Difference Between Vinyl and Linoleum Flooring


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Difference Between Vinyl and Linoleum Flooring

The terms linoleum and vinyl are often confused and erroneously used interchangeably to describe any type of flooring that’s not hardwood, ceramic or stone. The flooring has a variety of similarities thanks to advances in manufacturing techniques. The primary difference is that vinyl is made of synthetic materials that aren’t recyclable, while linoleum is fashioned of all natural and recyclable materials.


Linoleum has been around since 1855. Considered a cost-effective floor covering for high traffic areas, its water-resistant properties made it a popular choice for kitchens, entryways, and bathrooms and laundry rooms, along with other locations where spills might occur. It was easy to clean, resilient and viewed as a sanitary option for homes. A heaver form of linoleum, known as “battleship linoleum,” was used in offices, public buildings, and warship decks by the U.S. Navy.

Linoleum began to fall out of favor as newer flooring options were developed. The floor covering typically came in sheets that were easy to simply roll out across a floor, but colors were somewhat limited. It eventually came to be viewed as a “poor man’s floor covering.”

The image of linoleum has changed over the years. The flooring is making a comeback and is offered in sheets or tiles. It’s available in muted colors to those that are bold and vibrant, can be arranged in custom patterns, and is child and pet friendly. Vinyl is manufactured of polyvinyl chloride and fiberglass and can’t be recycled.

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Now known as luxury vinyl, the material made its debut in Scotland in the 1860s. It was first produced in 1872 in the U.S. It quickly became popular following World War II as it was easy to clean and highly durable. It became the most popular type of flooring for almost any venue and came in rolls like linoleum for installation.

Vinyl is still popular today. Advances in technology has made it possible to obtain vinyl flooring in tiles and planks that emulate the appearance of stone, slate and hardwood. It’s available in a multitude of colors, patterns, designs and textures. It remains one of the most affordable flooring options available and provides the look of high-end luxury flooring. Vinyl is manufactured using natural materials that include linseed oil, cork dust, wood dust, rosin and other materials, all of which are recyclable.

For over 30 Years Kuhn Flooring has been providing superior quality flooring products and installations to Coral Springs as well as all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners. We are the #1 Flooring Company in South Florida. Kuhn Flooring is equally qualified as we are committed to delivering 5-star service to all our customers in South Florida.

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