What is Resilient Flooring and Why I Love It!

If you are thinking about installing new flooring in your home and are considering all the options, make sure to add resilient flooring to your list. It’s flooring that looks like wood and made with your well-being – and the planet’s – in mind.

This post is sponsored by Beautifully Responsible. All words and opinions are my own.

House being built along the shores of a lake.

Friends of mine are building a new home on the lake and recently were in the process of picking out everything for the house from exterior siding and windows. To interior finishes, cabinets and flooring.

Front exterior of house being built on shores of a lake.

As the house got closer to completion, they asked me if I were building a house today, what would I put on the floors – hardwood, engineered wood, laminate or luxury vinyl plank?

Tarkett Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring on a game room floor

Since I have all of these types of flooring in my home, I have become pretty knowledgable about the pros and cons of wood and wood-look flooring options. I had an answer for them and I thought I would share it with you.

What Flooring Has Become My Favorite

NuCore vinyl plank floor tutorial

Five years ago when we moved to South Carolina and started to update the house, the very first project we did was rip up the existing wall-to-to wall carpet in the room that would become my studioffice. We, or shall I say, Ed installed Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring for the first time.

Up until this point, I didn’t know very much about Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring, but soon learned just how wonderfully durable it is and depending on the brand, color and quality. It can look just like a hardwood floor.

Just like any flooring options – there is a wide range in cost, plank widths, wood tones and color options to choose. The style I used in my studioffice even has a wood grain texture to it.

Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring falls into the Resilient Flooring category of flooring set by the flooring industry. It is flooring that is firm, yet has a “give or bounce back.” Linoleum and Cork are considered resilient flooring also.

The Reasons Why I Love Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

4 rooms where I installed Luxury vinyl plank flooring.

After loving how the floor looked in my studioffice and the ease to install and clean it, we chose to use the same luxury vinyl plank (LVP) in other rooms and spaces in the house. We installed it in two bathrooms, the “hallway of darkness” and the laundry area.

Tarkett Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
Tarkett ProGen Luxury Vinyl Plank in the color Milled Oak Copper 25L2 

When it came time to figure out what to replace the carpet with in the second floor game room, I didn’t even hesitate to use LVP. Why?

  • It looks just like real wood, is so easy to maintain and is affordable.
  • The flooring looks as good today as it did when we installed it 5 years ago.
  • With each passing year, the technology, quality and wood color selection just keeps getting better.
  • Resilient flooring delivers a cleaner, healthier interior environment. It is installed as a floating floor – so no chemical adhesive is needed when installed in homes. It also meets industry standards for contributing to good indoor air quality and qualifies for Low Emitting Material credits for LEED®, Green Globes® and other sustainable building requirements.
Wide natural planks. Shaw Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring in a bedroom.
  • Most are waterproof or water-resistant.
  • Is resistant to scratches and stains and holds up exceptionally well to heavy traffic and pets.
Tarkett resilient flooring in great room.

This past summer after going to another friends new home for a dockside dinner, I took notice of the wood flooring in their foyer, kitchen and family room.

Herringbone design on resilient floor of luxury vinyl plank.

I don’t have a photo of it, but it was an extra-wide planked driftwood color floor. When I went back outside, I complemented my friend about the wood floor and she replied “Thank- you, but it’s not wood, it’s LVP”

She went on to tell me that the previous owner of the house had it installed. I had to go back in the house to see for myself. I got down on my hands and knees so I could see the floor up close, that is how much it looked and felt like a hardwood floor.

Seeing this floor reinforced my love of LVP flooring.

How To Clean & Maintain Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

One of the best aspects of LVP flooring is it is very easy to maintain. Here are my simple tips that help me keep my floors looking their best.

  • Sweep regularly to remove loose dirt and grit.
  • Wipe up any spills as soon as possible.
  • Clean using a spray floor cleaner with a microfiber mop.
  • For spills, wipe clean with a damp paper towel.
  • DON’T use harsh chemicals or steam.
  • DON’T use a vacuum with a beater bar or brush.
  • USE plastic sliding discs when moving furniture across the floor.

Where to Find Out More About Resilient Flooring

If you have followed my blog for awhile, then you probably remember when I posted about adding luxury vinyl plank to the rooms in my house.

Beautifully Responsible Resilient Flooring

When it comes time to choose new flooring for your home, remember to consider beautifully responsible resilient flooring options that are available on the market today. The options and advances in manufacturing just keeps getting better, both for style and the environment.

To Learn More About Resilient Flooring

  • Visit BeautifullyResponsible.com to learn more about the beauty and durability of resilient flooring and the (RFCI) Resilient Floor Covering Institute.
  • Follow ResponsibleFlooring on Instagram to see some of the many beautiful options used in homes today.
  • Follow on Pinterest to discover resilient floors that match your style, budget, and sustainable values.
Why you should consider Luxury vinyl plank when choosing flooring for your home.

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  1. sealed concrete says:

    Thank you for sharing all about Resilient Flooring. I learned a lot from you today. Please continue posting about your flooring expertise. I would be interested to learn more from you and your company. Cheers to a more successful year of 2021!

  2. We stayed in a rental for a year that had LVP. It had a sheen to it that made it look like laminate and it gouged super easy. I had engineered, oil finished wood floors in my previous home and could wear heels, had a dog and a cat, no problems. The LVP gouged super easy. I don’t know what makes some LVP better than others, but after living in that rental, I thought of the wood-look tile. Thoughts on the wood-tiles?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Lissa – As with anything there are cheaper options in LVP. Since it was a rental, the owners probably furnished as cheaply as they could. I have two different brands and both are indestructible. :-) I don’t have wood-look tiles, but a friend of mine does and they look very nice. They can chip though is the only negative that I can think of.

