Happy Valentine’s Day, Marmoleum

I love Marmoleum flooring; it’s amazing.

And no, this post is not a partnership, sponsorship, or affiliate. I do not get paid for saying any of this. I just like their floors. (This is a new website nobody even knows about. Partnerships/affiliates? Ha.)

Let me save you some time by immediately telling you why I love it. Then feel free to scroll down to the photos.

Here are benefits of Marmoleum:

  • It’ s made of natural, sustainable materials (more on that below)
  • It’s healthier (more on that below too)
  • It looks cool
  • Installation is manageable and flexible- it comes in click-squares, click-rectangles, glue-down squares, or sheets
  • It has tons of color options, including customizable patterns (and their “Dare to rug” line)
  • It isn’t as hard as tile (it’s got “bounce” which is better for dropped dishes and fallen toddlers, old people, or any body really)
  • It has an amazing texture that “feels” nice
  • It can work with radiant heat systems (although probably not as good as tile?)
  • It’s water resistant (more on that below)
  • It’s easy to clean and maintain (no grout)
  • It’s anti-static, naturally anti-microbial
  • It’s burn-resistant

All those pros far outweigh the cons:

  • I doubt it retains heat as well as tile (in passive-solar applications)
  • It can puncture (I doubt this is common but if you’re worried about that, they have a newer puncture-proof option, Armorcove)
  • It’s water resistant but not waterproof (but neither is click-vinyl, laminate, engineered wood, real wood, or unsealed concrete/ceramic)

I used Marmoleum for the first time in 2018, in a bathroom. There were no water-related issues and I lived with that floor till the end of 2021 (when we sold the house). It was a great experience. And now? I can’t wait to use Marmoleum again. (Note- since it was a bathroom, I cannot comment on how pet/scratch-resistant it is).

If you’re curious, I bought mine through Green Building Supply (I’m sure you can find it many other places, including some big-box home building outlets).

Marmoleum is linoleum flooring made by the Swiss company, Forbo, but they sell their product globally and their US HQ is in Pennsylvania.

Supposedly, in 1855, a man named Frederick Walton opened up a can of linseed oil and then forgot to put the lid back on. When he returned after some time, a rubbery layer had formed. This happy accident ultimately led to his creation of linoleum. Unfortunately his company never patented the name “linoleum” and after it became popular, several other companies began to make their own versions of it. “Linoleum” became a generic term referring to all of the linseed-based floor products that became ubiquitous by the early 1900s. By the 1950s, linoleum fell out of favor and newer, more popular plastic-based vinyl products took its place. Read more about the evolution of linoleum here.

The newer vinyl products had a similar look and feel to linoleum. This led consumers to confuse the two.

But linoleum and vinyl are very different. Linoleum is way better than vinyl.

Vinyl sucks. Here’s why I don’t like vinyl:

  • It’s basically made of plastic, which doesn’t “feel” very nice
  • Click-vinyl claims to be waterproof. In my experience, it isn’t.
  • Click-vinyl claims to be easy to install. But it breaks easily
  • Click-vinyl probably ends up in the dumpster faster than any other “flooring” product (because it sucks)
  • It isn’t made with materials that are sustainable/environmentally friendly
  • It off-gasses, which means it isn’t great for your respiratory system. It may also give you a headache
  • Click-vinyl is patterned/printed in a way that produces visual “repeat” (that looks bad)
  • The colors suck. (Non-gray options usually tend to have a gray undertone/hue or gray veining running through)

Really, the only benefit of vinyl is it’s cheap. Even so, considering how fast it will need to be replaced, I don’t even know if it saves money in the end. If you must buy vinyl, you should probably stick to the old-school sheet version. Flexible sheet vinyl will be more durable, more waterproof, and easier to install than the crappy click version.

Linoleum, on the other hand, has a longer life span and is made from natural materials such as linseed oil/flax, resin, wood flour, cork, and jute.

Marmoleum is sustainable, natural, and non-toxic. It doesn’t off-gas and it has been approved for people with allergies and chemical sensitivities. Read more about their materials here and read more about their health/eco-labels here.

But enough of all that- it’s just a great product!

Here are my favorite Marmoleum photos from Houzz. The designers below really knocked it out of the park. Check it out:

Go light-

Or dark!

Get colorful-

Or patterned-

Or maybe you want to satisfy your inner child, like these-

And look what Martha O’Hara Interiors pulled off with this gingham-

Lastly, here’s a picture (unstaged) of the bathroom I mentioned above. (Marmoleum, Van Gogh).

See what I’m saying? So. Many. Options.

I love this stuff! I’d even use it over tile (unless it’s a mudroom).

What’s your Marmoleum experience? Do you love it as much as me, or no?

HouseRat Zero

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