How Marmoleum Works

How Marmoleum Stacks Up

Consumers have a variety of flooring options to choose from depending on their lifestyles. Price, performance and durability factor into any purchase. So how well does Marmoleum compare to other popular flooring materials? Let's take a look:

Solid wood/bamboo -- High points: Natural and beautiful, it comes in a variety of colors and is environmentally friendly. It can be sanded and refinished several times to maintain its beauty. It's easy to clean with dry mopping. Low points: Spills and high humidity can damage wood flooring. Wood also dents and scratches easily, so you have to be careful to protect it from the wear and tear of furniture. It's hard to install. Cost: $7 to $12 per square foot.

Plastic laminate -- High points: The flooring is tough and easy to install, using a variety of methods, including floating. It mimics the look of hardwood, but is less likely to be damaged by water or spills. It's easy to clean. Low points: Laminate cannot be refinished. Cost: $4 to $8 per square foot

Vinyl -- High points: Vinyl flooring comes in a variety of patterns and is good for baths and kitchens. It's easy to install and resists wear, moisture and stains. Low points: Vinyl is made from petroleum and may not be as durable as linoleum. Cost: $4 to $9 per square foot

Linoleum -- High points: Linoleum is warm and resilient and works in a variety of rooms. It resists moisture and dents and also has antibacterial and anti-allergenic properties. It lasts anywhere from 25 to 40 years. It's also easy to clean. Low points: The surface wear varies. Cost: $4 to $9 per square foot

Ceramic tile -- High points: It's good for baths and kitchens; tile resists wear and most damage. It's made using natural materials and resists bacteria and allergens. You can install tile yourself to save money. Low points: Tiles can crack and be cold and slippery. You should apply sealants once a year. The grout you use to install the tile can stain. Cost: $8 to $15 per square foot

Carpet -- High points: Low maintenance, quiet and soft. Comes in a variety of fibers, patterns, textures and colors. Low points: Carpet can sometimes hard to clean, especially spills. Cost: Beginning at about $2 per square foot