Sustainable Flooring Options: Real Linoleum

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neutrals.jpgAnother great option for resilient flooring is linoleum, not vinyl as many people refer to it, but real linoleum made from linseed oil, wood or cork flour, rosin, jute (backing material), and mineral pigments. These natural ingredients are abundantly available and renewable.

Linoleum has a long life span of 40 years or more. It can be used virtually anywhere in the home (or in commercial settings as well). It is warm and comfortable underfoot, and is easy to clean. When protected with a manufacturer’s permanent bonded coating, linoleum resists stains, dirt, scratches, and scuffs. If the linoleum does not have this manufacturer’s protection, it will need a regular maintenance program that includes polishing, stripping and reapplying of polish to protect the floor’s surface

Linoleum is available in a wide range of beautiful colors. The pattern and color extend through the thickness of the linoleum, so even with some wear-and-tear, the color and pattern still shine through.

When first installed, new linoleum has a yellow cast and a harmless odor; both of which dissipate when exposed to light and air. This is a natural effect created by the floor’s composition. Linoleum does not emit harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).

Marmoleum, the brand name for linoleum by Forbo Flooring is available in both sheet form (installed with solvent-free adhesives) and tiles or panels (tongue-and-groove click-in-place with no adhesive needed). Marmoleum has no adverse health issues whatsoever, either during production, its useful life, or disposal. It naturally resists bacteria and dust mites. It is available in 150 colors.

Armstrong also offers a linoleum sheeting product available in 12 colors.

Tag(s): Green Furnishings, Greening the Office, Kitchens And Baths


One Response to “Sustainable Flooring Options: Real Linoleum”

  1. Team Wicanders on August 20th, 2008 3:51 pm

    Thank you for the nice post.

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    Wicanders was recently chosen by the readers of Qualified Remodeler, because cork oak is a sustainable resource that balances natural beauty and environmental responsibility, and it also absorbs acoustic vibrations, reduces allergens, and prevents thermal transfer, which reduces energy costs.

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