Marmoleum, a Green Flooring Option

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate

Are you considering a remodel or building a new home?  Go green!

Homeowners these days are often considering the environmental impact of their choices when remodeling or updating their homes.  From low VOC paints to reclaimed cabinetry, there is a wide range of sustainable products out there.

One area that is generating some press is flooring.  Floors are one area of homes that are often overlooked even though they make a huge difference in the general feel of a home.  There are many choices for sustainable flooring including recycled fiber carpeting and sustainable bamboo and cork floors.

People are also turning to a very old option again - linoleum.  These days, it goes by the name marmoleum, but the product is the same.  It is made in a process that is mostly unchanged in the last century and a half.  Linseed oil (from flax) is combined with things like pine rosin, natural pigments and wood flour.  Heat, roll, press and cure.

There is no off gassing associated with marmoleum, and there appear to be no health concerns associated with the creation of marmoleum, its use or disposal.  Marmoleum  outlasts many other flooring options because it hardens and becomes even more durable over time.

From an allergy perspective, marmoleum beats recycled fiber carpeting hands down.  Carpeting will always trap allergens, unlike wood and tile floors.  Marmoleum has the benefit of being anti-static, so dust and dirt do not stick to it when you clean. The anti-bacterial properties of linseed oil are also present in marmoleum.

Unlike a few decades ago, the current variety of colors is extensive, and you can chose from planks, tiles and sheets.  There are over 150 colors, borders and even inserts.

If you are changing the flooring in your home, give marmoleum a look. 

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Brenda Carus
Towne Square Realty
Certified EcoBroker, Re/Max Green Agent
Monroe Area Real Estate

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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


If I ever need "Green" advice there is a source in a great blogger in Monroe.

Can I send you a package on my property in Monticello that is now ready to go?

All my best?


Jan 23, 2009 09:04 AM #1
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Brenda,

Why is it call Marmo-leum? The marmo part isn't readily apparent to me. Thanks for the post.


Jan 23, 2009 09:05 AM #2
Brenda Carus
Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate - Monroe, WI

Tom, please do send info on the Monticello property.  I'll share it with my husband too, as he does more commercial work than I do.

Kimo, I honestly do not know where the name comes from.  I have heard that the mar is because it looks a little like marble, but I don't know if that is accurate.

Jan 24, 2009 03:33 AM #3
Frances Sanderson
Bean Group / Franklin - Franklin, NH

Hi Brenda,

Any chance that you have a link for more info on this product? (Funny name... made me think of marmalade :-)

Frances Sanderson Franklin, NH REATOR®, Certified EcoBroker®

Jan 24, 2009 05:58 AM #4
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

The cork floor looks very nice and is reasonable in price and very durable..  Thanks for sharing.

Jan 31, 2009 04:44 AM #5
Joanne O'Donnell
Chic Home Interiors - Oakland, CA

Great blog, Brenda. Marmoleum is actually the brand name of one particular linoleum, manufactured by Forbo.  there are many eco-friendly linoleums out there that just call it linoleum, Armstrong among others make them.  All linoleums are eco-friendly, made from linseed oil, wood flour, rosin, limestone and jute.  I am reblogging you to:


Feb 08, 2009 09:18 AM #6
Brenda Carus
Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate - Monroe, WI

Frances - for marmoleum, check Forbo.

Diane, thanks for stopping by!  Cork is a really neat flooring surface too.

Joanne, yes you are right about marmoleum being by Forbo.  I featured them because their offer so many more styles and colors than lineoleums by some of the other companies like Armstrong.  Still, I should have been more specific.  Thanks for pointing this out,.

Feb 09, 2009 02:12 AM #7
Jesse Vasquez

How does one become an eco-broker! this is something that really interests A LOT.. Go Green!

Mar 13, 2009 05:18 AM #8
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