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The Pros and Cons of Lino Flooring

Lino flooring comes in either tile or sheet form. One of the least expensive forms of flooring, lino is very popular among homeowners, because it offers great value.

Available in a wide range of colors, designs and styles, lino or vinyl is easy to quick and easy to install by a company such as Professional Flooring who are based in Dublin. 

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Sheet lino or vinyl, can be difficult for homeowners to install, and therefore, it should be installed by a seasoned professional for the best results.

Of course, before choosing lino flooring for your floor’s surface, you should carefully weigh the product’s pros and cons to ensure you’re getting exactly the type of floor you’re expecting.

 

Pros of Lino Flooring

  • Lino flooring provides a slightly softer surface than options like tile or wood, because the product is backed with a thin layer of either felt or foam—depending on the manufacturer. The soft layer results in the floor having a little more flexibility and give, which makes it easier to stand on for long periods of time.
  • Lino tiles are available in a huge assortment of colors and styles, with some designs even mimicking the look of stone tiles or wood planks. While you can notice the difference up close, it can be hard to tell from afar the floor is lino.
  • Lino also wears incredibly well. It is extremely durable, with many manufacturers backing their products with warranties of 15 years or more. In truth, a well-installed and properly maintained vinyl floor can last for well over 20 years.
  • Lino flooring is very resistant to dirt and water, and it’s one of the few flooring types that can be installed directly over the subfloor—or over a previous vinyl or linoleum installation—without requiring demolition first. It is also one of the best choices for installing on a floor with a lot of cracks or excessive movement.
  • As far as cleaning and maintenance goes, lino is hard to beat. Requiring practically no maintenance after installation, lino needs to just be swept and mopped occasionally to keep the floor clean.

Cons of Lino Flooring

  • One of the biggest problems facing lino is the product is manufactured using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and will emit volatile organic compounds (VOC), especially when it is new. It is important to note, however, that since 2010, many manufacturers have started using less PVC in their lino flooring products.
  • The spongy quality of lino flooring may prevent a glass from breaking if it’s dropped on the floor, but a sharp object can gouge the surface if dropped. This is also a concern when it comes to moving furniture. Furniture pads needs to be installed on the feet of all furniture—or moving the couch could result in scratching or gouging the lino.
  • Lino flooring does nothing to a home’s resale value.

 

Is Lino Flooring Right for You?

Like all other types of flooring materials, there will always be a market for lino flooring.

For many, the low cost and durability far outweigh the VOC emissions.

For others, the fact that they can enjoy a floor that resembles wood or stone tile—but isn’t as hard on the feet—is enough to warrant the product’s use.

Ultimately, the homeowner’s choice will be based on their budget, the type of room the flooring is being installed in and their expectations.

Contact Professional Flooring today for your quote.