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FAQ QuestionWhat is linoleum flooring and how is it made?
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Linoleum flooring (also known as resilient flooring) is made by oxidizing linseed oil which is then mixed with fine plant materials such as ground cork, pine resin, and wood flour. This is laid on top of a jute fiber backing. It is sold in large rolls or in a tile form and comes in an array of vivid colors and designs. It can be cut to create beautiful custom patterns and is known to be a sturdy alternative to hardwood, stone, or tile flooring.
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FAQ QuestionHow does linoleum differ from vinyl?
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Vinyl is made entirely of synthetic material, while linoleum is completely natural. It is generally believed that linoleum is less harmful to the environment for this reason. However, more recent research conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology has shown that the manufacture, installation and life-time use of vinyl actually has a lower or equal negative impact on the environment when compared to linoleum. Linoleum is 100% recyclable, known to be antibacterial, hypoallergenic, and antistatic. Vinyl tends to be less expensive and more DIY friendly. Clearly both vinyl and linoleum have positive and negative aspects.

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FAQ QuestionWho needs linoleum flooring?
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Linoleum flooring is best for someone who is looking for relatively inexpensive flooring with a multitude of choices in color and design. There are some forms of linoleum that snap together and do not require glue which makes it an excellent choice for a Do-It-Yourself installer. Linoleum can be installed in almost any environment but is most often used in kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways. It is also great for someone looking for a hypoallergenic, antibacterial, or antistatic floor. For this reason, it is often used in office or medical facilities.

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FAQ QuestionWhat are the advantages of linoleum flooring?
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Linoleum is a tough, durable, natural product that is warm and quiet when walked on. It is offered in many different colors and designs making it very versatile. It is also hypoallergenic, antibacterial, and antistatic which makes it a good choice for home, office or medical facilities. The natural materials in linoleum make it stain resistant, fire retardant, and relatively easy to maintain. Linoleum is an exceptionally durable product that can last 15-25 years.
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FAQ QuestionWhat are the disadvantages of linoleum flooring?
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Linoleum is susceptible to moisture and can require more maintenance than vinyl flooring. In addition, linoleum can be more expensive than vinyl, and is sometimes manufactured with chemical agents that can damage indoor air quality. Linoleum also has a slight scent of linseed-oil that some may not prefer. It requires a smooth even subfloor as imperfections will show through the linoleum. Linoleum flooring does not add as much value to your home as other natural products such as stone or hardwood. Linoleum floors are affected by direct sunlight and color can fade as a result of prolonged exposure. Most linoleum floors require glue down installation and are not usually recommended for an inexperienced or DIY-installer.

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