Choosing Resilient Flooring
Because of environmental concerns, cork and linoleum now compete with vinyl as attractive, durable flooring alternatives.
Synopsis: Vinyl has been the resilient floor of choice in bathrooms and kitchens for years. This article also explores the benefits of cork and linoleum flooring, and makes the case for using these alternatives in other rooms.
“All-natural,” a catchphrase of the ’90s, is used to describe everything from soft drinks to bath soap. But resilient flooring? In a market dominated by synthetic vinyl, cork and linoleum are enjoying dramatic increases in popularity, due in large part to the fact that they’re manufactured primarily from natural and recyclable products.
Historically, resilient flooring has been used almost exclusively in kitchens and baths, and for good reason. Those rooms normally encounter splashing water, shaving cream, and spaghetti sauce, and are not normally wise places to have carpet.
Ceramic tile is hard and cold, and it has those infernal grout lines. Wood floors are prone to water spots and swelling if moisture…