Industrial Linoleum

Linoleum is a natural, durable and easy-to-clean flooring option with a long lifespan.

What is Industrial Linoleum or Lino?


Linoleum flooring is crafted from 100% natural materials, including linseed oil, cork dust, and wood flour, on a hessian backing. It is essential to note that this is distinct from cushioned vinyl, a budget-friendly product commonly installed in domestic kitchens, especially during the 1980s. The term ‘Lino’ is often mistakenly used to refer to vinyl. It’s crucial to recognise that linoleum and vinyl are entirely separate products.

What are the advantages of Linoleum? 


Linoleum is exclusively made from 100% natural materials, making it one of the most environmentally friendly options in the flooring market. For instance, Forbo, with their linoleum ranges branded as Marmoleum, asserts that their products are CO2 neutral (cradle to gate) without the need for offsetting. Beyond its environmental benefits, linoleum is exceptionally durable, boasts a long lifecycle, and is simple to clean and maintain.

Notably, Forbo Marmoleum has received approval from Allergy UK because it doesn’t harbour allergens or house dust mites and naturally inhibits the growth of bacteria, making it an excellent choice for those with allergy concerns.

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Linoleum in gyms

What is Commercial Linoleum Flooring used for?

Linoleum has been a preferred choice in hospitals and other medical facilities and even gyms for numerous years owing to its durability and natural ability to prevent the growth of bacteria, making it bacteriostatic. Additionally, linoleum is commonly installed in educational facilities due to its reliability and longevity.

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How does linoleum different from vinyl flooring?

Linoleum differs from other flooring options in several key aspects. Firstly, it is crafted from natural materials, setting it apart from many synthetic alternatives. Additionally, linoleum demands precise installation conditions, particularly concerning air and subfloor temperatures, which typically need to be maintained between 18 to 27 degrees Celsius. Due to its harder and more rigid nature, linoleum installation is a lengthier and more intricate process. Creating coved skirting with linoleum is notably more time-consuming and expensive due to its specific characteristics.

How does linoleum compare to vinyl in terms of cost?

Indeed, linoleum tends to be pricier than many types of vinyl flooring due to its labour-intensive installation process. The meticulous installation requirements and specific conditions that must be met contribute to the higher overall cost of linoleum compared to certain vinyl options.

Does linoleum flooring have health benefits?

Absolutely, linoleum’s sustainability, derived from its natural composition, makes it an environmentally friendly choice. Its bacteriostatic properties further enhance its appeal, especially in medical facilities, ensuring a safe and healthy environment. Linoleum’s eco-friendly nature and health benefits indeed make it a valuable option for various spaces.

How much does Lino cost?

Linoleum tends to be more expensive than most other floor coverings, but this is due to not only its heath and environmental benefits but also due to tricky installation process.

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Industrial Linoleum Brands

Forbo Marmoleum stands as the predominant choice for linoleum flooring in the UK, with Forbo being the market leader. Their Marmoleum range offers a wide array of design and colour options, catering to diverse preferences.

Tarkett provides a competitive alternative to Forbo in the linoleum market, offering cost-effective options for consumers seeking high-quality flooring.

Similarly, Gerflor, like Tarkett, presents a reliable and reasonably priced alternative to Forbo’s linoleum products, giving customers more choices in the market.

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Tarkett - Safety Vinyl
Gerflo - Industrial Linoleum Brand

Industrial Linoleum Flooring Installation

Olivers Contracts are a highly experience floor contractor in London who have supplied and installed not only linoleum flooring but a range of other floor coverings.