Resilient Flooring
What Is Resilient Flooring?
Resilient flooring is all about sustainability, durability, affordability, and style. It encompasses a surprisingly wide variety of hard surface flooring products – from vinyl and linoleum to rubber/synthetic rubber and cork.

Resilient flooring is designed to be resistant to stains (eg; food, dirt and liquids) and water, and comfortable to stand and work on. Some floors are treated with an upper layer of wax to make them even more stain resistant and easier to clean. This flooring also resists penetration by water, making it less likely to become a breeding ground for mold and mildew, which can make a home unhealthy to be in. It also reduces the risk of damage to the subfloor.

Unlike brittle tiles made of minerals, resilient flooring is made of material that has some elasticity, giving the flooring a degree of flexibility called resilience. The flooring is available in large sheets or pre-cut tiles, and either comes with pre-applied adhesive for peel-and-stick installation or requires adhesive to be troweled on to the substrate. Thus, compared to truly hard floor surfaces like stone which are referred to as “non-resilient”, resilient flooring can seem somewhat “cushiony” when you walk on it.  It comes in tiles and rolls (called sheet flooring in the trade).
About Vinyl
Vinyl is a non-toxic material, composed of 57% salt (chlorine) and 43% oil (ethylene) being one of the world’s most abundant natural resources. It is also easy to recycle.

Vinyl is a cost effective multi faceted plastic - a necessity in everyday life due to its flexibility, durability and performance and functionality. Used in flooring, cables, windows, packaging and medical equipment including blood bags and surgical tubing, this material is irreplaceable for many of its lifesaving applications.

“Chlorine has an established place in the natural world: The sea, plants and animals all contain and produce vast quantities of chlorinated molecules. Chlorine is also a chemical used within the manufacture of essential, everyday items. For example, 85% of medicines either contain chlorine or use chlorine in the production process. Chlorine is not emitted during the production stage of vinyl flooring - chlorine is chemically bound within vinyl and remains so during the process and the life of the flooring.

Ethylene comes mainly from gas or oil, but ethylene from biomass is also used. Ethylene is also a natural product, given off by ripening fruit. Only 4% of barrel oil is used for all plastic products globally and vinyl flooring uses only a tiny fraction of this, with most oil used for heating and travel consumption.

Vinyl floor coverings predominantly use natural materials. The homogeneous range of products for example, uses up to 85% natural materials with the average being 71% across the range. This includes calcium carbonate filler. The high abundance of this material in the earth's crust makes it a sustainable material and its use diminishes the polymer content, thus reducing the usage of oil. The unique composition of vinyl flooring means that it is extremely practical, durable and has a typical life span of twenty years or more. It is incredibly efficient to recycle, which subsequently minimizes the use of raw materials."

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Why Resilient Flooring is the number one choice for hard surface flooring?
  • Advantages
  • Resilient Flooring keep the earth green
  • Resilient Flooring is sustainable
  • Safer Option
  • Resilience and aesthetics
    Resilient flooring is defined as a non-textile floor. Unlike such hard surfaces as wood, laminate, terrazzo or ceramic tile; resilient floors reduces noise and have “give”, thus provides underfoot comfort and characteristically bounces back from repeated traffic or compression. Aesthetically FLORENZA resilient flooring closely replicates the look and feel of natural floor coverings such as wood, slate and limestone, but it is generally more versatile.

  • Leading trend and design flexibility
    Resilient flooring lets you keep up with the leading design trends. The large selection of colorful styles and patterns can meet the aesthetic needs of almost any space – from traditional/conservative to futuristic/modern. Whether your project requires traditional looking materials such as pale limestone and warm oak or contemporary large grey tiles or wood planks, FLORENZA’s extensive range has a product to match. Contact our sales personnel to assist you to search our flooring range by color, tone, effect or specification to draw up your shortlist, and then order samples to include in your mood board or design.

  • Tough, hard wearing floors
    Our flooring with manufacturer warranty, is proven in the toughest high-footfall environments – venues where long hours, hard-wear, knocks and spills are the norm. When flooring must look great and perform for years, our clients appreciate the reassurance of tough wear layers and the comprehensive data that proves durability.

  • Comfortable and safety features
    Both tile and sheet vinyl floors are available with enhanced slip-retardant surfaces. Besides that, high-density vinyl foam cushion backing systems provide a shock absorbing surface that reduces impact shock and leg fatigue that provides comfort underfoot.

  • Water resistant and easy to clean and maintain
    FLORENZA flooring has no grime and dirt traps and most importantly its water-resistant advantage may avoid mildew and musty smell which commonly face by carpet materials. Plus unlike other flooring materials, the convenient LVT (luxury vinyl tiles) can easily be individually or section replaced, rather than having to replace the whole floor.

