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Marmoleum vs. other flooring types

What's the difference?

With the enormous variety of floors, we can imagine that it's not always easy to know the difference between different flooring types. We explain the differences and similarities between linoleum, vinyl, synthetic and rubber flooring solutions.

Marmoleum and LVT

Marmoleum and vinyl are two different flooring solutions, both with their own characteristics. Although the terms are often used interchangeably, these materials are definitely not the same. Especially the way how it is produced strongly differs from each other.

They are both known as resilient flooring: made with materials that are elastic. Resilient flooring is a loose, catch-all term that refers to floor coverings that occupy a middle ground between soft floors (such as carpets) and hard floors (such as stone or hardwood).

On this page, we will explain the similarities and differences between Marmoleum (or linoleum) and vinyl floors in more detail.

Marmoleum (Forbo linoleum)

Our linoleum floor coverings with the Marmoleum brand are natural floors associated with sustainability, durability, high quality and innovative design. Linoleum is made from natural raw materials and therefore a sustainable flooring choice that contributes to a healthy indoor environment. Further, the weighted average of our Marmoleum product range is CO2 neutral cradle to gate without offsetting.

Marmoleum is less easy to install compared to vinyl floors and it's more susceptible to water damage if not properly installed. However, because of the natural ingredients and no use of plasticizers it's free of allergens and bacteriostatic, which is a big advantage in segments like education, healthcare and public buildings.

Marmoleum Fresco 3260
Eternal Wood 10842 & 10852


Vinyl is a synthetic product made with a variety of toxic chemicals, primarily polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin. Sheet vinyl flooring also contains phthalate plasticizers to make it more flexible. Currently, multiple manufacturers are searching for solutions to make vinyl floors more environmental friendly, but there are still many manufacturers worldwide that offer cheap vinyl solutions where it is not fully known which materials have been used.

Its chemical makeup, and potential health issues associated with phthalates, prompts some green buildings to avoid vinyl flooring completely.

This flooring type is very easy to install and it is available in a wide variety of colors, patterns and formats. Therefore you can always find a design that fulfills your flooring needs.


✔ Highly durable
✔ Natural raw materials
✔ Easy to install
✔ Mainly commercial use
✔ Requires a water sealant coating to be fully water resistant
✔ More susceptible to water damage if not properly installed
✔ Resistant to scratching and wear
✔ Low emission
✔ Bacteriostatic
✔ Phthalates free
✔ Acoustic
✔ Allergy-free
✔ Recyclable / biodegradable
✔ Only three manufacturers in the world
✔ Linoleum can be sensitive to certain cleaners


✔ Durable, but sensitive for scratches and dents
✔ Synthetic materials, primarily polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
✔ Very easy to install
✔ Both commercial and residential use
✔ Impervious
✔ Wide variety in colors, patterns and formats
✔ Low-end and higher quality vinyl flooring (LVT) available
✔ Many manufacturers worldwide
✔ Simple mopping, sweeping and vacuuming