Can waterproof flooring be floating?

Two types of floating flooring, luxury vinyl, and laminate are waterproof. These multiple-layer
synthetic flooring materials are available in planks that mimic hardwood and tiles that imitate
hardwood and stone and ceramic; their high-tech image layer is covered by a wear layer that
resists stains and scratches. Floating floor styles are numerous at One on One Flooring and
Design in Hazel Green, Alabama. Embossed in Register luxury vinyl brands, which feel like the
materials they mimic, have the most authentic appearance.

Plank and tile composition

Laminate planks and tiles have a fiberboard core, so floors are always warm underfoot.
Residential waterproof luxury vinyl flooring often contains a wood-plastic composite core. This
core includes a foaming agent and wood byproducts, which make floors similarly soft to walk on.
Typically, luxury vinyl brands are backed by more extended warranties than laminate brands.

Exposure to water

A notable difference exists between the two waterproof flooring options?liquids pool on the
surface of standard laminate for easy, immediate removal. In general, spills on waterproof
laminate should be wiped up as soon as possible. Specifically, with most brands, spills must be
removed within one day to avoid damage. Luxury vinyl tolerates standing water.


Laminate and luxury vinyl planks and tiles are designed to connect but not to the subfloor. With
their water tolerance and design, the flooring can be installed over existing hard surface flooring
and cement slabs, and typical wood subfloors. Underlayment that includes a moisture barrier is
included in the installation process.

Family-owned One on One Flooring and Design, which opened its doors over 40 years ago,
installs waterproof floors in homes and businesses. In addition to residential and commercial
installation, we offer design consultation. Huntsville, Madison, and Fayetteville are located in our
northern Alabama service area. It's easy to start your waterproof flooring upgrade with our
virtual showroom. We offer floating flooring by premium companies like Mannington, Karndean,
and Armstrong. Sample orders are complimentary.