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What Is Floating Vinyl Flooring?

Dear Bob and Betsy,
I’m trying to find the perfect flooring for my house, but I’m stuck! What is floating vinyl flooring and is it a good choice for homes?
– Hannah M.

Dear Hannah,

Congratulations on starting your new project! To give you the best definition of the term “floating vinyl flooring,” I’ll break it up into a few different sections.


When a manufacturer or contractor says that a floor “floats” it means that it does not sit directly on top of the subfloor. Your subfloor is wood or concrete. Putting the vinyl directly onto the subfloor can make your flooring louder, harder, and more prone to damage.

To “float” your vinyl flooring, you will need to install underlayment. This is a protective layer that offers some cushioning underneath the vinyl.


Vinyl is the material used in your flooring. This popular type of flooring is made out of synthetic resin or plastic.

Vinyl flooring has come a long ways since inception. Now, more homeowners are opting for “luxury” vinyl flooring that looks and feels better than the vinyl that was installed a few decades ago. Now, vinyl gives the appearance of wood or stone. Most of the time, people cannot tell the difference between vinyl and the natural product at first glance.

Browse through some of our vinyl with the stone or wood look to see how natural this flooring appears today.

Vinyl is a popular choice because it is practical, durable, and easy to maintain. It will keep up its appearance for the long-run so it is very popular in many homes. I strongly encourage you to order a free sample and see how good floating vinyl flooring could look in your home.

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  1. I’m thinking of putting floating vinyl planks in my sunroom; however, I’m not sure that is the best floor I should do. The sunroom is not an all-season room, i.e. there is no climate control in the room. I debating about the vinyl planks or vinyl sheet flooring. I want the look of rustic with the look of a wood floor.

    • Ashley Tolfo

      That’s a great question, Karen. I would highly recommend COREtec floors for an all-season room. COREtec does not expand and contract as drastically as laminate (which should never be installed in an all-seasons room) or vinyl does with rapid climate change. This floor is made with a 100% waterproof core and has a vinyl top, so it’s a very sturdy and durable floor. Feel free to send an email at or call us at 1-800-520-0961 if you have any questions or would like more information!

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