THE END OF VINYL AS YOU KNOW IT
To say that today’s resilient is not your grandmother’s is an understatement.
It is not your mother’s, either, or even your own if you purchased any kind of resilient flooring, such as vinyl, more than a few years ago.
About the time the first issue of FABULOUS FLOORS came off the press, resilient flooring was in the early stages of a major renaissance. Most of us know resilient as vinyl, but the name applies as well to other types of resilient flooring, such as linoleum and rubber. It gets its name from the fact that it is “resilient’ to the step, giving a bit when walked on and returning to its original shape and form.
Resilient first began catching the eye of the home decorator and professional designers about a decade ago with the emergence of imaginative new images and incredibly tough surfaces plus easy maintenance. Couple all that with its forgiveness in installation over a variety of surfaces (including those that are not “perfect”), the ability to do custom and tailored installations using 6 and 12 foot wide rolls, and the fact that resilient can go anywhere in the home in very high style, and you have a flooring product any generation can love.
The truly newest influence in resilient is what’s known as LVT, or luxury vinyl tile. And this subcategory lives up to its name. LVT is all about style and innovation.
Imagine… planks that look and feel like rustic, hand-scraped wood, stone and tile in antique to modern designs, installation options with or without the use of adhesive or click-together systems, metallic finishes, even the look of stylized concrete!
…and let’s not forget treatments on top of, below and throughout the resilient selections that resist stains, mold, mildew and bacteria, and commercial-tough wear layers!
As with other flooring products, there is a growing trend among manufacturers based on consumer demand to meet or exceed environmental standards. Look for resilient products that adhere to strict regulations concerning VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) and resilient flooring made from recycled materials or products which are recyclable. Some manufacturers are introducing what is called closed-loop manufacturing, meaning even production scraps are re-introduced into the resilient manufacturing cycle.
What all this means is that resilient flooring is far from what you remember. It’s stylish, rugged and environmentally responsible.
One might also say that resilient flooring is resilient enough to undergo transformations every generation or so, “bouncing back” into favor in form, fashion and function.