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Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum
has enjoyed renewed interest of late. It was placed on the backburner after
cheaper vinyl came along in 1947. But a new range of color options and stronger
sealant to protect those nifty colors has brought linoleum back. Linoleum is
primarily made from natural ingredients, unlike synthetic vinyl. Also unlike
vinyl, it resists fire and its colors patterns aren’t just printed on the
surface, but penetrate all the way through.

Pros:
Linoleum is made from linseed oil, woodflour, cork dust or pine rosin, jute and
limestone. It comes in a huge range of colors. It’s quiet, durable,
biodegradable, environmentally friendly, hygienic, and anti-static. Present day
linoleum won’t wear down like the old 50’s type, and the glue is better so it
won’t pucker up over time.

Cons:
Linoleum is porous; it may need to be waxed or polished from time to time.
Though it’s strong overall it is difficult to repair.

If you’re looking for an affordable flooring material for your basement, then you will certainly want to consider linoleum. With natural, eco-friendly characteristics and wide array of design options, linoleum is an excellent choice for all different applications. Here is some more information to get you started.

Costs

Linoleum flooring usually costs around $3-4 per square foot, including installation, but can vary depending on the quality of the materials used and the cost of labor. You can get a few price quotes from local installers to learn more.

Pros

Linoleum comes in an amazing range of colors.

It’s quiet and very durable.

Linoleum is also biodegradable and environmentally-friendly.

Cons

Though linoleum is strong overall, it’s difficult to repair.

Linoleum is a porous material that can stain.

May not be the warmest material for cold-climate basements.

Durability

Present-day linoleum won’t wear down like the old 1950s type, and is said to last between 40 and 50 years. In addition, the glue has improved so it won’t pucker up over time.

Maintenance

With periodic maintenance, linoleum flooring can look like new for years after installation. Regularly sweep and mop the floor with soap and a mild detergent. Reseal the flooring using the sealant suggested by the manufacturer.

Common Questions and Answers

Does the pattern and color on linoleum last as long as the linoleum itself?

Yes, the colors and patterns aren’t just printed on the surface—they penetrate all the way through the linoleum. In addition, sealants used today are far better at protecting linoleum so it stays looking the same for years to come.

What is linoleum flooring made of?

Linoleum is made from linseed oil, cork dust or pine rosin, jute, and limestone.

History

Linoleum is no stranger to the flooring market. It was invented 150 years ago and graced many a home until vinyl took over in the 1950’s. It is now seeing an increase in popularity because of its environmentally-friendly attributes.

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