This is a type of floor that does not require to be glued or nailed to the sub-floor. It is hardwood installation system where the floor floats just over the sub-floor. There are various examples of floating floors that include flooring materials that are suitable for floating floors and these include:
- Laminate flooring:
- Even though some laminate floors are glued however, most are installed on a floating basis.
- Engineered flooring:
- A few brands of engineered wood flooring like Armstrong’s Lock and Fold are installed on a floating basis.
- Luxury Vinyl flooring:
- Although it can be glued to the floor, it can also be snapped together board to board.
- Ceramic tile:
- Floating tile floors like Snap stone are attached to each other by interlocking plastic trays.
There are various reasons why someone would want a floating floor:
- Cost effective:
If you are looking to save money by not ripping up your floor then floating floors they way to go. It is installed by simply connecting segments of flooring together in order for it to float over an existing floor or sub-floor which makes it cost effective. It an attractive floor that quickly updates a space.
It is also flexible because it can be installed over a number of substrates and a wide range of species and patterns which allows a variety of different kind of choices. Due to its flexibility because of the air cushion, it makes it easier and comfortable for those with leg and back issues.
- Easy Installation and Repair:
These type of floors are much easier to install as compared to engineered flooring which are glued down to the floor, and they are easy to repair as well in comparison to other flooring.
Floating floors can easily be installed by anyone who has the basic skills to do stuff on their own however, if you are not sure it is always good to hire a professional to do it for you.
If you want to avoid using nails by putting hardwood on top of radiant heat or if a customer has a floor like epoxy floor where glue doesn’t adhere to it then floating floors is the way to go.
Installing these floors is not expensive and because it uses less wood it is very Eco-friendly and some use recycled materials.
The good thing about insulation which is provided through an underlayment barrier and also air cushion between the substrate and the floating floors makes the them much quieter.
For those looking to install floating floors themselves as simple as it may seem, it is recommended to consult a flooring expert so as to avoid wasting any considerable flooring. Otherwise this type of floor is commonly used and as discussed it a has a considerable amount of its own benefits.