Decades ago, linoleum was the flooring of choice for schools, government buildings, and commercial spaces. It was also found in the kitchens and basements of many homes. It was prized for its durability, even if it lacked much character and style. As other flooring options like laminate hardwood and vinyl became available, linoleum was ripped out of homes and businesses and came to be regarded as a relic from the past.
All of that is changing. Today, linoleum is being lauded for its eco-friendly properties and upgraded looks. A range of styles and colors are now available, making it a more appealing option than ever before. The experts at Floor Coverings International share some of the top reasons linoleum is making a comeback:
Durable Yet Inviting
Linoleum is durable with a capital “D.” It stands up to heavy foot traffic and can last for decades with minimal maintenance. However, it’s also known for being slightly pliable and comfortable to stand and walk on. This makes it ideal for kitchens or any room where you’ll be on your feet a lot.
Easy to Install
It’s a relatively simple job to install a linoleum floor. It is available in sheets, tiles, and interlocking panels. Plywood underlayment is usually all that’s needed to prep most floors. Our expert installers will ensure that the installation area is flat, dry, and clean before installing your new linoleum floor.
A Breeze to Maintain
Linoleum also cleans up easily and is highly resistant to scratching, scuffing, and wear and tear. It’s also moisture and heat-resistant. New, innovative linoleum sealants that are applied at the factory help to protect the surface from staining.
Safe and Environmentally Friendly
Linoleum flooring is made from natural components that are renewable and free of toxins. It’s manufactured from materials like resin, wood flour, solidified linseed oil, limestone, and natural pigments. It’s anti-static, antibacterial, and actually repels dust and allergens, making your floor hypoallergenic.
Linoleum is free of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and is fully recyclable and biodegradable. Its surface repels dust and dirt and gives you a floor that’s hypoallergenic.
Available in a Range of Appealing Looks
While some are drawn to today’s linoleum due to its “retro” appeal, this is not your grandfather’s linoleum. Modern versions are available in a variety of colors, patterns, and styles. While there isn’t yet the variety of looks that are available in vinyl, linoleum has vinyl beat when it comes to durability.
Consider installing linoleum in your highest-traffic rooms and areas, or any room where both durability and comfort are desired. Kitchens, hallways, laundry rooms, mudrooms, basements, and work areas are popular locations.
Linoleum was out of style for a number of decades, but these days it’s making a comeback. Many people aren’t aware of just how eco-friendly this material is, but the word is getting out. Made from natural materials that are biodegradable, you can feel good about installing it in your home or business. It’s also available in more exciting colors and patterns than ever before. Give the experts at Floor Coverings International a call today to schedule your free in-home design consultation.
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