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Resilient flooring, like laminate is also available in design-friendly sheet or tile form. Resilient floors can be made from a variety of materials, including linoleum, cork or rubber. However the most commonly used material in manufacturing today’s resilient floors for homes is vinyl. Price, durability, and easy maintenance make resilient flooring an attractive and popular choice.
It comes in an enormous array of colors and patterns, plus many the flooring styles have a textured surface. With the tiles, you can combine color and pattern in limitless ways. Even the sheet form of resilient flooring can be customized with inlay strips.
Cushioned sheet vinyl offers the most resilience. It provides excellent stain resistance; it’s comfortable and quiet underfoot and easy to maintain, with no-wax and never-wax finishes often available. These features make the floor especially attractive for areas with lots of kid traffic. Beware though: only the more expensive grades show an acceptable degree of resistance to nicking and denting. In rooms where furniture is often moved around, this could be a problem.
Although the range of colors, patterns, and surface textures is wide, sheet flooring is not as flexible as vinyl tile when it comes to customizing your look. Regular sheet vinyl is less expensive than the cushioned types, but it carries the same disadvantages and is slightly less resilient. Except for the availability of no-wax finishes, a vinyl tile floor is as stain resistant and as easy to maintain as the sheet-vinyl products. Increased design possibilities are the trade-off. Here, as with other flooring materials, one possible way out of the choice maze is to take the unconventional step of mixing flooring materials. For example, use a durable cushioned sheet vinyl in more trafficked areas, but frame it with a petty vinyl tile or laminate border.
Selected 2009 Cost vs. Value Report Statistics - Average Nationwide Return on Investment:
Deck addition -- 80.6%
Major kitchen remodel -- 72.1%
Bathroom remodel -- 71.0%
New roof -- 60.5%
Family room addition -- 65.3%
Master suite addition -- 65.2%
Source: 2009 Cost vs. Value Report, (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2010).