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Did you know?
  • Linoleum is made of linseed oil.
  • Linoleum is sufficiently flexible.
  • Linoleum gets stronger over time.
  • Linoleum was invented in 1860.
  • Linoleum is made of organic materials.
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Linoleum flooring had its heyday before World War II, but is steadily mounting a comeback. Gone are the dreary, drab shades linoleum was known for more than a century ago. Today's linoleum is bright, vibrant and long–lasting. It's a popular choice for both older home renovation, for those who want to maintain the look of the original flooring, and newer home decoration. Its all–natural composition also grabs the attention of floor buyers who are interested in eco–friendly flooring. If you desire flooring that's great for the environment, perhaps it's time to take another look at linoleum.

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What is Linoleum?

If you've spent any time researching linoleum flooring, you have probably discovered that linoleum is sometimes referred to as vinyl (and vice versa). Although vinyl and linoleum share similar traits, they do have qualities that set them apart.

Linoleum and vinyl flooring come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, providing an impressive range of design choices that can even mimic other flooring types such as tile or marble. It's also possible to find linoleum and vinyl floors that look alike, another reason they're sometimes mistaken for each other. Both are tough (although linoleum isn't as durable unless specially coated), economically priced, easy to maintain and last for decades with proper installation and care.

With so many factors to consider, you may discover choosing the best floor is easier said than done. Fortunately, you don't have to do it alone. wants to help you make those all–important flooring decisions. You'll find extensive information about linoleum floors by using the tabs near the top and to the left of the page. Are you ready to visit flooring retailers? Visit our Linoleum Buying Guide first so you'll be prepared. is ready to advise you on every aspect of your project, including selecting, installing and caring for your new floor. We make every effort to anticipate your flooring questions and provide the answers, because we aim to be the one site you come to for all things flooring.

Is linoleum flooring the right flooring for you? Check out Linoleum vs. Other Floors for a comparison of linoleum and other types of flooring.

Linoleum Flooring Resources

Wondering if linoleum floors are right for your home? To determine the suitability of this flooring product refer to the other linoleum sections of® to learn about the history of this environmentally friendly flooring choice; how linoleum floor are made; and whether you should utilize an installation professional or do-it-yourself.

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Linoleum Flooring Information | Help
  • Types – Check out your linoleum flooring options with our guide to different types of linoleum.
  • Care – Maintain the appearance of your linoleum floor with these tips.
  • Buying Guides – Everything you need to know before you buy.
  • Flooring Estimator Tools – Use our estimator tools so you can price before you go.
  • Installation Guide – Learn about the basics of linoleum flooring installation, including all the tools you'll need.
  • FAQs – Get all your nagging questions about linoleum flooring answered.
  • Glossary – Look up common terms you'll run into when researching linoleum flooring.