If you’re looking for a standard resilient flooring definition, it is essentially flooring made with materials that are elastic. They are firm, hard-wearing materials that also have a certain degree of give. But there is a lot more to it. This highly durable type of flooring has existed for decades and is one of the most used flooring types even today. One of the key benefits of using resilient is the cost. It is consistently more affordable than the flooring types it mimics.
The other benefits lie in the material itself. It is designed to be extremely durable hence its application in many commercial projects. Resilient flooring is great for noise reduction. It is also a great material for people who are on their feet for long periods of time. The slight give of the flooring reduces shock on the legs, feet and back.
Types of Resilient Flooring
There are two main categories of resilient flooring: residential and commercial.
Residential resilient flooring: for those looking for a flooring solution in their home resilient floors offer an affordable long lasting option. Resilient can mimic the look and feel of more expensive options, and because of the latest advances in printing technologies it can be pretty convincing. Resilient materials for residential purposes include:
- Residential sheet vinyl
- Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
- Vinyl Tile
Commercial resilient flooring: resilient flooring is one the best options for commercial applications due to its affordability and durability. Most high traffic commercial settings will need a long-lasting solution to avoid having to replace flooring frequently. Resilient materials for commercial purposes include:
- Commercial Sheet Vinyl
- Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT)
- Bio-Based Tile (BBT)
- Rubber Sheet
- Rubber Tile
How To Choose The Right Resilient Flooring
Your resilient flooring will come in two forms: sheet and tile. If you are installing yourself you should consider the amount of expertise you have before choosing. Tile is far easier to both determine the amount needed (most tiles today are 12 square inches making it easy to compute) and to install.
Sheet makes it more difficult to estimate the amount needed and can be difficult to install. If you choose resilient sheet with patterns and seems this increases the level of difficulty considerably. If you are new to installing sheet, the best way to handle this is to take a floor plan to your local flooring dealer and ask for help.
Your final decision on your resilient flooring purchase should be based on the setting it will be used and the price you are willing to pay.