Linoleum floors are back in vogue! Even though linoleum floors are more than 100 years old, they recently have seen a big resurgence because of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) initiative within the architectural firms.
The LEED initiative (discussed in more detail in the Green/Sustainable Flooring section) is a “green” building rating system that is driving the construction industry to use more sustainable building components. Linoleum fills the bill! It is a natural product made from linseed oil, wood flour, rosin, jute and limestone.
It can take a pounding from heavy rolling carts and foot traffic. Plus, it actually gets tougher over time as the linseed oil oxidizes. Consequently, it is an all-natural product and also will last for decades. Because linoleum is made from natural, non-hazardous and renewable raw materials, and because it is incredibly durable, decorative and fire resistant, it has become the sheet flooring of choice for many health care facilities, schools and restaurants.
The main limitation with linoleum is the installation difficulty. It takes an experienced project manager and installation crew to successfully complete a linoleum project. Jack Laurie Commercial Floors has both bases covered. We are one of the only contractors in the state of Indiana that has sent our project managers and installers to be certified by Forbo, the largest linoleum manufacturer in the world. Call us so we can share our education and expertise of linoleum floors with you.