Vinyl and linoleum flooring are very similar. They fall into the category of resilient flooring and are both available in tiles and sheets. Because of the similarities between these flooring materials, a lot of people think that they are one and the same thing. Sure, they share a number of characteristics, but it’s not difficult to set them apart once you really look into them.

Material composition

Vinyl is a synthetic product derived from petroleum and other chemicals. Linoleum, on the other hand, is made from renewable materials such as wood flour, ground cork dust, pine rosin, solidified linseed oil and mineral fillers.


If you are looking to install wood flooring in your home but don’t have the budget for it, vinyl floors are a great alternative. They can mimic the look of this natural flooring material. But since the pattern is only imprinted on the surface of the material, it will wear down over time.

Linoleum floors are available in a wide variety of colors, making it a versatile fit for any room and decor.  Since the colors run deeper than the surface, they can last for several year and can withstand years of wear and tear.


While both flooring are easy to clean, linoleum floor require more maintenance. Since linoleum is only water-resistant, not waterproof, you need to apply acrylic coating every year to protect it from inevitable splashes in the bathroom or kitchen.

Vinyl tiles can endure spills and splashes because they are completely waterproof. As such, no coating or sealing is necessary. Because it’s waterproof, it can be installed in any room in your house, including the kitchen, bathroom and even the basement.


When it comes to installation, vinyl is at an advantage. It is relatively simple to install and can easily be done even without the help of a professional. If you are considering installing the flooring on your own, especially in small rooms, then you won’t have any trouble doing so. But the installation process can be quite complicated if you are looking to install it in large rooms with more obscure shapes. Linoleum is more difficult to install and usually requires professional assistance.