I'd like linoleum for our new kitchen floor, I've read only good things about it. But finding anyone who has a good selection is near impossible. I have names of four dealers in the area who sell this (got the names from one of the linoleum web sites). I've been to three of them and all with all three I had pretty much the same initial conversation. I go and and them them I'm interested in buying linoleum for our new kitchen floor. With a big smile on their face they say follow me and then take me to their vinyl section. There they proceed to show me their rolls and tiles and fancy new stuff and tell me I can even get it to "look just like hardwood." All said with a "tah-dah" in their voice. So I have to explain to them that no, I want linoleum!!! One of the places I went to never even heard of this. The other two wanted to know if it's for commercial use. I said no it's for the new kitchen in our old house. Then they say they have some for commercial use and they can sell it to me if I want it. I follow them to the way back of the store and they hand me small samples and most of what I find I like is no longer available.
Now that I'm more aware of the commercial uses of linoleum I seem to be seeing it everywhere, grocery stores, hospitals, doctor's offices, schools, etc. And I realize I don't want my kitchen to look like a hospital. Is there a difference between residential and commercial linoleum? or is all the same? Should I be looking elsewhere? I'm going to the fourth flooring store tomorrow, hopefully I'll have better luck.
Other option is cork. Does this ever work in a kitchen? I did find one style with a nice color that would fit in well but it seems very "soft" and as if it would not stand up well to traffic or cooking or spills.