Resilient 101


Resilient Flooring 101 – Your Buying Guide

Resilient flooring—whether LVT, LVP, or sheet vinyl—is known for its warmth and comfort underfoot. It’s extremely high-performance and surprising beautiful. Resilient flooring can literally go anywhere in your home, meaning you can have the wood look in areas where wood is not recommended, such as the bathroom or laundry room.

Resilient vinyl tile and plank flooring is a heavy duty vinyl floor made of solid moisture resistant PVC or virgin vinyl. It ranges in thickness from 2 mm to 9 mm and above. As with most flooring, the thicker it is, the more it costs and the more durable it will be. In addition, a thicker vinyl floor reduces the chances of imperfections in the subfloor showing through.

The following are some of the advantages of resilient flooring.

Easy Installation

Resilient tile and plank flooring is one of the easiest floors to install. It can be glued down or installed in a floating style with locking edges like laminate floors. Unlike laminate, it can be trimmed by scoring and snapping, which makes it an attractive project for do-it-yourselfers. It can be installed over wood or cement floors above or below grade. It may also be installed over existing flooring, but surface imperfections must be eliminated or they may show through the finished floor. Ceramic look vinyl tiles may be installed with or without grout.

Water Resistance

One of the major advantages of resilient flooring is its resistance to water, which makes it highly durable even when wet. Unlike laminates, which feature a wood core, vinyl is all vinyl, which means it is water resistant even at the seams.


Resilient provides a softer, warmer surface underfoot than ceramic or stone. It is also quieter than ceramic.

Easy to Maintain

Resilient flooring is very easy to maintain with periodic sweeping and damp mopping. It resists denting and scratching better than hardwood floors and handles wet spills better than laminate.

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