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We discussed about some design tips for Marmoleum floor patterns in an earlier post. People do find it intimidating when it comes to so many colors and design possibilities.

Marmoleum Click for residential applications

Marmoleum Click for residential applications

Some homeowners like to go with checker board pattern just because it is an easy solution. But to my mind, your pattern does not have to be so typical and so obvious. Now that you decided to go with Marmoleum Click for your new floors, make sure you get the most for your money. You really have so many options to add that visual impact to your room. Spend some time to figure out your unique design now. You will cherish your new floors for years to come.

Sahara, Van Gogh, and Barbados from Marmoleum Click series

Sahara, Van Gogh, and Barbados from Marmoleum Click series

See if you would like to go with a little bit of abstract design. Add a bright accent color in to couple of coordinating colors, and play with them! Depending on how big your space is, you may have a module of 4 or 9 or 16 tiles and repeat it.

Using a border around the perimeter or say, kitchen island, also is a simple way to add character.

Various borders are available from Forbo

Various borders are available from Forbo

If you are designing kids’ rooms, involve them in picking colors. A simple pattern like this is enough to create visual interest.

accent color to add that character

accent color to add that character

A rug like look may work good in any bedroom.

I don't need an area rug for 10 months of the year, really!

I don't need an area rug for 10 months of the year, really!

Make sure you try to stagger the joints if you are using panels. With the revised Click II system, the length of a panel now equals to 3 square tiles. It may be hard to calculate the quantities for each color if your pattern is too complicated. Why not hire the professional instead! At LFD we are experts at space design, material estimation, and installation. Whether it is just new floors or you need a holistic design upgrade, talk to us and we would be happy to assist you.

Forbo, the manufacturers of Marmoleum Click floating floor system claims that their new design for the joints is almost waterproof. The tongue and groove joints are pretty tight and when installed correctly form a snug fitting. As mentioned in the earlier post, they mention if the spills are wiped dry right away, one should not worry about water penetrating through.

However, you raised a very good point. The sheet linoleum just like vinyl, being a monolithic surface acts as a very good water barrier. Even though it is stated that Marmoleum Click can be installed anywhere in the house, one has to be careful while laying this floating floor system next to bathtub or next to sinks where kids may spill some water and there may be a possibility of it going unnoticed for several hours. If your situation allows you to use a “J” mold flashing next to the bath tub or such, that would help keep water from flowing down on the floor.

I came across one instance where we had installed Marmoleum Click in the kitchen for one client here in Bay area. They happened to have a leak in the sink pipe underneath and did not notice it right away. The water leaked through the cabinets, under the floating floor for what seemed like couple of days. The cork base on Marmoleum Click readily absorbed water and eventually the floor swelled with moisture. They actually had to take the floor apart, dry the panels all the way, and re-install after few days.

With such fancy floor materials one has to be vigilant especially in areas like kitchen and bathrooms.

Some linoleum colors may be more prone to fading due to  exposure to direct sunlight than others. Over a period of time you may see subtle, slightly darker patches say underneath a chest. If you move such furniture though, the newly exposed area will fade in a short time, so you will not be able to tell the difference.

There is another phenomenon called “Ambering” that occurs during the manufacturing process of linoleum, though. While the linoleum is curing in the drying room, a yellowish film may appear on the surface of the linoleum due to the linseed oil oxidation process. So you may see some “yellowing” on your newly delivered product. But this film will disappear after the linoleum is exposed to either natural or artificial light. You don’t have to worry about dissipation of this yellow film prior to installation or prior to applying floor finish after your installation.

When we did Marmoleum Click floors at home, we did not really see any yellowing on our new product, even though we had dark and light colors. And as far as fading due to sunlight exposure is concerned, I am not too worried about it, because with a few hours of exposure, the darker patches will go away anyway!

