Forbo Marmoleum Terra Natural Linoleum Flooring
Bring your floor to life!
Our Marmoleum floors stand for versatility, sustainability, durability.
An authentic mix of earthy colors. Our newest blend is Marmoleum Terra, a close, tight and highly contrasting structure inspired by igneous rocks. Terra combines a sophisticated small scale marbled structure with great soil hiding properties. The authentic mix of colors creates a versatile floor design that combines well with other Marmoleum items.
Terra’s superior appearance retention makes it ideal for use in high traffic areas such as healthcare flooring and floors for schools and provides a natural feel to any environment.
All Marmoleum Terra colors can be manufactured in a 3,5 mm Marmoleum Decibel construction (18 dB sound reduction), subject to a minimum order quantity and lead time.
Think about the natural ingredients (no phthalates, no plasticizers), the durability, the ease of cleaning & maintenance and the double UV cured Topshield2 finish.
Marmoleum Natural Linoleum Eco-Friendly Flooring
Green Building with Marmoleum has never been more beautiful. Forbo Marmoleum splash sheets are made from some of the best stuff on earth: linseed oil, pine rosin, wood flour, cork, limestone, organic pigments and jute backing spun from renewable plants.
Watch the Marmoleum Terra durability challenge!
Marmoleum Frequently asked Questions
Lots of people ask the simple question, What is Marmoleum anyway?
First of all, it is a four syllable word that is slang for marbleized linoleum. Made from linseed or flaxseed oil, natural pigments, limestone dust, wood fibers and resins and then pressed onto a jute backing it is a great alternative to vinyl flooring. People who are sensitive to plastics and their off-gassing like it because it is not pvc or rubber and contains no acrylics. It also doesn’t require the use of volatile adhesives or contact cements to install it.
I ordered samples of Marmoleum and I heard that the color will be very different when the product arrives to be installed?
There is definitely some truth there since all natural linoleum flooring that was made with flaxseed oil has a natural amber hue to it when it is first made. When exposed to sunlight it’s color changes and it loses much of its amber hue. For instance, many of the blue colors will look green initially and when the amber-yellow cast fades they become the true blue color of the samples. A lot of folks get totally freaked out by this but it is not necessary to get crazy and the color will definitely change over time.
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How do I estimate the cost of flooring materials?
Measure carefully, being sure to have 5 or 10% overage for square patterns and maybe some more for diagonal patterns as an allowance for cutting and waste. You can use graph paper to lay out the design and count the exact square footage or number of pieces when you are estimating tile projects. Here are some tips:
Click Tiles and Planks: At approximately 12″ x 12″ squares and 12″ x 36″ planks they are 7 pieces to the box, so boxes are approximately 7 square feet and 21 square feet. Loose pieces are generally not sold. Click can generally not be easily installed on 45 degree angles because of the way it locks together.
Glue Down Tiles: At approximately 13″ square, the exact number of tiles can be confusing if you are using graph paper with 12″ squares. MCT comes in boxes of 45 or 54 square feet and the thicker Dual Tile comes in boxes of 45 or 54 square feet but also in boxes of 9 for mix and match color floors. Also, available in 20″ tile the Dual Tile comes in boxes of 54 square feet as well.
Sheet Material: Not considered a DIY or novice product, 79″ wide sheet material estimating should be left up to the installer. Since the product is very, very heavy and must be handled with specialized equipment when taken off the truck, it is uncommon to order it without the installer involved.
NOTE: Be sure to leave yourself some extra when estimating since getting more product in the exact same color lot can sometimes be impossible.
What questions should I ask in order to find an installer?
There are no hard and fast rules, but it takes a certain person who has pride in their workmanship and in their abilities to be able to install Marmoleum. It also takes a person who has been trained in the Forbo school or who grew up under the wing of an old time lino mechanic, because the product can be very technically demanding to install. If an artisan has a respect for math and science then they will be much better technicians, since there is really no way to get lucky or to fake it when installing linoleum products. Setting index lines, making patterns, having the right tools, knowing how to scribe fit and heat welding are all elements of the job that take a lot of practice to get right.
