Resilient Flooring 101

As the leader in resilient flooring with over 130 year experience, Congoleum® has created “Resilient 101” a page that details everything you need to know about resilient flooring including benefits, installation, cleaning and more.

Resilient flooring is all about flexibility, allowing you to achieve the look of hardwood or tile at a fraction of the cost. They are all waterproof, easy to clean and maintain, and more. Learn more about the most popular types of resilient floors:

Triversa Prime TX181

Traditional Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT): Traditional LVT flooring such as DuraCeramic® is composed of multiple layers of flexible PVC making it much less stiff then the rigid core products. It is composed of a scratch resistant wearlayer, a decorative/image layer and a durable flexible backing layer and is known to be stable and reliable. Traditional LVT requires adhesive and is glued to the floor or UnderFlor® in an installation.

Solid Polymer Core (SPC): This type of flooring including Triversa™ Prime is a solid PVC core with a thin traditional LVT cap to create the visual. This solid un-plasticized core is incredibly rigid and tough with great indentation and temperature stability properties. This product is also generally a floating floor and can be installed without any glue.

Luxury Vinyl Sheet: Luxury vinyl sheet such as the Congoleum AirStep® or ArmorCore® family of products have been around for decades and is still one of the most popular types of flooring around. It’s made using a printing process known as ‘rotogravure’, which prints a pattern on the flooring substrate via an engraved cylinder. Congoleum luxury vinyl sheet floors are manufactured right here in the U.S.

Vinyl Composition Tile Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) is a flooring product used primarily in institutional and commercial applications. VCT is a popular choice due to its low cost and durability. The tiles can be used in a wide range of color and design combinations to create unique, custom effects. The durable solid through-color construction provides years of enduring beauty.

DuraCeramic DEL02

Benefits of Resilient Flooring

  • Waterproof: Resilient flooring by nature is waterproof and can be used anywhere, but is especially beneficial in areas that might be more likely to get wet or have spills like kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.
  • Easy to Clean & Maintain: As with any type of flooring, resilient requires the occasional cleaning. This is especially true if it’s used in a high traffic area – but luckily they’re easy to clean and maintain.
  • Scratch and Indentation Resistant: Resilient flooring is made for everyday life. It doesn’t scratch, indent or stain easily, which makes it kid and pet-friendly. Its flexibility and durability allows you to install it virtually anywhere in your home.
  • Realistic Visuals: Your options for flooring choices are virtually limitless. Not only will you be able to easily find a floor you love that fits in your design style, it may be hard to pick just one!

Cleaning & Maintenance

To keep your resilient flooring looking new, use a broom, vacuum or microfiber sweeper for a quick clean up. For deeper cleans, a damp mop and mild cleaner get the job done. Plus, resilient flooring has a protective wearlayer on it that allows it to maintain it’s luster for years to come. Congoleum floor care overview


Resilient installation is much easier to install than hardwood and other types of flooring and can be completed by the homeowner or a professional installer. If you choose to install yourself, be sure to carefully follow installation instructions from the manufacturer. Congoleum installation videos

Learn which Congoleum floor fits your lifestyle best by visiting a local Congoleum retailer today.