Linoleum Vs. Marmoleum Flooring

Marmoleum is the brand name of linoleum manufactured by Forbo-Nairn. Linoleum is the generic name for the natural flooring material made of linseed oil, cork dust, pine resin and wood flour. It is considered a ‘green’ renewable resource. This type of floor is hypoallergenic and long lasting.


SMaRT certified Marmoleum has earned the coveted certification “Asthma & Allergy Friendly.” The homeowner that opts for Marmoleum will achieve at least one additional LEED’s (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credit because it is considered by USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) Credit Interpretation to be “innovation in design.” Made with all natural products, the sheet goods are installed with adhesives free of solvents, and the style Marmoleum Click needs no adhesive at all.


Linoleum, as a general industry standard, is not certified completely natural. The adhesives used are definitely not natural. Although the term linoleum indicates natural, Marmoleum is the only brand that is LEED certified. For the additional cost of the brand name, the homeowner will receive more LEEDS points. The higher your LEED’s score, the healthier and more green your home is. The ultimate green construction reduces energy and water usage in addition to using sustainable materials such as linoleum. There are also tax incentive programs to encourage green building.