Linoleum is a eco-friendly floor that is also budget friendly. It was invented in 1861, and has made a comeback with stylish colors and designs that mimic marble, granite, stone, and wood. It is durable, easy to maintain, and can last some 40 years! It is recyclable and biodegradable.
It is composed of renewable linseed oil, pine resin, cork powder and wood flour, so it is inherently antibacterial. It emits very low levels of volatile organic compounds. It is antistatic, repels dirt and dust, and hypoallergenic. The hard surface flexes, and even absorbs sound. It has been a popular choice of flooring for hospitals and schools for a long time.
Linoleum is good for high traffic areas, and is pet friendly. It has color throughout the product, not just on the surface making scratches easier to repair. It is fire resistant. It is warm and comfortable surface.
Linoleum is not the same as vinyl flooring, which is comprised of toxic synthetic petroleum derived chemical materials with the pattern print on the surface, making it difficult to repair. Linoleum is four times stronger than vinyl.
Linoleum cannot be installed directly on a concrete subfloor because of moisture issues. A moisture barrier must be laid on the concrete, topped with a plywood subfloor installed with special nails over the slab, and the linoleum put down on the wood surface.
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