01 of 05
Corsica Tile: Real or Resilient?
Resilient tile is just another euphemism for vinyl tile, which is just another euphemism for junky, sub-standard flooring. Yes? 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 (but isn't) flooring alternative. Now there... is a name for it all, and it is called luxury vinyl flooring (LVF). Now, 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 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.
- 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. No, it's not the cement-based grout you may have worked with before when laying ceramic tile, but a special acrylic grout.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
02 of 05
Adura Hickory Luxury Vinyl Flooring: Rich, Dark Goodness?
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 (to my eye) 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).Continue to 3 of 5 below.
03 of 05
Mannington Adura Walnut: Feeling Distressed Yet?
One of my favorites, this 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; or, 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.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
04 of 05
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" x 36" planks are relatively monochromatic--very little color variation--and maybe that's one reason why it's not my favorite. 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, as shown here, in... intimate settings, such as a breakfast room.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
Mannington Adura: Zebrawood What?
I will tell you right off the bat: you cannot buy this Adura. In fact, you cannot even find it on the Mannington site anymore. It has been completely wiped clean from the Mannington site.
Mannington's Adura line at one time had several zebrawood offerings. But one zebrawood should have received an award for the Least Environmentally Sensitive Name. It was called:
Zebrawood Smoking Gun
No kidding. If you could get your mind away from the thought of dead zebras, you'd have found it to... be a lovely style of flooring. I keep it here for posterity and historical record.