Marmoleum Click floating floors can be very easily installed over a residential concrete sub floor. First thing you will do is, examine the concrete slab to determine its condition. Use a carpenter’s level or a straight edge to see if the floor has any significant mounds and dips. If it is not fairly leveled, you will identify the low spots where you need to fill. Begin with cleaning the concrete slab by removing the dirt and debris. Then you can fill the major low spots and dips with either quick-set mortar or one of those liquids that sets in such low areas. Use a trowel or straight edge to level the surface. If you notice any large cracks in the concrete slab, that may mean there is a underlying structural problem. Such cracks should be repaired prior to installing any new floor.

After you have prepared concrete sub floor, you can begin with a moisture barrier underlayment. Lay down a standard underlayment you would use for any type of floating floor system. At this point take a few minutes to lay your Marmoleum Click panels to see how your pattern is going to be laid out. I actually put the individual squares and panels to see how my design will start out. If you have any door entry or adjacent floor lines you need to match, this is the time to decide how your new panels will coordinate with those existing parameters.

Ideally, it would be nice to start with a row of whole squares and panels at the edge of the room. This way you ensure minimum cuts and may save time. But this may not be possible in every case. For example, you may have to start laying out your Marmoleum Click squares in the middle of the room if you need to match the frame lines in the doorway or a kitchen island. In such case you will go on laying squares in both direction in a room. Even if you end up with bunch of half panels, you may be able to use those on the other end of the room towards the edges.

This may sound harder than it actually is. I will try to explain this with visual aids at a later time.

In short, if you follow the guidelines provided here, this product can be easily installed by someone who has some experience in installing floors at home.

Have fun!

Marmoleum Click can be very easily installed on stairs. The stair nosing is available in coordinating colors that blend well. One thing to consider though, any hard floor material installed on stairs will provide less friction as compared to carpet. The edge molding / stair nose trims are meant to provide some grip underfoot. If you have young kids or elderly person at home you should consider putting a stair runner rug to avoid falls with any hardwood or hard surface material.

You get transition strips (T-molds, overlap reducers etc.), and stairnosing in coordinating colors for Marmoleum Click system. Recently Forbo added rubber wallbases to their collection for Marmoleum series. Check the leadtime on these once you have located the dealer. Set your timeline as per the leadtime required for these materials.  You will need these moldings towards the end of the installation process, so plan ahead accordingly.

As a general rule of thumb, any household spills on linoleum floor should be cleaned right away. Typically blotting with a paper towel and wiping with a mild cleaner should do the job. You should be careful with the cat urine, and do not let it sit there for long. Once turned alkaline, it tends to stain any floor.

It depends on what you are using. The sheet Marmoleum will go fine on the uneven floor, since it is pretty much a monolithic surface. Linoleum easily adapts to the mounds and dips of the subfloor. The unevenness may be noticeable from a certain angle, against the light source if the sheet forms significant contours, though. The glued down tiles, being a thinner product will behave like the sheet as well.
If you are using Marmoleum Click also, it has been seen that slight variations in subfloor surface do not make much of a difference. You will install the panels and squares just as you would do otherwise. Make sure the joints are really tight. You may feel a slight “cushioning” when you walk on such uneven area in the beginning. Over time the Click panels and squares also adapt to the slight variations in the subfloor. The homeowners I talked to who had similar scenario, could not tell where the level difference was, a few days after the installation.
Like I said, this is really a “worry-free” product!

The floating floor Marmoleum Click can be easily installed over an existing vinyl or old style linoleum floor. It is always a good idea to check if the existing floor is leveled, though. In fact in my home, I left the old vinyl in Master Bath just like it was because that forms an additional moisture barrier under the new floor. Since we had removed the carpet from adjacent Master Bed though, there was a slight level difference in the doorway between the two. I used a layer of underlayment in the Bed to make it at the same level as the Bath. This helped me in running the surround sound cables under floor too.

Get started soon so you can finish your project before Fall!

Installing sheet linoleum requires skilled labor. It is not a ‘Do-It-Yourself’ job unless you have all the tools and the experience with resilient floor installation. Here is a video link from Armstrong:

In this video link you can see step by step procedure on the baseboards, cove installation:

Tiles of linoleum are glued down just like vinyl tiles. Here is my favorite clip:

check out part 1 through 4

We will talk about this more later…