Linoleum quality

Linoleum is a very advantageous flooring. Durability and properties are dependent on the quality of the linoleum. How to judge the quality of the flooring, and what it depends on, read in detail in this post.

Strength of the flooring

The stronger the flooring layer, the more resistant the linoleum. On a sufficient pad thickness should be considered when buying linoleum therefore in any case.

Of course, the strength of the flooring is also a price-determining criterion. Basically, the thicker, the more expensive. You may have to rethink your calculation when choosing a thicker floor covering again.

Usual strengths are 2.0 and 2.5 mm, for higher stressed area we recommend a thickness of 3.2 mm. With very high abrasion load expected, it makes sense to choose the thickest linoleum thickness (4 mm). In the private sector, however, this will usually rarely be the case.

protective layer

Linoleum is a floor of natural materials and renewable resources. This fundamentally differentiates the flooring from the widespread PVC floor.

However, you have to make sure that the linoleum floor of the manufacturer is not provided with a plastic protective layer. This is the case with many models. The manufacturer would like to improve the cleaning ability of the linoleum floor and make it even more insensitive.

However, plastic-coated linoleum floors are nothing else than a - very expensive - PVC floor. The actual value of the linoleum floor, namely its naturalness, is thus completely lost.

In addition, plastic-coated linoleum can also contain plasticizers that can evaporate into the room air. Occasionally, other pollutants are released from the coating to the indoor air, which can be harmful to health if they are inhaled in the long term.

Natural linoleum, which is usually cared for with a special linoleum wax, is virtually pollutant free.

Special versions offer higher quality

Special coatings can increase the quality of linoleum. For example, a cork coating can be applied under the linoleum, which enhances the positive properties of the coating. This causes above all:

  • an even higher elasticity than linoleum alone
  • a higher thermal insulation capacity of the floor covering layer
  • a more comfortable ride on the floor, especially when walking barefoot

Of course, all quality criteria that apply to linoleum itself also apply to such specially coated floor coverings.

Color quality and surfaces

A quality feature of linoleum floors is also a uniform penetration of the dye to the bottom layer. The more evenly the dye is distributed to the carrier layer, the higher the quality of the linoleum. As a rule, this is reflected in the price.

Haptic particularly pleasant surfaces can also be considered as higher quality than linoleum with only uniformly smooth surface.

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