What is linoleum flooring?

In 1860 linoleum flooring was invented by the Scotsman Frederic Walton. Linoleum is made through the binding of lineseed oil and natural materials such as cork- and woodflour, mineral fillers, rosin and pigments.

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How Linoleum flooring once started

How was linoleum originally manufactured?

After the mixing of the ingredients the linoleumpast is rolled out on a burlap sheet. For the hardening process the linoleum is kept hanging in the socalled ‘dryingchambers’ for several weeks at a temperature of 30 degrees Centigrade. Only when the lineseed oil is oxidized the linoleum is ready for transport and installation. The rolls are about 30 meters long, 2m1 width and weigh uptill 200 kg. On site the linoleum is cut to measurement and glued to the subfloor. The joints are welded with polyethylene weldingcord.
This process of fabrication is practically unchanged since it’s origin and takes place over more then 100 years.

 

 

Liquid linoleum;
the new linoleum

Duracryl has invented a new technique to produce linoleum on site. The linoleummix it is now possible to pour liquid linoleum. This extra binder creates a hardening within hours. The binder is based on natural renewable oil and works in combination with the lineseed oil. All other materials of this liquid lino are the same as the ones of the linoleum made in a factory.
All known and proven characteristics of classic linoleum are now being improved with a labourfriendly installation (max 25 kg), no joints but seamless, no cutting losses, no maximum roll lengths, a high flexural strength and a high chemical resistance. Furthermore is the product hardening without external warmth and within hours. Application on site can be from 2 to 2,5mm.

 

The new linoleum is launched in many countries around the world as: CORQUES liquid lino

"no joints but seamless, no cutting losses, no maximum roll lengths"

Free of the
red list ingredients

Best linoleum flooring for you and nature

Our linoleum flooring ‘Corques’ is made with renewable resources and is free of the Red List ingredients. Corques is made with renewable resources and has a Declare RedListFree label. No hazardous materials are used. Corques is also EPD certified. Because of the natural ingredients it has a positive climate impact. Corques does not contain hazardousn decomposition products and VOC’s.

installing a 'regular' linoleum floor

Installing a ‘old fashioned’ linoleum floor is not that easy. You need the right tools, materials and preparation, only than you will be able to do it yourself.

You’ll need:

  • A linoleum floor kit that comes with a primer and adhesive (if you want your installation to last longer)

  • A utility knife or carpet knife to cut the linoleum into manageable pieces

  • A straight edge like a ruler or yardstick if your walls are not perfectly straight

Once you have all of this together, start by cleaning off any dust or dirt from the subfloor. If there’s any concrete or wood under there then make sure it’s level before continuing on with this step. You can use some sandpaper if needed but most people don’t find this necessary unless their floor has really uneven spots in which case we recommend using an electric sander for best results!

 

THE CLEANING IS DONE

After the surface is completely clean, the hard work begins. In fact, old-fashioned linoleum comes in rolls of up to 30 meters. This means that every little corner has to be cut out. In addition, gluing each tile or strip is also labor-intensive.

Unfortunately, there is always cutting loss when laying a regular linoleum floor. Since you want to know what a linoleum floor is, we’d like to explain how easy it is to install a liquid linoleum floor.

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very labor friendly

the installation process of liquid linoleum

The concrete or screed subfloor has to be primed and levelled with a self levelling smoothing compound to obtain a flat and levelled surface. Uneven surfaces have to be leveled by e.g. diamond grinding prior to the levelling compound. All dust and loose parts have to be fully removed from all surfaces before the product is applied, preferably using a brush and/or industrial vacuum cleaner.

 

  • Prior to the installation of the liquid linoleum a suitable primer needs to be applied.
  • During the installation the room temperature needs to be at least 62 °F (15,5°C).
  • The floor temperature need to be at least 59 °F (15°C) and minimum 3 °F (3 °C) above the dew point.

 

The application is very labor friendly since it comes in 33 lbs (15KG) buckets. No welding, no cutting losses, no adhesives.

The installation of linoleum depends on the type used. In fact, old-fashioned linoleum floors are quite labor intensive and heavy. Because the material comes in large, heavy rolls. In addition, there are many different steps that must be completed. Therefore, laying a liquid linoleum floor is much easier. No
welding, no cutting losses, no adhesives.

The main differences between vinyl flooring and linoleum flooring are: environmental impact, method of installation and durability.

The main differences between vinyl flooring and linoleum flooring are: environmental impact, method of installation and durability.

There are several suppliers of linoleum flooring. However, there are big differences between the linoleum they supply. Are you looking for a linoleum that is good for you and nature because only truly environmentally neutral products are used? Then check out Corques from Duracryl.

The linoleum floors of Duracryl are watertight according to EN 13553 (WATER TIGHTNESS).

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