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).