Can I install any of the three types of Marmoleum myself?
MARMOLEUM CLICK: This product is very similar to the other floating floor products on the market but with a few small exceptions. The Click II does not install with a tapping block and hammer, in fact if you try you will damage the product and it may leave bulges in the seams that can not be un-done. The floor is installed best by installing it in full and complete rows with the first few being the most important. They must, when completed be blocked in place with solid spacers against the walls and at the ends to prevent the beginning portion from moving. It is also critical to come back when you are done and remove those spacing blocks at the perimeter so the floor can float horizontally.
Being a “tool-free” installation means that each of the rows are simply slipped into the row before it but up at an angle. When the row being installed is raised up and the linoleum faces from the rows meet, the product will engage and snap together simply by pushing down. It is VERY important to only push down once the pieces are tight up against each other which may require a little practice or the help of a patient and adaptable helper. Really only one person can lead the click-in process and it must be gradually and carefully to prevent damaging the material. After two or three rows, people become experts. Undercutting door jambs and trim, cutting the L and flag shaped pieces around doorways, locating field seams when necessary and snapping in the very last piece of the puzzle take some head scratching and can perplex the impatient installers.
GLUE DOWN TILES: A little different than installing traditional VCT, PVC, Cork or Rubber Tiles, Marmoleum Tiles must be done in a very simple but specialized manner. They must be installed into the WET adhesive so people who install VCT are usually surprised that the floor installation fails in a few days because they ASSUMED it was the same. The other thing that is different is the need to use a 100 LB Roller rather than a 50, 60 or 75 lb roller that is typical in the industry. You can download plans to build your own 100LB Roller for free here.
SHEET GOODS: A trained installer is usually the best bet when you want to install Marmoleum Sheet Material. Master Mechanics are actually often able to do some remarkable art work in the Marmoleum medium like water cut patterns, inlays, borders, stripes and swirls. Lots of folks who are not trained can figure out how to install the floor themselves by reading the Marmoleum Glue Down Flooring Installation Guide and watching the videos. Knowing how to use scribing tools and how to make patterns can make the job a lot easier. I would absolutely not like to see beginners trying to heat weld themselves because it is so specialized and best left to the pros.
Can Marmoleum be used for wall paneling or wainscoting?
Absolutely, in fact many people have used the 12″ x 36″ click type planks as wall paneling below a chair rail. Hospitals will also often “flash cove” Marmoleum up the walls to create and easy to mop joint where the floor meets the walls. Fast food businesses across the country are putting the product in many of their dining areas as a sustainable building product option.
Can I repurpose Marmoleum?
Repurposing is a major element in Green Building and Sustainable Living. Marmoleum Click snaps up in a flash and can be installed and removed over and over. Many companies use the product as their flooring of choice in trade show booths for that reason.
People have also installed a new Click floor over a perfectly good apartment floor with the plan to take the floor up when they move.
Is Marmoleum OK to use in commercial buildings?
Many architects and designers specify Marmoleum for gymnasiums, hospitals , classrooms, treatment rooms, hallways, and offices. Durable, elegeant and natural it can be a great choice where all three are desired. The product will hold s up with a minimum amount of maintenance and can easily outlast linoleum and commercial carpet and in most cases it needs less maintenance.
Is Marmoleum a great kitchens?
The kitchen is the perfect place for forbo marmoleum. It’s waterproof easy to clean and is easier to maintain then traditional linoleum. It also has a softer tactile feel on your bare feet then traditional vinyl or linoleum floors.
Should I use Marmoleum in my bathroom?
Yes, It is waterproof and durable and can make an average bathroom into something special. While it may require the making of a patter to get the fit just right, or perhaps the need to remove and reinstall the toilet, it is worth it. It is important to note that Click floors are just not appropriate for wet areas and shower rooms.