  3. Wow, this flooring seems really great! I’ve never heard of Resilient Flooring before, but I wish I would have found out about it sooner. I put new floors in my home a year ago, and I should have done more research before I choose them. My pets have put several scratches in them, and I have to get a professional wood floor cleaning every few months just to keep them looking shiny and clean.

  4. Does anyone have a best brand recommendation? I would love to replace my carpets with LVT, but don’t have a clue which brand to choose.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Janie – Nowadays there are so many brands of LVP. I would go to a flooring store to see each in person and how each one looks and feels. I am very happy with Tarkett and NuCore. They are both excellent.

  5. Barbara Pilcher says:

    We installed LVP throughout our entire home after we were flooded 2.5 years ago. We could not be more pleased. I was concerned that it would look too commercial to have it in every room, but as you point out, it looks and feels very natural. So easy to maintain, too. I tell people, “It’s bulletproof!”

  6. Oh I want LVP badly, but the biggest hurtle for me on this is finding something that has trim available I trust to not pop off. I have a long step down living room, on concrete floors. Additionally, the kitchen is open to “host” the stairs for the upstairs and complete with entryway landing. The lighter laminate entry nose trim removed itself. It wouldn’t stay seated well. The track was installed on the riser that was not secured well. We are handy people, nothing was square enough nor enough room to line it up the track off the riser and fix safely. It’s hard for me to trust the durability of stair trim options with what is available for LVP when our first (adopted through home purchase) experience was a dangerous flop.
    My fairytale want is LVP treads with bullnoses, I also got and wrapped carpet stairs going up. I peaked and under the carpet is not a finish-able tread. The stairs all have a side edge exposed so I need something with a bullnose.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      I am sure in time, that LVP manufacturers will come up with LVP that works seamlessly for stairs. With advances in technology, I am sure you will get your wish soon. :-)

  7. I had a plumbing issue and all the floors on the main level had to be replaced. I had linoleum in the kitchen and foyer and carpet in the living room. When I had that installed, I had picked a wood look vinyl so it wouldn’t so obviously be linoleum. When I had to get the new floors, LVP was my first choice, but I didn’t know if it was in my budget with installation. It was and that is what I got. I love it! I’m in a middle unit town home, and shortly after the flooring was installed, I had to bring some items through the house from the back. I was able to just sweep and mop up the dirt and the floors looked just like the day they were installed. If I still had the carpet in the living room, it would have been ruined. If I live on a lake or anywhere near water, I would definitely have them installed. They hold up to dirt, water, pets and kids so much better than some other flooring choices.

  8. Paula Anderson says:

    I would agree with everything you’ve said here. We put LVP in our entire house three years ago and I love it for all the reasons listed. Our company suggested I clean it with diluted white vinegar which is what I use. We also have a Border Collie and it’s great if you have pets.

  9. I’m so glad you did this post. We are about to replace floors in our entire house and after seeing your post about installing the ProGen in your home gym we decided to not only go with LVP but as a big plus my husband works for Tarkett and we are going with the ProGen line. I did however want to hear from someone who had it in their house for a while to see how it holds up. Sounds like LVP is a winner.

  10. I have a question. We have gorgeous Brazilian cherry floors in the entry kitchen and hallways in our home., we will not be removing. We have tile I don’t like in the baths and laundry. Could I put LVP in the laundry and baths that is similar to the wood floors that might be visible, though in a separate space?
    I’d love to put wood in the carpeted living room and connecting dining area but can’t afford the Brazilian cherry, and I doubt I could get a close enough match wit LVP. Should I check further into this matching process? TIA

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Connie – If you don’t have a deadline, you should look at all all the flooring stores in your area to see if you find a good match. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but close enough so that it looks the same when viewing both areas at the same time.

      In my own house, we put LVP over sheet vinyl in a hallway and powder room. We also out it right over tile in another bathroom.

  11. We recently bought a home in AZ that has Luxury vinyl plank flooring in the living area, kitchen, laundry, mudroom,, and baths. We LOVE it. After moving from CA where all floors are usually tile and very hard to stand on day in and day out, we are finding this vinyl flooring to be fantastic. It is so easy to keep clean, very comfortable to walk on, and looks so much like hardwood flooring. And no grout to try to keep clean!! That’s a big bonus in my book. Yes, we had to give up our floor steamer which we used on tile before. But a quick cordless vacuum and a swiffer mop are all we need to keep our place spic and span! Thanks for your post!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Martha – I use Swiffer sweeper and a Bona mop that make cleaning the floor easy. And I agree with you – it is wonderful not having any grout to clean! :-)

  12. This is so timely, Diane. We’re updating our master suite – fresh paint everywhere, new fixtures in the bathroom, new linens and bedding, and new flooring in the bedroom. For the new flooring, we decided to get rid of wall-to-wall carpeting and install LVP. Just yesterday, we picked out a gorgeous light oak color and can’t wait until it comes in and our contractor installs it. I think it will look gorgeous in our refreshed bedroom with a beautiful area rug that we’ve already picked out.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Terry – It sounds like your bedroom is just about ready. You will really like the flooring. The ease of cleaning and maintaining it is a breeze. Enjoy your newly decorated bedroom.

  13. This post is just in time as we will be installing LVP in the lower level lake side of our home. I will definitely check out the links. .

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Gail – I can’t wait to see the house!

  14. Diane, I love LVP flooring but I have never seen it done in a herrringbone pattern. Can you tell me what brand that is and is there any special information about how it gets installed.
    Thank you.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Mary – The maker of that flooring is Karndean. I am not sure about how to install it, but here is a link to their website that might help: https://bit.ly/3eff36z