Linoleum flooring was introduced in the 1960’s and quickly became a flooring staple of the 1960s because its rich color palate worked well with the décor of that era. While most commonly sold in sheets, linoleum flooring can also be found in tiles.

Linoleum floors are often confused with vinyl, but the two are very different. Vinyl flooring is a petroleum byproduct, while linoleum is made from linseed oil and resin and other organic materials. Vinyl’s patterns are printed on the surface, where linoleum’s color is mixed in the material. Today there are more options than ever in linoleum flooring: traditional roll or tile or even floating floor installation which can go right over the top of existing flooring in your rooms.

Often the term linoleum is used generically when mentioning soft sheet goods flooring. Vinyl flooring is not the same as linoleum: Vinyl flooring can be roll or sheet goods, but also come in tiles or strips and planks and has the capability of looking similar to wood, stone or tile that many might mistake it for the real thing. When comparing linoleum to vinyl, keep in mind that new advances in vinyl flooring have made it possible to recreate the look of hardwood flooring and even stone.

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