Disadvantages of Sheet Linoleum Flooring

Sheet linoleum flooring is a common fixture in many houses. Though linoleum has many benefits, it has many drawbacks as well.


Linoleum flooring is made of a natural material linseed oil. In order for the flooring to retain its antibacterial properties, it can not be cleaned with most chemicals.

Water Damage

Water resistance is a selling point for linoleum flooring use in kitchens and bathrooms. However, the underside of the linoleum is high susceptible to water damage. Often, this issue is only recognized after significant damage has already been done and the problem magnified.


Installing sheet linoleum flooring requires an precisely sized piece be cut, adhered and snuggly fitted as one piece. The magnitude of this task makes it difficult for the average DIYer to tackle, which means it requires professional installation. The added expense is rarely calculated into the cost of what is otherwise known as an economical flooring.


If something happens to discolor, mar or damage the flooring, it must be replaced as an entire sheet. A spot touch-up is rarely advised because it could allow water to get under the flooring and ruin the sub-flooring. The expense of a complete floor replacement can often be higher than other types of flooring that cost a bit more up front.