Buying and installing linoleum flooring
Linoleum flooring is an easy-care type of synthetic tile that is made mainly from linseed oil extracts. It first appeared in the mid-19th century and was extremely popular for well over a century. While it has recently lost some of its market share to more advanced synthetics, linoleum sheet flooring is still a popular and cost-effective way to build a beautiful floor.
The Basics of Linoleum Flooring
Linoleum sheet flooring is one of the most sanitary flooring options available on the market. Because the individual sheets join seamlessly, you will get a smooth, continuous sheet of flooring that is a snap to sweep or mop.
Because of its flexibility and durability, linoleum is an ideal choice for areas of your home that see a lot of foot traffic. Scratches won't show, and linoleum is completely stain-resistant. Painting linoleum flooring is really the only way to permanently alter its appearance. In fact, linoleum shares a lot of characteristics with vinyl flooring, its chief competitor in the marketplace.
Installing and Removing Linoleum Flooring
Installing linoleum flooring is relatively easy, even for a beginner. You simply need to remove any decorative molding that sits on your wall at floor level, prepare your subfloor, and lay your tiles beginning in the center of the room and working toward the corners. Cut individual tiles with a razor knife and straight edge, and affix them to the subfloor with special flooring adhesive.
Removing linoleum flooring is a little trickier. The hardest part is prying the individual tiles off the subfloor, because the adhesive is so powerful. Your first step will be to cut the flooring into small strips and pour hot water over your floor to soften up the glue. Then, get a flooring scraper and lift away the linoleum. You may need to apply more heat to soften the glue; having a heat gun on hand will make the job a lot easier.
All in all, linoleum flooring makes an ideal choice if you want a quick, easy, inexpensive floor that will withstand a great deal of wear and tear. It is one of the longest-lasting and least expensive flooring options on the market.