What is Resilient Flooring?

What is Resilient Flooring?

Many think of vinyl flooring when someone mentions resilient, but it is more than that. According to the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), resilient flooring “…encompasses a surprisingly wide variety of hard surface flooring products.“ The institute defines resilient flooring “…as a non-textile floor that provides underfoot comfort and characteristically bounces back from repeated traffic or compression.”

It is the most popular type of flooring over all because it is diverse, sustainable, and, well, resilient. The products available under this banner include: Sheet vinyl, vinyl composition tile, solid vinyl tiles, luxury vinyl, linoleum, rubber, and cork.

Vinyl has seen a lot of improvements over the years It is easy to install and remove, but its strength, easy care, and water resistance mean that it does not need to be replaced as frequently as other forms of flooring.

  • Sheet.  It comes in six and 12-foot widths. Professional installation is suggested to insure hidden seams. DIYers should choose a style with grout lines, as they are the simplest way to hide seams.

  • Composition Tile. This form accounts for more square footage than any other form of vinyl flooring. It can be found in industry, schools, hospitals, and it is very popular with DIYers. More rigid than solid tile, its main ingredient is limestone — a natural product.

  • Solid Tile. This has a much higher vinyl content than composition tile, which makes it easier to imprint designs. It is also more flexible than composition tile.

  • Luxury Tile. It is often made into planks when created to look like wood to enhance the visual effect. This form of vinyl tile is also available in styles that look like natural stone, concrete, marble, and much more. It is often used in high end homes in areas like laundry rooms and mud rooms where there is a constant high moisture content.

This type of floor covering has been kicking around since the time of the Civil War (AKA War of Northern Aggression). It was replaced by vinyl, because it is similar in performance, but a bigger investment. It is seeing a resurgence because it is made out of organic products, including linseed oil, wood flour, limestone, and tree resins.

Flooring made from rubber is usually used in industrial applications because it can stand up to harsh environments and chemicals, but it can also be used in gyms and dance studios. It is durable, quiet, and warm to the touch. It is now available in a variety of patterns and designs. It must be installed by professionals.

Cork flooring is made for the bark of cork trees, and is a by-product of the wine industry. Cork floors are made from the scraps after making stoppers for wine bottles. Used by Frank Lloyd Wright in his designs, it became a huge hit in the mid-1960s and 1970s. It is durable and comfortable. It can also be made into designs that look like wood and other floor materials. It is warm in winter and cool in the summer. With the interest in mid-century modern design, interest in cork flooring is returning.

Resilient flooring offers a wide variety of options, providing durability, beauty, design, easy care, and comfort. 

If you have any questions about resilient flooring then be sure to leave a comment below!
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