Types of linoleum: choose the right one
Have you decided to change the flooring? Then before you for certain already there was a question, what covering to choose, that it was both practical, and inexpensive. The best thing for these requirements is linoleum - all familiar material that can be purchased in any construction market. But not all coverings of this type are the same. Types of linoleum differ from each other structure, composition, purpose.
Is the linoleum natural?
The technology of manufacturing this material has long beenstepped forward, but the opinion of people at the expense of the fact that this floor covering is completely synthetic, there is still. But linoleum manufacturers are now offering their products, based on absolutely natural ingredients - resin, wood flour, jute or flax. Linoleum in the bedroom or in the nursery must be natural, you should not save on health. And the floor covering of wood or flax is not less durable and durable than its analogue made of PVC, only you will be sure that you have an environmentally friendly floor. Natural linoleum is also good because it will withstand high temperatures, for example, accidentally dropped cigarette, soldering iron, the traces of paint or glue are easily washed off the coating. Of course, for such a floor covering you will need to pay a fairly large amount, but it's worth it.
Of course, on a par with the natural there is alsoartificial linoleum. It is made of PVC (PVC), does not contain harmful compounds, and also such a coating will protect you from importunate sounds from neighboring apartments and will serve as a kind of heat insulator. The basis of an artificial linoleum can be fabric or vinyl. If the structure consists of several layers, then such types of linoleum are called heterogeneous, if the linoleum is single-layer, then it will be homogeneous. The wear resistance of a heterogeneous material naturally depends on the thickness of the top layer, which protects the pattern of the web. On multi-layer linoleum with a substrate to walk much nicer, it is warmer.
Types of linoleum, depending on the thickness of the protective layer
The thickness of the top layer of PVC coating canmake up from 0,1 and above. These indicators help to divide linoleum on household, semi-commercial and for commercial use. We are best familiar with the household, because it lies in our homes. For example, linoleum for the kitchen, the photo of which you see below, is a floor covering for use in everyday life. It has a thin protective layer (0.1-0.35 mm), but the design of the canvas can be very diverse.
Semi-commercial linoleum is designed forflooring in rooms with large traffic (hallways, corridors, conference rooms), and therefore has better wear resistance. The thickness of the top layer in it is in the range of 0.5-1.6 mm. The cost of a roll of such a floor covering is several times higher than that of a similar roll, but of a domestic linoleum.
And, finally, commercial linoleum can be seenat stations, in shops, cafes, on the floor in gyms. Its protective layer exceeds 1.7 cm, such a floor is designed for operation for a period of several decades.
So, different types of linoleum perform certain functions, and now you know it, which means that you will make the right choice.