Linoleum Vs. Marmoleum Flooring

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Marmoleum is the brand name of linoleum manufactured by a company called Forbo-Nairn. Linoleum is the generic name for a natural flooring material that's 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 is not completely natural. The adhesives used to make it are definitely not natural. Even though the term linoleum indicates natural, Marmoleum is the only brand that is LEED-certified. For the additional cost of the brand name, the homeowner receives more LEEDS points. The higher your LEED score, the healthier and greener your home is. The ultimate green construction reduces energy and water usage in addition to using sustainable materials like linoleum. There are also tax incentive programs available that are designed to encourage green building.