Marmoleum Green Flooring: Benefits

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In an effort to keep you up to speed on the latest green materials I’ll occasionally write about various green items so you can get a real world perspective on them (e.g. cork).  Today, the topic is green flooring and marmoleum specifically.

Marmoleum is a lot like linoleum but better. Now before you reach for your Brady Bunch lunchbox and run away you should give marmoleum a quick look. Marmoleum comes in tons of bright colors and faux finishes and is a great non-toxic alternative flooring material.  Made from pine tree rosins, wood flour and linseed oil, this flooring is healthy, safe and beautiful for any of your rehabs. It’s a tough yet visually beautiful floor covering, resistant to stains and tearing.

Key benefits of Marmoleum:

  1. Long-lasting
  2. Easy to maintain
  3. Made of all-natural materials
  4. No VOCS or toxic chemicals
  5. Naturally antibacterial, great for counter-tops as well as floors
  6. Inexpensive

Marmoleum is made from the  linoleum manufacturing process that has changed little since the invention of linoleum in 1860 in England. Since marmoleum is a natural organic product, its performance is enhanced by time, as exposure to air serves to harden and increase its durability. \

Who knew?

Although Marmoleum continues to harden over time, the floor remains quiet and comfortable under foot. Marmoleum floors are also installed with solvent free adhesives, keeping harmful VOC’s out of living environments. This flooring is very durable because the color pigments carry through to the backing.  It’s also great for counter-tops because it’s naturally antibacterial.  Unlike vinyl, it is anti-static and does not attract dirt.

One of the great things about marmoleum is that is very easy to install for your contractors or handymen. It installs just like linoleum and doesn’t require any specific skills or expertise to lay it down.  Because of the variety of colors and styles available it also adds a nice touch of luxury on your projects.

In addition it’s a very marketable ‘green’ feature to have in a home.  If you do choose to use marmoleum, you should market it is a either a ‘hypo-allergenic’ floor OR ‘all-natural, non-toxic’ floor.  Those terms test the best and hold the highest values with target home buyers/renters.

Photo: Ecohaus

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  1. All Floors Inc. on

    Great post! Marmoleum is a lot like linoleum but better. Marmoleum takes pride in the fact that it is manufactured by 100% all-natural raw materials. Due to this, Marmoleum flooring will not aggravate or cause any health issues. In terms of installation, the usual choice is to match Marmoleum flooring with solvent-free adhesives to make sure that no harmful fumes or substances are released during the process.

  2. The picture looks fantastic! Thanks for explaining what Marmoleum is. We were looking into it after a friend recommended it. I think this could look great in our kitchen at home. And eco-friendly too! 🙂

  3. Claire Jameson on

    One good benefit of marmoleum is it helps prevent micro-organisms including Salmonella Typhimurium and Staphylococcus Aureus from multiplying themselves. The bactericidal properties of Marmoleum flooring have been independently tested.

  4. I couldn’t disagree more about marmoleum being easy to install. Not true. Marmoleum is very difficult to install without proper training and practice. If you are looking to install marmoleum I highly recommend you use Forbo certified installers.

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