Vinyl floors are categorized in our industry as ‘Resilient’. Resilient floors, as the name implies, have some "give" or elasticity when you walk across them.
Resilient floors are often used in kitchens and baths because of their good looks, resistance to moisture and wide variety of colors and textures.
These floors are relatively easy to keep clean. Their main enemy is grit or sand that can be ground into the surface. (Don’t worry, we’ll tell you how to maintain them)
No matter which resilient floor you choose, you will find stylish options, high performance and tremendous value.
Now, some resilient floors are vinyl but not all vinyl floors are resilient.However, the most common type of resilient flooring is vinyl.
Vinyl Flooring Options
There are three types of vinyl flooring: sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl plank (LVP) and vinyl composition tiles (VCT). Luxury vinyl plank is vinyl and vinyl composition tiles are cut or formatted in the shape of a wood plank or ceramic tile and is the fastest growing segment in our market. It is now common to see vinyl plank or tile in both residential and commercial settings. Vinyl tile is more commonly used in commercial applications and requires routine waxing and polishing where luxury vinyl plank does not. Vinyl tile has all the advantages of vinyl and is available in a wide array of colors.
However, vinyl flooring also offers you many tempting advantages.
In fact, no other floor covering category offers you the selection, styling, ease of maintenance and value as a vinyl flooring.
Thanks to some great advancements in style and technology, vinyl flooring have been changed forever. Vinyl and vinyl plank flooring can now realistically mimic the look and textures of real resilient, stone and wood grain patterns.
These amazing replicas have such incredible realism it is difficult for most people to tell whether it's the real thing or not. Who needs to know, right?
Finally, a note about ‘linoleum’, which is not resilient flooring but the one you probably recall as the original kitchen and bath flooring. Linoleum, because it is a "natural" flooring material, is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance due to its ‘green’ characteristics. Products like Forbo’s Marmoleum and Fresco are a contemporary take on ‘lino’. Nowadays, the most popular floor covering material in this category is vinyl plank flooring.