floor types: resilient flooring
SEAL YOUR LINOLEUM
Sure, you will earn LEED points, but you need coat linoleum flooring to preserve its integrity and its beauty.
It can be a tricky floor material to work with, but EPIC High-Performance Floor Finish for Linoleum is an excellent way to protect and rejuvenate your floors. Just one coat of EPIC lasts 3-5 years or more.
WHAT IS LINOLEUM?
Linoleum flooring is often marketed as a green product , and it is typically used in hospitals, clinics, schools, and government buildings.
- Made with linseed oil, wood or cork powder, and ground stone
- Color shifting and yellowing often occurs
- Typically sold in large sheets but also as 13”x13” square tiles
- Considered recyclable
- Sensitive to solvents and alkalinity including wax strippers
- Welded seams and cove-base is possible
- May include a UV-cured factory finish
- Marketed as green with potential for LEED point contribution
Unfortunately, linoleum’s non-welded seams are commonly known to deteriorate easily. It also tends to develop other detrimental issues such as adhesive protruding through tiles, moisture seeping between tiles, and/or excessive gaps forming between tiles due to settling or improper installation. Although linoleum usually comes with a protective UV-cured factory finish, the finish eventually degrades and leaves the flooring exposed. Linoleum is sensitive to solvents and alkalinity (high-pH cleaners and most wax strippers), meaning that traditional acrylic wax floor care programs are quite problematic for this type of flooring.
EPIC: Seals and protects
Because linoleum is a tricky floor type, the easiest way to protect and thoroughly seal it and its seams is with one coat of EPIC. It creates a waterproof barrier that is easy to clean and will prevent degradation. Additionally, EPIC enhances the natural color and provides a gorgeous sheen. Throughout the lifetime of the single coat, linoleum looks as good as it did when it was first applied.