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Old 03-10-2013, 06:18 PM   #29
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I didn't use Marmoleum in my trailer, but used the glue-down Marmoleum tiles in my bathroom recently, and the "clic-lock" tiles and planks in our kitchen. We LOVE them both.
I think using sheet-goods would be best in a trailer, especially if you can get a remnant of the proper size. I don't know this for a fact, but I would think that you could just dry-lay it in there, with edge molding to hold it down where the edges were exposed. You can do that with some vinyl sheet goods. Glueing it down may be the preferred way to install it, and requires the use of Forbo adhesive, a clean and absolutely smooth substrate, and a 100 lb. roller in order to fullfill warranty requirements.
Same goes for the 13" by 13" tiles, which MUST be glued down. The stuff is quite easy to cut with a utility knife and straight-edge, and can also be worked with a jigsaw with a fine-toothed blade, or a tablesaw. One problem is that you have to buy it by the box (of about 52 sq. ft., IIRC), so you typically end up with some rather expensive extra stuff.
The "clic-lock" is heavier, thicker, and is not glued down.
I got ours from 2 different on-line sources, after shopping around for the best price (around $3.50 per sq. ft.), the best colors, and the best shipping deals. You can get free shipping sometimes, which saves you a lot. The sources I'd recommend are GreenGoodsProducts.com and GreenBuildingSupply.com. The first is in California, the other in Iowa, I believe. Check out there websites, and any others that come up in a search, and put together the best deal.
As already stated on this thread, Take Your Time on the install (well, not after you've spread the glue!). Completely read all Forbo installation guidelines, follow them, and it will turn out great. They are not technically hard to do as a DIY-er, with the right basic tools and careful layout and pre-fitting/cutting before you spread the glue. Once you spread the glue, and it sets up to the specified tackiness (doesn't take long), you have a limited amount of time to lay down the floor before the glue sets up too much to properly adhere.
Anyway- great product with a great look and feel. Have fun!
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:21 PM   #30
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I think "dry laying" sheet Marmoleum will probably cause it to crack prematurely. For small jobs a wood block and a hammer will work instead of the roller.
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:48 PM   #31
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What an interesting thread!

I'd never heard Marmoleum so had to Google it - mandatory these days isn't it? Like so many things, I see it's a brand name for a proprietary type of Linoleum; the flooring of my childhood. I had no idea that "Lino", as it's known in the UK, was still being manufactured, nor that it was made of natural materials; I had assumed that vinyl was all that was available these days. If I ever get to the point of laying a new floor in our Airstream I shall look up Forbo's Marmoleum as it seems to be an excellent product.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:58 PM   #32
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We really love our marmoleum sheet floor in our 64-22' Safari. It looks and feels good to the touch. Only available in 6' 7" widths. However the tiles look amazingly original if you cut them down from 12x12" to the original 9x9". But that will add $ to the labor bill. We purchased our Marmoleum sheet from Linoleum City in LA. While we were having work done at Area63productions in Orange, CA. the 6.7x25' = 18.28 Yrds. @ 32.95 per yrd = 602.33 plus 1 gal L885 adhesive 44.95 = 647.28, tx 56.64 total 703.92, 1/4" ply underlay optional $$. Installation and seam sealer for a flat lay was 300.00 even. From Raphael Ventura @ New Vision Floors. After 1 year I just followed the instructions and sealed and waxed the thing, and we can't be happier. We have 3 dogs 45 lbs and they do leave little scratch marks at the entry, but this only seems to be in the wax/sealer not the Marmoleum. Very durable and keeps looking good. More photo's on face book, Dennis Blakesley, Photos, Albums, 1964 Air Stream Safari.

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Old 03-10-2013, 09:47 PM   #33
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What an interesting thread!

I'd never heard Marmoleum so had to Google it - mandatory these days isn't it? Like so many things, I see it's a brand name for a proprietary type of Linoleum; the flooring of my childhood. I had no idea that "Lino", as it's known in the UK, was still being manufactured, nor that it was made of natural materials; I had assumed that vinyl was all that was available these days. If I ever get to the point of laying a new floor in our Airstream I shall look up Forbo's Marmoleum as it seems to be an excellent product.
It's called Lino here as well, but for some reason folks seem to be hung up on brand names. There are other manufacturers, but Farbo is the largest and most well know these days. Armstrong and Tarkett also make it.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:49 PM   #34
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We have done three compete rebuilds on three trailers a 1968 14' Aloha, 1963 Safari and the latest a 1965 Tradewind. We used Marmoleum on all three projects. We used in on the floor as well as the counter tops. Radiused all of the counter tops up the walls about 4" on all of the projects. What we have found is the surface the Marmoleum must be flat and smooth, it will show any imperfections. Use the correct adhesive. You do have to be careful it does crack and tear easily. To see our rebuild of our Tradewind and in Marmoleum floor and counter tops check out the photo bucket on this post. Dave
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We considered Marmoleum with a kitchen remodel, and our local flooring store warned us about fading from sunlight--did not try and validate that concern since there was a price issue as well. I would be less concerned about fading in my moho but, if that is true, it would have suggested a replacement when preparing the home for sale so we went with the usual vinyl. Today I would consider one of the sealed cork floors for a nice feel.
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