8-10 Minute Assessment

Linoleum and Vinyl Flooring

While water resistant, linoleum and vinyl may need to be resealed every few years. Linoleum tends to be a bit stronger and lasts longer.

These flooring materials are softer than others and can crack and tear, especially near appliances. If kitchen or bathroom floors aren’t watertight, the subfloor could be damaged.

Linoleum: 20-40 years
Vinyl: 10-20 years

Steps to Assess Your Linoleum and Vinyl Flooring


Step 1: Check the floor for spongy or bouncy areas, which could suggest a problem with the subfloor. If you find any, have a professional take a look.


Step 2: Check the edges and corners of the room. Linoleum and vinyl tend to separate from the floor in these areas. Repair any loose edges or corners.


Step 3: Check for bubbles, tears, cuts, or cracks in the linoleum or vinyl. Pay close attention around appliances, where it’s prone to damage. If you find any issues, patch or replace the flooring.


Step 4: Stained or damp areas could mean you have a water leak. Dampness can lead to rot or mold. Repair any ongoing leak ASAP. If the room smells earthy or musty, or you see stains on the floor or walls, you may have a mold problem.