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Pros and Cons of Linoleum Flooring

Pros and Cons of Linoleum Flooring

Pros:

  • Long life: Linoleum is extremely durable, it can last up to 40 years if properly maintained.
  • Style: This flooring option holds its style and color very well because of the dyes infused with the flooring, it also comes with a wide variety of colors and patterns
  • Low maintenance: Once installed, it needs only frequent sweeping and occasional mopping
  • Soft: Linoleum is a softer flooring option so it feels more comfortable underfoot

  • Eco-friendly: it is made from linseed oil, which comes from flax, a renewable resource, it is also biodegradable and does not emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that cause indoor air pollution.

Cons:

  • Scratches: Linoleum can get torn or scratched by things like dragged furniture or stiletto heels.
  • Odor: it emits linseed fumes for a period of about a week to a month after installation. These odors are completely harmless, but some people might find them annoying.
  • Discolors in sunlight: Linoleum will ‘amber’ when it is exposed to light, causing it to take on a subtly yellowish cast.
  • Polish and buffering: If unsealed, this flooring option will need periodic polishing and buffing.
  • Shows its age: While it has a longer life span than many flooring options it will still show its age by turning dingy looking and yellowing.
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