Marmoleum – An Eco-Friendly Flooring Choice

Marmoleum is constructed from Natural elements, making it an environmentally friendly flooring choice. Marmoleum includes natural materials such as linseed oil, natural flax, rosins, and wood flour. already the backing is environmentally friendly, made up of jute in the case of the sheet material and cork in the case of the Click Floor.

Marmoleum is especially good for those experiencing from allergies.

It won’t promote bacterial growth on it’s surface.

Marmoleum floors have No Toxins, No Formaldehyde and No Asbestos.

Forbo is the company who manufactures Marmoleum. Marmoleum is obtainable in a variety of colors, styles and sizes.

Marmoleum Sheet Material:

obtainable 6 foot 7 inches wide, Marmoleum sheet material can be ordered in lengths from as little as 1 ft and as long as 105 feet long. Marmoleum Sheet material requires a glue down installation. Marmoleum sheet material should be installed only by professionals.

Marmoleum Floor Tile:

Marmoleum Tile comes in two sizes: 13″ X 13″ and 20″ X 20″

observe: These are not the Marmoleum Click floors. Marmoleum tile requires a glue down installation and should be left to the professionals. Glue down tiles have a polyester backing.

Marmoleum Click Floor:

Marmoleum Click is obtainable in two sizes, 12″ x 12″ Click Tile and 12″ x 36″ Panel. Marmoleum click floors include an attached cork underlayment on the back. Typically, the Marmoleum click panel is considerably less expensive than the click tile and slightly easier to install. As a licensed flooring contractor, I can tell you that from my own experience, the click tiles are a bit more difficult to install. The tiles require all four corner to line up exact, unless you are staggering the tiles. The panels or planks as they are commonly referred to, require an offset stagger and consequently are not as difficult to install. No need to be as exact with the installation.

Many times I get asked about the stripping and polishing required of Marmoleum. So let’s clear the air a bit.

Marmoleum use to require the stripping and reapplying of their floor finish. The meaningful words here are “use to”. It’s no longer required in residential use. A few years back Marmoleum was re-engineered with a long-lasting finish apply, “Top Coat”. While you can strip the finish off, you most certainly do not have to. You can apply new coats of floor finish/polish right on top of the Top Coat. You can already add more coats simply to bring out a higher gloss level. Always follow the directions on the bottles.

Naturally, I am only speaking in a residential facility and not in a commercial application.

Further questions arise about sealing the seams.

Marmoleum does not have a seam sealer as do most vinyl floors. Marmoleum does utilize a heat weld in commercial applications, but does not require heat welding in a residential installation. Since marmoleum is a natural product and does not contain a felt backing such as in vinyl flooring, it does not get damaged as easily at the seams normal household use. consequently a seam sealer is not required.

For those who feel they need to seal the seams, I suggest applying the floor finish/polish to the complete floor to help alleviate your concerns. Always follow the directions on the Marmoleum bottle.

It might be a better idea to hire a specialized installation contractor. The problem is, most contractors are unregulated, sure the have a contractors association or board they need to below to. That doesn’t qualify them as specialized, honest or already dependable. It’s typically a way for government to acquire fees for licensing.

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