The resilient flooring catagory, home to the three product types namely rubber, linoleum and vinyl, sees vinyl flooring command a market dominating 85% market share across Europe. It's no wonder why it is so widely used, as vinyl flooring provides a high performance, cost effective, low maintenance, long-life solution.
Polyflor vinyl flooring also performs well environmentally and when compared to linoleum the results are impressive. The fairest way to make enviromental comparisons is to fully compare and understand the product from the different stages of its life cycle as everything has an enviromental impact one way or another – even vinyl and linoleum!
Vinyl and linoleum are both extremely durable and can last up to 25 years (and even longer as it has been proven). However Polyflor vinyl is 100% fit for purpose and compromises do not have to be made to obtain a sustainable product.
In summary, no resilient flooring is completely sustainable or without environmental impact and both vinyl and linoleum floorcoverings are processed, manufactured products with environmental impacts. On the basis of this, vinyl is very much comparable with linoleum but further comparisons must be accounted for including fire safety, maintenance, increased use areas and slip resistance, choice of styles and feature designs as well as cost (initial outlay and on going cost of maintenance and subsequent replacement) – all of which, Polyflor vinyl has to be preferential to linoleum.