Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum is sometimes confused with vinyl flooring, but it's actually a natural material. It's made with felt or canvas covered in linseed oil, resin, and cork – which makes it more environmentally friendly than vinyl. It also comes in sheets or tiles and looks very similar to vinyl. It's durable enough to last 10 to 15 years (perhaps more with proper care.) As with the other materials, linoleum comes in a huge smorgasbord of bright, vibrant colors and patterns. It's very durable, comfortable, and easy to maintain.

ADVANTAGES OF LINOLEUM

  • Anti-static material; surface doesn't hold on to bacteria or allergens
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Cost effective
  • Doesn't mark as easily as vinyl
  • Water resistant if installed properly (although it's not recommended for basements)

DISADVANTAGES OF LINOLEUM

  • Needs to be waxed and polished on a regular basis
  • Can smell for long periods of time after installation
  • Hard to remove once it's installed
  • Not as many design or color options as vinyl