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Common Flooring Terms

If you're looking for new flooring, it can be a little bit confusing. Here are some of the most common terms you'll encounter when shopping around.

Linoleum (also called lino)

Linoleum is a type of flooring that is made from linseed oil and cork dust. It's called "linoleum" because it was invented in 1860 by Frederick Walton, who mixed linseed oil with pine rosin and spread the mixture on the floor of his factory to keep the dust down.

Linoleum has many benefits over other types of flooring, including that it's a renewable resource; doesn't need much maintenance, and can be easily cleaned just by sweeping or vacuuming.


Laminate also called "laminate flooring," is a type of durable flooring that looks like hardwood or stone. It's made from layers of paper, plastic, and wood. Laminate flooring is often used in kitchens and bathrooms because it can be easily cleaned with mild soap and water.

Laminate floors are perfect for families with kids who want to keep their floors looking nice without using harsh chemicals or expensive products to clean them up.


Tiles are ceramic, stone, or glass pieces that are usually set in mortar. They can be used on the floor or walls of a building, but they're most commonly seen as a decorative surface for kitchen backsplashes and bathroom floors. Tile comes in many different sizes and shapes; mosaic tiles may have uneven edges while quarry tiles are more uniform in shape.

Tile can be installed either on its own or as part of a tile shower surround system called wet areas. The process of installing tile is similar to installing any other surface but requires greater attention to detail because tiles are sometimes very small (usually less than two inches across) and require precision when setting them into place.


Cork is a sustainable, renewable material. It's also an insulator and a good sound absorber.

Unlike many other flooring materials, cork can be recycled. In fact, it's the only natural material that can be used in three different ways: as lumber, insulation, or flooring.

The benefits of cork flooring aren't just green; they're also practical: it's fire retardant and makes for good sound absorption because it absorbs noise rather than reflecting it back into your home like hardwood floors do (and this is especially helpful if you have kids). It's also hypoallergenic which makes it ideal for people with allergies who live in close quarters with pets or dust mites—or anyone else with sensitive skin! And unlike laminate flooring, cork isn't susceptible to scratches or dents from heavy furniture items like bookcases either!


Hardwood is a type of flooring that's made from the wood of deciduous trees, such as oak and maple. It can be installed in high-traffic areas because it's hardy and durable.

Hardwood floors are much more expensive than other types of flooring, so make sure you're prepared when choosing this option for your home. The price is usually worth it though; they last a long time, look beautiful and they're easy to maintain. A good quality hardwood floor will last 25 years or more with regular maintenance (stains/varnishes need to be reapplied every few years).

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the different types of flooring available. There are so many options, but don’t forget that at the end of the day, it comes down to personal preference. If you find something that suits your needs and tastes perfectly, then call our team at Normans in Stuttgart! We look forward to working with you soon!

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