What is Resilient Flooring?

What is Resilient Flooring?

According to the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, it is defined as such: “a non-textile floor that provides underfoot comfort and characteristically bounces back from repeated traffic or compression.” Resilient flooring is anything where the wear surface is non-textile, non-wood and non-stone — anything that is not carpet, hardwood, laminate, stone, ceramic, or concrete. It has more “give” than hardwood, stone, or ceramic tile but less than carpet, making it an ideal choice for everyday life.

Resilient flooring is about flexibility and durability. It allows you to achieve the design you are desiring, like the look of tile or hardwood floors, often as a much more affordable option. 

Every homeowner wants flooring that can withstand heavy traffic, scratches and is durable to last many years in pristine condition. That’s where luxury vinyl flooring comes into play. The popularity of luxury vinyl flooring has blossomed in recent years with the advancement of its incredible engineering and design capabilities. Here are our top 3 types of resilient flooring: 

Three Types of Resilient Flooring

  • Flexible Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
  • Rigid Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring
  • Traditional Sheet Vinyl

Flexible Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring 

Are you looking to redesign a space in your home? Consider installing flexible luxury vinyl flooring! This type of secure flooring is more suitable for large spaces and is the more affordable route in luxury vinyl compared to rigid vinyl.

Flexible luxury vinyl flooring is glued down to provide stability and increased adherence to the subfloor, so it’s not likely to lift or reveal wear points at the seams. If there’s a trouble area on your floor, this flooring option allows for the removal and replacement of planks.

Flexible luxury vinyl flooring should be installed on a completely flat subfloor. Even though it allows for easier flooring changes due to its affordability and ease of installation, we do recommend professional installation.  

Rigid Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring

Rigid luxury vinyl tile uses an easy-click installation through a tongue and groove system and is installed to float over the subfloor. It does not require adhesives, so you can install it yourself. But, it’s always safe to leave it to the professionals.

Rigid luxury vinyl tile is 100% waterproof and very easy to maintain. It has a strong core made from wood or plastic and stone composite. As a luxury vinyl, it’s thicker and more resistant to the wear and tear of everyday life.

This type of flooring is better in smaller rooms or if you have subfloors that experience moisture or where flooding could occur like basements, kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms.

At Carpetland, we bring you the best brands for rigid luxury vinyl tile, such as Mannington, Shaw, and Paramount, so that you can achieve the sleek look of wood floors while maintaining the waterproof advantage.

Traditional Sheet Vinyl

Sheet vinyl is made up of multiple layers including the:

  • Base layer – supports all layers
  • Fiberglass – what keeps vinyl flat
  • Cushion layer – adds bounce and texture
  • Pattern layer – supplies color and look
  • Wear layer – safeguards the pattern
  • Topcoat – adds sheen to protect the wear layer

If you’re designing a space that requires a seamless floor, sheet vinyl flooring is the best option. It’s available in many different flooring types, including hardwood or ceramic tile and is a cost-effective solution for customers on a budget. Traditional sheet vinyl is best installed by professionals because mis-cuts can ruin an entire piece of vinyl flooring.

If you take proper maintenance and care of sheet vinyl, it can last for up to 20 years. Most warranties are typically 10 to 20 years. Our selection of Congoleum Airstep Sheet Vinyl has built-in stain and soil repellent, all with a 20 year limited warranty protection.

Why Choose Resilient Flooring

Why are renovation flooring trends seeing a recent rise in resilient flooring popularity? Resilient flooring has a smooth surface and higher resistance from cracks and crevices. But there are many other benefits of choosing luxury vinyl type waterproof flooring instead of tile or hardwood flooring.

The number one reason consumers choose resilient flooring is because it’s waterproof. Who wouldn’t choose a waterproof option, particularly in rooms susceptible to spills or accidents? Bathroom tubs overflooding or dropped wine glass in the kitchen? Resilient vinyl flooring comes to the rescue with its easy to clean surface. 

How Carpetland USA Flooring Experts Can Help

Deciding which type of vinyl flooring comes down to examining the space’s atmosphere and size of the room, but the beauty is you aren’t limited to one flooring pattern type. Consult one of our flooring experts or schedule a pre-measure today to help you determine what fits your lifestyle, needs and budget, so you can choose what resilient flooring works best for your room’s specific needs.

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