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Forbo Marmoleum Composition Tile (MCT)


100% natural linoleum 2.0 mm tile in lovely designer colors

Forbo Marmoleum Composition Tile (MCT) offers a competitively-priced, safe and sustainable alternative to vinyl, VCT or laminate tile flooring. It's a chemical-free eco-friendly flooring made from rapidly renewable and bio-based materials.

Marmoleum is called the 40-year linoleum because it's highly durable and long-lasting in both residential and commercial applications. Its through-body color hides scratches and is easily reparable. The TopShield finish also protects the surface making it easy to maintain with a damp mop.

Marmoleum MCT comes in several colors from natural to bright. This makes it a beautiful green flooring choice for kitchens, rec rooms, bedrooms, living rooms, basements and offices.

The sustainability of Marmoleum from “field to field” (flax field to compost pile) is the most transparent and sustainable of any flooring material. As such, Marmoleum carries more environmental certifications that are third-party, independent and LCA-based (life cycle assessment of multiple attributes), than any other flooring material. Marmoleum has, through clear third-party, publicly disclosed, verifiable documentation, the lowest environmental footprint of any manufactured flooring material. Sustainability has been integrated into every step of the process, from supply chain, through manufacturing, to installation and use, and finally end of life.

Marmoleum Modular Tile, a 2.5 mm tile, is also available, along with the following DIY floating floor: Marmoleum Click.

Read the Marmoleum Buyers Guide

Why we like it

Marmoleum has been our most popular green flooring for the past 12 years for all the right reasons! Out of all the green flooring we carry, we give it our highest rating for performance, eco-friendliness, carbon footprint and sustainability. MCT is reasonably priced and relatively easy to install compared with sheet goods. There are infinite color combinations that make for a seriously fun floor.

Features & benefits

  • 100% natural, USDA Certified 100% bio-based content — made with linseed oil, tall oil, limestone, tree rosins, pigments, wood flour, jute, glass backing
  • Low initial cost — is one of the least expensive of any occupancy ready flooring
  • Beautiful design options — comes in several colors with matte finish
  • Durable, long lasting, colorfast — thick through-body color comes with 25 year wear warranty
  • One size — 13" x 13" x 2.0 mm thick
  • Versatile — use in almost any room of a home, office, school, hospital or wherever resilient eco-friendly flooring is desired
  • Anti-static — naturally resists dirt and dust
  • Anti-microbial — resistant to bacteria including MRSA
  • Easy to clean and care for — durable TopShield finish
  • Allergy and Asthma-Friendly certified — suitable for those with allergies or who are chemically sensitive; learn how to test a non-toxic product for tolerance
  • Non-toxic and safe — no added urea formaldehyde, naturally anti-microbial, anti-bacterial; learn how to test a non-toxic product for tolerance
  • Eco-friendly and sustainable — made from rapidly renewable materials, biodegradable and third party certified by numerous independent organizations such as SMART
  • Leed points — qualifies for materials & resource credit 2, 4, 6, IEQ prerequisite 3, low emitting materials 4.3, 4.1, 5, sustainable certifications; total 8-11 points
  • Free shipping to 48 states — with purchase of 185 SF or more
  • Read the Marmoleum Buyers Guide


How is Marmoleum installed?

  1. Marmoleum Sheet –glued by professionals over a perfect subfloor.
  2. Marmoleum Modular Tile—glued by professionals or DIY over a perfect subfloor
  3. Marmoleum Click—floated by professional or DIY over moderately perfect subfloor

Marmoleum Sheet and Marmoleum Tile are both glued (with Forbo’s Sustain 885 adhesive) over any smooth, level, dry subfloor whether it’s made of concrete, plywood or other stable surface as long as they are free of dips and bumps. Cracks and sloping subfloors need to be filled and leveled; this can be costly, as it usually requires professional installation. If there are gaps or height variations on your existing subfloor, a ¼” plywood underlayment or leveling compound might be needed in order to create a smoother surface.

Note: Marmoleum Sheet and Marmoleum Tile should not be glued directly to underlayment or subfloors made of luan, particleboard or chipboard because these materials expand and contract too much and are not stable. Neither should they be applied over vinyl, asbestos or ceramic tile. If asbestos tile, please consult local authorities about abatement.