  • Termite resistant and eco-friendly
    FLORENZA resilient flooring is made from top quality both virgin and recycle resins and because it is not constructed from wood, the floor does not swell or deform under the influence of moisture. Also, termites will not attack the resin material. FLORENZA’s manufacturer meets the quality standard of Green Label to ensure that our planet and our homes are safe and habitable places. It has becomes not only a prudent choice, but a social obligation. We should prevent in cutting down more trees.

Every day, members of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) are proving that it’s possible to meet the flooring needs of today’s generation while protecting the environment for tomorrow’s. It is important that not only changing the ways that resilient flooring products are made, but also changing the materials these products are made from. Today, resilient flooring manufacturer discovering and implementing green innovations that impact every stage in the product life cycle:—

Vinyl is an environmentally sound choice. Over its whole life cycle, vinyl floor covering performs comparably or better than competing materials across a range of impacts.

Vinyl flooring is exceptionally energy efficient to manufacture, using less energy than other plastics and linoleum. Due to its incredible durability it has a long service life, greatly reducing short-term replacements and subsequent energy consumption. Resilient Flooring products are at ease of maintenance also means that energy intensive cleaning is not required and harsh chemical cleansers, polish, strippers and water usage are massively reduced, if needed at all.

The materials itself are 100% recyclable and can be recycled many times over without losing any of its performance properties which able to support or contribute to points toward numerous green building rating systems.
If it is not recycled, vinyl has a high calorific value and may be safely incinerated with energy recovery. Landfill is the last option, but this is done safely and the vinyl remains chemically inert without producing leachate.

Everyone who specifies resilient flooring should know the real environmental impact of the decision they’re making. Many Scientific Certification Systems has various programs to sets high standards for sustainability and measures flooring products against those standards. Resilient flooring products are certified to contribute to good indoor air quality and healthy living.

There are a lot of actions a company can take to protect the environment. They can be as simple as encouraging office employees to recycle paper or as sophisticated as developing entirely new manufacturing methods. Among the many things that we can improve sustainability, here are the key steps that Resilient Flooring is making a huge difference for our planet:

  • Using recycled and recyclable materials
    - vinyl flooring ranges contain up to 45% recycled content in their backing.
  • Lowering product emissions to ensure indoor air quality
  • Conserving water use 
  • Energy & waste reduction
  • Renewable: electricity, natural & sustainable raw materials
  • Reuse: production waste across all sites
    -95% of all production waste is recycled back into its products, contributing to less raw material depletion and reducing the need to produce virgin materials 

Vinyl is the most thoroughly researched and stringently tested plastic, meeting all international health and safety standards as per the intended application.

In the event of a fire, vinyl is flame retardant due to the chlorine content and once removed from the fire it will self extinguish. In the event of a fire, vinyl flooring typically outperforms linoleum and rubber flooring.

Many of resilient flooring ranges were certificated through the Indoor Air Quality Standard scheme, with the VOC emissions' results being exceptionally low. This was great news as this is the most comprehensive and stringent test on the market - even including an odour test where the products performed exceptionally well.

There is absolutely no evidence that vinyl damages human health or the environment.
PVC is durable, low maintenance, recyclable and performs well in LCA tests.

Dr. Patrick Moore, founding member of Greenpeace (2006)

Besides, the selective adhesive products are being tested solvent free and low VOC to minimize any environmentally negative elements whilst maintaining key performance criteria. Significant trials are also underway to assess easy release adhesion systems with resilient flooring products for easier end of life waste recovery. Adhesives which are water based and low VOC products, some are eligible with Green Label Plus certified

Resilient Flooring is easy to maintain its beauty
One of the most popular features of resilient flooring is that it’s so easy to clean. Resilient flooring is moisture resistant and doesn’t trap dirt and dust the way other surfaces do. It’s also naturally stain resistant where spills can easily just wipe away.

Four routine maintenance steps that help your flooring look its best

  1. Wipe up any spills with a damp cloth or mop as soon as possible
  2. Vacuum, sweep, or dust on a regular basis to remove dirt and debris that could scratch or scuff the flooring
  3. Damp mop and spot clean the flooring as needed for a deeper clean
  4. Review product manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations since maintenance requirements vary depending on product type.

Four must-know preventative maintenance tips

  1. Place protective rubber castors or felt glides under furniture to prevent scratching or other damage
  2. Use mats at main entrances to trap dirt and prevent tracking
  3. Make sure all rugs and mats have a safe, slip-resistant backing
  4. Choose rugs and mats made with breathable materials to prevent flooring discoloration