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Do It Yourself or Not: Lay a linoleum floor

By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Content Agency on

This is not your grandma's boring linoleum kitchen floor with washed out speckles and drab colors. Today's linoleum is light years away from that material and creates a stylish and easy-to-install, no-glue, click-in-place floating floor.

Environment-conscious homeowners are choosing linoleum because it's made from natural, renewable ingredients and because it's a durable, hardworking and easy-to-care-for surface. This popular green building material is named for its main ingredient, linseed oil. This oil is mixed with pigments, pine rosin and flour, then heated and run through rollers that press the mixture into a sheet with a jute fabric backing. The material is suitable for installing on any clean, dry, sound subfloor.

A flooring contractor will charge $1,798, including labor and material, to lay a linoleum floor in a 12-by-15-foot room. You can do it yourself for $900, the cost of the material, and save 50%. You'll need carpentry tools, including hand and keyhole saws, a hammer, a tape measure, a tapping block, a pry bar, an angle bevel and wedges. The tongue-in-groove tiles or planks fit together by pressing the tongue of a tile against the grooved edge of the installed tile. The tiles snap together as you lower the tile into place. Like any DIY project, it doesn't take long to get the hang of it.

Plan to store the flat, unopened boxes of tile or planks in the room in which they'll be installed for several days so the material can adjust to the room's climate.


Pro Cost: $1,798 -- DIY Cost: $900
Pro time: 5.8 -- DIY Time: 8.0
DIY Savings: $898 -- Percent Saved: 50%


To find more DIY project costs and to post comments and questions, visit www.diyornot.com.



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