Linoleum vs. vinyl


Linoleum vs. vinyl

Asked by Jeannette Robinson

We are building a cord-wood house ourselves and have purchased hardwood flooring from a local sawmill for most of the house. I am told that linoleum is not manufactured in the U.S. and therefore one must add the "cost" of transport from overseas to its carbon footprint. Which is REALLY the greener alternative--linoleum or vinyl--for my kitchen and bathroom floors.

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Sean Lintow Sr's picture

Ahh the good old debate, just what does green mean? Is it worse to have petroleum products in X or have used petroleum to transport products a longer distance without them in it..

As I am sure you know, true linoleum is made from natural materials like linseed oil, wood flour, mineral pigments, and is mounted on jute backing and is naturally anti-bacterial and biodegradable.

Personally I would lean towards a true linoleum over vinyl if possible and it meets the needs of the clients.

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Read "Should we avoid the vinyl linoleum? We need to replace a little bit of linoleum in our back door entry way and under our kitchen sink." a Q&A answered by David Bergman.