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      CommentAuthornigel
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2007
     
    Anyone any alternative suggestions to Marmoleum as a floor covering in an office building?

    Also anyone used Marmoleum that can provide any advice?

    Thanks
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    An architects' practice i know used OSB. I suspect only a skin of varnish prevents it weetabixing. And I don't think it uses UF glue, but don't know for certain. Cork?
    • CommentAuthorGuest
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2007
     
    Natural rubber floor covering? Saw them at Ecobuild last year. Google Dalsouple.
    Julian
    • CommentAuthorGuest
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2007
     
    The Genesis Centre at the college in Taunton uses marmoleum for its flooring. Give them a call, I'm sure they give you any advice they can.

    bob Irving
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      CommentAuthornigel
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2007
     
    Thanks for all the ideas.

    Anyone used renewalcarpet tiles. http://www.renewalcarpettiles.com/

    86% recycled nylon.
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    Maybe a bit late, but have you considered cork flooring? Besides the normal stick-on tiles it is now also available in 'floorboards' with click-system. ANd not just in 'boring brown, over 30 colours and desing available.
    Wicanders WicCork is also resonable priced.
    • CommentAuthorric
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2008
     
    depends on the type of space you're trying to create in the office building...

    we often use marmoleum, look at Forbo, infact they've just brought out a new product that is part linoleum and part cork:
    http://www.forbo-flooring.co.uk/Default.aspx?MenuId=1495
    Freudenberg or Nora have a great selection of rubber flooring: www.nora.com
    for natural flooring, wool or plant fibres take a look at Crucial Trading: http://www.crucial-trading.com
    Interface supply commercial carpet, but not too sure of their full sustainability credentials... i think they may offset their carbon.

    but check the technical details for anti-static properties and appropriateness for castors if it's an office environment.
    • CommentAuthorken davis
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2008
     
    i have specified thousands of square metres of marmoleum (forbo-nairn)in health buildings, its natural, durable, easy to clean etc and can even now be welded and have (at a cost) complex patterns. just make sure it is fixed by forbo trained people and you will have a lifetime of good flooring.
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    At Work for Change in Manchester (co-operatively managed workspace in a 12 year old building with green purchasing policies) we have used Marmoleum and Dalsouple - the Dalsouple has lifted in a few very heavy traffic areas (after 12 years) but you can replace one tile easily. Don't choose much of a pattern, the dirt tends to build up around the bumps on ours. The Marmoleum has been down for about five years, the darker purple area looks lovely but the lighter beige coloured tiles have become grubby looking and stained and are being replaced with a darker colour.
    Sarah
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