Linoleum & Marmoleum Floors
Archived Q&A and Reviews
Installing coved linoleum kitchen floorsNov 2012
Looking for recommendations for someone who does quality linoleum installs. Particularily cove. 2009 is the last posting. robert
Recommend you call Felix at Straus Carpet Co. 510-428-2828. I have hired him many times to install both carpets and linoleum in my rental units. He is very knowledgeable and very easy to work with. Always does a fine job.
I just had my bathroom and kitchen floors done in marmoleum. The installer was John Frick of Frick Flooring. He showed up when he said he would. He completed the job in the time he stated he would, actually sooner. He moved a damn heavy stove. My floors look sensational, and John was congenial as he was professional. His abilities are highly recommended, he also does linoleum and laminate. happy camper
Having just completed redoing my kitchen floor, I have a plethora of recommendations. Choose whatever may fit your needs. (I have no alliance or relationship with any of the stores or people I recommend.)
1)First, we decided to do the floor in marmoleum. It is similar to linoleum or vinyl, only green as in ecological not color. See www.forbo.com for more info about marmoleum.
2) For putting down the floor I can't speak highly enough of John Frick. His prices were reasonable, he was professional, friendly and responsible and did a terrific job. He's also licensed. See Frick Flooring & Installation, 510-758-2122.
3) I purchased the materials at Anderson Carpet. Their prices, on marmoleum at least, were well under at least 8 of the other Bay Area flooring places I called. 510-652-1032. They may not be the smoothest people, but they deliver.
We're planning an extensive remodel of a 1911, quasi-craftsman house. I'm having trouble visualizing what to put on the kitchen and master bath and main/family bath floors. We want something that works with the vintage of the house, is not too cold or hard, is easy to keep clean and good looking, and can take heavy wear and tear (we have 3 busy young boys who see every floor as a potential racetrack, or, sometimes, water play area). For the main bath, I'd love to replicate the little white vintage hexagonal tiles, but that seems foolhardy for maintenance reasons. I'm intrigued by marmoleum, at least for the kitchen, but I've only seen new floors that use it. Hw does it look after several years? What do other people do in their old Berkeley homes so the remodel blends in with the old house but is easy and practical to maintain? We've ruled out fir (dents too easily) and I'm relunctant to install hardwood where water will get spilled every day. Isabelle
I read your post re: what to use for kitchen and bathroom of craftsman-era house. I thought I'd post it here so that it can hopefully make it into the archives. We went with marmoleum for our archives. I give it mixed reviews. We went with a light color -- what were we thinking? All I can say is that it was pre-baby. What's happened is that a lot of dirt is showing up between the seams. The floors are a year old but this happened almost immediately. I think it's pretty inevitable with any light color, because at least in old homes, the floors aren't exactly square and therefore the marmoleum has to be cut at a slight angle, and there are bound to be tiny gaps. At least that's what I'm telling myself. We do love that it is warm and relatively soft for our one-year-old to crawl on/fall on, plus it's pretty easy to clean and I think it does go well with the house. But I would choose a darker color next time.
I also want to post that we had an issue with Floor Dimensions in Albany that I'm still trying to resolve. They installed the flooring with a slight gash in one part. It was a defect in the manufacturing, I think. They came out to try and cover it up and it looked okay. But again, what's happened after a year is that a lot of dirt is showing where that gash was. It's a totally different color from the flooring now. I've called them back to see if I can get some $ off, since I don't think any minor repair will ultimately last. I'm still playing phone tag with them. So I can't report that they're great or terrible, but I am pissed off that they didn't go ahead and do a more extensive repair or offer money off in the 1st place. Good luck in your decision. anon
We just purchased a house with an adorable and original 1940's kitchen. We'd like to put in a new floor to complement the yellow and blue counter top tile but want to stay away from anything that is too kitchsy. Any recommendations for stores or brands of flooring that work with a retro look without going over the top?
We recently had new linoleum put in in our kitchen and I'd like to recommend someone who did excellent work for a very reasonable price. He charged us less than 1/2 of what most other place would have and did a terrific job of what turned out to be a huge task. He and his workers were on time, worked hard and finished the job in less time than estimated. It turned out that they had to remove 5 layers of old linoleum and replace the plywood. His name is Julio and his company is called On-line Flooring & Carpet, 510-260-5317. gerrit
Try Marmoleum, which is *real* linoleum (vs. the contemporary, shiny sheet vinyl that's often called linoleum these days). It's made by Armstrong, and comes in a variety of colors -- from neutral and subtle to bright and fun. You can also do a contrasting border, inlays, and other cool treatments. We just had Marmoleum installed in two bathrooms we remodeled -- one floor is a soft sage green and the other is a gorgeous marbled-butterscotch color -- and couldn't be happier with how it looks. It's about $35 a square yard, plus installation. Anderson Carpet on Broadway and Dawson Floors on Fruitvale in Oakland both carry Marmoleum, and do installation as well.
Best of luck with your choice (and I'm glad to hear that you're going with the style of your kitchen and not trying to force it into something it's not)!
A fellow '40s-house owner
I would like a recommendation for a person installing linoleum flooring (kitchen and bathroom) Nancy Dawson Floor Coverings in Oakland. *Extremely* detail oriented and professional. Reasonably priced. They did our kitchen 2-3 yrs ago. John
Removing old linoleumMay 2000
We're thinking of putting a laminate floor in our kitchen. Has anyone ever had one of the new laminate products installed by an independent contractor rather than a flooring store? I tried the route of having the floor store come out and measure. They were unwilling to discuss removing the top layer of vinyl, which we feel is a must, and they frankly seemed uninterested in the job. Any recommendations? Maria
Regarding the flooring store that wouldn't remove the old linoleum floor: The store may have thought your linoleum might have asbestos in it. If so, the store might not have the qualifications to remove the old flooring. In fact, I have read that with asbestos-containing flooring, it's best to leave it in place and lay the new surface over it.
However, if the store had thought these things, then it should have told you rather than keep quiet. Regardless, if the linoleum is old then you might want to get a lab to test it for asbestos if you really want to have it removed. I know that some linoleum from the 50's has asbestos in it, but I don't know about other bygone eras. Fran