Linoleum Floor versus Vinyl Floor comparison chart
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Durability 10-15 years Durable, but can be scratched or dented
Material Linseed oil, cork, wood flour, mineral fillers, dyes. A synthetic material manufactured from petroleum.
Cost $3 - $8 per square foot. $2 to $7 per square foot, installed.
Resale value Fair Fair to poor
Source Natural Synthetic
Installation Difficult, not recommended for amateurs. Glue-down; peel-and-stick over wood, cement, or previously installed flooring
Introduction (from Wikipedia) Linoleum is a floor covering made from renewable materials such as solidified linseed oil (linoxyn), pine rosin, ground cork dust, wood flour, and mineral fillers such as calcium carbonate, most commonly on a burlap or canvas backing. Vinyl composition tile [also commonly referred to as vinyl asbestos floor tile] is a finished flooring material used very widely in both residential and commercial buildings from the early 1950s into the early 1980s.
Moisture resistance Resistant to moisture, but not completely waterproof. Prone to water damaged if poorly installed. Impervious
Thickness 1.5 mm to 5 mm 1.5 mm to 5 mm
Repair Requires refinishing once or twice a year. A single tear or cut can be replaced by a patch or tile of the same design. A single tear or cut can be replaced by a patch of the same design, but replacement is a better option for wear and tear.
Restoration Requires refinishing once or twice a year. Can be restored with patches. Not easily restorable; must be replaced once protective coating has worn away.
Prone to damage Prone to moisture damage, especially if in distinct tile form. Prone to cuts and tears
Environment-friendly? Yes, composed of renewable products and is recyclable/biodegradable. Create toxic by-products; small amounts of volatile organic chemicals after installation. Newer manufacturers are producing more environment-friendly, low-emitting material.