Resilients: Benefits and Flooring Types

Why Resilient Flooring?

“Resilient” is used to describe flooring products that are made of durable materials like linoleum, vinyl, rubber and cork. The benefits of resilient flooring are:

  • Designed to flex or give a little when walked upon

  • Provides variable looks, such as glossy or matte, lightly mottled or highly textured, monochromatic or marbleized to create an expansive, elegant effect in any room

  • Functional and highly versatile for all areas of the house though most often used in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms

  • Visual continuity between individual spaces or rooms

  • Available in a wide range of colors and patterns, from subtle and refined to bold and dramatic

  • Easy to maintain, durable and comfortable underfoot

  • Practical, relatively inexpensive and easy to install

Tan patterned carpet with light blue couch and brown chair

1.) Linoleum

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 linoleum the look of upscale ceramic, wood, stone and marble.

Linoleum flooring is a great eco-friendly, green choice:

  • Made from natural materials of linseed oil, wood flour, cork dust and pine resin

  • Naturally anti-bacterial and biodegradable

Linoleum is known for its durability, hardiness and eco-friendliness, all factors that combine to 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.

2.) Marmoleum

Marmoleum is actually linoleum flooring with a fresh look that is fun and vibrant. Marmoleum is made from all natural materials.

3.) 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 are looking for environment-friendly products.

4.) Luxury Vinyl Tile

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is 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 different looks in ceramic tile, stone and hardwood with great durability and easy maintenance.

5.) Vinyl Flooring

A no-wax vinyl floor can be fashionable and attractive while being a breeze to maintain. Vinyl flooring comes in a range of finishes and backing materials that are both functional and stylish. Its versatility makes it a popular choice for homes and offices. It can be used in many kinds of rooms and is durable for high traffic areas. Vinyl is also waterproof, making it a good choice for kitchens and bathrooms.

6.) Rubber Flooring

A natural eco-friendly flooring option, rubber provides an anti-static surface that is ideal for home offices and rooms with computers. Rubber is also sound and shock absorbent, and therefore is often used in gyms, kitchens and playrooms.

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