Linoleum Advantages and Disadvantages
Interestingly, linoleum was first used in flooring more than 150 years ago. Even so, it was not until the mid-1950s when it became a popular choice for homes and businesses. Today, vinyl has captured the attention of more people than linoleum has but we are beginning to see a newfound interest in this old flooring solution. For one thing, linoleum is very affordable, which is always something positive.
Linoleum is also a natural product and with an increase in environment issues, it is an old option for new homes. Made from rosin, linseed oil, limestone, and cork or wood dust, this material can be pigmented, which is done with jute backing. Today, linoleum can be purchased in sheet or tile form, both which are installed with adhesive glue.
In addition to linoleum being biodegradable and environmentally safe, there are other advantages. For example, the material itself is simply beautiful. Although colors and patterns were somewhat limited years ago, we now see a much broader selection. Then, the color and pattern is not just printed on the surface but impregnated throughout. You will also find that linoleum flooring is easy to manage and cut so it is a great solution when coming up with creative designs.
Another great advantage to using linoleum is that it is extremely comfortable. Therefore, this material makes a great option for family rooms, kitchens, or other rooms with higher traffic. You will also discover linoleum is water resistant. Of course, any standing water could cause damage linoleum for the most part does much better than other materials do. Because of this, people often consider linoleum for mudrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and any other high moisture room.
For home offices or commercial buildings, linoleum makes perfect sense in that it does not create static electricity. Then, repairing damage is not difficult. If something were to drop on the floor and the linoleum experienced a small dent or gouge, it will actually heal itself, expanding and stretching out. However, if the damaged area were larger, then you could have the area fixed or replaced.
Keep in mind that while linoleum flooring is on the rise, this particular material also works amazingly well for other purposes such as laundry rooms, kitchen countertops, and so on. With advantages such as being water resistant, strong, durable, heat resistant, and beautiful, you cannot go wrong choosing linoleum for your next home improvement project.
There are also some disadvantages, although they are few. Remember, this material is simply beautiful and for this reason, popular. The one thing you want to remember with linoleum is that any moisture in the subfloor material must be kept away from the linoleum. For this reason, we do not recommend you choose this option for concrete subfloor material or basements. While you can use it in bathrooms, it is important you choose your linoleum from a manufacturer that states it is okay.
Now, linoleum is naturally water resistant due to its formulation of linseed oil. However, it is essential that you take all precautions to keep moisture from getting under the linoleum and onto the subfloor, which can be done by adding a bead of silicone caulk along the joints. Again, the most important thing is choosing the right flooring and then making sure the linoleum is installed properly.
Linoleum is sold in both sheet and tile. If you want one piece, or sheet linoleum, you might consider having a professional do the installation. However, if you want a great do-it-yourself project, the tile flooring is much easier to install. This way, if you were to mess up, you can simply remove that one tile instead of having to replace the entire sheet, which would be a very expensive mistake. Now, if saving money is most important, you can purchase linoleum in bolts, which generally costs much less than sheet or tile.
Other than these few disadvantages, linoleum is a great bargain. Sold at home improvement, flooring, and other specialty stores, your home will look amazing. Even the installation process is not hard. Generally, linoleum is cut to fit whatever space is needed. All you need is a sharp utility knife and a little precision cutting. Because linoleum can be cut so easily, it makes the perfect solution for those hard-to-fit rooms.
Finally, while not a disadvantage, we did want to mention that you want to choose adhesive also recommended by the manufacturer. Using a notched trowel, it is important that you use enough adhesive for the linoleum to stick and even better, use a floor roller once the sheet or tile linoleum is down to ensure you get a good, smooth grip.