Floating Floors Explained

What is Floating Flooring?

Floating floor has increasingly become the installation method of choice for many types of floor coverings. Due to its ease and simplicity, floating floor installation saves money and helps installation go a lot faster.

Floating floor is not a type of flooring. Rather, it is a method of installing a floor. Individual planks and boards attach to each other, not to the subfloor. They may attach with glue or by snapping together.

There are a number of different floors that work on the concept of a floating floor and many people associate the term with timber laminate flooring options. Floating floors get their name from how they are installed. Floating floors do not need to be nailed or glued to the subfloor.

Despite the recognition of timber and laminate flooring as the leading floating floor types, there are a number of other flooring options which are underpinned by the floating floor concept. These include the growing popularity of floating flooring vinyl options.

Understanding Floating Floors

In order to be familiar with the floating floor concepts and understand their versatility, a homeowner must first understand how floating floors work. Floating floors have been likened to a jigsaw puzzle. The pieces of the so called puzzle connect to each other but not to another surface. The friction of the contact from movement around the floor will keep the flooring in place and prevent any unwanted movement. Floating floors are easier and less costly to install, making them a popular alternative option to carpet and hardwood timber flooring.

Floating Flooring Reduces Movement

Most people know that floor coverings like carpet, timber floorboards and laminate are attached to the subfloor in order to hold it firmly in place. Floating flooring options such as laminate and even timber laminate flooring remain in place despite not being firmly attached to the subfloor option. There are three key reasons why floating floors will remain in place and have reduced movement. These factors include the sheer weight of the combined room’s flooring, the friction between flooring planks and underlayment controls as well as the joinery of the floorings make up.

Popular Floating Floors

More recently, the popularity of luxury vinyl flooring as an alternative to timber flooring has captivated Australian home renovators. Luxury vinyl flooring is another example of floating floor where the boards snap together and are then glued to the surface. Luxury vinyl flooring has tiny tongues and grooves mechanically embedded into them which allow the boards to lock together.