Mannington Adura: Blurring the Line Between Resilient and Real

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  • 01 of 04

    Corsica Tile: Real or Resilient?

    Mannington Adura Corsica
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    "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:

    1. Adura "Rectangles": Meant to look like ceramic tile, it also has one of tile's most popular sizes--16” x 16” squares. A couple of years ago, they introduced a 12” x 24” that makes installation about twice as fast as with 12" x 12" tiles.
    2. Plank Shaped: Meant to mimic wood in 4" x 36" 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.

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  • 02 of 04

    Adura Hickory Luxury Vinyl Flooring

    Mannington Adura Hickory Luxury Vinyl Flooring
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    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" wide, 36" long, and 4 mm thick. Relative to other vinyl plank, this is neither long (many are 48"), nor wide (many go up to 5" or 6") nor thick (some Shaw LVFs go up to 6.5 mm thick).

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  • 03 of 04

    Mannington Adura Walnut

    Adura Distressed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Flooring
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    Adura Walnut is extremely distressed. Distressed is a term used within the flooring industry to refer to:

    1. Real wood that is quite old and has the beautiful marks and dents of age
    2. 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.

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  • 04 of 04

    Mannington Adura Canadian Maple Plank

    Mannington Adura Canadian Maple
    © Mannington Mills

    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" x 36" planks are relatively monochromatic--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.