Why is Linoleum Flooring a Wise Choice?
Your floors take a lot of abuse every day, especially if you have children or pets. That's why it's important to choose a material that is durable and resilient, such as linoleum. Many people confuse linoleum with vinyl. The latter is comprised of synthetic materials such as vinyl, felt and fiberglass and is less durable than linoleum. How much less? While a vinyl floor typically lasts approximately 10 to 20 years, the life expectancy of a linoleum floor is between 20 and 40 years.
Your Wallet Will Thank You
Linoleum is typically less expensive than ceramic, wood or carpet. And although it usually costs a little more than vinyl, its longevity saves you money over time.
It's Easy to Care For
Linoleum requires very little maintenance. All you need to do is vacuum and mop it with a product designed specifically to clean linoleum. Manufacturers also recommend that homeowners should occasionally polish linoleum in order to keep it looking shiny.
Although linoleum flooring is water-resistant, you should not soak this type of flooring as it is made of natural materials and therefore could be affected by too much water. Linoleum can repel many stains. But if something should get on your floor that does mar its look, you can also buff out the stain as the pigments in linoleum go all the way through the material.
Linoleum is Green
Looking at linoleum flooring, you might not guess that it is comprised of natural materials such as linseed oil -- which comes from the seeds of the flax plant -- wood powder, tree resins or ground-up limestone, And because it is made up of these natural materials, linoleum flooring is biodegradable and can also be recycled.
Other Benefits of Linoleum
If you have family members who suffer with allergies or asthma, linoleum is a much better choice for flooring than carpeting. Linoleum is also anti-bacterial, which makes it a perfect for use in kitchens and bathrooms.
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