ASK THE MATERIAL EXPERT About ASI Resilient Flooring

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Q: What is the difference between solid 'luxury' vinyl and VCT?

A: Since its debut in 1933, resilient vinyl flooring has quickly grown in popularity to its current prominence in the hard surface flooring market. All resilient vinyl material has a characteristic "give" or "bounce-back" and is water resistant. However, vinyl products vary greatly in quality, durability, sustainability and price depending on composition.

"Luxury" vinyl flooring is defined as resilient flooring crafted from 100% pure vinyl. All ASI Resilient flooring collections are "luxury" vinyl.

VCT (Vinyl Composition Tile) is composed of vinyls and filler materials, such as calcium carbonate (limestone). In the past, asbestos was used as a filler.

Solid luxury vinyl tile is considerably more flexible than VCT, has significantly higher resistance to abrasive wear, and is more resistant to impact damage. A .20 mil vinyl wear layer is standard for ASI resilient flooring, and ensures product performance in the most demanding commercial applications. The wear layer of VCT is a wax sealer that is surface applied and must be diligently maintained throughout the life cycle of the product, resulting in significant labor costs and, often, failure of the product to perform to specification. VCT, because of its rigid characteristics, is also susceptible to cracking if installed over a less than perfect subfloor. 

"Luxury" vinyl flooring has an envious product life cycle in high-traffic installations. A 10-year commercial wear warranty is offered on all ASI "luxury" vinyl products and most of the collections are now sustainable, which can contribute to LEED® points (see sustainable question below).

Q: How is luxury vinyl a sustainable product?

A: Vinyl tile is now an environmentally-friendly material. An assessment of its life-cycle will often show that vinyl tile outperforms comparable flooring products in energy usage, maintenance and durability, ultimately resulting in a material that outlasts its competitors. Most of the ASI Resilient collections are made from recycled content, and may also contribute to LEED® points for Regional Materials, if manufactured within 500 miles of the job site.
The recommended adhesives are low-emitting, as is the material itself. Eco-Tech® Resilient Floating Floor and ASI Concrete Vinyl Collection are FloorScore certified for indoor air quality.

Q: What is the recommended maintenance for resilient flooring?

A: The long-term maintenance of flooring products is a primary factor in material selection. Issues such as budget, aesthetic and life cycle are often discussed, however the development and discussion of maintenance requirements in partnership with the client is equally key. Hard surface flooring types - woodresilient and stone, each have their own general maintenance requirements. Here are some general guidelines and specific maintenance information for resilient flooring.

  • For all floors, the use of 'walk-off' mats or doormats is advised, protecting the floor surface - an interior material - from the grit and grime carried from the outside.
  • Depending on the porosity of the flooring product, water can stain and/or warp a floor. All hard surface floors become slippery when wet, and caution should always be taken with spills, on wet days and when cleaning with water to prevent accidents.
  • Sliding or rolling objects or furniture directly on any hard surface floor damages the finish and can sometimes cause irreparable damage to the material itself. Use of furniture protectors or hardboard when moving is always recommended.
  • Daily cleaning is recommended for all types of hard surface flooring.

With that said, luxury (100% vinyl) resilient flooring is one of the easiest flooring types to maintain. The material can be wet mopped, and replacement of tiles or strips is quick and simple. Textured vinyl materials show very minimal wear on the surface, and are ideal for high traffic applications.

The goal for flooring specification, installation and maintenance is to take into consideration the life cycle of the material, and develop a strategic program for care that will retain the design aesthetic of the project. Contact sales@archsystems.com to discuss your project criteria.

Q: Is it possible to value-engineer with ASI Resilient, if necessary?

A: Value-engineering, by definition, is developing a product to better match its function, thus creating a desirable ratio of value to cost. It is of primary importance that quality and aesthetic not be compromised as a result. Value engineering can reduce costs and maintain quality when introduced at the appropriate phases of a project. Timely evaluation of design decisions, as well as communication with ASI, ultimately results in the protection of your design intent through the use of material alternates.

ASI Resilient collections offer ideal value-engineered options, as most of the products are designed to simulate natural materials. Wood Vinyl CollectionEuropean Vinyl Collection, and Eco-Tech® Resilient Floating Floor, as well as the Wood Grain series of ASI Magnetic Floor System, all reflect the look and grain of real hardwoods. Organic Vinyl Collection features alternatives to specialty hardwoods, such as bamboo and cork. ASI Concrete Vinyl Collection appears as just that – concrete, while the Stone series of ASI Magnetic Floor System gives an option for the look of natural stone in a durable, cost-effective, easy-to-install (and maintain!) material.