When choosing a floor covering for a kitchen, bathroom or hallway, many people prefer ceramic tiles. This material is ideal for rooms with high traffic. The tile is very durable, resistant to wear and tear, is not afraid of moisture and at the same time is easy to clean. However, such flooring is quite difficult to install, and it is also not cheap.
Therefore, manufacturers offer customers a more affordable alternative - linoleum with a pattern "under the tiles". Next, we will analyze in detail the advantages and varieties of this floor covering, and also consider illustrative examples of such linoleum in the interior.
Probably, not everyone knows that linoleum was originally created as an absolutely natural, environmentally friendly material. It was made from wood flour, jute fibers, lime, resin, cork oak bark and auxiliary mineral additives. However, such material was very expensive, so it was not widely used among buyers. The same cannot be said about synthetic linoleum. Today this floor covering is one of the most common.
Modern linoleum consists of a layer of polyvinyl chloride, which is impregnated with fiberglass. Next, the necessary pattern and substrate are applied for additional elasticity and strength of the floor covering. Then the material is covered with a polyurethane film. The durability and wear resistance of linoleum depends on the size of this layer.
Advantages and disadvantages
First, let's take a look at the main advantages of linoleum:
- Democratic cost. It is due to the fact that this flooring is relatively low in cost that it has earned such popularity among buyers. At the same time, the quality and durability of linoleum remains at a high level.
- Unpretentious care. You can easily clean the coating even from the most stubborn dirt. In order for linoleum to always be in excellent condition, it is enough to regularly wipe it with a damp cloth with or without any detergent. You don't have to spend too much time cleaning. Therefore, you will save precious hours for more important things.
- Long service life. Despite the fact that linoleum is not very expensive, its service life is calculated in tens of years. Manufacturers claim that the coating will last for at least ten or even twenty years. It all depends on the specific conditions and intensity of operation.
- Resistant to moisture. Linoleum will not deteriorate from the fact that you spill a large amount of liquid on it. Moreover, even if the apartment is flooded, you will not have to change the floor covering. Therefore, this material is simply irreplaceable for use in bathrooms, kitchens, corridors.
- Ease of installation. In order to lay linoleum, no special skills or special tools are required. You can easily cope with such a task on your own. Moreover, the process will not take long.
- Wide range of styles. In the catalogs of modern stores, you will find a huge selection of flooring in various textures and shades. According to its external characteristics, linoleum is practically indistinguishable from real marble or ceramic tiles. You can easily find exactly the type of flooring that is perfect for your home.
- Heat and sound insulation. Since the material has a special backing, it perfectly absorbs sounds. In addition, walking on such a surface will be much warmer and more pleasant than on a cold tile.
Despite the large number of advantages, this coating has certain disadvantages, namely:
- Immunity to fire. Any flame, even the smallest flame, can damage the coating. Therefore, you need to be very careful with this.
- Immunity to heavy loads. If there is a cabinet or table on the covering, this will certainly affect its appearance. The characteristic dents will remain on the linoleum, which is often simply impossible to get rid of.
Non-environmental friendliness. Since this material is non-biodegradable, it cannot simply be thrown into a landfill. Linoleum must be handed over to a special recycling center
It is also worth noting another significant aspect. It will not be possible to replace the linoleum partially, by individual elements. Unlike, for example, tiles or laminate. Therefore, if the coating is damaged, the entire canvas will have to be replaced.
Types of imitating products
Linoleum differs into several types, depending on its purpose. He might be:
Domestic. This type of flooring is intended for use in residential apartments and houses. Its thickness usually does not exceed one and a half centimeters. Due to this, the cost of household linoleum is not too high. At the same time, this does not at all affect the service life of the material
As a rule, household linoleum retains its characteristics for seven or even ten years.
- Semi-commercial. Such linoleum is already distinguished by its higher wear resistance. From above, the flooring is treated with an additional layer of fiberglass, which makes the material safer, stronger and more durable. The substrate of their polyvinyl chloride for this type of coating is somewhat thicker than that of the household version.
- Commercial. This is the most durable and wear-resistant linoleum option. Its average service life is about forty years. As a rule, commercial linoleum is laid in shopping centers, hospitals, schools, kindergartens and other similar premises with high traffic. Therefore, the cost of such a floor covering is already much higher. However, if you compare the final price with the total shelf life of commercial linoleum, then the amount will no longer seem so high.
The dimensions of the linoleum print can be anything (30x30, 50x50 cm, etc.), it all depends on the total area of the room for which the coating is intended. Due to the size of the tiles on linoleum, certain visual effects can be achieved. For example, large tiles visually enlarge the space. Therefore, if you have a small apartment, be sure to take note of this option.
A smaller tile pattern is better for larger spaces. Such a floor covering will add sophistication and harmony to the interior.
Modern linoleum models are very similar to tiles, not only in color, patterns and performance. Floor coverings perfectly mimic the texture of real tiles and even the seams between them. Thus, you will be able to achieve complete similarity of the coverage. At the same time, you do not have to spend a lot of money on expensive tiles, as well as on their installation.
It is also worth noting that coatings in their texture are matte and glossy… The first version of linoleum adds additional volume to the space. Matte finishes are also more practical. Glossy surfaces look sophisticated and expensive, however, over time, the original shine disappears. Therefore, many experts recommend immediately purchasing matte floor coverings.
Colors and patterns
You can easily find linoleum "under ceramic tiles", made in any color.Modern floor coverings come in white, beige, green, yellow, black and white, and others. When choosing the color of linoleum with squares, focus on the general style of the premises. Remember that a light colored floor covering will visually expand the space. While dark shades of linoleum can visually reduce an already cramped room.
How to choose?
Here are some practical tips to help you get the right linoleum:
- Opt for a solid cover. When buying roll material, it is imperative to ensure that the width of the linoleum matches the width of the room. This is necessary in order to lay the covering with a single canvas. In this case, the floor covering will look nice and neat.
- Check quality certificates. Before making a purchase, be sure to ask the seller for the necessary paperwork for the product, which confirms its quality. If the manufacturer is reliable, he will certainly fulfill your request and will not shy away from it.
Pay attention to the price. You should not chase very big savings. By purchasing a product that is too cheap, you run the risk of getting a substandard product that can be harmful to health and the environment. Therefore, be extremely careful and careful
You should also check that the coating has been treated with a special anti-slip coating. This will make the linoleum more practical and eliminate the likelihood of falls and injuries.
If for any reason you buy linoleum from different rolls, be sure to make sure that the material is from the same batch. So you are guaranteed to avoid mismatching patterns and colors of the coating.
Ideas for imitating tiles in the interior
Now we will give a few specific successful examples of linoleum "under the tiles" in different rooms:
Textured linoleum for the kitchen. This version of the material is ideally combined with the style of the kitchen and successfully complements it. Such a coating can be easily cleaned of any dirt, which is especially important for such a room. The hostess will not be afraid to stain the floor once again
Tiled linoleum in the office. This is one of the most successful examples where a bright floor becomes the main accent in the whole room. Due to the fact that the walls in the office are painted in restrained light colors, bright linoleum looks very stylish and beautiful
Living room cover. This type of linoleum imitates small tiles. It looks very sophisticated and attractive. This coating is especially well suited for spacious rooms
The color and texture of linoleum is harmoniously combined with the shades of furniture and walls. It will be very comfortable to be in such a room and receive guests.
So now you know all about linoleum, which imitates tiles. We hope that the recommendations in this article will help you quickly and without hassle to choose a floor covering that is ideal for your interior.
For information on how to properly lay linoleum, see the next video.