Selecting Resilient Flooring Materials for Your Home
The name ‘resilient’ is used to describe flooring products that are made of durable materials like linoleum, vinyl, rubber, and cork.
- This type of flooring is designed to flex or ‘give’ a little when walked upon.
- Resilient materials – whether glossy or matte surfaced, lightly mottled or highly textured, monochromatic or marbleized – can be used to create an expansive, elegant effect in any room.
- These materials are functional and highly versatile for all areas of the house although they are most often used in kitchens, bathrooms, and utility rooms.
- They provide an easy visual continuity between individual spaces or rooms.
- Resilient materials are available in a wide range of colors and patterns, from subtle and refined to bold and dramatic.
- Functionally, these materials create a floor that is easy to maintain, durable, and comfortable underfoot.
- They are practical, relatively inexpensive, and easy to install.
Resilient flooring materials were born out of necessity and as a matter of convenience, but are now also available in a variety of style and design options. The oldest type of resilient flooring is linoleum, which has been around for over 150 years! New styles, colors, textures and other features now give resilient flooring like linoleum the look of upscale ceramic, wood, stone, and marble.
Typically, one would choose linoleum for its durability, hardiness and eco-friendliness which make it a good flooring option for high traffic areas. It is also easy to lay seamlessly around fixtures such as cabinets, base boards and kitchen island counters. One disadvantage in the long term is that although it is tough and resilient, linoleum can stain over time, get damaged through constant dampness or moisture, get punctured or crack and peel.
Many Types of Resilient Flooring—Choose Your Style and Material Preference
Resilient flooring comes in a range of products designed to suit many needs:
- Cork flooring – one of the best flooring options for sound control and comfort, cork flooring can make you feel like you’re walking on air. It absorbs foot falls and noise while the cushioning effect is also a natural insulator. Cork appeals to homeowners who want environmentally friendly products in their home, plus from glue-down forward, a cork floor can last over 100 years.
- Luxury Vinyl Tile – the newest most innovative floor covering on the market today. With a urethane wear layer on top of a printed design layer, LVT can give you looks in ceramic tile, stone and hardwood with great durability and ease of maintenance.
- Linoleum – Linoleum flooring is made from natural materials of linseed oil, recycled wood flour, cork dust and limestone. Linoleum is naturally anti-bacterial and biodegradable. If you are looking for a “green” floor for your home, linoleum is your best choice.
- Vinyl flooring – a no-wax vinyl floor is a breeze to maintain, plus it can also be fashionable and attractive. Vinyl flooring comes in a range of finishes and backing materials that are both functional and stylish.
- Rubber tile flooring – provides an anti-static surface that is ideal for home offices and rooms with computers. Rubber tile flooring is also useful in home gyms to protect the subflooring from damage and to minimize noise levels.
- Leather flooring – inspired by the finest Italian leather, leather floors are exciting, sensuous, and contrary to popular belief, affordable. With flooring products that are made of 100% recycled leather, carefully made to stand the test of time, a leather floor adds distinction to any home that redefines contemporary.
Whether you’re building a new home or redesigning an existing one, you want the look to be just right. Call 650.493.1700 for an appointment with one of our designers, and visit our showroom in Palo Alto, California to see our many resilient flooring samples.