Tip 1: If you live in an apartment or condo with concrete subfloors, make sure that it's Portland cement (grey) concrete and not gypsum (white, lightweight) or Gypcrete. Special priming will need to be administered if it's gypsum-based.

Tip 2: Excessive moisture is one of the biggest enemies of any flooring. Forbo makes a special Moisture Limitor designed to block moisture from coming up through a concrete slab. This is ideal for Marmoleum Sheet, Tile or Click.

Marmoleum Click panels and squares are floated over most subfloors such as concrete or plywood without any glue. They require no underlayment because 1/16” cork is already built into the backing. Marmoleum Click can tolerate a slight unevenness in the subfloor, up to 3/16" over an 8' span. Larger variations in your subfloor will cause too much stress on the click mechanism and eventually wear it out. Click panels and squares can even be applied over most vinyl, ceramic tile and most other solid subfloors, including some (not all) short commercial carpet.

Marmoleum Click is faster and cheaper to install than either Marmoleum Sheet or Marmoleum Tile, especially if you do it yourself. It requires less floor preparation, no glue and can often be installed right over existing tile, vinyl, hardwood or even some (not all) commercial carpeting.

Tip 3: Marmoleum Click requires a vapor barrier in the form of 6 ml plastic (e.g. Moisture Block). However, if it's applied over existing vinyl, no vapor barrier is required.

Can I use Marmoleum in a bathroom or basement area?

Just to give you some background on this question, if you are old enough, you may recall the term “battleship linoleum.” That term was popular during both World Wars because linoleum was used on the decks and in the cabins of battleships. Not convinced?

Here’s another example: recently the sinking of the Titanic celebrated its centennial anniversary with the retrieval of some additional relics from the cabins of that famous vessel. One of them was some linoleum flooring which was still intact after being under water for 100 years!

Forbo allows installation above or below grade for all its products, as long as moisture is controlled and does not get underneath the glue. They don’t recommend their products for those bathrooms that are plagued with excessive moisture, or wherever there is poor ventilation. Although Marmoleum can handle water on the surface, it does require responsible moisture control.

Marmoleum Sheet and Marmoleum Tile are very popular in commercial bathrooms and locker rooms such as schools, hospitals, and office buildings. They are also widely popular in residential kitchens, bathrooms and basements. We generally don’t recommend the Marmoleum Click floor in kid’s bathrooms or anywhere there is excessive moisture.

Can I install Marmoleum by myself?

Marmoleum Sheet normally requires professional tools and lots of experience primarily because of the seams and the floor prep. However, if your room is less than 79” wide (such as in a small bathroom) and the subfloor is smooth, there may be no seams, and installation will be easier. Some reliable contractors are often able to successfully install Marmoleum Sheet in these situations.

If you're nervous about seams or handling large pieces of sheeting, but you want to do this yourself, we recommend using Marmoleum Tile (MCT or Dual). The tile is much easier to work with and offers some unique design options. It still requires the same floor prep, glue and careful planning, but it's much more manageable. Even easier is the Marmoleum Click.

Be realistic about your skills. While Marmoleum Click may be a DIY product, it requires some experience with construction equipment and patience. We can help walk you through most of the installation process, but if your subfloor needs special attention, it's best to consult with a professional.

What’s the overall cost of Marmoleum?

The initial cost of Marmoleum Click is more than Marmoleum Sheet and Marmoleum Tile. However, Marmoleum Click installs in 1/2 the time, which can save hundreds of dollars on installation costs. Also Marmoleum Sheet and Marmoleum Tile may require extra sub-floor preparation in order to make the floor perfectly smooth and flat. Marmoleum Click, on the other hand, floats over most slightly imperfect subfloors and can require much less prep work, saving extra time and money. It's because of this reason, that Marmoleum Click has become so popular in residential applications.

When compared to hardwood, bamboo, cork, vinyl, or wool carpet, Marmoleum products (Sheet, Tile and Click) are within the same initial price range of $3.50-$6.50 per square foot. However, when you consider the life cycle cost of Marmoleum, you need to include the cradle to grave costs of floor preparation, installation, maintenance and eventual removal. Although the initial cost can be higher than vinyl flooring, for example, Marmoleum lasts almost three times as long. In addition, the regular maintenance of Marmoleum is generally much less expensive than vinyl. When viewed long term, Marmoleum can be a less expensive option.

