Who wouldn’t want a resilient floor? Resiliency, durability, and longevity are all important features in a quality floor, but resilient floors have the honor of also being a type of floor. As you might have learned in this previous blog post (or you might have known already), resilient flooring refers to a variety of flooring products that are resilient, i.e. they are “able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.” And although the term resilient can be used to describe linoleum, cork, and rubber, in most cases, it actually refers to vinyl! If you’re interested in purchasing this long-lasting flooring product, scroll down to learn about the pros and cons of resilient flooring.
Note: we will be focusing primarily on vinyl.
Pros and Cons of Resilient Flooring
LOW MAINTENANCE. Due to its resistant surface, which cannot be harmed by liquids, you won’t have to worry about water, mildew, or stains on your vinyl floor. All dirt, dust, and grime can easily be cleaned up with a broom and a mop.
COLOR AND PATTERN VERSATILITY. Resilient flooring is available in a variety of colors and patterns. You won’t have any problem finding a product that complements your room.
AFFORDABLE. Unlike hardwood, marble, and tile, resilient flooring is very affordable. It’s also easy to install, so you won’t have to shell out the big bucks for a difficult installation job.
COMFORT. Resilient flooring is soft underfoot, and you can add an extra layer of padding underneath for additional comfort. Also, unlike tile or cement, it won’t become extremely cold in the wintertime.
OUTGASSING. The chemicals used to manufacture vinyl resilient flooring can cause toxic outgassing after installation. The outgassing will fade over time, but it can lead to respiratory problems and eye irritation at the start.
NOT ECO-FRIENDLY. Vinyl resilient flooring is not biodegradable and will not break down naturally over time.It’s also difficult to recycle, so your vinyl floor will almost certainly end up in a landfill someday.
DIFFICULT REPAIRS. Although resilient flooring is easy to clean, it’s not always easy to repair. If the floor is ripped or torn, it cannot be refinished or sanded down. You will need to completely remove and replace that section of the floor.
VALUE & APPEARANCE. Resilient flooring will not add significant value to your home, and it isn’t a feature that buyers typically seek out. Some homeowners feel that it doesn’t have the elegance and luxurious appeal of other flooring materials, like hardwood, marble, or tile.
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Resilient flooring is a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms because of its durable, water-resistant nature and low price. If you’re interested in purchasing resilient flooring, be sure to check out the selection offered at Curran Design Center, a small, family-owned and -operated business located in Nixa, Missouri. With brands like Armstrong, Bliss, and Shaw, which are easy to install, easy to maintain, and available in a variety of styles, you can be sure that you’ll find the right flooring product to suit your style, home, and budget. To learn more about our resilient flooring options, please give us a call at 417-724-1018 or click here for a free consultation.