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I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but here goes......<br>
We are replacing our basement bathroom lino due to flooding (it was damaged) and have discovered there are 2 types of linoleum. Regular pvc linoleum and urethane coated pvc linoleum. I heard that some types of lino can be harmful because of pvc's and I'm looking for some sort of proof of that. I also am trying to find out which is considered to be better health-wise: the stuff with a urethane coat on it (higher-end lino) or the regular lino. We also want to replace the kitchen floor (we currently have wonderful green and white bowling vinyl tiles....oh so beautiful!) and I want to choose a safe flooring. I would love to put in ceramic tile or duratile, but we can't afford the duratile, and ceramic tile would be waaaay tooooo coooooooold! We have 8 months of winter here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Sounds like neither of your choices are true linoleum. They are most like vinyls. Here is a short article on pvc vinyl flooring <a href="http://www.seventhgeneration.com/site/apps/s/content.asp?c=coIHKTMHF&b=133099&ct=96995#3" target="_blank">http://www.seventhgeneration.com/sit...099&ct=96995#3</a> There is a definition of linoleum here <a href="http://www.blackriverfloors.com/davinci-linoleum.htm" target="_blank">http://www.blackriverfloors.com/davinci-linoleum.htm</a> and there is another brand called marmoleum <a href="http://www.greenbuildingsupply.com/Public/NaturalFlooring/Marmoleum/index.cfm" target="_blank">http://www.greenbuildingsupply.com/P...leum/index.cfm</a> that is environmentally friendly- to you and the larger world. We recently bought cork floors and the low-no voc glue was not easy to come by and it costs more.<br><br>
As for tile, you can get underfloor heating mats (electric) that could improve the temperature. I have seen them at lowes and home depot. They create a radiant heat and are controlled by thermostat.
 

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I am an interior designer and have been specifying Marmoleum for YEARS! I love the stuff and it comes in such wonderful colors. We remodeled our home last year and I was torn between cork and Marmoleum. The cork is GREAT in humid environments like bathrooms (Marmoleum not so good), is soft and very sound-insulating. I ended up going with Marmoleum in our kitchen, entry way and dining room because it is so DURABLE (went with tile in our bathrooms). So durable, that it is performs well even in commercial spaces (ie banks, offices, restaurants, etc.). Go to Europe and Marmoleum is everywhere (most countries have MUCH stricter "green" manufacturing regulations than the USA so a lot of our flooring would not be permitted there).<br>
Also, I wanted some color and didn't like the fact that the cork's color was topically applied and not integral (going though the entire thickness of the cork), so I felt that scuffs and dings in it would really show up. Also, cork doesn't have very good recovery (meaning if you put a piece of furniture on it, the impressions and indentations left behind don't go away if you decide to rearrange).<br><br>
HTH!<br>
Laura
 

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Linoleum and vinyl are very different products, but people often mistakenly interchange the terms. Linoleum is good. It is made of linseed oil, pressed fiber flours, pine resin, etc. Vinyl is nasty.
 

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thanks fo rthe info. We are replacing our kitchen with lino....but didn't realize to make sure its not vinyl. I went into the store and asked for lino but I better double check.
 

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Hmmm...Very interesting.<br>
The flooring shop that we went to had all their samples of linoleum and when I asked a salesperson if they contained pvc's, he said they all did. Then we got into a bit of an arguement because he was wondering why I was so concerned with pvc's and said I was confused and thinking of PCB's. Then he wanted to know if I thought my son was going to chew on the floor and that's why I was concerned. Dork. Anyways....I find that interesting that a floor shop would mislable their vinyl as lino.
 
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