Marmoleum is also 100% biodegradable. After its useful life of 30-40 years, it can be returned back into the earth from where it originated without any negative impact to the environment. When carpeting or vinyl is burned in a land fill, for example, they can cause serious air pollution; this takes a big toll on our health and our environment. That may not translate into an immediate cost to our pocketbook, but contributing to the pollution of our environment eventually costs us all.

Which product is best if I have kids and dogs?

For those of you with dogs, cats or children, it's important to know that Marmoleum flooring, whether Sheet, Tile or Click, will wear well. That's because it's a solid through-body product. Forbo does not claim that it will never be scratched, because it certainly can. But, it can be easily and inexpensively repaired and re-sealed creating a long-lasting finish unlike laminate, or vinyl, which can be scratched or cracked and not easily repaired.

Making quick and easy repairs is far less expensive, time consuming and sustainable than sanding or refinishing an entire floor. Please see the Marmoleum maintenance guide for more details .

Some of the largest users of Marmoleum Sheet and Marmoleum Tile are schools and hospitals. The primary reason is because these products hold up to heavy foot and wheelchair traffic of all types, is colorful, completely non-toxic, anti-microbial, anti-static and repairable.

Which product has the most color and design options?

  1. Marmoleum Sheet offers designers a huge palette of 150+ colors and textures.
  2. Marmoleum Modular Tile offers 65 colors and three sizes (10x10, 10x20, 20x20).
  3. Marmoleum Click offers 36 colors and two sizes (12x12 tile, 12x36 plank).
  4. Where else can I use Marmoleum products?

    Marmoleum can also be used on counter tops, desks, wall panels, bulletin boards, furniture and more. Check out Whole Food's check out lanes or Taco Bell’s front desk and surrounding walls which are covered with Marmoleum Sheet and wall panels.

    Where can I get design ideas and assistance?

    Once you've looked through our website, feel free to contact us for additional help. We can answer most of your questions and can also speak with your contractor.

    If you need samples, estimates or just want to bounce some ideas off of us, please call 641-472-1700 or 800-405-0222 or email

    Alert: While this product is 100% non-toxic, there are some people who cannot tolerate the smell of linseed oil; it is very mild and dissipates within a few weeks.

    Discontinued Colors: Azzurro, Eucalyptus

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    This item description was written by Joel Hirshberg


Residential Finish Wear25 Years
Residential Structural25 Years
Commercial Finish Wear5 Years
Commercial Structural5 Years
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) 
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LEED® Qualifications 
LEED® Regional Materials Zip Code
CertificationsAsthma & Allergy Friendly, Meets or exceeds California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2 requirements, Meets or exceeds California South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) requirements, SMART
Interior or ExteriorInterior
Use On MaterialConcrete, Wood: Subfloors
Use On
LocationAll Rooms
Eco-replacement forVCT
Chemically-sensitive safeYes learn how to test a non-toxic product for tolerance
Test before useYes, test on inconspicuous area
Coverage (1 Coat)
Square Feet / Box53.82 Square Feet
Thickness or Height0.08"
Veneer Cut Thickness
Boxes / Pallet Boxes
Square Feet / Pallet Square Feet
Boards / Box45 Boards
Pieces / Box Pieces
Weight / Box28 Pounds
Minimum Order
Old Name
Recycled Content40-49%
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Lin Feet per Pallet Lin Feet
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Use On Material - ConditionConcrete, Wood: Subfloors
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Finish SheenMatte
Floor Item TypeFlooring
Floor Pattern
Floor TypeMarmoleum
Grade InstallationOn, Above, Below, See manufacturer instructions for details
Janka Hardness Rating
Joint System
Number of Plys1 -Plys
CompositionMarmoleum, Polyester Backing
Radiant HeatOkay for use with electronic or hydronic radiant heat ; see manufacturer instructions for details
Range of Resistance
Risk in Dry Climates 
Shade (1 Light) - (7 Dark) 
Strips / Plank  -Strips/Plank
Surface TextureSmooth
Surface TreatmentDyed
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Can be outdoor?
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Marmoleum Composition Tile (MCT) is a 2.0mm resilient tile (13x13) that is 100% natural linoleum in 23 designer colors at competitive prices

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