"Resilient tile" is just another euphemism for "vinyl tile", which is just another euphemism for junky, sub-standard flooring. If you grew up with hideous sheet vinyl in the kitchen, you can't be blamed for thinking that your kitchen deserves nothing less than porcelain tile or engineered wood.
Advent of Luxury Vinyl Tile
That was then; this is now. Not long ago, major retailer Lumber Liquidators pushed laminate as its main looks-like-wood flooring alternative. Now there is a name for it; luxury vinyl flooring. LVF has crept up to match the number of laminate offerings.
Tiles vs. Planks
Started in 1915, Mannington is one of the older resilient flooring companies. The world of flooring is cluttered with more inferior vinyl/resilient flooring coverings than premium ones; Adura one of the older brands of premium resilient tile.
Adura comes in the two forms that distinguish all LVF on the market:
- Adura "Rectangles": Meant to look like ceramic tile, it also has one of tiles most popular sizes – 16-inch x 16-inch squares. A couple of years ago, they introduced a 12-inch x 24-inch that makes installation about twice as fast as with 12 x 12-inch tiles.
- Plank Shaped: Meant to mimic wood in 4-inch x 36-inch sizes.
Adura Corsica Tile
Shown here is an example of tile-type Adura. Corsica is designed to look a bit rough and natural with its tumbled edge appearance. Real tumbled edge stone is lightly run through a tumble to soften down the sharp edges and make it look vintage.
This flooring, they say, must be installed with Adura grout. Grout on resilient tile is superfluous, but it does make it more realistic.
Adura Hickory Luxury Vinyl Flooring
If you're going to go for luxury plank, you'd better make sure you choose a rich-looking wood "species." After all, even some forms of real solid hardwood oak and especially maple look fake.
This Adura Hickory fits the bill of realistic-looking resilient. Mannington does identify this as Hickory, yet the caption to the photo identifies it as Mesquite ALP 001. The two hickories under the Adura brand are ALP002 and ALP003.
All Mannington Adura luxury plank is 4 inches wide, 36 inches long, and 4 mm thick. Relative to other vinyl plank, this is neither long (many are 48 inches), nor wide (many go up to 5 inches or 6 inches) nor thick (some Shaw LVFs go up to 6.5 mm thick).
Mannington Adura Walnut
Adura Walnut is extremely distressed. Distressed is a term used within the flooring industry to refer to:
- Real wood that is quite old and has the beautiful marks and dents of age
- Real wood that is not old, but has the fake marks and dents of fake age
Adura Walnut is 4mm thick, just thick enough that grain and grooves can be embossed. These planks look convincingly like real walnut because the material needs to be thick enough to accept that embossing. Thinner materials can only hint at texture.
Mannington Adura Canadian Maple Plank
Adura Canadian Maple has one giant selling point shared by all maples, real or fake. Its light color really brightens up a dark place. These 4-inch x 36-inch planks are relatively monochromatic with very little color variation. Maple laminate flooring or luxury vinyl belie the simulations that they are. When extended over a large expanse, its falsity becomes even more apparent. That's why it works well in intimate settings, such as a breakfast room.