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Linoleum is extremely green. Not its color, although that could be true, too. Linoleum is green in the sense that it's environmentally friendly. Please take note: Although linoleum is often confused with sheet vinyl, the contents of linoleum and vinyl are very different. Vinyl flooring is made from chlorinated petrochemicals while true linoleum is made from all natural materials like linseed oil (pressed from flax seeds), pine rosin, and wood and cork flours.
The eco–friendliness of its ingredients generates a lot of interest in linoleum these days. Perhaps not coincidentally, linoleum sales in the U.S. have risen substantially in the past couple of years. Until recently, linoleum had been thought of as a little old–fashioned, maybe even boring. The manufacturing process – which is pretty much the same as it was when Frederick Walton developed it in 1860 – doesn't lend itself to elaborate patterns, and the traditional colors have been dull. Green consumers are catching on to linoleum's natural advantages, and manufacturers are responding by offering new, more vibrant colors. They've also developed attractive borders and corner patterns that create new design opportunities.
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Some of the advantages of linoleum flooring:
Installation of large sheets of linoleum may be a job best left to professionals, but new click–in–place products make it possible for almost anyone to install linoleum flooring.
Linoleum does produce some out–gassing of aldehydes (organic compounds) from the linseed oil. People with certain acute chemical sensitivities may be affected by these fumes.
If you're in the market for reasonably priced, durable, truly green flooring, take a close look at eco-friendly linoleum.
Linoleum is most often used in high–traffic areas that are frequently exposed to moisture, such as kitchens and bathrooms. It's one of the more popular options in regard to "resilient flooring"; flooring that has a hard surface yet gives slightly in response to pressure. In areas where linoleum would be appropriate, you might also consider these other types of resilient flooring:
*VOCs (short for volatile organic compounds) are carbon–based chemical compounds that can be found in certain flooring materials, adhesives and cleaners.