Is vinyl flooring the same as linoleum?

Homeowners have been installing linoleum in their homes for over 160 years, while vinyl
flooring has been available for less than a century. Sheet vinyl grew in popularity throughout the
decades, and then in the 1970s, luxury vinyl entered the marketplace. Luxury vinyl plank (LVP)
flooring looks like hardwood. Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring is found in wood, ceramic, and
stone-look styles. Olden Carpet and Flooring, a vinyl flooring store in Langhorne, Pennsylvania,
carries a wide variety of the latest luxury vinyl flooring styles, including waterproof LVP and LVT.


Linoleum is made from natural products, which include linseed oil, cork dust, and wood flour.
This soft and cushiony flooring material is easy to scratch and gouge, and it tends to yellow as it
ages. Vinyl, on the other hand, is a synthetic material that is very difficult to damage. This
rugged multiple-layer flooring has a surface wear layer that protects the high-tech image layer.

Water tolerance

The best luxury vinyl floor repels water. The tough waterproof planks and tiles tolerate standing
water. In contrast, linoleum is susceptible to water damage. Therefore, linoleum installed in a
moisture-prone space must be sealed periodically throughout its lifespan, likely once or twice a
year. Some linoleum also needs to be waxed every few years.

Family-owned Olden Carpet and Flooring is your local Bucks County retailer. We offer services
that include residential and commercial installation, floor leveling, and carpet binding. Our
experienced installers are licensed and insured. Each vinyl flooring upgrade begins with a free
estimate. Our Bucks County service area includes Doylestown, Bensalem, Levittown, and
Newton. In addition, we provide a handy set of online tools to help you get started with your
project. Finally, we invite you to use our product catalog, room visualizer, and chat service.