Which is better: Vinyl Flooring or Linoleum?
What is Vinyl Flooring?
Vinyl is a type of flooring that is made out of synthetic material such as fiberglass, PVC vinyl, and a plasticizer. It’s especially durable because it’s made from multiple layers and a thick core to keep you comfortable when you’re walking.
What is Linoleum?
Linoleum is a type of flooring that is manufactured by oxidizing linseed oil to form a thick mixture called linoleum cement. The cement is cooled and mixed with pine resin, and wood flour to form sheets on a jute backing. The term, linoleum is often used incorrectly to describe any sheet flooring, when in fact flooring can be made from other materials such as polyvinyl chloride.
Which is better?
1.Construction: The construction of Linoleum flooring is relatively simpler. It is constructed from linseed oil and mixed with other natural products, such as cork dust and wood flour. Linoleum commonly uses a jute or canvas backing and is available in either sheet or tiles. Vinyl Flooring is available in sheet or tile form but it is constructed much differently. Vinyl is a type of plastic and the construction of Luxury Tile Vinyl involves several distinct layers:
a) Vinyl Backing
b) Vinyl Core
a) Vinyl Backing
c) Print film layer of the design
d) Protective clear layer is known as the “wear layer”
e) Polyurethane coating, which is sometimes reinforced with ceramic bead, silica bead or aluminum oxide.
Both types of flooring can be very long-lasting despite the differences in their construction. Vinyl flooring's design is applied to the top of vinyl as a printed layer, protected by a wear layer on LVT or wax coating on VCT; and linoleum's color or pattern runs all the way through the linoleum, making it very long-lasting if it doesn't become damaged.
2.Materials: Linoleum flooring is made solely from raw, all-natural, and biodegradable materials – including linseed oil, wood and cork flours, and tree resin. Vinyl flooring, on the other hand, is a synthetic product that is made up of vinyl, a combination of chemicals including ethylene and chlorine, and other additives(like felt, fiberglass, and dyes). For this reason, linoleum may be the preferred flooring material for consumers who are environmentally conscious.
3.Installation: Linoleum flooring is difficult to install, as is stiffer and harder to work with. Sheet linoleum is the most durable variation of linoleum, but also the most complex to install. It is glued directly onto the subfloor, and then the surface is treated with a sealant topcoat to protect against moisture damage. While linoleum flooring installation is typically not considered a notoriously complicated process, certain precautions are needed. Any seams between the linoleum tiles must be as thin as possible to prevent water from traveling underneath the flooring material. Vinyl flooring is simpler: sheet vinyl is glued down, much like linoleum - but because it is more resilient and less susceptible to moisture damage, it doesn't require sealing after installation. Whether in tile or sheet form, you don’t have to worry about sealing or waxing with vinyl flooring.
4.Maintenance: While linoleum flooring requires slightly more maintenance than the vinyl floor, both are relatively easy to care for. For Linoleum flooring, periodic sweeping or vacuuming is required. To maintain its shiny surface, an acrylic coating must be applied to your linoleum flooring material once per year. Vinyl flooring, however, is extremely low maintenance. Considered one of the easiest flooring types to clean, vinyl flooring can withstand normal sweeping and vacuum as well as mopping.
5.Life Span and Durability: Linoleum flooring can last anywhere from 20 to 40 years, while vinyl flooring typically lasts anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Because of this, linoleum is considered more durable than vinyl as it has similar properties to ceramic flooring and hardwood.
6.Design: Linoleum and vinyl both offer great design flexibility, and are available in a wide range of colors and patterns. Linoleum is best suited to abstract patterns and designs, or color blocks. You can create a different aesthetic with vinyl - particularly with LVT. Luxury vinyl tiles are available in designs inspired by natural hard flooring - wood or stone.
You can go with Vinyl Flooring as it is waterproof and easy to install. But you have to keep in mind that it’s tough to remove so it may not be the best option for a temporary situation. You can choose linoleum for your flooring if you have health concerns or a passion for sustainability, just be prepared for its demanding installation and fewer style options.
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