Marmoleum is our most popular eco-friendly floor for all the right reasons; it's natural, good-looking, durable, fairly priced and easy to install and maintain. What more could you ask for?
Features & benefits
- Available in planks or tiles — 12" x 36" or 12" x 12"
- Eco-friendly and sustainable — 98% bio-based; 78% recycled content; biodegradable; SMART third-party certified
- Made with all-natural ingredients — linseed oil, limestone, tree rosins, natural pigments, wood flour and jute
- Color compatible moldings — please ask us about our new T molding, reducers, stair nosings, quarter round and more.Allergy and Asthma Friendly Certified — naturally anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-static
- Non-toxic — no added urea formaldehyde; safe for you and your family; learn how to test a non-toxic product for tolerance
- Creative design options — comes lots of colors and endless pattern options
- Easy-to-install — clicks together and requires no glue or nails
- Requires little preparation — installs easily over almost any existing flooring or flat surface, except carpet
- Sound deadening — IIC57 impact sound tested ASTM E 492
- Warm, quiet and comfortable — excellent thermal and acoustical insulation
- Hides scratches — thick (2 mm) through-body color
- Easy to clean and care for — durable TopShield finish
- Long-lasting and reliable — 25-year warranty
- Qualifies for LEED points — recycled content, rapidly renewable materials, PBT source reduction, low emitting materials and sustainable attributes and design
- Free shipping* — pre-paid freight to anywhere in 48 states for any order over 185 SF (nine boxes of planks or 26 boxes of squares); smaller orders ship based on actual weight
Yes, it's linoleum, but it's not the drab flooring found in older homes. Marmoleum is all natural and comes in a rainbow of beautiful colors. Unlike typical vinyl floors, Marmoleum has no foul odors that off-gas into your environment. It is Asthma & Allergy Friendly© certified safe for you and your family. And its SMART™ certified as a sustainable product.
Marmoleum is safe, durable, easy to clean and will make your room come alive with color. Great for both residential and commercial applications.
"We installed marmoleum in our kitchen many years ago and it still looks great many years later."--PW California
Why Choose Marmoleum? It's natural and sustainable: Healthy indoor environment. Marmoleum is made with natural ingredients without any harmful VOCs or other toxic chemicals. The sheet goods are installed with solvent free adhesives and Marmoleum Click is installed without any adhesive.
Marmoleum Click is the first floor covering to receive the Asthma & Allergy Friendly™ certification. Asthma and allergy friendly certification
Marmoleum has no adverse health issues whatsoever, either during production, its useful life, or disposal. It is truly sustainable.
Third party, peer reviewed consensus based SMART© organization has certified Marmoleum as a sustainable product. Marmoleum and the environment
Marmoleum is a floor you can walk on without your feet being cold. Unlike hard cold tile floors, it is a warm, comfortable, healthy floor that looks and feels great.
The natural bactericidal properties of marmoleum prevent micro-organisms including Salmonella Typhimurium and Staphylococcus Aureus from multiplying themselves. It is the continual oxidation of the linseed oil that enables this phenomenon.
"My husband has severe allergies and is very sensitive to everything. We needed a floor that didn't outgas at all. Marmoleum is perfect." --BJ Wisconsin
It's serious: Easy to clean. In this busy rush life, time is better spent having fun...not cleaning floors. With Marmoleum, dust mop and damp mopping is the extent of the attention the floor needs. Unlike carpet, stains don't sink in, stain, and require intensive effort to clean and often to no avail. If you spill on Marmoleum, simply wipe up and presto...all done.
If you're looking for a dust free environment again Marmoleum is the natural choice. The anti-static properties of Marmoleum not only reduce the potential for electric shock, they also make the floor easier to clean, because dust and dirt will not easily adhere to it.
"We covered our entire church basement floor with Marmoleum. We love it! Hundreds of people walk on it and it is easy to clean and still looks beautiful."--ALM Iowa
It's not the typical assembly line pre-printed pattern. Marmoleum offers the tools to work with; over 150 colors, insets and borders with endless possibilities. Marmoleum offers you the opportunity to express yourself in your own unique way, to create your living space as YOU envision it. From designs with quiet simplicity to the use of daring colors and patterns, Marmoleum can fulfill a broad range of desires.
For these reasons, Marmoleum is the floor covering of choice in many hospitals, as well as being recommended by medical professionals for people with respiratory disorders.
"I was having problems finding a nice natural floor that would go with our kitchen cabinets and then I discovered Marmoleum. Wow! There was so much to choose from." --CZ Massachusetts
How is Marmoleum installed?
- Marmoleum Sheet –glued by professionals over a perfect subfloor.
- Marmoleum Modular Tile—glued by professionals or DIY over a perfect subfloor
- 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.
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?
- Marmoleum Sheet offers designers a huge palette of 150+ colors and textures.
- Marmoleum Modular Tile offers 65 colors and three sizes (10x10, 10x20, 20x20).
- Marmoleum Click offers 36 colors and two sizes (12x12 tile, 12x36 plank).
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 800.405.0222 or email [email protected]
Alert: Marmoleum Click Classic is not compatible with the Click II planks or squares. The clicking mechanism is slightly different.
Discontinued and Out of Stock Colors/Styles: All Barbados, All Bleeckerstreet, All Camel, All Caribbean, All Eternity, All Eucalyptus, Fresh Walnut Panels, All Henna, All Lapis Lazuli, Lime Squares, Pineapple Squares, All Raven, All Shitake, Silver Birch Squares, All Silver Shadow, Trace of Nature Panels, All Van Gogh, Volcanic Ash Squares, All Whispering Blue, Withered Prairie Panels
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