Is Marmoleum the right flooring for my basement?
First off, no matter what flooring you are installing in your basement, you should do basic moisture testing with relative humidity or calcium chloride testing beforehand in order to eliminate the opportunity for mold, mildew and humidity to create an indoor air quality issue. 85% humidity is the threshold for Marmoleum.
How humid is too humid for Marmoleum installation?
Floors over 85% humidity generally require some form of mitigation which might be a simply paint on finish if levels are under 90% while levels up to 99% generally require a specialty contractor to apply epoxy based coatings and to then encapsulate that coating with a cementious skim coat. There are really no other methods right now on the market to deal with 85% or higher moisture contents.
Update 2015: Forbo now has come out with a 1195 adhesive that will allow installations over concrete floors with 11 pounds of vapor pressure and 95% humidity. While this product is a little spendy it combines moisture mitigation with the adhesive, combining steps and saving time and money.
Is Marmoleum cool for the living room or bedroom?
A beautiful and healthy option for your family and it can be combined with area rugs or throw rugs. Many people have chosen natural Marmoleum after they have a brush with bad allergies or asthma.
How long does Marmoleum last?
Some floors have lasted 35 years and are still in good condition. Forbo offers a full 25 year warranty on normal wear and tear
Do you have recommended cleaning products for your linoleum products?
Full cleaning and maintenance links can be found below
Forbo Mop On Restorer Commercial
Forbo Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner
Forbo Commercial floor cleaner
Forbo Residential Floor Finish
Forbo marmoleum Neutral PH cleaner
Is Marmoleum easy to clean and will it hold up when if chemicals are spilled?
Forbo Marmoleum products are subject to indicative chemical/stain testing in accordance with European standards. The tests provide baseline information on the effects of short term exposure to chemicals after cleaning and should be used as a comparative guide.
If specific chemicals are of particular concern we would advise that the effects are checked by the client on a sample of the proposed colour and material in conditions representative of those that will be experienced in service.
Is your Bulletin Board paintable?
Yes. We would suggest using a water based emulsion paint, but would advise testing the application first for adhesion on a small sample of material. However, as the paint is going to be less flexible than the Bulletin Board, marks may remain visible in the paint layer.
Forbo makes so many awesome linoleum flooring products, how can I ever settle on just one?
Marmoleum Click: is the snap lock floating flooring that is perfect for any DIY installer with basic skills.
MCT Tile: is the thin linoleum tiles that just about anyone who has put down any tiles can manage.
Sheet Marmoleum: is the glue-down heavy duty linoleum that we have all come to love for the last 150 years.
The best part is that no matter what you select and for what specific application, they will all hold up well because virtually all their product’s surfaces are now coated with the revolutionary TopShield II finish.
Marmoleum Technical Specifications (One Roll)
Gauge: 2.5 mm (1/10″)
Width: 79 inches
Length (approx): 105 feet
Square Yard (approx): 77
Estimates, Quotes & Installation:
Please call us for quotes or estimates.
Professional, certified installers are highly recommended. Please ask for the nearest installer of Forbo Marmoleum Products.
|Forbo Sustain 1195 Sheet And Tile Adhesive is a solvent-free acrylic polymer adhesive recommended for use with Marmoleum and all grade levels of concrete, as well as approved suspended wood floors.|
|Marmoleum Heat welding Rods provide a watertight and hygienic seam, as well as a unique artistic touch. Marmoleum may be heat welded with either a matching solid color, a multi-color rod or a contrasting color welding rod.|
|Marmoleum Floor Finish provides a beautiful, long-lasting, protective finish for all Forbo linoleum floors. Suitable for use on linoleum or any traditional vinyl floor covering, Floor finish makes cleaning easier and less frequent.|
|Marmoleum Floor Cleaner is environmentally friendly and manufactured from renewable, non-toxic ingredients containing no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Marmoleum Floor Cleaner leaves behind a fresh, clean fragrance.|