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Linoleum, Cork, Rubber

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Marmoleum tile in kitchenLinoleum

Although often confused with vinyl, linoleum is far different.  While vinyl is comprised of a petroleum-based compound, linoleum is derived from all natural products such as linseed oil, wood pulp, and other binders. Natural pigments are used to produce a dazzling array of colors and patterns. Linoleum is extremely durable and maintains a good resistance to stains, spills, and heavy usage.

You may also hear linoleum referred to by its most popular brand names, Marmoleum (manufactured by Forbo) or Marmorette (an Armstrong product). In both residential and commercial installations, linoleum combines well with other materials, allowing anyone to create a custom look at a reasonable price.

Check out the Idea Center for more examples of recently completed linoleum flooring projects for all areas of your home or business.

Cork and Hardwood

Cork

Comfortable and resilient, cork has been used as a residential and commercial flooring product for over 100 years. However, with modern technology, today's cork floors offer much more variety in terms of colors, installation options, and finishes.

Harvested from the bark of the cork oak, a tree native to many Mediterranean countries, cork is a sustainable and renewable resource. (The bark grows back in as little as three years, with no harm to the tree.) Like many other natural products, it is naturally anti-allergenic and resistant to moisture, mold, and insects, making it a healthier surface covering for homes with sensitive people and pets. The cellular nature of cork gives it a cushiony feeling underfoot, and also provides great sound absorption and temperature modulation.

Cork flooring choices include tiles and solid sheets or panels in a wide spectrum of colors that can be combined into almost any design. For longer wear and ease of maintenance, many cork floors are sealed with a special topcoat or non-toxic oil finish.

Rubber

Rubber flooring may be an unusual choice for a home or business, but many modern designers are finding it's a versatile, good-looking, and ecologically-friendly product that serves a variety of uses.

Turning discarded tires into new custom floors eases the burden on landfill space, and keeps a valuable resource in circulation. The recycled rubber can be dyed to any custom color, and offers a durable, sound-absorbing, and cushioned surface that is easy to maintain.  Properly installed and cared for, rubber flooring can last up to 30 years.

While most commonly used in commercial buildings, rubber also makes a great choice for kitchens, family rooms, playrooms, and garages. Because it can drastically reduce sound levels, it's also practical for apartments and condominiums.


Absolute Flooring carries linoleum, cork, and rubber flooring solutions from the following manufacturers:
Armstrong FlooringDesign Materials, Inc.ExpankoNora Rubber FlooringWincanders


 

What They're Saying

"[Absolute Flooring] worked with our scheduling needs and really took care to keep the house clean and protected as they worked. Before, during, and afterwards (even a long time afterwards), they answered our many questions and did what they could to help us out as owners of new bamboo floors.

They are very professional, do a high quality job and were very helpful throughout the process. We feel very happy that we went with them and had found them in our own backyard."

- Kory, El Granada