Linoleum flooring was invented in 1860 by rubber manufacturer Fredrick Walton. Walton got the idea for his product by observing the skin produced by oxidized linseed oil that forms on paint. Linoleum is made of linseed oil, pigments, pine rosin and pine flour and is manufactured by oxidizing linseed oil and adding the other ingredients to form a thick mixture called linoleum cement.
Linoleum became a popular floor in 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.
Although both types are considered resilient flooring, linoleum flooring isn’t to be confused with vinyl. The two are very different. Vinyl flooring is a petroleum by product, while linoleum is made from linseed oil and resin. Vinyl’s patterns are printed on the surface, where linoleum’s color is mixed in the material.
Recent advancements in technology, coupled with the realization that linoleum has green or eco-friendly attributes, has enabled linoleum to make a bit of a comeback. Linoleum can be quite stylish as well as functional. Like vinyl, linoleum flooring is well-suited to kitchens and bathrooms and basements. With it’s stylish appearance, linoleum can be used just about anywhere to complement a wide range of décor.
Contact Floor Coverings International to discuss the features, advantages and benefits of linoleum flooring or to compare and contrast with vinyl. We even provide free, in-home consultations.
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