What is Resilient Flooring?
Resilient flooring, also called vinyl flooring is a flooring created from carefully selected natural and synthetic materials. Today’s resilient flooring is a highly engineered combination of polymer materials. Polymers are large molecules composed of repeating structural units, which allow for increased strength and durability for the lifetime of the product. This product construction has changed over the years, just as products in other industries have incorporated new and better technology, resilient flooring has as well.
Resilient Sheet Flooring
Congoleum resilient sheet flooring is an engineered combination of polymer materials manufactured in a continuous length in widths ranging from 6’ to 16’. Congoleum is the only U.S. manufacturer able to create sheets of 16’ width. Generally Congoleum resilient sheet consists of an internal layer of high quality felt, created in our felt manufacturing facility. The felt is then fused printed layer. Finally a wearlayer that combines the chosen additives is applied, creating a product with the final properties that are desired. Congoleum AirStep products, matchless in the flooring industry also contain a back coat of vinyl that provides unique product properties. Vinyl sheet is well suited for many types of residential and commercial applications from light to heavily trafficked areas.
Resilient Tile and Plank
This category has expanded significantly over recent years. Also known as Luxury Vinyl Tile, and includes Luxury Vinyl Plank, resilient tile products are available in a wide variety of sizes and thicknesses. The base construction varies from product to product, but the base is primarily a limestone composite material that is formed into solid sheets of varying thicknesses by heat and pressure, and cut into the desired shape, a 16” x 16” tile for example. A photographic representation on a film is applied and encapsulated under a wear surface. Depending on the thickness of the plank or tile and the wear surface thickness and technology, Luxury vinyl tile and luxury vinyl plank can be used in residential, light commercial and even full commercial applications.
Vinyl Composition Tile
Congoleum vinyl composition tile (VCT) is a mixture of limestone, thermoplastic binder, fillers and pigments. This mixture contains colored vinyl chips formed into solid sheets of varying thickness (1/8” is most common) by heat and pressure and cut into squares of the desired size and shape. After installation the tiles must be given several coats of high quality floor polish to protect the surface. Congoleum VCT is primarily used in commercial and institutional applications because it offers affordable pricing, durability, easy installation and assorted colors and patterns.