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Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum Flooring


Vinyl flooring is the most popular resilient flooring option, but it is not the only option. We at Migala Carpet One are happy to offer a selection of linoleum flooring in our Kalamazoo, MI store. How does linoleum compare to vinyl?


In terms of function, linoleum is similar, and almost identical, to vinyl. Linoleum resists scratches and scuffs, and it also can handle spills and stains. Plus, like vinyl, linoleum flooring is more comfortable underfoot than hard surface options such as hardwood. At the same time, linoleum is available in the same sheets, planks, and tiles you see with vinyl flooring.


Nonetheless, linoleum and vinyl are much different in terms of construction. Whereas vinyl flooring is made from synthetic materials, linoleum flooring is made from natural materials such as linseed oil, wood flour, and powdered cork. As a result, linoleum is friendlier to the environment than vinyl flooring. Also, unlike vinyl, linoleum is not made from separate layers; it actually has a more uniform construction. Linoleum has a consistent color and pattern through the backing of the floor, so wear will not show as easily. In other words, since a linoleum floor looks exactly the same from its surface to its backing, any scratches will be difficult to see and easier to remove.


Because of its unique construction, linoleum floors typically are a little stronger than vinyl floors. In fact, when it comes to strength and stability, linoleum is more similar to hardwood and tile than it is to vinyl. Consequently, linoleum floors usually last longer than vinyl floors under similar conditions.

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