In our country, the most common and common coating is linoleum. This material in due course acquires new features and properties, however the majority of buyers live old myths concerning a linoleum. Yes, and new items are often able to cause new ridiculous rumors. Let’s try to consider the main misconceptions about linoleum.
Linoleum is a dangerous material.
Often you can meet the opinions that linoleum is a continuous “chemistry”, it is necessarily harmful to humans. First of all, it should be said that today such materials are produced on the basis of PVC – polyvinyl chloride, which is a synthetic polymer. In the whole world, unlike Russia, the concept of “linoleum” is not used, in everyday use the term – “PVC coatings”. Each such coating is issued with a hygienic certificate, which is mandatory and confirms the safety of the product for a person. Also, a voluntary certification system has been adopted, during which manufacturers submit their products to the most thorough examination. For example, the world leader in the production of linoleum Tarkett during this inspection received for its products the ecological labeling “Leaf of Life”, which is recognizable all over the world. Products with such a symbol have the highest level of environmental safety for humans. So linoleum in the majority the is ecologically safe, in the market there is a considerable choice of qualitative firms-manufacturers, moreover and with ecological marks of products. In general, originally linoleum was produced exclusively from natural ingredients – resin, oil, flax. And by its birth the term is obliged to merge of two words – “flax” and “butter”.
Linoleum has long been unfashionable.
Manufacturers closely monitor new trends, and do not stand still. The market is constantly emerging more and more types of flooring, but despite this, buyers still choose linoleum. In terms of production volumes in Russia in 2008, PVC coatings confidently took first place. Experts estimate the share of linoleum in the market of floor coverings up to 40%. This is favored by new colors and designs. Far in the past there were times when linoleum imitated only a tree. Today you can choose a different color, pattern, texture coverage, including the most luxurious. In linoleum special pearly multi-colored inserts can be used, which will create the effect of three-dimensional drawing. And nothing prevents you from realizing your fantasies, composing various colors and patterns, laying out unusual pictures on the floor.
Linoleum wears out quickly.
The linoleum that is sold on the market today, compares favorably with its predecessors. Today, almost all brands are designed for use for 7-10 years, and the most “advanced” brands – generally up to 30. In production, the material can be created homogeneous or heterogeneous. Heterogeneous coatings are a multilayered web with a thickness of up to 6 mm. Usually, foam PVC or fiberglass is applied to the backbone, and transparent PVC is already on top, which is the upper working layer. In this structure, the pattern is protected by a transparent layer, the thickness of which can vary from 0.15 mm for linoleum, used in bedrooms and living rooms to 0.25 mm for wear-resistant specimens used in the corridor, in the kitchen, in the hallway. Homogeneous linoleum is a single-layer material, which usually has a thickness of up to 3 mm. The picture of such a material is formed by the structure of the coating, so this linoleum has an interesting property – it can be updated by removing the top layer as when parquet is being baked.
Linoleum is a cold material.
In order to understand how warm the floor material is, the heat build-up parameter is used. It shows how quickly the heat from the contacting surface (for example, the sole of the foot) is absorbed by the design of the floor material.Hence, on this indicator and on its magnitude and depends on how warm the material seems to a person. According to the norms this indicator should not be more than 12 W / m². If the coating has such a parameter greater than that of ceramic tiles, it quickly absorbs heat, which means that the touch is cold. For linoleum, this parameter is affected by its density, the presence and characteristics of the base layer. Usually it is better to keep heat with a textile material, which is made of polyester. It should be noted that such a base is insensitive to temperature changes and does not rot. A figure of heat buildup for linoleum with such a base is 9-10 W / m².
Linoleum is easy to stretch, and therefore break.
The current coating is based on fiberglass. The presence of such a base and multi-layer linoleum led to the fact that the strength of the coating increased many times compared to what was used before. In addition, the presence of glass fiber provides safety of the linear parameters of the material. Therefore, do not be afraid that the linoleum will shrink or stretch, forming folds on the floor. New models of linoleum in general are produced on the basis of expanded PVC, this technology allows the components to be more firmly connected with each other, which further increases the strength of the coating.
When laying linoleum visible seams.
Such a problem did exist about 20 years ago. This was because in the market there was a limited choice of roll linoleum with a width of up to 2 meters. But today manufacturers already offer samples of rolls with a width of 5 meters, which is usually enough for most rooms. In cases where joints still can not be avoided, modern methods of cold welding can be effectively used. In this case, a special glue is used, which not only connects the webs, but also actually melts and solder their edges. Thanks to this technology, the connection is highly reliable, the seam is practically invisible.