Okay, one would think those working in the flooring industry would know their flooring products right? Well think again! I had a flooring rep out here yesterday and realized I knew the answers to my flooring questions more than he did! You’ll remember I’m getting new kitchen and bathroom floors because of the bathtub leak we had several weeks ago….and since I have to have new floors, I want to try and get something I want… not just a replacement floor. This leads us to linoleum. Remember your grandmother’s old avocado & brown, can’t possibly get rid of it because it’s virtually indestructible, floor? Well that’s what I want! Not the avocado & brown part but the vintage look and feel and the durability of the linoleum. LINOLEUM….not vinyl!! I want a cream/white offset with a vintage yellow or green….kinda like this….
Overall, I definitely want a vintage feel to the floor…not a modern stone or wood look, which is about all I can find in a vinyl! Well, I gave all of this info, pictures included, to my flooring rep and what does he show up with……6 vinyl floor samples! 6! I told him that’s not the look I’m going for and he proceeds to tell me that I can order half & half and then set them on the diagonal pattern and get the same feel! I just looked at him (you can imagine all the pretty things I was thinking in my head) and told him that “NO” it would NOT be the same look at all! So I sent him back to his shop, which is an hour and a half away, to do more research on linoleum! In the meantime, I got online, looked up linoleum, and found that Armstrong has a linoleum line and there is also the Marmoleum line…they even have a Marmoleum click product that is super easy to install…which come to find out, are what my inspiration picture floors are! Now that I have the info., I call a couple of shops here in town and ask if they carry any linoleum or marmoleum flooring. Of course they all say they do, but when I get down there to look at the samples its, you guessed it…. VINYL! So, after educating the flooring co.’s on the differences between vinyl and linoleum, I came home to call up my original flooring guy, led him to the appropriate websites, told him what to call and ask for and wished I wasn’t breastfeeding so I could have a stiff drink!
So where did all that get me?
Well no where really, I’m still staring at sub floors! But I did get a call from my flooring guy a few minutes ago….he just wanted to let me know he’s checking on that marmalade for me!!! I do believe I’m gonna need more than a stiff drink!
Now, for those of you that don’t already know, linoleum is an all natural, biodegradable, antibacterial product that is tougher than tough and wears like the dickens..which is what I need with my brood! It’s made from linseed oil, recycled wood flour, cork dust and limestone. Who knew that going vintage would mean being so eco-friendly and modern!
Check out this fabulous product at…..
Coolgreenfloors.com & Armstrong.com/flooring/products/linoleum