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Linoleum vs. Tile – What’s Better for Your Kitchen?

Linoleum vs. Tile – What’s Better for Your Kitchen?

Linoleum vs. Tile

When considering flooring options for your kitchen, it usually comes down to linoleum vs. tile. Linoleum and ceramic tiles are the most popular flooring options for a kitchen. So how do you decide between the two to make the best choice for your home? Let’s consider the pros and cons of each against various factors.


Linoleum is available in sheet form, which means many fewer pieces to lay down. The older variety needs to be glued to the floor, which is a job for a professional construction company in CT, but it enhances the floor’s water resistance. The newer variety only needs the protective backing to be peeled off, but the linoleum sheet must be pressed down completely to remove bubbles.

Modern tiles can also be placed  easily, but since they have to be done one at a time, they take longer to finish. As a general rule of thumb, if your kitchen floor is perfectly flat and in good condition, linoleum sheets will work fine, but an uneven surface is more suited to tiling. Moreover, tiles can be laid over linoleum surface, but the other way round is not possible without first getting a home construction company to remove and level the flooring. On an average, linoleum is cheaper than tile per square foot.


Linoleum floors are better in the long run. They are easy to maintain; sweeping the floor regularly and mopping it once in a while are sufficient to keep it clean. Its natural ingredient, linseed oil, keeps away bacteria, dust and dirt. Heavy kitchen spills over time, however, can leave permanent stains on the linoleum surface. With ceramic tiles, annual grouting by a construction company in CT is usually needed to seal it in. Linoleum flooring will last many years, but tiles have the propensity to break if something heavy falls on them. It is advisable to keep some spare back-up tiles in the matching color and design scheme.

Visual and Physical Impact

A few years ago, tile had more choice in terms of color, texture and design, but nowadays, even linoleum manufacturers produce a wide variety of options that can brighten your kitchen and give it a unique look.

Tile tends to get colder in the winter. It is also a denser material, and makes it more difficult to walk on, especially if you will be spending long hours standing in the kitchen. Eco-friendliness is an important factor, and here, linoleum is the winner because it is a 100% natural product.

Key Takeaways:

  • Linoleum flooring is ideal if you will be constantly on your feet in the kitchen, or if you and your family are neat and do not spill much food.
  • Tiles are better for a fancier look to match the furniture or linens.
  • Ultimately, you need to sort out your priorities for the kitchen floor and make the choice accordingly.

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