Linoleum and vinyl floors are considered by many similar options. What are the characteristics of linoleum as a floor? And the vinyl?

linoleum vs vinyl flooring

Many people think that vinyl and linoleum floors are very similar, and some even think they are the same. Nothing could be further from the truth. They are very different products, each with its advantages and disadvantages.

The funny thing is that despite the great differences, its use has spread mainly for two of its virtues: water resistance and low price.

Linoleum floors

Linoleum as a product was discovered by chance in the middle of the 19th century. One professional found that when flaxseed oil dried in its can, it created a strong, flexible film.

He spent about a decade trying combinations with other materials (cork, wood, stone …) until finally reaching the germ of what is now known as linoleum.

Linoleum flooring has become especially popular in countries like the United States and England. It was not until the advent of vinyl flooring in the 1950s that its popularity waned.

However, in the past decade, its popularity is growing again. The reason is, without a doubt, the growing concern of consumers with the environment, since linoleum is obtained from natural raw materials.

Advantages of linoleum

  • Great resistance to humidity.
  • Relatively easy to install and maintain.
  • It is a fire retardant.
  • It is naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial.
  • The color is also internal, therefore, against wear, it keeps it for much longer. This is not the case with other products, such as vinyl or laminate floors, where only one layer has the design.
  • It is manufactured with 100% natural.

Disadvantages of linoleum floors

  • The demand is much less than that of vinyl and more difficult to find.
  • Some types of linoleum floors may require waxing, which adds more maintenance.
  • More expensive than some types of vinyl. Although its price is obviously low.
  • Much less design options than vinyl floors. Although there are few.
  • It is damaged by sharp objects and heavy weights.
  • It accumulates moisture from the subsoil, expanding and contracting. Therefore, it cannot be used with any subfloor, for example, directly on cement.

Vinyl floors

Although it was discovered in the early 20th century, its use was not massive until the 1960s. From that moment on, and due to its low price, its use spread.

It’s a product fruit of chemical engineering that is not found in nature. It is similar to PVC, in fact it is often spoken indistinctly, although it is not the same. Today what is installed as a vinyl floor is mainly PVC, with better characteristics and also a higher price.

These soils are mainly commercialized in cutting rollersalthough they are also available on adhesive plates. It is cut and installed very easily, even in large sections. The outer layer is easily printed on any design.

Advantage of vinyl floors

Disadvantages of vinyl flooring

  • Manufactured with non-renewable materials.
  • Its top layer is thin and can wear out.
  • Sunlight affects the quality of the design or print.
  • Some of the components used are potentially harmful to health. Although today, their use is controlled and has been reduced to levels where they are theoretically not harmful.