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What Is Resilient Flooring

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Definition: Technically, resilient flooring is a catch-all term to refer to four types of flooring:
  1. Vinyl: Including Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT), Solid Vinyl Tile (SVT) and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT).
  2. Linoleum
  3. Cork
  4. Rubber

Physical Properties

Resilient flooring is defined by industry group Resilient Floor Covering Institute as flooring that is firm, yet has a "give or bounce back."

Thus, carpeting is not resilient flooring because it has "give" but is not firm. Hardwood flooring is not resilient floor because it is firm but has little "give."

Euphemism for Vinyl Flooring

Since the term vinyl flooring can be associated in buyers' minds with cheap, often shoddy materials, flooring manufacturers and retailers often substitute resilient floor for vinyl floor. Thus, when you hear the term "resilient floor," the person saying this most likely is referring to vinyl floor.

A Shift Back to Vinyl

I have noticed retailers and manufacturers slowly moving back to using the term "vinyl." With the introduction of higher-end products like Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF), much of the stigma associated with the word "vinyl" seems to no longer be in place.
Examples:
The salesman asked if the customer was interested in a type of resilient flooring such as Congoleum.

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