Linoleum is a wonderful option for Florida homeowners looking for an eco-friendly yet durable floor. Here at Floor Coverings International East Lake, we love linoleum for its many benefits, and we offer a variety of sheet, plank, and tile linoleum that could be perfect for your home. Below are a few linoleum basics that could help you decide if these floors are right for you!
What is Linoleum?
Linoleum is a product made from all-natural materials such as cork dust, pine rosin, and linseed oil. It can come in sheets, tiles, or planks and is available in a wide variety of colors and textures. This floor rose to popularity in the early 20th century for its durability and water resistance and is becoming a notable choice once again for homeowners looking to go green. Aside from being all-natural, these floors make for a great, eco-friendly choice because they are both recyclable and biodegradable.
Durability and Maintenance
Linoleum is a popular choice in kitchens because it is a durable and water resistant material. This floor can be tough to scratch and dent thanks to its resiliency, which also provides a cushiony feel underfoot. Linoleum is prone to puncturing, so be careful with heavy objects on this floor. While it is more water resistant than wood, spills on linoleum should be cleaned up quickly as they could warp the material if left for long periods of time.
Maintaining your linoleum floors will be relatively easy. A regular sweeping and occasional damp mopping is all that will be required to keep your floors clean. Be sure to dry your floors after mopping, and use linoleum-friendly cleaning solutions. Your floors can be polished to keep their shine and can be expected to last 20-40 years.
Linoleum comes in countless colors, textures, and patterns, making it a very versatile floor that can be used in any home. Advances in technology have allowed for the rise of plank and tile linoleum that mimics natural hardwood or stone. With linoleum, you can get this natural look for an affordable price without compromising durability. If you’re going for a bold look, you can satisfy your taste with any number of color combinations linoleum has to offer.
Linoleum undergoes a natural “blooming” process when exposed to sunlight. The surface of the material yellows when hidden from light, which is common in factory settings. Once exposed to sunlight, as it will be in your home, the yellowing will fade away. Keep this in mind when placing rugs or concealing parts of your linoleum floors. Any yellowing that occurs will fade after a few days of sunlight.
Linoleum floors are budget friendly and easy to install. Call the experts at Floor Coverings International East Lake to schedule your free in-home consultation, and learn more about our eco-friendly flooring options. We proudly serve the Clearwater, East Lake, New Port Richey, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Port Richey, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs and Trinity areas.
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