Understanding floating floors


In the world of flooring, ever hear the term “floating floors”? It is not a magic trick then again; you might consider it a bit magical.  This is a floorboard material that fits together much like a puzzle creating a tight bond and allowing your floor to be stable without any actual attachment to the subfloor. There are a multitude of reasons why having floating floors in your home is beneficial; lets explore and see if it is right for you.

Floating floors are made from three separate layers, the flooring material you walk on; an underlayment of subflooring and finally a strong network of joist that provide support like a skeleton. Traditional installation methods work by nailing or gluing the floor to the layers below creating a permanent attachment that lasts until the floor is worn out, torn up or replaced. Floating floors are much easier to switch out because they are placed atop the subfloor without fixation.

Floating floors are easy to afford and much less expensive to install. If you experience flooding in your home or simply decide to do a renovation the cost is much less than traditional floors. This is why they are so popular in basements, kitchens and where water damage can often be a reality.

Floating floor applications are available in three types:  laminate, luxury vinyl and engineered wood. Each one has the technology to click into each other to create a seal that locks the planks together forming an immovable bind.  And, each one has slightly different characteristic that I suggest you chat about with your flooring expert to decide which is best for your family and your lifestyle.