If you’re considering replacing the flooring in your North Vancouver home or business, linoleum could be suitable for you. Learn more about linoleum, its characteristics, and the best potential applications from our experts at Floor Coverings International Northshore.
What is Linoleum Flooring?
The history of linoleum dates back to 1863 when Englishman Frederick Walton first patented his invention. In more than 150 years, the material hasn’t changed much, but now it comes with a long-wearing factory finish for superior durability and lower maintenance.
Solidified linseed oil is the primary ingredient in linoleum. Other components include wood flour or cork dust, tree resin, ground limestone, and color pigments. The backing is usually made of burlap, jute, or canvas. Linoleum is available in sheets, modular tiles, or click-together tiles.
Characteristics of Linoleum Floors
- Renewed popularity: Loved in the 1920s, scorned by the 1960s, and now adored once again, linoleum floors have truly come full circle. The love of all things retro may explain the renewed popularity of linoleum, not to mention the broader range of available colors, affordable price, and relative ease of installation. Plus, with factory-applied sealer, vivid colors remain fully protected from dirt and stains.
- Durability: The RMS Titanic, which sank in 1912, featured linoleum flooring in many public spaces. When an expedition found the famed wreckage nearly 100 years later, the linoleum tiles were discovered to still be intact. Today’s linoleum is even more durable than that of 100 years ago!
- Environmentally friendly: Many people confuse linoleum with vinyl flooring. One of their many differences is that vinyl is made of chlorinated petrochemicals, while linoleum floors are comprised primarily of natural, renewable materials.
Best Applications for Linoleum Flooring
This material is appropriate for homes and businesses in North Vancouver. Some of the most popular rooms to install linoleum floors include kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, mudrooms, and entryways. It can even be used for wall coverings, countertops, backsplashes, and tabletops.
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