Pros and Cons of Resilient Flooring Pros and Cons of Resilient Flooring
Resilient flooring is just that – resilient. One of the best things about a high quality resilient floor is that it is easy on the feet, legs and back over long periods of time. The most effective at cushioning pressure is cork flooring.
Although pricey, the resilient flooring of cork is not only a great cushion, it also provides insulation and sound dampening because it is 60% air. The air pockets in the natural material are nature’s insulation. Properly installed, cork floors will last a very long time. The biggest problem with cork flooring is the price. One must be careful of gouging damage to a cork floor, because it is not easily repaired.
Vinyl resilient flooring is chosen for its ease of installation and maintenance. It provides an attractive floor that is long lasting. However, vinyl floors are not biodegradable and when it comes time to replace the floor, it adds to the refuse we have come to recognize as dangerous to the environment.
Linoleum, on the other hand is completely natural and completely recyclable and biodegradable. Ease of installation is perhaps outweighed by more difficult maintenance, but repairs are generally not as difficult as with vinyl. Linoleum, much like cork is a porous material and must be sealed and polished on a regular basis to maintain the resilient flooring finish.