Commercial Linoleum FlooringCommercial Linoleum Flooring

Although linoleum seems like a flooring option of yesteryear, modern manufacturing has tweaked its methods to produce a wide variety of colors and styles, making it a rejuvenated and attractive option for commercial facilities across the world. Often confused with vinyl, linoleum is an all natural flooring solution with a wide variety of advantages. Here, we will discuss commercial linoleum flooring by taking a look a what exactly it is, its unique benefits, and examining cost.

What is Linoleum Flooring?

Also known as Lino, linoleum is a floor covering comprised of natural raw materials such as linseed oil, flax, wood flour, cork dust, calcium carbonate, and jute. This popular flooring solution typically comes in one of three methods.

Linoleum sheets
Commonly glued down with a water-based adhesive, sheet linoleum is spread about and cut to fit the layout of the room or space.

Linoleum tiles
Much like sheet linoleum, these tiles also implement a glue-down method using a water-based type adhesive. With slightly beveled edges, the pieces fit tightly together like a puzzle, almost looking completely seamless.

Click-together tiles
Differing from sheet linoleum and linoleum tiles, this click-together method can be installed as a floating floor, meaning that the tiles can be installed without the need glue or messy type adhesives.

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The Benefits of Choosing Commercial Linoleum Flooring

It’s a green flooring option
As a green, environmentally friendly flooring solution, linoleum is made from all natural materials and is completely recyclable and reusable. It is also non-emitting and biodegradable, meaning that it will not cause any indoor air pollution and will not prolong landfill space like vinyl or other synthetic materials.

As durable as it gets
Commercial linoleum is one of the most durable options you can choose from as it is resistant to scratches, dents, and scuffs. Known for lasting decades and capable of withstanding substantial amounts of foot traffic, this solution could just be the protection that you have been looking for.

Super clean and easy to maintain
Anti-microbial, linoleum flooring prevents the growth and spreading of germs and bacteria; thus, making it a popular solution for hospitals and educational facilities.  

Water resistant
When properly sealed, linoleums’ porous material cannot be harmed by water or other forms of liquid making it a perfect solution for commercial kitchens and bathrooms.

Commercial Linoleum Cost Discussion

Comparable to the cost of vinyl and traditionally much less expensive than other natural flooring materials such as ceramic, stone, or wood, commercial linoleum flooring is extremely cost effective and can last upwards of 40 years if properly maintained.  

Although its water resisting characteristics enhance its cost-effectiveness, we still highly recommend testing your underlying concrete slab for any moisture issues, which can damage your floor and even void your warranty. After installation, we recommend working with your contractor to set up a proper flooring maintenance plan.

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