What You Need to Know about Linoleum Flooring
Linoleum is a sheet flooring made from the natural raw materials, linseed oil, cork dust and wood flour. Frederick Walton invented it in 1863 in the UK. People originally call it linoleum flooring, but nowadays we commonly know it as vinyl flooring.
Why Choose Linoleum Flooring?
Although linoleum has been around for a long time, we have given it a new lease of life thanks to its unique properties and environmental credentials.
It’s one of the few man-made materials that is 100% recyclable, and unlike other types of flooring it doesn’t emit toxic fumes when you cut or glue it, making it ideal for those with allergies or asthma.
And because there are no chemicals in its manufacture, you don’t have to worry about any harmful fumes going into your home either!
Because linoleum comes in sheets, you can install it yourself (just make sure you know what you’re doing), which means that you can save money on labour costs and DIY stores will often have very competitive prices too.
However if you worry about getting things right first time then there are lots of companies out there that will be able to install it for you.
It’s worth mentioning that because linoleum is a natural product, it can have slight variations in colour and appearance so make sure you know what you’re getting.
What Type of Linoleum Should I Choose?
There are a few different types of linoleum flooring available on the market, and each one has its own benefits and drawbacks. The main types of linoleum flooring available are:
Linocut (plain) is the most popular type of linoleum. People produce it using traditional craftsmanship techniques. It comes in lots of different colours and patterns and there are a number of different manufacturers producing it so make sure you check out some samples before making your final decision.
This type of linoleum has a more contemporary look and feel to it but it’s not as easy to install as plain linoleum because it doesn’t have any give in it.
You’ll also need to take extra care when cutting or gluing because machine printed linoleum can damage things if it gets too hot.
There are lots of different patterns available for linoleum flooring, including a number of designs inspired by nature, such as the kiwi bird and the lotus flower.
These types of linoleum are very easy to install because they have a built-in give and they’re a lot more affordable than plain linoleum. But you’ll need to make sure that the pattern is consistent across all the sheets so that there are no joins.
Although we often call this vinyl flooring, it’s actually from linoleum. It’s very durable and long lasting but it can be a bit slippery so we don’t recommend it for areas where there will be lots of foot traffic or where there might be small children or pets around.
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