You might think of linoleum as an old-fashioned flooring installed in your grandma’s 20th century home, but this flooring material is back with a bang and is going to be trending again in upcoming years. It’s already becoming increasingly popular in the residential sector, not only because of its many benefits as a flooring material but also because of its eco-friendliness.
Considering all the advantages linoleum flooring has to offer, it’s quite expected that one would wonder why everyone hasn’t installed linoleum flooring in their home. The answer to this question is that linoleum floors have just recently made a comeback in residential sector. The main reason why homeowners are becoming inclined towards this flooring again is because of its environmentally friendliness and non-toxicity.
However, there are many other advantages as well that linoleum flooring has to offer, such as:
- High DurabilityMost of linoleum flooring comes with warranties of 25+ years, but with proper care and maintenance the lifespan of the product can be extended up to 40 years. One of the reasons behind its longevity is its inherent colorfast construction. This means that the pattern and color are integrated throughout the width of material and not just printed over the surface of the flooring.If you’re planning to install linoleum flooring in your home, just make sure that the manufacturers have added a protective coating over the surface to prevent it from darkening or yellowing. Linoleum floors can become darker or take on a yellow tinge if they are exposed to direct sunlight for a long time. This protective coating strengthens the flooring material’s resilience against scuffs and dirt, and helps it preserve its natural color.
- Easy to Clean and MaintainLinoleum flooring is the easiest to clean and maintain. Although its protective coating holds off scuffs and dirt, you will still have to clean the floor regularly with non-ammonia based cleansers. Also, make sure you periodically vacuum or sweep the floor to remove rough dirt particles as they can scratch up the material over time.Moreover, any stains on linoleum can be easily removed with a cloth and mild detergent. As the color in this linoleum runs throughout the material’s width, you don’t really have to worry if it gets scratched or stained. You can easily buff out scratches and stains, and refinish your floor.
- Eco-friendlinessThis is the most valued advantage of linoleum flooring. This product, made from all-natural materials, is recyclable and biodegradable. Thanks to its wooden components, you can toss out this flooring after 25 to 40 years without any guilt. You can take this used linoleum to any energy-recycling plant or compost it in your lawn as you would with wood chips. You may also discard it if the pile is small enough. The all-natural composition of linoleum ensures that it doesn’t produce any destructive volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions.
- Wide Variety of Styles, Colors, and PatternsLinoleum flooring comes in a huge variety of styles, patterns, and colors. It also comes in designs that mimic the look of marble, wood, or stone flooring. Moreover, this flooring is available in three options for installation:
- Sheer Linoleum Flooring: It comes in large-sized rolls that are best-suited for large, open areas. Sheer linoleum floors are available in an enormous variety of patterns and colors, so you can easily choose the one that matches with your home décor.
- Tile Linoleum Flooring: It is just like stone, porcelain, or ceramic tile flooring but considerably less expensive.
- Click-and-lock Linoleum Flooring: It comes in planks or tiles and is designed to be used in floating floor system. Click-and-lock linoleum floor is snapped into place over a floor frame and doesn’t require any glues or adhesive for installation.