Linoleum flooring has always been used before the World War II, it was adopted ever since, and yeah I know you're surprised. Although the linoleum flooring you're seeing today is not similar to the type that was used more than a century ago. The good news is it's back but with a lot of improvement. Today's linoleum is vibrant, durable, and bright. It has become a choice for home renovation, decoration and for those who would want to preserve the look of the original flooring and it is still used for newer home decoration.
The interesting part about this flooring is its unrefined layout that takes hold of the awareness of floor buyers who are passionate about the eco-friendly environment. If you desire this kind of environment, then it's time you look into linoleum one more time.
What is linoleum exactly?
If you've ever tried looking up linoleum flooring, then you would have probably found that linoleum is sometimes called vinyl and vinyl referred to as linoleum. Although these both are somewhat similar, they still have distinct qualities that set them apart.
These two floorings (linoleum and vinyl) come in a vast array of colors and patterns, which offers an awe-inspiring range of design options that can be similar to other flooring types, like marble or tile. Although you can find linoleum and vinyl that are similar, this reason is why they're constantly mistaken for one another. There are both durable (linoleum is mostly durable if it gets coated) cost-effective (affordable), easily maintainable and can last for years with proper installation and management.
Differences between Linoleum and Vinyl Flooring
Easy to install, though sheet linoleum is tough to install
So easy when installing
Linoleum is water-resistant, but it also needs to be sealed periodically
It has better resistance to moisture
Flooding or humidity can be harmful to linoleum
Vinyl work best in areas where you have water, like bathrooms or other damp areas
Can last for 20-40 years
Can last for 10-20 years
The design is present in the whole piece, although it limits the design choice. It also doesn’t fade even when it wears down
Vinyl gives you the option to choose any color or pattern option, although it is only as tough as the layer over the print, which can wear out over time
With an array of factors to look at, to choose the best floor isn't as easy as it seems. This is what leads to the next point, type of linoleum flooring.
Types of linoleum flooring
This type of flooring is one of the simple types you can find out there. What you need to do is, choose the color you want and what part in your home you want it installed. One important thing about linoleum is that the installation is acceptable in most parts of your household. In the section below we would touch on different types of linoleum floor configuration on the market.
Sheet linoleum flooring: this stands as the most used and popular type of linoleum, this has made the manufacturers create a vast array of patterns and colors for consumers to choose from, which can be overwhelming. It comes in heavy 6"6 rolls and the installation process can get complex in no time. So I recommend you have a professional do the installation for you.
Floating linoleum flooring: This type is the best option for those who would prefer installing it themselves. It comes with lock edges that make the linoleum easily click into place. They don't need any form of adhesive; they can be installed with little effort, while not sacrificing the final outlook. So even though you do the installation yourself, it will still turn out beautiful.
Linoleum tile flooring: this type combines the benefits of linoleum and also the awe-inspiring look of a tile floor all in one sitting. Linoleum tiles can be a great alternative to picking tiles or ceramic floors. They are easy to install as well, this type can be installed on the surface of an existing floor, and while this is possible it's important to note that the pre-existing floor must be a very secure and smooth surface to hold the tiles firmly.
Note: since they are not ceramic or tiles, they have a distinct feel when walking on them
Now let's look at the color types of this magnificent flooring
As stated earlier linoleum comes in a variety of colors and patterns but these colors can be categorized into four main categories, which are:
Solid: This version of linoleum flooring is popular for its vividness of each shade in the solid category. And since they run through using one color, you should worry less about it fading
Marble: This category is good for those who want to have their home have a marble-like look without buying marbles. So you want a marble without a cost? Then this category would do just that
Patterns: This category of floors comes with a vast array of different patterns and they are resistant to wear and tear. Note: when ordering this type, your order has to match up properly, if not they will look out of place.
Flecked: This category is similar to patterns but with a twist. If you want a unique look to your room, then this can be an option to consider.
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