linoleum GeorgetownHere at Floor Coverings International Williamson County, we love linoleum flooring for many reasons. This eco-friendly flooring material is easy to install and offers a wide range of design options for the creative at heart. Although homeowners often confuse this flooring material with vinyl, linoleum has many distinguishing features that could make it the preferable choice for some Georgetown homeowners. Read below to learn about the linoleum basics and see if this flooring is right for your home!

What is Linoleum?

Linoleum is made of linseed oil, cork dust, pine rosin, and a variety of other natural products. It can come as sheets, modular tiles, or interlocking tiles. This flooring material was vastly popular in American homes until the introduction of vinyl, which was advertised as easier to maintain because it never required waxing. Modern day linoleum is made with the same basic ingredients, but comes with a factory finish that makes it extra water-resistant and durable.

Linoleum Water Resistance & Durability

One of the perks of linoleum is that it is very water-resistant. This flooring material was commonly used in kitchens for this very reason. Properly sealed linoleum flooring will be especially water-resistant, but untreated linoleum runs the risk of damage if exposed to excessive moisture.

Linoleum is considered to be more durable than vinyl. It is extremely resistant to dents and scratches, and it can last 40 years or more when cared for properly. Despite being durable and resistant to marring, linoleum is still soft and comfortable underfoot, making it a great choice for rooms where you spend a lot of time standing.

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Maintaining a Linoleum Floor

It’s not tough to take care of a linoleum floor, although it requires a little more care than a vinyl floor does. Aside from a regular sweeping, linoleum can be cleaned with a recommended pH-neutral cleaner. Linoleum floors should be refinished every 5-8 years, or after their factory finish wears off.

The Eco-Friendly, Hypoallergenic Option

One reason why we love linoleum is because it is an eco-friendly flooring choice that is durable and easy to care for. Linoleum is biodegradable, but depending on the backing used in your linoleum floor, some products may only be recyclable. Unlike vinyl, linoleum is made from natural products so it won’t emit volatile chemicals.

Linoleum is also antistatic, antimicrobial, and naturally flame retardant. These qualities make linoleum a safe choice for chemical-sensitive individuals, and a hypoallergenic choice for homeowners with asthma or allergies. This also makes linoleum a clean choice for schools and hospitals.

Get Started in Georgetown Today

Linoleum is making a comeback in homes across the country thanks to its practical and eco-friendly qualities. Contact Floor Coverings International Williamson County today to schedule a free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you find the perfect floor for your Georgetown home. We proudly serve Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander TX and surrounding areas.

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