Linoleum Vs. Ceramic Tile

When it comes to kitchen and bathroom flooring, linoleum and tile are popular options.

Cost

Linoleum flooring has been used for decades.Linoleum flooring has been used for decades.
Linoleum often is associated with institutional buildings such as schools and hospitals. But there is a new generation of linoleum that, like tile, has many benefits.

Ceramic tile flooring can cost anywhere from $1 to $20 per square feet, while linoleum starts at $4 per square feet but can go much higher than tile, making it often the more expensive option.

Installation

Generally, linoleum is more difficult to install than ceramic tile, and in most cases requires the assistance of a professional, especially with sheet linoleum. Installing tile, on the other hand, often involves only removing the protective backing and placing the tiles on the floor one by one.

Maintenance

Ceramic tiles require resealing of at least the grout every year or so; in addition, they can be damp-mopped. Linoleum requires only sweeping and occasional mopping.

Appearance

Although linoleum comes in an increasing number of colors and styles, tile is still more versatile for the imaginative decorator, offering an endless variety of colors and shapes that allow for designs linoleum cannot match.

Considerations

Linoleum has the added advantage of being environmentally friendly. Linoleum is made of natural ingredients, including linseed oil, which helps to repel dust, dirt and bacteria.

Ceramic tiles can break if you drop something heavy on them, so you should buy extra tiles for such emergencies.

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Spencer Hendricks has written for various well-regarded blogs. His work has appeared in the "Kickapoo Prairie News" and online at sprayahen.com and Spencer Vs. The Food Industry. He is currently in the process of obtaining a degree in Web development.