Homeowners often refer to vinyl and linoleum interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. These resilient floor coverings are made from different materials and have distinct selling points.
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Linoleum is manufactured from natural components like linseed oil, tree resins, cork and pigments, making linoleum a more “green” choice. It’s relatively easy to install and because the color usually goes all the way through, it’s long-wearing and resistant to scratches. Water-resistant but not waterproof, linoleum should be cleaned with care and only with appropriate cleansers. Although today’s linoleum typically has a factory-applied coating, some products require occasional application of a wax or other finish. Linoleum is pricier than vinyl, but it should also last longer. And while linoleum comes in striking colors and textures, it’s not as ubiquitous as vinyl and doesn’t offer the same wealth of hues and patterns.
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