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Flooring type

Definition of Linoleum

Linoleum, or lino, is a sustainable, eco-friendly, and recyclable flooring material made of organic materials like wood flour, linseed oil, or pine rosin. It’s a durable and more affordable alternative to traditional flooring materials like cork and rubber.

Today, it's popular for its sustainability, water resistance, durability, and ease of installation

Lino flooring is composed of several layers:

  • Top layer of linoleum: A mixture of wood flour, linseed oil, and pine rosin cured at high temperatures to create a hard, durable surface that’s resistant to wear and tear.
  • Cork layer: An underlayment that adds warmth, cushioning, and sound absorption.
  • Jute backing layer: Jute fibers are spun into yarn to create a layer that adds support and stability to the flooring.

Linoleum flooring is available in sheets with an average width of 6 to 7 feet for easy installation, and it’s available in a wide variety of patterns, colors, and textures.

It’s easy to clean and maintain, making it great for residential and commercial applications. You’ll find the best commercial-grade linoleum flooring at Tarkett or Forbo

Example of Linoleum in a Sentence

“I asked Kelly to consider linoleum as the first option when renovating his kitchen next year.”

Related Terms:

  • Jute backing layer
  • Cork layer