“Linoleum flooring is made from natural materials like linseed oil, recycled wood flour, cork dust and limestone. Linoleum is naturally anti-bacterial and biodegradable. It is a perfect choice for a “green” floor in one’s home.” (Armstrong)
VinylVinyl flooring is the sheet material that is often imprinted with a pattern to mimic tile. It comes in 6' and 12' widths on a roll. It is the most economical flooring available and therefore is often viewed as a negative. I don't know why, but every time someone refers to linoleum in a negative, they are actually visualizing or referring to vinyl. So let's talk about the positives of linoleum.
LinoleumQuick Facts About Linoleum
- Linoleum is one of the oldest ‘natural’ floor types still in use which dates back one and a half centuries to its creation in England.
- Linoleum floors were very popular until just after World War II when the cheaper priced synthetic, flexible vinyl was the new thing
- Today, with the emphasis on eco–friendly, green flooring products, linoleum is staging a comeback.
- Linoleum is made entirely from natural raw materials and is comprised of things like linseed oil, rosin, and wood with jute backing.
- Linoleum is available in a rainbow of colors, patterns and beautiful designs and is even available as a “do it yourself” installation project.
- As flooring, linoleum is durable with an expected lifespan of 40 years.
- Since it is made of natural and renewable materials, it is entirely biodegradable when discarded.
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