Boasting stain-resistance and durability, vinyl and resilient flooring are available at a variety of price points. The most widely known resilient flooring is made using linoleum, cork, rubber, and vinyl. Each option offers a natural shock-absorbing floor that is quite comfortable underfoot.
The original eco-friendly flooring. Linoleum appeared in the late 19th century and has been popular ever since. It’s made of completely natural materials including linseed oil, tree resins, wood flour, and cork dust. Linoleum is exceptionally durable, easy to clean, and water-resistant, making it ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms, and foyers. Today’s linoleum comes in a variety of colors and patterns, including options that mimic the look of wood, stone, and marble. Linoleum is also completely recyclable.
Recyclable, non-PVC flooring engineered to match the performance characteristics of vinyl. Types include engineered stone tile (made from bits of marble or rock set in epoxy) and bio-based flooring (limestone with a bio-based polyester binder). May be designed for sound reduction as well as superior indent-, impact-, and crack-resistance.
A durable and versatile material that’s great for high-traffic or heavy use. Natural rubber is a latex product from the sap of the rubber tree. Synthetic rubber made of polyvinyl chloride duplicates a natural look and feel. And recycled rubber is comprised of retired car tires. Available as tiles, mats, and rolls, rubber comes in many designs and patterns, including multi-colors, speckled hues, and faux stone.