Resilients by any name are known for being practical. Mainly, they have always been durable and easy to clean. Great for young families, people with allergies, or folks who have trouble getting around.  These days, that’s still important, as it always has been, in the kitchen and bath and, of course, the nursery, but that kind of practicality can apply through the house of those of us with busy lifestyles.

So what’s left after good looks and durability?  If you’re looking for a “long relationship” with your floor, one of the things you can also look forward to is comfort.  In fact, some manufacturers actually provide products that vary according to your comfort requirements, like more cushion and flexibility to handle day-to-day traffic.

Here are some buying tips for resilient flooring:

  • There are many types of wear layers available for resilient floors. Some require more care than others. Some require just cleaning with water
  • You can cover an existing vinyl without much effort. Consider a perimeter glued product – attached only around the edges.
  • Inlaid is still an old favorite, partially for retro looks and partially because color goes all the way through the materials. Scratches and nicks are less visible.
  • If your room is less than 12 feet, resilient in sheet formats can mean a seamless floor.
  • Resilient is also available in large tiles, often called high performance flooring. Installation may require subfloor prep-work to ensure a level surface.

When it comes to installation, don’t be penny wise and pound foolish.  If it’s not an easy snap and go no leveling required, please consider a professional installation by your local retail flooring store.  You will be glad you did.

Remember… The options in resilient flooring are limitless. Whether it’s color, or style or texture…. Paver stones… Hardwoods.. Italian marble… Natural and unexpected stone and ceramic looks… Terra cotta… Underfoot, the sky’s the limit.