What is Linoleum Flooring?

Linoleum is often confused with vinyl flooring, and some people might not even know that there is a difference between the two. The main difference between the two is that linoleum is made from natural materials and vinyl is made from synthetic materials. Linoleum has received resurgence in popularity in residential settings because of its environmentally friendly construction and its durability; a linoleum floor can last 25 to 40 years!

Made from linseed oil, wood flour, powdered cork, and other natural materials, linoleum is a green flooring solution that can be recycled at the end of its life. Linoleum is naturally resistant to static electricity and will not attract dust or allergens, making it an excellent floor for people with allergies. Linoleum is more porous than vinyl, and therefore is not as suitable for areas of the home exposed to moisture such as bathrooms.

Like vinyl, linoleum is available in rolls cut to 6 foot lengths or as tiles or planks. It is known for being extremely durable and will last even longer than vinyl. Linoleum’s color and design goes all the way through to the backing of the floor, so even as the floor is worn down its color will stay the same. When protected with the manufacturer’s bonded coating, linoleum will resist scuffs and scratches. Linoleum also resists dirt and will clean easily with regular sweeping and occasional mopping. Linoleum also naturally absorbs sound and is nonflammable.

Call Wheat’s Carpet One Floor & Home at (205) 737-0218 or visit our showroom at 51 McFarland Boulevard in Northport, AL to find out more about linoleum flooring.