Shopping For Linoleum – How To Choose The Right Type

Although there was a period of time when linoleum was considered outdated and inferior to other types of flooring, lately it started regaining its popularity. That’s because there are quite a few things that linoleum is good at. Let’s find out what made it so popular in the first place and why you shouldn’t dismiss it when remodeling your home, the kitchen in particular.

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Linoleum can be produced in several thicknesses. The thickest is also the most expensive so take that into consideration when shopping for new flooring. Decide how thick and durable does it really have to be.

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Even the thickest linoleum remains flexible and this is one of its most important characteristics. This flexibility allows linoleum flooring to be installed in areas where ceramic tiles are likely to crack.

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Linoleum flooring is available in a large variety of colors and patterns. And because the color is the same through the thickness, scratches and chips are barely noticeable, making this type of flooring more versatile and hard-wearing than others.

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It’s this variety of colors and patterns that also allows linoleum to mimic other materials. For example, you can have a kitchen floor that looks like wood or marble when it’s actually linoleum. You get the look without the high price and all the inconveniences.

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Linoleum flooring would have to be the easier to install which makes it ideal for DIYers. Moreover, it can laid over preexisting floors as long as the surface is solid and smooth. When installing it, it’s advised to add flooring underlayment. You can either use cork which helps reduce noise or plastic which offers excellent protection against moisture.

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As you can see, there’s more to linoleum than you thought and the list isn’t even complete. Not only that’s this type of flooring is hard-wearing and flexible, but it’s also eco-friendly, being made from natural materials, and recyclable. Another important detail is the fact that it has natural antibacterial properties.