Linoleum is made from all natural materials, including linseed oil, rosin, broken down wood and others. This is one of linoleum’s highest selling points – all natural without emitting any harmful chemicals. Linoleum is also known for its resiliency. Resiliency when it comes to flooring means that the floor is flexible and has some “give” to it. This makes it possible to install the flooring in areas where harder flooring options like tile and natural hardwood would not do well.
Linoleum has been on the market since 1800s, making it one of the oldest and most classic flooring options on the market. In the 1950s the classic linoleum kitchen (you know, the black and white checkered look) started to become less sought after. Basically people were like “Yeah. Been there. Seen it. What’s new?” Well vinyl was new. And cheaper. Thus the decline in popularity of linoleum flooring began and the vinyl / linoleum confusion began.
Benefits of linoleum flooring
- Natural materials
- Anti-static properties
- Resilient and comfortable under foot
- Heat insulating
- Long lasting (up to 40 years!)
- Color goes completely through the tile or sheet
Limitations of linoleum flooring
- Susceptible to water damage
- Must be sealed 1-2 times per year
- Often requires a professional installer
- Requires a little more TLC
- What about asbestos?!
Don’t worry, use of asbestos went out in the 1970s! Present day linoleum installations no longer include asbestos, so rest assured, you are safe!