Resilient floors come in many textures, colors and styles. These products are manufactured in two styles: sheet and tile.
VCT comes in 12” tiles, is a porous floor material that can hold up well to strong alkalines, acid, and solvent spills and spots if cleaned up right away. Manufacturers recommend waiting 5 days after installation before doing any maintenance to the flooring. When sealing or applying floor finish to a new VCT floor, the factory finish needs be removed. VCT tile must be sealed with a sealer or sealer/finish.
Sheet vinyl comes in 6’ to 12’ widths, available in many colors and styles. It is installed in both commercial and residential locations. The seams are chemically welded or heat welded. The flooring can be easily scratched. It is resistant to solvents, acid and alkaline spots when cleaned up right away. Sheet vinyl can be sealed with a sealer or a sealer/finish.
Many commercial buildings are now installing stone floors such as ceramic tile, granite, marble and terrazzo. Although these floors may not need the frequent care that resilient tile floors need, they still need to be maintained regularly in order to keep the stone and grout looking good. If not maintained properly, the floor and grout will start to look dull and dirty.
We will recommend a floor care program that is safe for the type of flooring you have in your building. The program we recommend will depend on traffic levels and desired appearance.
Marble is a metamorphic stone and is one of the most expensive floor coverings made. Marble is a re-crystallized limestone and can be identified by the veins running through it. Marble is soft and scratches easily, and acid products will etch the floor.
Granite is an igneous stone and contains many different minerals such as quartz, feldspar and potassium. Granite is very hard, tough and durable, but it stains easily if not sealed. It must be sealed with a penetrating sealer.
Travertine is a sedimentary stone, which has a lot of holes in it and must be filled with a synthetic resin or cement based product. Travertine most often has a honed finish but will have a floor finish on it. If a topical coating is applied it should be a water-based finish and be specifically made for natural stone.
Solid wood flooring is one complete piece of wood from top to bottom. It comes in strip sizes of 2” to 3” wide at random lengths or plank sizes that are 3” or 8” wide in a fixed or random width and length. Both are 3/4” thick with a wear layer of 1/8”.
Parquet wood flooring is usually a 12” x 12” square with endless choices of geometric designs such as standard, herringbone or Fontainebleau.
Engineered wood flooring comes in 3 to 5 layers of wood, laminated together with a cross-grain lamination construction that makes it more dimensionally stable (it does not expand and contract like a solid wood floor). Engineered wood flooring comes with a pre-finish that will not need any initial sanding or finish required. It can be screened once.
Laminate wood flooring is made from several layers of wood by-products bonded together under pressure. There is a surface layer in which a picture can be applied to the top and sealed with an aluminum oxide finish.
Laminate wood flooring is easy to clean, difficult to stain, durable and long lasting if given proper care. It cannot be refinished and requires no sealer or finish.
Concrete is one of the least expensive floor types, yet it can take on a designer style and made to resemble brick, marble, wood, slate and many other floor types. Concrete can be stained, stamped, stenciled, dyed, painted and polished.
Ceramic tile floors are installed in residential and commercial buildings, indoors and out. Ceramic tile floors come in many different shapes, sizes and colors. They are very durable and after the initial cleaning and sealing with an impregnator or penetrating sealer they can be low maintenance floors. Topical coating can be applied to un-glazed ceramic tile flooring.