When choosing the right flooring for your home, it’s likely you’ll find yourself bombarded with the variety of options. Many of us know exactly what we’re looking for – warmth, style and practicality. However, this doesn’t help to drill down on the choices available out there. And one of the most common questions we get asked regularly is the difference between Linoleum and Marmoleum.


Originally created in the 1800s, linoleum has long been a popular choice for both residential and commercial environments. These days, it has fallen behind in favour of modern alternatives such as LVT and Laminate. However, there are still those who appreciate its durability and cost-effective nature.


  • Linoleum is very hard wearing and can easily withstand wear-and-tear for time periods up to 40 years.
  • It is made from renewable and natural materials which make it more affordable
  • Linoleum flooring can be manufactured in any colour and pattern. This makes it a viable option for your personal interior design.
  • It is a versatile option which can be used on both floors and walls if required.
  • It is waterproof, making it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms alike.
  • Linoleum has good scratch resistance. The colour runs throughout each layer which means scratches can be buffed out and resealed without a noticeable mark left.
  • Because it has been made with natural materials, it also has antibacterial benefits.
  • With its soft design, linoleum is quieter to walk on that many alternatives.


  • The colour of linoleum can change if exposed to continual and direct sunlight. This makes it vulnerable to discolouration, if not properly protected.
  • Unsealed linoleum is much more easily damaged, needing regular polishing and buffing.
  • After installation, linoleum can give off a linseed-based fume which some people find unpleasant.


While many people consider linoleum and Marmoleum to be two different things, the second is actually a branded product. Manufactured by Forbo-Nairn, this form of linoleum has earned the “Asthma & Allergy Friendly” certification and also allows homeowners to achieve a minimum of 1 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credit. It is manufactured from entirely natural products and can be installed with solvent-free adhesives.


  • Marmoleum is entirely natural.
  • It helps to improve the sustainability and environmentally-friendly design of your home.
  • Its production reduces energy and water usage.
  • You may benefit from a text incentive used to encourage green construction methods.

Understanding all your flooring options allows you to make the most informed decision in your home. It ensures you identify a floor that can withstand the demands of your family while minimising damage and the financial implications this can present. If you would like more information about any of the flooring options available here at Virtuoso Flooring, our experienced team will be more than happy to assist. Get in contact today to learn more.