FAQ: Loose Lay

FAQ: Loose Lay


  • I'm looking at the Loose Lay vinyl plank as shown in the video.  Can you tell me the company and who we would contact just in case we need to use the warranty (hope we never have to, but curious)? Good question! Contact us as your first step. Depending on the situation, we might get you in direct in contact with the manufacturer. If it's allowed, we might even be able to take care of the arrangements for you ourselves, but either way, you can start by calling us!

  • Can Loose Lay Vinyl be bought in small quantities? I was interested in doing a bathroom in my rental apartment. Certainly, it can be purchased in any amount we have in stock! The only limit is how much comes in one box.

  • Is this loose lay "Karndean"? It is loose lay vinyl plank, but not always the Karndean brand, the same way not all nose tissue is Kleenex.

  • Can Loose Lay be put right on top of concrete in a basement? Yes, it can be laid directly on the concrete subfloor. Also, should your basement ever flood, once you've settled the water issue these very planks can be right laid back down.

  • How is this flooring waterproof if the seams aren’t glued? I’ve been looking at loose lay planks locally, but they all have an interconnecting glue tab. How are these installed so that they’re completely waterproof?

    The flooring is 100% waterproof. If you have a flood or water rises up from underneath, or you miss a spill, the flooring planks will not be harmed. They dry off and can be relaid immediately once the subfloor is dry. This is not the case with any hardwood or laminate.

    As for protecting your subfloor, the sides of our planks are cut at an angle which makes the tops lay snug against each other, but water will get to the subfloor if a room floods. Glue tabs cannot be counted on to water seal a floor either, and may even add hassle if you have a problem to fix. Since the Loose Lay planks are so easy to pull up, you can actually deal with any water on the subfloor much more quickly and easily.

    If you have a flood, water is going to get everywhere no matter what your floor covering is. The closest to water-sealing a floor are sheet vinyl, though a flood would get around it at the walls, and a ceramic tile, though you have grout, which water can eventually get through, and which can absorb water and grow mold. Then your floors still need to come up, and that can be a big deal.

    The only thing about a floor that can be waterproof is the flooring itself, and these definitely are that.

  • What happens when you accidentally spill something on a Loose Lay product? Doesn't it go through the seams? Yes, unattended water could eventually get through the seams. The tops of these planks push together, and are designed to hold water in place for a reasonable amount of time, however a spill left alone for a few hours may well get through. 

  • can the loose lay be glued down ? Yes, it can.

  • Can loose lay vinyl planks be laid in a herringbone pattern Yes!

    We wrote about it here, with pictures: Loose Lay planks in a Herringbone Pattern