Fitting Lino

1. Finding a tradesman

It is easy to waste valuable time contacting and describing your job to lino fitters who are not necessarily available for or interested in your particular job. We make this process quick and easy. Simply post a job ad for free and we will contact flooring specialists in your area of the UK for you. You will receive tenders by email from lino fitters interested in your job. You will be able to check the references provided and view feedback left by previous myworkman users.

2. What is lino?

Lino or Linoleum is a floor covering made from solidified linseed oil (linoxyn) in combination with wood flour or cork dust over a burlap or canvas backing. Pigments may be added to the materials used. In modern lay parlance, linoleum is often incorrectly used to describe vinyl flooring. The finest linoleum floors, known as 'inlaid', are extremely durable; they are made by joining and inlaying solid pieces of linoleum. Cheaper patterned linoleums came in different grades or gauges, and were printed with thinner layers which were more prone to wear and tear. Good quality linoleum is sufficiently flexible to be used in buildings in which more rigid material (such as ceramic tile) would crack. Between the time of its invention in 1860 and its being superseded by other hard floor coverings in the 1950s it was considered to be an excellent, inexpensive material for high use areas. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it was favored in hallways and passages, and as a surround for carpet squares. However, most people associate linoleum with its common twentieth century use on kitchen floors. Its water resistance enabled easy maintenance of sanitary conditions and its resilience made standing easier and reduced breakage of dropped china.

3. Can I do it myself?

Laying lino significantly more difficult than laying vinyl. It is nevertheless possible to lay a lino floor yourself, although you should take extra care when cutting the lino, as the knifes used are very sharp. In general however, you will need to be very patient when laying that lino, or willing to accept less than perfect results.

4. How much will it cost me?

Each area in the UK has different fundamentals and the exact amount you will pay for fitting lino will vary. Fortunately, you can easily get free quotes from tradesmen by posting your job online!