Resilient flooring is flooring that is firm yet has some “give” or “bounce back”. This means it is easier to stand and walk on, and is a good choice for high traffic areas. The main types of resilient flooring are: linoleum, vinyl, cork, rubber, (or a combination of rubber and cork). These choices all offer not only a firm surface with give, that makes them comfortable for being on your feet, but they are durable, stain resistant, easy to clean, and affordable, making them great for high traffic areas, especially kitchens, entrance ways, hallways and bathrooms. Here are some details about each of these choices.
Linoleum- This type of flooring is making a comeback in popularity because it is made from green, non-toxic materials. These are linseed oil, cork dust, wood flour, resin and pigment. It is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Linoleum must be sealed annually to avoid water damage, and is more difficult to maintain. We do not recommend this choice as highly as the others here.
Vinyl– Vinyl is a more affordable choice of resilient flooring. It has endless color and pattern options and is easy to install. You can purchase it in sheets or self sticking tiles. It is stain and water resistant, and easy to clean. Patterns can even mimic the look of stone, tile, or hardwood.
Cork– Cork is harvested from the bark of cork oak trees. They must be 25-30 years old before they can be harvested. This does not harm the tree. The cork grows back and can be harvested again in 10 years. Half of the cork used in flooring is harvested from Portugal. Cork has a honeycomb design that gives it that springiness. It is installed much the same way that laminate is installed and is available in a variety of colors and appearances, including the look of stone or tile.
Rubber– this is a surprising choice for flooring but it offers many benefits. In addition to being soft to walk on yet durable, it can also be made in various textures that can add traction and minimize falls. It muffles sound much like carpet. It is non-toxic, water and fire resistant, and easy to clean. It is available in a variety of patterns and colors, and is one of the most durable options.
Cork/rubber – This very ecofriendly option is made from a combination of rubber infused throughout with cork. It is durable, comfortable to stand on, and comes in a wide variety of textures, colors and patterns. It combines the benefits of both cork and rubber, making this flooring choice quiet, resilient, durable, water resistant, and lovely to look at. Options for colors and textures are plentiful.
All of these choices in resilient flooring offer great options for both residential and commercial areas. They are perfect for high traffic spaces where you want some give in the surface, yet you must have durability and ease of cleaning. These flooring choices fit the bill and are sure to complement any budget. If resilient flooring is your decision, then contact Carolina Flooring today! Our experts can help you navigate all the options available and determine what best fits your needs! Click below to get started today!
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