When people hear the term “resilient flooring,” they often think of linoleum or vinyl. But this is not surprising since they have been around for quite a while. Linoleum was first produced in the United States in 1872 and vinyl was introduced in 1933. Because of their durability and ease of maintenance, they have long been the standard floor covering for kitchens, bathrooms and many other areas of the home. Their cost effectiveness has also made them the ideal flooring for retail, healthcare, and educational environments. In fact, the only floor covering that sells more than resilient flooring is carpet. However, a new type of resilient flooring has emerged that could give carpet a run for its money.
The new product is called FiberFloor, and it is produced by Tarkett, one of the oldest flooring manufacturers in the United States. Although Fiberfloor is new to North American markets, it has been very popular in Europe for more than ten years. It has all of the qualities of other resilient flooring, but certainly the biggest reason for its growth in popularity is its ease of installation. Though there are a few circumstances where adhesive may be required, generally, FiberFloor can be installed by simply laying it down and cutting it to fit. No special installation tools needed, and no mess to clean up.
Besides ease of installation, durability and ease of maintenance Tarkett’s FiberFloor has many other outstanding qualities. Its five-layer construction is very comfortable and warm underfoot, and its dense foam backing provides excellent sound reduction. The construction is well-balanced and dimensionally stable which allows FiberFloor to lay flat and stay that way. Being highly resistant to moisture, FiberFloor can be installed in any room of the house, even in basements. If the basement should flood, FiberFloor would not need to be replaced. Just roll it up to allow the subfloor to dry then lay it back in place. Of course, this quick removal and installation feature is another plus if you remodeled wanted change the floor pattern or color to match the new décor.
When it comes to designs, FiberFloor has more than 70 to choose from. There are patterns and colors for every trend, every taste and every room – from wood grains, to stone, to tile, to glow-in-the-dark murals for the kids.
With so many choices and so many qualities, FiberFloor is bound to become the new common synonym for resilient flooring.