How Much Does Marmoleum Flooring Cost?
$500 - $4,000
$500 - $4,000
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated October 14, 2022Written by HomeAdvisor.
Marmoleum costs $4.75 to $12 per square foot or an average of $6 per square foot; broken down that comes out to $0.75 to $4 per square foot for labor and supplies. Click tiles average $4.50 per square foot for the materials alone, adhesive tiles are $6 per square foot, and rolls and sheets are $4 per square foot. Installing Marmoleum flooring in a 240-square-foot kitchen costs $1,140 to $2,880, with an average cost of $1,440. Marmoleum is an all-natural, biodegradable type of linoleum with hundreds of design options, making it a suitable flooring choice for all types of applications.
|Average Cost||High Cost||Low Cost|
Marmoleum is real linoleum created with extra environmentally-friendly production methods. Compared to the price of installing other types of flooring like wood or stone, Marmoleum is less costly. You can use it the same way as other linoleum or vinyl flooring. Most often, you’ll see it in kitchens and bathrooms.
It contains at least 95% natural raw materials, including linseed oil, wood flower, and woven jute. Some of these raw materials make up 40% or more of the recycled content.
Marmoleum projects tend to get priced as a whole; however, your pro will calculate the total price based on square feet. Marmoleum ranges from $4.75 to $12 per square foot but averages $6 per square foot. Most of the cost of Marmoleum comes from the materials.
|Marmoleum Cost Factor||Cost|
|Materials||$4 – $8 per sq. ft.|
|Labor||$0.75 – $2 per sq. ft.|
|Supplies||Up to $2 per sq. ft.|
Marmoleum comes in three main systems:
Click Cinch Loc
Click Cinch Loc systems make an excellent DIY project, while other tiles and rolls require professional installation.
|Room (Average Square Feet)||Average Cost Range (All-In)|
|Bathroom (100 sq. ft.)||$475 – $1,200|
|Utility Room (160 sq. ft.)||$760 – $1,920|
|Kitchen (240 sq. ft.)||$1,140 – $2,880|
|Living Room (320 sq. ft.)||$1,520 – $3,840|
|Basement (1,000 sq. ft.)||$4,750 – $12,000|
Marmoleum Click tiles cost an average of $4.50 per square foot for the materials alone. Each tile is available in 12-by-12-inch squares and 12-by-36-inch panels. They don’t require any adhesive and have a cork backing already attached, which makes them an excellent DIY solution.
Modular tiles require adhesives and cost an average of $6 per square foot for the materials alone. They come in 10-by-10, 10-by-20, 10-by-40, and 20-by-20, making them the most customizable flooring solution from this product. They have 44 different colors to choose from and require professional installation with approved adhesives.
Rolls and sheets cost an average of $4 per square foot, not including labor. They offer three designs: marbled, linear, and solid, with 150 colors to choose from. They’re challenging to install compared to other types but provide an almost seamless flooring solution.
The most commonly used type is the Sustain 1195 Marmoleum adhesive, which runs between $70 and $100 per gallon for 125 square feet of coverage. It is entirely non-toxic and safe for anyone with chemical sensitivities. Approved adhesives from Farbo include Farbo L 885, which may be discontinued and replaced by Sustain 1195 and Sustain 660.
Marmoleum prices range significantly, making understanding the cost factors important when fitting Marmoleum into your budget. The most significant factors come from the seasonal variation in supply and designs, the installation's complexity, and the product's luxury level.
Cost ranges for Marmoleum tend to be supplier- and season-specific and not linked directly to color or texture. There are over 300 colors to choose from, and mixing and matching colors and designs to create something unique is easy.
Labor costs around $0.75 to $2 per square foot. Some urban areas with higher costs of living may see higher pricing.
Two factors influence the final costs.
Project size: Small projects may come at a higher price because pros need to cover travel, equipment, insurance, and other overhead costs.
Subfloor conditions: Rotted or bowed subfloors require replacing and leveling. Slightly warped subflooring won’t affect the price much, as an underlayment takes care of slight imperfections.
