*Guide to Resilient Flooring

January 9, 2011

Resilient flooring is used to describe materials made from linoleum, cork, rubber, polyurethane, asphalt composites, or vinyl.  Due to the huge popularity of vinyl, it is commonly referred to as resilient flooring despite the fact the category covers other materials.

The popularity of resilient flooring is largely attributed to its affordability and flexibility.  Vinyl comes in tiles, sheets, and planks, often available in an innumerable array of colors and designs.  It can even mimic the look of wood, stone, or ceramic.  Vinyl is easy to install, maintain, and repair as well.  The same goes for other resilient flooring such as linoleum.  But unlike vinyl, made from polyvinyl chloride (type of plastic derived from oil), linoleum is produced from natural linseed oil, wood flour, powdered limestone, granulated cork, and pine resins.  Due to its natural components, linoleum is categorized as a green and eco-friendly flooring.

Cork floors are another type of resilient flooring attributed to being environment friendly since it is sourced from the bark of trees.  Meanwhile, rubber and polyurethane are often used as garage flooring.  Most resilient flooring are quite durable and will last for years if well maintained.  While it may not last as long as hardwood and other types of flooring, replacement or repairs are quite easy on the budget because of its low cost.  It should be noted however, there are types of vinyl flooring at par in cost with hardwood.  These are the new generation vinyl floors with more durable wear layers as they are meant to last just as long as more expensive floors.

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