Linoleum flooring is suited to both domestic and commercial use, coming in an easy to use roll, in sizes two to four metres wide. Many linoleum products come with long warranties of 10 to 20 years - this is extremely durable flooring! There is a huge range of designs, styles and colours available, to fit with your current decor. Depending on the existing floor surface, you may or may not require adhesives for installation and require the services of a professional, but many domestic installations which require only require one sheet of linoleum are well within the capabilities of DIY enthusiasts.
Linoleum flooring is made from natural materials like linseed oil, recycled wood flour, cork dust and limestone. Linoleum is both anti-bacterial and biodegradable, among the greenest of all flooring materials. Linoleum is easier to maintain than most materials and is available in traditional patterns that can smartly complement original period designs. But even in modern settings, linoleum can shine in radiant colours and creative patterns. Linoleum can be installed in most any room in the home, but is not suited to damp areas and is most popular in non-residential settings.
Linoleum flooring is very resistant to gouging and scratching and stands up to heavy foot traffic well. But even if it does get scratched, the colour and pattern still remain the same as it goes through the entire thickness of the material. Linoleum floors can last over 40 years if fitted and maintained properly, if a permanently bonded, high performance coating is used, linoleum will resist stains and scratches and clean as easily as a vinyl floor.
Though a bit more expensive than vinyl flooring, linoleum flooring is a quite inexpensive choice in terms of floor covering. Sheets of lino flooring can be purchased for around £5 to £20 per square metre. However, even though laying linoleum flooring may look like a simple job, it is advisable to hire a professional as linoleum may eventually shrink or expand due to moisture or temperature and using a professional flooring contractor is the best way to guarantee results over the lifetime of the flooring. Hiring a contractor to install linoleum flooring will typically cost between £15 and £30 per square metre, but in the long run will save you the cost and trouble of having to fix an incorrectly laid floor at a later date.
We have all heard the stories and watched the TV shows about rogue tradesman who take your money and leave your home in a worse state than it was in originally. So how do you go about choosing someone to install your Linoleum flooring? First of all plan out exactly what you want the tradesmen to do before calling them, giving them as much information as possible so they can provide an accurate estimate of the time and costs.
Then use the free quote service on this site to have local tradesman get in touch with you to arrange a survey or to provide quotations over the phone. Secondly, if possible, ask for recommendations off people you trust. You can also check to see if they are members of any Trade Associations and ask for previous clients whose names they can give out as references. If you can, take a look at their previous work to see if is to a standard you would be happy with. Never use a tradesman that uses door to door high pressure sales to get customers, don't pay for the work in advance and don't be fooled by tradesman that offer discounts for cash only payments!