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Linoleum Flooring Versus Vinyl Sheet Flooring


The following chart provides a comparison between linoleum and vinyl sheet flooring materials.

Consideration Linoleum Vinyl Sheet


  • Vivid colors
  • Traditional & modern patterns
  • Custom cutting provides unique patterns
  • Large variety of patterns and colors including hardwood, tile and mosaics

Typical Warranties

  • 5 to 25 years
  • Better quality lifetime on manufacturer's defects and wear through
  • Rips, tears, gouges and stains, 5 to 20 years

Life Expectancy

  • 40 to 50 years
  • 10 to 20 years

Child Friendly

  • Very child friendly
  • Very child friendly
  • Liquid spills can damage surface and cause boards rot

Pet Friendly

  • Very pet friendly
  • Very pet friendly

Care & Maintenance

  • Sweep & wet mop with a neutral pH cleaner
  • Polish every 6 to 9 months to protect floor from stains and restore gloss
  • Sweep & mop using manufacturer's recommended cleaners


  • Adhesive

Full-spread adhesive

Seal seams with heat-welding or with adhesive

Install over most sub-floor materials

  • Adhesive

Felt: Full-spread or perimeter adhesive

Fiberglass: Loose - lay, modified loose - lay or full-spread

Both products can be installed over concrete, hardwood, plywood, or existing floor (except carpet)

Grade Levels

  • Below grade only in very dry regions
  • On grade
  • Above grade

Note: Concrete must have a low moisture emission rate and neutral pH

  • Below grade
  • On grade
  • Above grade

Room Installation

  • All rooms

Note: Rooms with concrete sub-floors must have a low moisture emission rate and neutral pH

  • All rooms no exceptions.


  • Material cost $2/sq. ft. to $4/sq. ft.
  • Installation cost (contractor):

$5/sq. ft. to $7/sq. ft.

  • Material cost $0.50/sq. ft. to $5/sq. ft. - dependent on quality of material and finish
  • Installation cost (contractor):

$0.75/sq. ft. to $4/sq. ft.

DIY Complexity - Scale 1 to 5 with 1 being the easiest.

  • Requires skill and special tools. Professional installation recommended - 5
  • Felt: Full-spread or perimeter adhesive - 4
  • Fiberglass: Full-spread - 4
  • Fiberglass: Loose-lay or modified loose-lay - 3

Additional information on flooring materials

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Hardwood /

Engineered Hardwood


Vinyl Sheet

Vinyl Sheet /



Vinyl Tile

Laminate /

Engineered Hardwood