How Does a Floating Floor Work?



  • Installing a floating floor is a process which does not require the flooring to be nailed or glued to the subflooring. This process works best when the subflooring is not suitable for hard wood applications which require nailing and gluing. A floating floor allows the material to expand and contract with changing humidity levels within the room without buckling or warping.

A Giant Jigsaw Puzzle

  • Most floating floors are comprised of laminates, rather than hardwood materials. A cushioned underlayment, which acts much like padding beneath carpet, is installed first. There are three types of floating flooring: lock and fold, glue together and click. The glue together and click varieties are put together much like a puzzle, with edges manufactured in a tongue and groove fashion, and each piece is either glued or simply clicked and tapped into place. The lock and fold variety provides pieces that are attached one by one, with each folding over and securing itself into place without glue or tapping.

Does it Pay to Float?

  • There are several benefits to installing a floating floor. This type of flooring can be installed over virtually any surface, even those with imperfections, including ceramic tile, particle board and other questionable surfaces. The installation can be completed in as little as 8 hours, and there is very little mess, dust or debris involved in the process.

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