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Linoleum or PVC - which flooring is suitable for what?

Anyone looking for a flexible floor covering will quickly be faced with the question of which material to choose. While most will know what vinyl is, the answer is not so obvious with linoleum and PVC. So that you make the right choice for your next renovation project, we have summarized the differences and areas of application of the two floor classics for you below.


The oldest flexible floor solutions - linoleum and PVC

Linoleum and PVC are among them oldest resilient floor coverings and have always been strong competitors. While linoleum was discovered by chance and ruled the flooring market for a while, the cheaper PVC overtook it after a while. Due to the different characteristics and properties, both types of soil have now established themselves worldwide and each impress with their different qualities. Anyone who has always wondered where the difference between linoleum and PVC actually is and which material is best suited for which area, will find the answer here!

Linoleum - the sustainable alternative

At linoleum it is a material that was discovered by chance by an English chemist and because of his natural composition is more popular today than ever. The flexible flooring is particularly impressive because of its sustainability and durability. The robust material not only promises a particularly soft appearance, but is also characterized by its durability. The contained binding agent Linoxyn also ensures that linoleum naturally over antistatic and antibacterial properties that make the elastic floor particularly attractive for more sensitive areas. There are various systems for laying, which also allow do-it-yourselfers to generate a floor appearance like a professional. Whether sold by the meter on a roll or in the form of tiles and planks with a simple click mechanism, linoleum can be laid in no time and provides an immediately stable base for a wide range of furnishing needs.

Forbo Marmoleum Modular Textura "te3573 trace of nature" (100 x 25 cm)

One of the specialists when it comes to linoleum is the brand manufacturer Forbo. In addition to a wide range of floor coverings, Forbo also offers the option of using linoleum to redesign your furniture and walls. With the Forbo desktop linoleum Collection, you can transform your cupboards, doors, light switches or displays into completely new designer pieces and you can completely customize them to your iindividual taste to adjust. With the practical table linoleum, entire table groups can be re-clad and not only optically but also upgraded due to the robust properties of the material. Forbo linoleum gives you the chance to create your Creativity free rein without having to stop in front of your interior.

What is the floor classic made of?

Linoleum is mainly composed of natural components. The combination of linseed oil, cork flour, jute fabric, limestone, natural resin and pigments ensures a lasting appearance in almost all areas. Most linoleum floors are completely biodegradable and offer a good opportunity to permanently improve the indoor climate. The fact that there are no dubious ingredients makes linoleum interesting for a wide variety of industries, as no harmful vapors or effects on people or the environment are to be expected.

PVC - robust appearance in all areas

Gerflor Texline "1893 Harbor Blue"

Like linoleum, PVC flooring is a resilient floor covering. In addition to lining floors, the practical material is also used in many other areas. For example, it is used to manufacture window profiles, pipes or cable insulation. As a floor, PVC has a number of advantages that give it an advantage over other floor coverings. PVC floor is particularly hard-wearing and can withstand even the heaviest loads. Depending on the PVC, even the use of heavy machinery leaves behind no damage whatsoever on the soft material, so that a new surface is retained even after years of use. In addition, it's pretty easy to lay. Mostly supplied as roll goods, PVC can be laid loosely or glued over the entire surface without any problems up to a certain number of square meters.

In addition, in contrast to many other floors, PVC can be colored very well. The design spectrum of the flexible floor covering is therefore almost infinite. In our BRICOFLOR online shop you will find next to PVC floors in wood look also PVC with tile designin order to provide you with an even broader range of designs for your premises. PVC is represented by many well-known manufacturers. The Gerflor PVC floor gives you the opportunity to put your rooms in a completely new light with many different collections. The PVC floor from Joka is in no way inferior to this.

How is PVC composed?

PVC is a synthetic product made from plastic. The main ingredient is the so-called polyvinyl chloride. The actually hard and brittle material gets its characteristic elasticity through the addition of various plasticizers. While questionable substances were mainly used for the flexibility of the floor back then, today they are based on them strict European guidelines mainly on alternative plasticizers. These can no longer be compared with the fabrics of the time and have no negative impact on the indoor climate or the health of the home.

Gerflor Texline "1956 Provence Ocre"

PVC or CV covering - what's the difference?

Anyone looking for one PVC floor sooner or later you will come across the term CV-covering. While many think that this is a completely different product, the terms can almost be used interchangeably. A CV surface is also a PVC, but it has a small difference to its conventional namesake. While PVC is primarily a material name, CV flooring describes the special structure of the floor: foamed vinyl ("cushioned vinyl").

The direct comparison - PVC or linoleum?

Why reach out now if you want to opt for an elastic flooring solution? The main difference between the two floor coverings is their material composition. While linoleum a completely natural product PVC is made with synthetic plastics and plasticizers. They are both extremely robust and feature soft and warm properties. In addition, they can both be laid quickly and easily and can easily be combined with underfloor heating. In contrast to linoleum, PVC is often a little cheaper to purchase and, depending on the manufacturer, is no less high-quality. Linoleum, on the other hand, has the edge in ecological terms. The natural product is significantly more sustainable than PVC, although the manufacturers of PVC are also keen to continuously improve the environmental properties of the production and the material.

Which floor to lay where - the areas of application of the floor classics

Gerflor Texline HQR "1983 Walden White"

One of the most decisive criteria for choosing between linoleum and PVC are their areas of application. A floor covering should and should always be able to cope with the respective conditions of an area defy unexpected loads can. Here, too, the two elastic floor solutions are very similar. Both PVC and linoleum can be installed in almost all areas thanks to their enormous durability. In the case of linoleum, it is worthwhile to make sure that the material is a little thicker (3.2 - 4mm) for areas with higher traffic. In addition, linoleum should not be installed in damp rooms at all. In this case, it is worth turning to PVC. This is waterproof after full-surface bonding and can easily be used for the bathroom or kitchen.


Have you already decided on one of the two floor classics and can hardly wait to browse through the different manufacturers? Then let yourself be inspired in our BRICOFLOR online shop and take advantage of the opportunity for yourself Advantages of PVC and linoleum to convince!


This entry was posted under Purchase advice, Floor coverings and tagged PVC flooring, Linoleum, PVC, elastic floor coverings on March 20, 2020 by BRICOFLOR. ← previous postnext post →