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Introduction to Linoleum Flooring

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Linoleum flooring allows you to arrange unique designs for your kitchen.

Most often associated with the kitchen of your grandmother, linoleum has come back in fashion as an environmentally friendly product. Linoleum is often confused with plastic vinyl because they both come in sheet form. But vinyl is made from synthetics and linoleum from natural materials; it's a felt or canvas coated with linseed oil, cork, and resins. The Latin root of the word linoleum means flax or linen combined with oil. It comes in plain or decorative patterns, including ones that resemble marble.

 

Recommended flooring support
Plywood.


Pros

  • Quiet, smooth, elastic, and comfortable

  • Takes a lot of effort to dent it

  • Fats, oils, and greases won't damage it

  • Environmentally friendly


Cons

  • Has fewer colors and patterns than vinyl

  • Standing water can damage it


Price

About $4-$22 per square foot.

 

 

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