Linoleum FlooringA natural take on resilient flooring
What Is Linoleum Flooring?
Although vinyl flooring is the most popular resilient flooring option, it is not the only option available for the residential market. There are other options that, like vinyl, offer premium durability and comfort. One such option is linoleum flooring. Linoleum functions and even looks like vinyl, but it features a totally different construction.
Vinyl flooring is made almost exclusively from synthetic materials such as plastic. This synthetic construction is one of the reasons why vinyl is resistant to most scratches and to moisture. Linoleum flooring, however, is actually made from natural materials. These materials include linseed oil, wood flour, and powdered cork, among others. As a result, linoleum is much friendlier to the environment than vinyl, so it truly is an eco-friendly flooring option.
Nonetheless, linoleum flooring still maintains the resistance and durability you’d expect from a resilient floor. Its surface resists scratches and scuffs, and it does not trap dirt, dust, and other particles. In addition, linoleum floors can handle some moisture, and they also are strong enough for areas with heavy foot traffic. Linoleum flooring is therefore appropriate for nearly every home setting, and it’s even suitable for many commercial settings.
One advantage that linoleum does have over vinyl is its uniform construction. Vinyl does not have a uniform construction because it is made from different layers. Consequently, vinyl does not have a consistent color and pattern from top to bottom. Linoleum is not made from layers; rather, it features a solid construction like traditional hardwoods and tiles. Because of this solid construction, linoleum does have a consistent color and pattern, so everyday wear and tear will not show as easily. In fact, any deep scratches can actually be buffed out with the right treatment.
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