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Linoleum Flooring 

Linoleum is another resilient flooring, and should not be confused with regular vinyl. Before the newer resilient vinyls became so popular, linoleum flooring was the popular #1 choice for floors that would get a lot of traffic and wear.

One of the biggest reasons linoleum lost it's place as the number one choice was because the colors and designs were mostly drab and gave an institutional look. To meet consumer demands those drab colors and designs have been replaced with a wide variety of vibrant colors and many interesting patterns.

Linoleum flooring is now regaining some of it's former popularity because it is an environmentally friendly product preferred by many who would rather use "green products" to protect our environment, and because makers have met consumer demands for more diverse colors and patterns. 

Linoleum is made up of natural materials (linseed oil, wood and cork flour, pine resin and ground limestone). These natural properties are spread over a jute backing material.

It is also thought that linoleum is better tolerated by people who have major allergies that are aggravated by many man made products.

Linoleum is often more expensive than the regular vinyls, but can prove more durable. It is easy on the feet because it comes in thicker grades with more cushioning.

This product is suitable for rooms such as a bathroom that get a lot of wear. Linoleum is a much warmer product for bare feet than tile or stone floors and stands up well to moisture.

You'll find linoleum flooring offered in both tiles and sheeting. Tiles are easier to deal with during installation, especially when a homeowner is doing the installation. Linoleum is also available in sheeting for a solid floor surface with no seams or cracks. It does come in width restrictions, so measure your bathroom and be sure you can get a width that will cover your floor with no seams. Seaming linoleum may be too difficult to do yourself, and you may need to hire it done.

One factor to keep in mind, is that linoleum is more brittle than vinyl , and should be on site in a reasonably warm room and laid out flat for up to 48 hours before the installation to prevent cracking.

Resilient flooring in either the regular vinyl or linoleum can be the right choice in a bathroom for many home owners. Linoleum comes in a range of styles and colors and budget options. Linoleum can be more durable than the regular vinyls, is easy to keep clean and is eco-friendly.




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