Resilient flooring is a staple of the commercial market. We carry and install everything from the most basic vinyl composition tile (VCT), to high-performance sheet vinyl, rubber floors, linoleum and more. In addition, we supply rubber and vinyl base from numerous manufacturers, often available in one to two day turnaround.
Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT)
- The removal of vinyl binders in vinyl composite tiles and the use of inorganic fillers make vinyl composite tiles much harder than traditional, older vinyl tiles. Vinyl composite tiles can be buffed to a high shine, and don't have as much flex or movement* as traditional vinyl tiles.
- *This can mean that the substrate, or surface on which the tiles are installed, needs to be much flatter and more level than a surface being prepared for standard vinyl tiles.
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
- LVT is an acronym for “luxury vinyl tile.” It is a marketing term used by numerous companies to describe their vinyl flooring that is decoratively patterned to emulate the look of natural wood, granite or other types of flooring.
- The most obvious advantage of luxury vinyl tiling is the price. It is much cheaper to produce than flooring made of actual granite or wood or stone. Luxury vinyl tile is often scratch-resistant and more durable than its natural counterpart. It may also be easier to install and more versatile than natural flooring.
- Luxury vinyl tile comes in either sheets or planks. There is often adhesive on the back for ease of installation. The term LVT tile may be applied to either vinyl composition tile (VCT) or solid vinyl tile (SVT). VCT tile is made up of both vinyl and other materials, while SVT tile is made up of at least 34 percent vinyl. Whether they are considered “luxury vinyl tile” or not may depend on their patterns.
- Invented in 1864, linoleum will last 30 to 40 years, where vinyl will last up to 15 years. Linoleum tends to have a higher price tag because of its natural materials and its life expectancy. Vinyl is a synthetic product made of petroleum-based materials. Its longevity relies on regular attention. Linoleum handles large amounts of traffic better than vinyl.
- Manufacturers recommend regular waxing or polishing of linoleum to protect its surface. Once the vinyl's sealant wears down, it requires resealing; however, color does restore with more exposure to light.
- Linoleum has non-allergenic properties; it repels dirt and dust, making it a good choice for flooring in hospitals, health care facilities and homes with allergy sufferers. Linoleum is considered a green floor because it is made with natural and recyclable materials; it does not emit volatile gasses and toxic chemicals. The color and design go all the way through linoleum, whereas with vinyl, they are stamped or printed on the surface. Linoleum flooring does not scratch as easily, and if it does get scratched, the pattern will not come off, as it goes all the way through.
Resin & High Performance Polyaspartic Coatings
Resinous types of flooring offers several benefits to owners and specifiers.
- Investing in a proper concrete floor coating can make floors easier to clean, which is beneficial for high-traffic areas. In general, floor coatings may be applied up the base of a wall, allowing for a seamless transition where the wall meets the floor. This transition or “Cove” allows for improved maintenance while reducing the chance for bacteria and mold growth. Especially popular in restrooms and commercial kitchens, resinous flooring offers a sanitary choice relative to other options such as tile or VCT.
- One of the primary benefits to a heavy-traffic floor coating is durability. Resinous flooring systems may be designed in specific ways to incorporate aggregates, additives and other media to drastically improve overall wearability. Durability will also depend on the type of resinous flooring material that is used within the application. Epoxies, Acrylics, Urethanes, MMAs, and Polyaspartic concrete coatings will all exhibit separate abrasion and impact resistant qualities.
- It is also important to remember that a floor coating is only as good as its adhesion to concrete.
- The ability to offer superior chemical and stain resistance is also an important characteristic of any concrete floor coating application. A full evaluation of all chemicals and materials that may come in contact with the floor should be completed prior to selecting the appropriate concrete floor coating system for your facility.
- One of the unique benefits to resinous flooring is the ability to customize the look and finish to any environment.
- The Americans with Disability Act mandates minimum federal slip coefficient standards for commercial and public flooring. These minimums are measured by a slip tester (ASTMD C-1028) and require a minimum reading of .60. For commercial and industrial environments experiencing heavy foot traffic, owners and architects must select systems that reflect these minimums. Commercial flooring manufacturers will often have Slip Coefficient of Friction (COF) testing completed and verified by independent 3rd parties.
- Cork may not come to mind as being resilient, but cork flooring is very durable. It is made from the bark of the cork tree, unlike bottle corks. Cork floors are becoming very popular due to the unique look cork offers and the fact that it is a good choice for anyone who is “green conscious.” If dented, a cork floor will return to its original shape. Installation of cork flooring is simple, as it can be installed as a floating floor or nailed or glued to the subfloor.