One of the many excellent flooring options offered by Floor Coverings International of Orange County, NY, is linoleum flooring. Linoleum is a resilient flooring material, meaning that it is flexible and ‘bounces back’ to its original shape. Other resilient flooring materials include vinyl and cork. Speaking of vinyl, linoleum is often confused with vinyl flooring, although they are, in fact, very different. Linoleum was invented in the 19th century and is made from solidified linseed oil, along with other materials such as cork dust, pin rosin, and wood flour. If you’re thinking about installing linoleum floors with Floor Coverings International of Orange County and Middletown, here are some pros and cons for you to consider.


Cons of Linoleum Flooring


  • Like all softer flooring options, linoleum can get torn or scratched by things like dragged furniture or stiletto heels.
  • When linoleum is first installed, it emits linseed fumes for a period of about a week to a month. These odors are completely harmless, but some people might find them annoying.
  • Linoleum will ‘amber’ when it is exposed to light, causing it to take on a subtly yellowish cast, so it’s important to test a sample of the linoleum you’re interested to see how it looks with the amber effect.
  • Unsealed linoleum will require periodic polishing and buffing, although this is not an issue for linoleum that has been sealed according the manufacturer.
  • While it has a longer lifespan than other flooring options, if poorly maintained, linoleum can show its age, turning dingy looking and yellowing.


Pros of Linoleum Flooring


  • Linoleum flooring is incredibly durable, and can last up to 40 years if it is properly maintained.
  • Linoleum flooring holds its color and pattern extremely well, because the dye is infused through the flooring, not simply a decal under a wear layer, as is the case with vinyl and laminate flooring.
  • Linoleum is easy to install and very low maintenance, requiring only frequent sweeping and occasional mopping.
  • Linoleum is one of the more versatile flooring options, with a wide variety of colors and patterns available. You can create unique mosaics with tile linoleum, as it is very easy to cut linoleum to your exact specifications.
  • Linoleum is a softer material, so it is very comfortable underfoot.
  • Linoleum is an ecofriendly flooring option, as it is made from linseed oil, which comes from flax, a renewable resource.
  • Linoleum is biodegradable so it won’t take up space in a landfill forever like synthetic materials such as vinyl.
  • Linoleum does not emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) so it won’t cause indoor air pollution.


If you feel like linoleum flooring is right for you, schedule a free, in-home consultation with Floor Coverings International of Orange County and Middletown today!