If you think quickly about linoleum flooring, you probably think back to your grandmother’s house, or an unattractive pattern in a neighbour’s kitchen. Nowadays, it’s having a real resurgence thanks to its reputation as an eco-friendly option. But before you run out and buy enough to redo your home, check out some pros and cons of linoleum flooring.
Linoleum flooring is very durable. Warranties on new linoleum can be upwards of 25 years. With proper care of your linoleum flooring, it can last up to 40 years. It’s also made from renewable materials, and biodegradable, so if you do have to replace it, it doesn’t take up space in landfills.
Linoleum flooring has its pigments throughout the thickness of the material, meaning that it maintains its looks over time better than vinyl and laminate. Because of this, it helps hide scratches and small dents. It’s also easy to maintain as it needs an occasional sweep and damp mop.
On the other hand, linoleum can be dented by high heels and furniture legs. Sharp objects can also scratch or cut the surface, so this would not be ideal for high-traffic areas. Unprotected linoleum can sometimes ‘amber’ when exposed to sunlight, meaning it can darken or turn yellow. If you plan to install this in a space with a lot of natural light, ensure that the manufacturer has applied a protective coating.
Linoleum can be susceptible to moisture, so this would not be a good choice for bathrooms, laundry rooms, or anywhere that has a lot of water splashing on the floor. If linoleum is being installed in your basement that’s below grade, make sure there’s no history of leaks or water damage, as it could affect your flooring.
So there you have the pros and cons of linoleum flooring. Do you have questions about installing it in your home? Reach out! We’d love to hear from you!