Resilient Flooring Materials
Resilient flooring comes in sheet and tile forms. Sheets generally perform better than tiles, especially in wet locations and heavy-traffic areas, where the seams between tiles can soak up water or trap dirt.
There are two types of resilient sheet flooring — perimeter-bond flooring, which is glued down at the edges only, and fully adhered flooring, which is set in a full bed of mastic. Perimeter-bond flooring is flexible, so it’s less likely to rip and tear during installation. It also slightly bridges uneven surfaces and can better withstand expansion and contraction of the substrates. However, a fully-adhered floor can take more abuse after it has been installed.
- Solid colors show scuffs, scratches, and dirt more than patterned surfaces.
- Dark colors show dust more than light colors.
- Complicated patterns can make matching and repeating patterns problematic, demanding an experienced installer.
- Whites can turn yellow and bright colors can fade under prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
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