Linoleum Flooring

Genuine linoleum – not to be confused with Vinyl Sheet – is a proven performer with great color options, and installing linoleum qualifies for "green" credentials.

Linoleum Flooring: Eco-Friendly Linoleum

Environmentally Friendly Linoleum

Among the “greenest” of floors, linoleum is made from natural materials: linseed oil, resins, recycled wood flour, cork dust, limestone and mineral pigments, mounted on jute backing. It’s naturally anti-bacterial and biodegradable. Sheet linoleum is sold in two-meter (or 6’ 7”) widths and several thicknesses.

   
Linoleum Flooring: Linoleum vs. Vinyl

Linoleum vs. Vinyl

Most people who choose vinyl sheet or luxury vinyl over linoleum do so because vinyl is easier to maintain. Depending upon foot traffic and the wear layer of the product you choose, linoleum can require a little more maintenance to look and perform its best.

Linoleum Design: Color

Color

Known for its vivid, saturated colors, linoleum flooring is available in traditional marbled patterns, solid colors, contemporary flecked designs or graphic patterns. You can also find linoleum in softer earth tones that highlight its organic qualities.

   
Linoleum Design: Look

Look

In an older home, linoleum flooring can smartly complement the original period design. In modern settings, linoleum can shine in radiant colors or be custom-cut to create beautiful and creative patterns on the floor.

   
Linoleum Design: Gloss

Gloss

Linoleum gloss is variable, depending on the product line you choose and its coating.

Linoleum Performance: Room

Room

Linoleum can be installed in most any room in the home, though it’s most popular in non-residential settings. Linoleum flooring is not meant for stairs or bathrooms. (Armstrong does not recommend use of linoleum in full baths due to the moisture and its contribution to excessive expansion and contraction of the product).

One of linoleum's most distinctive qualities is that the entire thickness of the wear layer (everything except the jute backing) is homogeneous. This means that the color and pattern extend throughout the entire floor surface.

   
Linoleum Performance: Kids, Pets and Durability

Kids, Pets and Durability

Armstrong linoleum is very resistant to gouging and scratching and stands up to heavy traffic. Even if it does get scratched, the color and pattern still remain the same. Linoleum can last more than 40 years if it’s installed and maintained properly. Linoleum is soft underfoot making it easy to stand on for long periods of time. It’s more forgiving of dropped objects and resists scratches, so it’s perfect for a household with kids and pets.

   
Linoleum Performance: Floor Care

Floor Care

Linoleum with a permanently bonded, high performance coating like NATURCote™ will resist stains and scratches and clean as easily as a vinyl sheet floor.

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Linoleum Budget: Cost Factor: Product and Installation

Product Cost

Linoleum flooring will cost from $2.00 to $3.00 per square foot. Determined DIYers should consider luxury vinyl, because linoleum installation is best left to skilled Armstrong Certified Installers.

   
Linoleum Budget: Cost Factors: Maintenance Products

Maintenance

Linoleum requires low ph cleaners to avoid damaging the floor.

   
Linoleum Budget: Cost Factors: Tear Out

Floor Removal

Don’t forget to factor-in the cost of getting rid of your old floor. Depending upon where you live, the type of floor you are removing, and your installer, budget around $2.00 per square foot to have it removed and hauled away.

Linoleum Installation:: Do-It-Yourself Rating: Difficult

Installation Options

If you choose linoleum flooring, professional installation is highly recommended. Linoleum is stiffer and harder to work with than vinyl sheet and most other flooring types. Special tools and training are required to properly install linoleum. Contact an Armstrong Certified installer for an estimate.

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Linoleum Installation: Concrete Considerations

Installation Considerations

Linoleum can be installed over most subfloors, including concrete. Your installer may do a test to determine emission rates and pH factor and do a bonding test of the concrete to assure good adhesion. Precautions like these are important, especially if your floor is going into a basement where moisture can be an issue.

   
Linoleum Installation: Sealing Up Seams

Sealing Up Seams

Your installer will seal up the seams in your linoleum floor to keep out moisture and dirt. The heat-weld method uses a Linoleum rod that is melted between sheets and worked with a special tool to create the seam. Rods are color-coordinated and produce seams that become part of the design. Alternatively, specialty adhesive can bond floor edges to each other, sealing joints.

   
Linoleum Installation: Expansion and Contraction

Expansion and Contraction

Over time, linoleum has a natural tendency to grow in width and shrink in length. This is just one more reason to work with professionals who understand how to anticipate this movement and compensate for it in their installation work.

   
Linoleum Installation: Armstrong Certified Installers

Armstrong Certified Installers

No one provides more depth and breadth of knowledge and installation experience with our products than an Armstrong Certified Installer. We recommend that you speak with your retailer to find an Armstrong Certified Installer to provide you with an accurate installed cost estimate.

Visit a knowledgeable Armstrong flooring retailer to get answers to all your questions.

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