pads, felt protectors or casters on furniture, but avoid rubber-backed floor mats because they can damage the floors.
  • Put down a plywood panel before moving any heavy furniture or appliances across vinyl flooring.
  • Minimize dirt, stains and abrasions before they occur by using mats and taking shoes off at entry ways.
  • Close window coverings where extreme sunlight hits the floors. The heat from extreme sunlight can cause discoloring and fading on the floors.

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Buying Flooring: Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring has come a long way in the past few decades – Nowadays, it is of much higher quality. Vinyl is the perfect choice on a budget as it comes in all colors, styles and patterns – it is even able to mimic the look of hardwood, ceramic or other more expensive material. Vinyl is a popular surface for most rooms in the house, especially in kitchen and bathrooms, because of its durability, relative ease to clean and maintain, and moisture resistance (Vinyl is usually moisture resistant, but check the moisture rating for the specific type of flooring before purchasing).


The durability of vinyl is one of its most attractive features– it can resist stains, spills, scuffs and more, depending on which wear surface you choose. There are three types of wear surfaces to choose from:

  • No-wax – offers some resistance to stains, but is not as durable or low maintenance as the other types of vinyl flooring
  • Urethane – durable and low maintenance
  • Enhanced urethane – the most durable and stain resistant, it can resist scuffs, stains, heel marks, dirt and household chemicals

Let us help you pick out the perfect vinyl flooring for your project today and visit one of our locations today!

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.


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.