03 Jun Seam Scrutiny
Properly done, seams should not be an issue in linoleum installation
Q. We are remodeling an older home and I was “sold” on Marmoleum, until I kept coming across questions about repairing seams which have buckled.
I want to use it in the bathroom floors, but I am really hesitant since reading all these questions about repairing the seams.
Have you had questions on this and/or how do you feel about using Marmoleum in the bathrooms?
A. Dear LM:
If you are using Marmoleum sheet goods that are installed by a contractor who is properly trained, you should have no problems with seams that need repair.
The seams have to be heat-welded, which requires some skill. Forbo, the manufacturer of this product, offers training classes and certification of installers.
The retailer you purchase the product from should be able to supply or recommend a qualified installer.
Marmoleum Click products are also on option for residential use. This product is made in panels and squares that click together and have a High Density Fiber (HDF) core and cork backing, which will offer more warmth and shock absorption than sheet goods. This self-locking product does not require heat-welded seams.
In both cases, the Marmoleum surface is made of all natural ingredients, including linseed oil, pigments and sawdust.