Vinyl / Resilient Flooring Facts
Your flooring choice needs to reflect your lifestyle and your budget. If any of the following words conjure up visions of your home — wet dogs, muddy footprints, teetering toddlers, sippy cups, grape juice, spring gardening, volcanic science projects, skateboards or roller blades — you are in the right floor space. Resilient vinyl flooring is a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms because it’s easy to keep clean. It’s durable, water resistant and doesn’t fade, stain, or dent.
Vinyl flooring, also called resilient flooring, comes in so many colors, textures, and patterns that you will definitely find your look. The rotogravure process (a fancy term for the method of engraving an image) that is used to create resilient flooring can imitate wood grain, tile and even marble.
Since resilient vinyl flooring comes in sheets, planks and tiles (VCT or Vinyl Composition Tiles), there’s lots of room for self-expression. An artistic installer can use contrasting sheet vinyl to create large patterns. The tiles can be arranged any way you want them. Think checkerboard, stripes and dizzying diagonals. Or, choose vinyl or resilient planks that look just like wood flooring.
Resilient vinyl floors share some of the same attributes as carpet — flexible and soft to walk on. What's more, like carpet, it can go on a subfloor that isn’t perfectly level.
All vinyl floors are resilient. They have that cushy “give” that feels so good underfoot. However, not all resilient floors are vinyl. There are some specialty products available in cork and rubber that offer the same flexibility — or resilience — as the vinyl products.
Who can forget our final specialty product? It was the top choice of every public school built in the 1950s. Linoleum.
Linoleum, as it was made in the late 1800s through the 1960s, was composed of linseed oil, wood flour or cork dust over canvas. It was resilient and green even then. It’s even greener now. The color goes all the way through the sheets and it lasts forever. However, linoleum has to be waxed to keep it looking good. (vinyl floors are “no wax.”) And it doesn’t come in white.
Linoleum has made a solid reappearance in the marketplace as a flooring choice for those who are environmentally conscientious.
If your desire for beauty is driven by budget and practicality, resilient vinyl flooring is the answer to your decorating prayers. You can get the look and durability you want at a price that won’t break the piggy bank.
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