Newbie to all type of floor options and I have questions
I am considering True Linoleum tiles (Forbo Marmoleum brand), rather than vinyl or ceramic tiles. I'd like to attempt the installation myself, and think that this type of tile would be easier to work with that ceramic, and is longer lasting than vinyl. I have zero handywoman experience and wonder if this may be too big a job to jump into? I am also hoping that Marmoleum is a good choice for a laundry room with this type of subflooring? Any advice, warnings, atta girls or whatever? Any other suggestions for better flooring choices? Any good resources out there on HOW to lay this linoleum? Btw- the room is about 8' x 12' and is not perfectly square.
Congratulations on your (almost) new home!
Resources....I like THIS forum a lot...but also Hometime.com. There is almost always a lot available at local libraries--I often get books/videos/magazines and the price is right!
As for the floor, I'll bet the flooring gurus will offer advice. I'm just what I call a USUALLY handy remodeler. I've put down floors before, including ceramic tile and sheet vinyl. I personally don't care for stick-on tiles as they typically seem to loosen eventually (kind of like the ones on display at the home improvement stores!).
Sheet vinyl can be a lot of work to put down, as the subfloor must be VERY VERY smooth--or you'll feel every imperfection. (This may not be so critical in a laundry room, but still...)
I am partial to ceramic tile but this is probably overkill in a laundry room. It's heavy work, but (I think) not all that much more difficult than sheet vinyl and, with some care, you can end up with a nice looking job. It's also a GREAT skill for any homeowner--although it can get expensive. I like to go to tile stores rather than home improvement superstores--as the selection is much better and the prices can be better as well.
Anyway, hope the flooring gurus will respond as to your question....but in the meantime, definitely "Attagirl!" and hope the closing and possession go well!
Best of luck,
-k2 in CO.
I would not install Lino on chip board, either you could replace with new plywood, or install new 1/4 sanded plywood to put on top, that way your lino will last alot longer. I am sure Marmoleum would agree.
If all that is too much, you could check out some laminate, although I am a big fan of Lino, Laminate is relatively easy to install, and does not have a subfloor requirement. And if you washer floods, it will toast whatever floor there is anyway.
good luck and keep us informed!
read the instructions carefully,make sure the product is a room temp.for the required time and use the correct adhesive.....good luck
However, I still need to close on this house! Should happen tomorrow or Wednesday... keeping fingers crossed.
Tracy in Dolores CO
-k2, also in Colorado
The kit contains a very large sheet of paper that you use to lay down on the existing floor, and some tape to hold it in place, while you use the marker and roller to mark the outside edges around the walls, etc.
Then, you cut the paper on the marks and lay it on the back of the tile you're going to use. Marking around the paper on the underside of the tile allows you to cut out exactly the right piece of tile to fit the room.
I'ts great for beginners.