Is this linoleum or tile flooring?


I have a kitchen floor from 1980 and some people are telling me it’s tile some are saying lineoleum. I plan on painting it but want to know first so I have the right products. Thoughts ? Advice?

q isn t this linoleum or tile flooring
  8 answers
  • What? Tile and linoleum are two completely different products. Is it hard and does glass shatter when dropped? Tile will get cold in the cooler months. Vinyl or linoleum has some "give" to it.

    From this photo it could be either, is there grout in between the pieces? Then tile. No grout, you have vinyl or linoleum.

  • Oliva Oliva on Nov 29, 2018

    For the age, it appears as a vinyl flooring that was available in wide rolls. You should be able to tell by pressing your thumb against the pebbled surface area. Vinyl will have a softer feel. Tile will have no "give", beneath your thumb pressure.

  • Bbunny42 Bbunny42 on Nov 29, 2018

    Seems like the simplest thing would be to take a box cutter or an X-acto knife and in an inconspicuous place, just make a tiny cut. It it cuts, then you've got vinyl/linoleum; if not, then it's tile. I'm sure someone else can come up with a better "test" though.

    • Linda Linda on Nov 29, 2018

      Thank you and I’ve done that it’s lineoleum. Just moved into this place

  • Swinnen Lisette Swinnen Lisette on Nov 29, 2018

    What do you mean you can't tell if it is linonium or tile? Did you look in the corner to see if you can lift the linonium up? Did you ever drop a cup and did it shatter on the tile floor? and for that matter, when a cup dropped did it make a sound like a cup on a tile floor or linonium? Did you tap the tile/linolium and made it a sound?

  • Amanda Amanda on Nov 29, 2018

    HI Linda. Run your finger nail on the grout lines (or maybe what appears to be). It it feels rough and sandy then it would be real tile. Tile is usually a stone or ceramic as well. Vinyl is a plastic. Good Luck!

    • Linda Linda on Nov 29, 2018

      Thank you for answer! Lineoleum it is! Painting it in the spring after all snow is all gone and can open the windows!

  • Oberlinmom Oberlinmom on Nov 29, 2018

    Before you paint you will need to clean it well. You should be able to tell which it is. If it's linoleum it is soft-ish. If it is tile it's hard like a rock and the grout lines will be real grout lines. I don't know what paint recommendations you've had I would think they mentioned lightly sanding the surface of the lino to get the paint to stick. If you still aren't sure if it's lino or tile in a spot that is inconspicuous like under the fridge try sticking something sharp into a grout line. If it's sandy or cement like it's obviously real grout. If it dents or cuts it's lino.

  • Linda Linda on Nov 29, 2018

    Thank you for all the answers! Lineoleum it is! I’ve gotten mixed answers from people. I do know the difference from tile and lineoleum but during the 1980’s I didn’t know what materials were most common. Thank you everyone for the help and how to determine it for sure ! Now research on how to paint it!

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    • Linda Linda on Dec 01, 2018

      Olivia thank you! I read it and can even get a print out ! So excited about doing it. I’m tackling my backsplash next, but the floor in the spring. Yes Happy Holidays to you also! Thank you again

  • Alice Alice on Nov 29, 2018

    Vinyl has an embossed pattern on the surface; whereas, the pattern on linoleum flooring goes all way through the material. The difference is similar to that between engineered hardwood and real wood. If the surface of vinyl wears, the pattern disappears.