It’s not your grandmother’s linoleum anymore! These days, linoleum floors have a whole new image: colorful, fashionable and environmentally friendly. Armstrong linoleum flooring is available in wide range of colors and patterns – from traditional marbled patterns to contemporary flecked designs or graphic patterns. You can also find linoleum flooring in warm earth tones that highlight its organic qualities. Many homeowners like the fact that linoleum is made from natural materials, including linseed oil, recycled wood flour and limestone. These natural materials help to make linoleum anti-bacterial and biodegradable.
Linoleum is the granddaddy of flooring types. When vinyl sheet flooring came on the scene, many people thought vinyl was the “new” linoleum, but they are very different products. The major difference – then and now – between vinyl and linoleum is that vinyl is easier to clean. Depending on the foot traffic in the room where you want to install your linoleum floor, you may have to do more maintenance to keep your floor looking and performing at its best.
Linoleum is remarkably versatile and will complement any decorating style. If you have an older home, for instance, linoleum flooring can match the original period design. If you have a contemporary home, you can have your linoleum flooring custom-cut to make a bold fashion statement.
If you choose linoleum flooring, unless you have a lot of experience as a flooring DIYer, don’t try to install it yourself. Hire a professional, Armstrong-certified installer who has the special tools and required training. Installing linoleum can be complicated, in part, because linoleum is stiffer and harder to work with than vinyl sheet and other flooring types.
Linoleum Flooring Durability
Linoleum flooring is very durable – that’s one of the reasons it was such a popular flooring in the early- to mid-20th century. Homeowners knew when they installed a linoleum floor, it would stand the test of time. Today, durability is still a key feature of Armstrong linoleum floors. These floors are highly resistant to gouging and scratching, and they hold up well to heavy traffic. Linoleum flooring can last more than 40 years if it’s installed and maintained properly.