Is laminate floating flooring a non-toxic water-resistant (or waterproof?) option for a basement playroom floor? If not, what is?

Asked by Kendall Dobbins
Bloomsburg, PA

The basement in mind has flooded twice in the last decade, but we're pretty sure that this issue has been rectified. But since we're not 100%, we want to go with something that can resist a mild amount of water or easily be removed if significant water. We understand that the glues are often the toxic issue, so that is one of the reasons to go with a floating flooring.


Elizabeth DiSalvo

Answered by Elizabeth DiSalvo

Ridgefield , CT

Trillium Architects

August 12, 2011

As green architects we have been specifying Forbo Marmoleum floating floor systems for years.

These linoleum floors are fantastic, super 'green' and fairly water resistant.

  • One client had a problem with the floor where it sat under the dog's water bowl for over a year (that tile needed to be replaced) but otherwise it holds up well to the random spills that are cleaned up in a timely manner.
  • It is very durable.
  • Plus the colors are fantastic, you can make super fun designs and patterns - the kids will love it!
  • And you have the peace of mind that it is the simple, natural, old fashioned linseed oil, color pigments, pine rosin and pine flour.

It does do not off gas toxic VOCs. It can be applied with solvent free adhesives so even the installation is clean.

And you can get them in either glue down or floating floor. We too like the floating floor option for basements.

Good luck!


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