What is a Floating Floor?
Floating floors refers to the installation of the flooring, not the actual floor. It can be employed for use on wood, vinyl, engineered planks, and laminate too. The method allows the floor to freely float above the subfloor. It is not attached, adhered, or secured by nails. Glue is occasionally used around the edges of the boards, however, just to play it safe.
The floating floor system utilizes boards with edges that are milled. They require the fewest amount of tools and expertise, making the floating method an optimal DIY option.
They also interlock like a puzzle does which makes them perfect to install in homes that rely on radiant heat that come from the floor. It is also ideal for concrete or plywood subfloors.
Floating flooring can also be applied in order to lay a floor over a floor surface that already exists without having to rip the old flooring out. You should never lay one floating flooring system over another, but rather over a floor that is attached firmly to the subfloor like linoleum, tile, or hardwood.