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Vinyl and linoleum coverings from companies such as Marmoleum, Amtico and Karndean are widely specified and can provide a high quality, luxury look for traditional or contemporary homes.

Vinyl or polyvinyl chloride flooring, is made from resin combined with plasticizers and stabilizers. In sheet form, a thin layer of material is laid over a foam to provide cushioning or compressed under high pressure.

Linoleum (e.g. Marmoleum) is a made using natural materials – often linseed and/or tall oil, limestone, tree rosin, wood flour, natural mineral pigments and jute – which are then combined with a hessian or canvas backing to provide additional strength. Both can provide a seamless finish and provide a hardwearing floor finish and are suitable for use with all of Nu-Heat’s underfloor heating floor constructions.

Installation

Marmoleum and vinyl flooring requires acclimatisation to the environment in which it is to be installed. It should be
unwrapped and laid flat for a minimum of 24-hours prior to installation. The room temperature should be between 18–26˚C but the underfloor heating should not be used to achieve this.

The underfloor heating should have been tested and switched off 48-hours before installation of the flooring and remain off during installation and for 48-hours afterwards.

Fixing

The adhesive used to fix the flooring should be sufficient to sustain the working temperature of the underfloor heating, maximum 27˚C.