by Sarah Mia
(Naples, Florida, USA)
Decorating your home can be a lot of fun, and is a great way to incorporate a touch of yourself into your home. One way that you can add flair and decorative design is with using linoleum tiles in your flooring plans.
Linoleum tiles are great for your kitchen and bathroom especially, because they make cleanup a lot easier, and in these rooms, usually is better than carpet, because less maintenance is needed.
Remember when you’re selecting your tiles to look for quality as well as design and style. Your money should be spent for the most durable tiles you can find, to ensure your investment for the future.
When you visit your local flooring supply store, you’ll find lots of different types of linoleum tiles to choose from, in many different styles and textures. You should have no trouble finding the perfect tile match your current decor, and your budget as well.
For those of you who are interested in going green, you should feel good knowing that linoleum tiles are created from naturally occurring materials, and are perfectly safe for the environment, lessening your carbon footprint!
Most linoleum tiles are made from limestone, rosin, linseed oil, and cork dust, although this may vary, depending on the type you choose.
If, at some point in the future, you decide you want a different type of flooring for your home, the tiles you purchase can easily be recycled, which is another bonus point on the going green scale.
Installing your linoleum tile floors really isn’t that difficult, in fact, you and a partner could probably get the job done in a couple of days, if you have some basic do-it-yourself knowledge.
You’ll first have to make sure that your floor is completely clean and free of dust, and then you will install your tiles using the adhesive that you purchased from your local hardware store.
If you didn’t get adhesive when you bought your tiles, someone in the flooring department should be able to suggest the best product for thejob.
If you want to get really creative, purchase several different types or colors of tiles, and then create your own design with them, for an even more personalized feel!
The nice thing about linoleum tiles is that they clean easily, and look good for years to come, even in high traffic areas. Sweep and mop once in a while, and your floor will look brand new for years, probably until you decide to redecorate again!
Linoleum tiles are water resistant, which is also good for bathrooms and kitchens, where lots of splashing and spills occur.
You won’t have to worry about your sub-flooring being damaged either, because in most cases, the water will not be absorbed into the tile, further protecting your home. Linoleum tiles are a great investment for protecting laundry room floors as well.
If you have small kids, you will also be happy to hear that linoleum tiles are anti-microbial, meaning that they don’t absorb germs or bacteria, which could later be transferred to your child via a dropped cookie, or misplaced sippy cup.
You can also purchase linoleum tiles that can be installed without adhesive, making the task even easier for those who decide to do the work themselves.
These tiles are installed by interlocking with each other, so you simply have to figure out your placement, and hook them together to lock them in place.
If you take the time to compare prices, appearance, and durability, you will find that linoleum tiles really are a great option for your home. They are similarly priced with carpet and vinyl flooring, so you really don’t have to worry about straining your budget.
You may even be able to take advantage of a deeper discount by shopping online, or taking advantage of discontinued items often heavily discounted at most flooring centers.