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Linoleum has made a comeback in the last couple of years. Used heavily during the 1950s and 60's, it practically disappeared from the market when vinyl became popular. While vinyl is cheaper, it's not as durable. The main advantage of linoleum is that is durable and easy to clean, both important attributes in the kitchen or bathroom.
This flooring is a great choice for homes with kids, since it's easy to clean and resistant to stains. It requires almost no upkeep, is waterproof, and will not scratch even with heavy use. In fact, it's known as the "40 years floor" because with minimum care, it can last that long. This is longer than most floor materials other than hardwood.
Linoleum is also the perfect choice for the person looking for an environmentally-friendly material. Made of linseed oil, wood flour, and cork powder, this flooring doesn't emit any gasses and is biodegradable, making it one of the greenest flooring options currently available. It is also hypoallergenic, naturally resistant to bacteria, and antistatic, which means it repels dust and pollen, making it a good choice for those with asthma or allergies. It is well suited for the foyer area or laundry room, as it is almost 100 percent waterproof and can be cleaned by damp mopping alone.
There are many different colors, designs, and styles of linoleum available. It can be the perfect mix-and-match solution to create a beautiful custom look for a fraction of the price. If you love the retro look, linoleum is the perfect choice, but companies are coming up with new designs to make it a modern choice too. It can also be painted, a great advantage if you ever get tired of your current design and want something different.
Though linoleum is slightly more expensive than vinyl flooring and requires special glues and tools to install. Many homeowners prefer to pay a professional to install their floor to avoid costly mistakes. The other disadvantage of linoleum is that it is difficult and expensive to repair if it becomes damaged. With minimum care, however, it can last decades.