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Linoleum Buying Guide Flooring Accessories

Linoleum floor accessories help to complete the flooring project and enhance overall floor performance.


Moldings are necessary to transition between two different types of flooring (such as linoleum to carpet). There are several different types of moldings for linoleum installations.

  • T–molding: Two floors of the same height can be bridged together using this molding. It covers the exposed edges of each section of flooring. This molding usually serves as the transition piece between rooms.
  • Overlap Reducer: Floors of different heights can be transitioned into each other with this type of molding. A reducer also protects the edge of the flooring from being damaged by foot traffic.
  • Overlap Squarenose: These types of molding are used to transition between linoleum and other vertical surfaces where edges would otherwise be exposed.
  • Overlap Stairnose: Linoleum can be laid on stairs with the use of this molding, which finishes the edges of the stairs.
  • Quarter Round: These moldings are installed where the linoleum meets the base of your walls, giving your flooring a more finished look.
  • Flash Coving: Coving is an extension of sheet flooring up to the wall which acts as a wallbase. This is considered one of the hardest to install.
  • Wallbase: Used to protect walls from mopping or cleaning. Rubber wallbase is commonly used with linoleum flooring.
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Special flooring adhesive made specifically for linoleum installation is used to attach the linoleum to the subfloor.


Many floor experts recommend that you apply 1–2 coats of sealer after installation to further protect the linoleum. There are even sealers available which can help restore already–damaged linoleum. When selecting a sealer, it's always best to use the one recommended by the manufacturer.


Caulk is needed when a linoleum floor is being installed in the bathroom to prevent moisture from penetrating to the sub–floor. Moisture exposure can encourage mold and fungi growth, which can weaken the subfloor.


Underlayments can help prevent moisture damage as well as reduce indoor sound transmission. While some underlayments can do both, others can only do one or the other. The underlayment is installed between the subfloor and the linoleum flooring being installed.

  • Moisture protection: For superior moisture protection, plastic underlayments are commonly recommended.
  • Noise reduction (sound / noise abatement): Standard foam and cork are the most popular types of sound reduction underlayments. While some underlayments offer sound and moisture barriers, their sound reduction characteristics are not as effective as cork. Linoleum floor planks with a core backing are available for easier installation and can help reduce sound transmission in your home.

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