As one of the most popular flooring options, resilient flooring is versatile and long-lasting, even for high traffic areas. It is the flooring of choice in many businesses because it is attractive and durable, with so many colors and patterns to choose from. Resilient flooring includes linoleum, vinyl, cork and However, no flooring material is without its drawbacks and one issue that people experience with this type is discoloration from the top down.
Common Causes of Discoloration
Here are the 6 most common causes for resilient flooring to discolor from the top down:
- UV Ray Exposure: Resilient flooring can become faded when exposed to the UV rays of the sun over long periods of time. While many are manufactured to resist the UV rays as much as possible, discoloration can still occur over time and exposure.
- Acid Spills and Animal Secretions: Harsh chemicals, whether commercially made or natural ones from urine, can affect the surface of the resilient flooring and compromise the integrity of the material.
- Asphalt Tracking: Brought in by foot traffic from unsealed asphalt drives and walkways, the particles can cause yellowing and the discoloration can even be spread as the flooring is washed.
- Hot Spills or Excessive Heat: The resilient flooring can be compromised when it is exposed to high heat, as from a hot appliance. Hot spills can also bring about the same effect.
- Carpets and Rugs: Placing carpet or rugs on top of this kind of flooring can affect coloration, as the rubber backing of the carpets reacts with the surface of the flooring.
- Manufacturing Defect: Sometimes manufacturers don’t catch the problems with the material before shipping and installation, and the flooring doesn’t meet industry standards for resisting stains, spills and more.
Repairing Resilient Flooring
While resilient flooring is one of the toughest and most versatile choices on the market, there is always a chance for discoloration when exposed to these types of influences. Repairing this flooring depends on the size and scope of the discoloration. If the flooring is in tile form, often a new tile can be put in after the old one is taken up. Sheet style flooring will need to be patched using a piece that is slightly bigger than the discoloration. Generally, repairs to resilient flooring should be done by a professional to maintain a high quality appearance.