Pros and Cons of Marmoleum Flooring

Updated on January 31, 2013
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Marmoleum Flooring Pros and Cons

Marmoleum flooring is touted as a great environmentally friendly flooring and the perfect alternative to other conventional flooring materials like vinyl. It looks great in the advertising images and the idea of creating beautiful floors and keeping the Earth healthy is certainly appealing but how well do these floors work in a real home with a real family?

One of the pros of marmoleum flooring is that it can be used in a variety of creative designs.
One of the pros of marmoleum flooring is that it can be used in a variety of creative designs. | Source

Benefits of Marmoleum

Many designers are using marmoleum in their home interiors because of its versatility and ease of installation. The fact that it is a healthy choice for both home and Earth makes it appealing to consumers as well.

There is no doubt that it is currently one of the most popular flooring choices in the United States.

What Are the Benefits?

  • Marmoleum is a versatile flooring material that can be used to design intricate patterns as well as all over color on any floor.
  • It is made of natural materials and will not outgas toxins or chemical residues.
  • It has antibacterial properties which means that dangerous microbes like salmonella aren't spread.
  • Estimated life of the floor under normal use is fifty years.
  • The floor is heat resistant and will not burn easily.
  • Anti-static properties in the flooring mean that dirt doesn't stick to it and it is easier to clean.
  • The material can be cut and you can create borders and other designs.
  • It is 100% biodegradable.
  • There are no VOC's present in marmoleum.
  • The floors are comfortable to stand and walk on.
  • Marmoleum flooring helps reduce dust mites and many common allergies.

Video:What Is Marmoleum Flooring

Marmoleum Cons

Everything sounds wonderful as you read through the list of the great things about marmoleum flooring but what about people that weren't happy with their floors?

Do they even exist?

They do exist. Some complaints about the flooring are very common. Here are some negative marmoleum reviews excerpted from Greener Building.

  • The floor stains.
  • It dents easily.
  • The floor scuffs easily.
  • It needs constant maintenance.
  • Pet accidents stain the floor.
  • Finish damages easily
  • It can be expensive.

The truth is that marmoleum can be a fabulous choice for your floor if you are willing to follow a few simple rules.

  • It must be installed by professionals with experience in installing marmoleum. Check references of any floor contractor or kitchen remodeler that you decide to use.
  • It must be sealed and finished properly.
  • It needs a completely smooth, flat subfloor.
  • You shouldn't use a steam cleaner or hot water when cleaning the floor. Use only the recommended cleaning solutions.
  • Put pads on the feet of furniture to guard against dents and scratches.
  • You should avoid wearing spiked high heels on the floor.
  • You must maintain the seal on the floor.

Installing Marmoleum

Marmoleum comes in sheets which are then glued down with non-toxic glue.
Marmoleum comes in sheets which are then glued down with non-toxic glue. | Source
Considering marmoleum? Do your research.
Considering marmoleum? Do your research. | Source

Should You Get a Marmoleum Floor?

The question remains whether or not a marmoleum floor is right for your home. Although only you can answer that question you should read the reviews, and consider both the benefits and the issues people have with marmoleum flooring before you commit to it.

If you cook a lot then marmoleum may not be the best choice for your kitchen. Acids from foods (like tomatoes) and chemicals from cleaners can harm the floor's finish in some cases. Likewise, if you have pets that have frequent accidents the floor may not be a good choice.

Talk to the sales team at the store where you are planning to buy flooring. Ask to see some references and if there are any customers who would be willing to show you their floor. Talk to the contractors who will be installing your floor and get references from them as well. Most complaints come from customers whose floors were not installed and finished properly.

Marmoleum can be a great choice for some people but for others it can be a frustrating and expensive mistake.

Complex designs can be created with marmoleum - but the more complex the design the more difficult it may be to maintain.
Complex designs can be created with marmoleum - but the more complex the design the more difficult it may be to maintain. | Source

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        Jenna 9 months ago

        Enjoying my marmoluem flooring very, very much!!

        They are healthy for ease of breathing, comfortable under bare feet and very beautiful to view.

        I got a yellow marble (medium-light hugh). Did kitchen, baths, halls. Note: use plastic-net-ball- sponge to clean guk, and floors may install bright yellow like banana, but in a few days went back to color I ordered. Delighted.

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        Damon 15 months ago

        For the people that had never heard of it, know that this article does weigh the cons heavier than the pros, and a lot of the negative comments seem to be based on the tile style application instead of the material itself. If linoleum is so dainty why is it in so many public and commercial buildings?

        Here's a more balanced article:

        I am considering professionally installed sheet linoleum (marmoleum is a brand name) for the kitchen and bathroom in my apartment and in another one I rent out. Compared to tile, I think linoleum would be more comfortable for both hardness and temperature, and it won't cause every dropped glass or dish to break. I've heard broken tiles are a pain to fix despite that fact that you could just replace one in theory. Tiles not staining or scratching seem to be their selling point. Linoleum is cheaper and could stain, kind of like carpet which has been very popular. But carpet doesn't have any of the health and environmental benefits.

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        mexico5 4 years ago

        I think the company has too much business to care about customers.

        I have been trying for 6 weeks to find an installer who will install their borders. Time after time nobody calls me back and when I talked to the factory they made me promises to find an installer and then THEY never called back Good grief. I am looking for something else now and I don't think they care.

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        Darlene 4 years ago

        Bought the click floors. They stain, scratch and scuff.

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        Trofywife 5 years ago

        I installed Marmoleum click 2 years ago in my kitchen. Worst decision ever! Shows every speck of dirt so it looks horrible all the time. Within months the tiles started shifting and many of the seams now have gaps. Since water can't get into the gaps I now have to clean the floor square by square. Stains and discolors very easily. Looks cheap. I can not wait until we can afford to replace it! Anyone interested in purchasing some used "Click Marmoleum"???

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        Kathy 5 years ago

        This is not the flooring for a kitchen/bath. Dents very easily. Difficult to clean. And do not even let an ice cube melt on this flooring or it begins to warp. We unfortunately had a pipe break under out sink and now the floor is ruined. We've only had it 3 years. Because of the expense, we will have to walk on the warped floor awhile until we can afford to replace it.

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        airlie2 6 years ago

        If you are looking for a robust, low-maintenance floor, then do NOT buy marmoleum. It marks, dents, scratches easily and requires very impractical daily maintenance. Worst renovating decision we've ever made!Don't believe the marketing and PR 'spin' about its durability.

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        Elena@LessIsHealthy 6 years ago

        So interesting. Thanks for the news.

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        Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

        Thank you for introducing this new material. It looks great.

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        Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

        Like Simone I have never hear of this type of flooring before. For me the cons seem to outweigh the pros. Great review.

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        Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

        Huh! I had never heard of Marmoleum before. Interesting!

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        Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

        Wow...anyone considering new flooring should read this hub first. My family would destroy it early in the game. Note to self: do not buy Marmoleum flooring! Thanks for the great info. Voted up and useful.

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        Peter Owen 6 years ago from West Hempstead, NY

        stains I think knock this out of the box.