Linoleum vs. vinyl

Question

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.

Answer this question

Answers

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.

For more information:

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.