Linoleum Versus Vinyl

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People use the terms linoleum and vinyl interchangeably as if they’re the same product, but they’re in fact very different. Here are the main differences between the two so that you can better evaluate alternatives when shopping for flooring.

Linoleum is a “green” product consisting mainly of linseed oil, gypsum and jute. It is very stiff and must be heat welded at the seams. It has to be waxed to best maintain it, an important consideration. It is more expensive than most vinyls and more expensive to install. Vinyl sheet flooring, a petroleum product, is a more popular choice for homeowners, mostly because it’s easy to clean with a damp mop or Swiffer. Vinyl is flexible and the seams are carefully matched to the pattern. Should repairs ever be needed, vinyl patterns can be cut and seamed more easily than linoleum.