Marmoleum flooring has all the pros and cons of typical linoleum, with the added benefit of being biodegradable, but it also carries a slightly higher price tag.
|Environmentally responsible||More expensive than traditional linoleum|
|Lasts up to 40 years||Easily punctured|
|Easy to install||Susceptible to staining|
|Heat-resistant||Susceptible to water damage|
|TopShield – a UV-cured finish|
All real linoleum is natural, but Marmoleum includes added environmental bonuses.
You can achieve up to 4 LEED credits, which theU.S. Green Building Counciloutlines.
Manufacturers produce the flooring in a 100% wind-powered factory.
It doesn’t create any hazardous waste throughout the entire lifecycle of the product, from creation to disposal.
It is the only CO2-neutral flooring option.
Are you looking for retro, mid-century design work? The best solution is Marmoleum. Not only is it a period-correct material, but it also has the modern benefits of being one of the most environmentally-conscious materials you can use in your home.
Linoleum costs half as much as Marmoleum. The main difference between the two is that Marmoleum is known for its environmental friendliness and use of all-natural products.
|$2,375 – $6,000 per 500 sq. ft.||$2,000 – $3,500 per 500 sq. ft.|
|Made from all-natural products||Wallet-friendly option|
|Costs twice as much||Made from some synthetic chemicals|
Vinyl flooring costs slightly more than Marmoleum, but it’s typically not as environmentally conscious. While both make excellent floors, Marmoleum is an all-natural product, and vinyl is a synthetic, plastic product made with various toxic chemicals.
|$2,375 – $6,000 per 500 sq. ft.||$2,500 – $7,500 per 500 sq. ft.|
|Environmentally-responsible choice||More durable|
|Doesn’t last as long||Increases plastic landfill waste|
DIY installation isn’t always the best idea, especially for roll or solid floor applications. If you want to go the DIY route, do your research and use Click Tiles. However, expect extra waste and that it will take longer to DIY than it would for a pro to install it. Always hire a flooring contractor to handle roll applications, as a slight slip of the knife may mean you have to replace an entire new roll. Any flooring specialist can help with this project, but it’s best to hire a local linoleum installer since the installation is similar.
Some Marmoleum products, such as Flotex, are waterproof and make excellent floors in kitchens and bathrooms. However, other products only claim water resistance. Most make ideal flooring in wet areas when appropriately installed. For those only claiming water resistance, clean up spills and standing water immediately.
Proper sealing of the tiles or edges of rolls is key. However, improper installation can leave gaps, allowing water to get beneath the tiles and rolls, which can degrade the glue and subfloor.
Some manufacturers like Forbo claim that their Marmoleum floor properly works on heated slabs for radiant heating. Radiant heat systems cost $3,850 on average and include heating systems that work well with linoleum. However, the manufacturer has detailed instructions on how to install it over a heated floor. If you or your installer don't follow these instructions, it can void the warranty and ruin the floor.
The cost to repair Marmoleum is similar to the cost of Linoleum repairs, which is $1,165 on average. It can be less expensive for click tiles as only damaged tiles require replacement.
Often, the solution is to remove a tile and replace it with a new one. It’s a good idea to purchase a few extra tiles during the initial installation to have backups in case this happens. While Marmoleum is treated to withstand fading from UV light, older floors might not perfectly match tiles that have been stored out of the sun for years.
You can buy Marmoleum flooring at most big-box home improvement stores or online retailers specializing in environmentally-responsible building products. Your professional Marmoleum or linoleum installer can also purchase Marmoleum products for your project at a discount from home improvement stores or the factory directly. Check with your local pro to compare prices with what you find at your local store.
Marmoleum lasts 10 to 25 years in light, commercial settings. Marmoleum can last up to 40 years in residential settings where there is less traffic. Over time, the natural resin continues to harden, which can improve the durability and lifespan of your flooring. However, you’ll want to keep the floor clean according to the manufacturer’s instructions to extend its life expectancy.