In the modern age, American families often put more thought into the elements they install in their homes. It’s not enough to be affordable; for many, installations must be both cost-effective and eco-conscious. In some cases, these installations must also be certified for allergy alleviation. After all, Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors, where some pollutant concentrations are up to five times higher than they are outdoors. Fortunately, Marmoleum click flooring and other Marmoleum flooring products tick all of these boxes.
But what exactly are these Marmoleum tiles made of? And how are they physically created? It’s only natural (pun intended) that you’d want to know a bit more about what goes into your floor. We’re answering these two questions in today’s post.
What is Marmoleum Click Flooring Made Of?
It’s important to note that Marmoleum is comprised of 97% raw materials. The main raw materials in Marmoleum are linseed oil, wood flour, and woven jute. Pine tree rosin and ground limestone are also used in smaller amounts. Marmoleum actually contains 43% recycled content yet has no mineral oils, plasticizers, phthalates, or heavy metals (like cadmium or lead).
How is Marmoleum Made?
Legend has it that Frederick Walton, an English inventor, came up with the idea for linoleum (of which Marmoleum is a type) in the 1860s when he discovered how linseed oil oxidized on top of a can of paint. The linseed oil formed a rubbery film, which he later combined with other natural materials and then pressed onto a fiber backing to create the first iteration of linoleum used in flooring.
Today, Marmoleum is made by heating linseed oil to high temperatures (which speeds up the oxidation process). This is then mixed with rosin to create a cement-like material. Wood or saw dust, limestone, and pigments are added to make colorful sheets, which are then pressed onto a woven jute backing. The pressed sheets are cured in stoves (which are large, heated rooms) or in greenhouses for several weeks to completely dry. Finally, a water-based protective finish is applied to maintain color and aid in keeping the product clean throughout its use. The finished product can then be offered in several forms, including Marmoleum click flooring, tiles, and sheets for various installations.
These green building products made from natural materials and without the use of harmful chemicals, which means they’ll help your family live a greener, healthier lifestyle. To find out more about Farbo Marmoleum flooring or other eco-friendly flooring options, please get in touch with us today.