It is referred to as a floating floor when pieces click together, mat, and then hover over the subfloor without adhesives or nails. As a result, your new floors become similar to a puzzle where the pieces just fit together.
Can any flooring be installed as a floating floor?
No. It's a common technique for luxury vinyl, laminate, engineered hardwood, or waterproof flooring.
Solid hardwood is installed with the traditional tongue and groove/nail down. A carpet installation is often done with the stretch (or sometimes glue-down) method.
Fast, easy, uncomplicated
This is what makes it so popular with installers. Of course, it depends on the room size but generally, it is done in a day or less.
Some tell us in our flooring company that homeowners love this technique for many reasons. First, it uses less wood, so it's more eco-friendly. It's also quick, less expensive, and easy to remove and reuse.
Should I use an underlayment?
Our staff can help you with this. Keep in mind that an underlayment does more than distribute weight.
It deadens sound; in fact, some apartment owners insist upon it. It can also act as a vapor barrier, something you may want if installed over concrete.
Be sure the subfloor’s in good condition
This is a conversation to have at the flooring store. While using this technique over any subfloor, they must be clean, dry, and level.
Remember, a floating floor hovers. That means it will rely on a solid subfloor for rigidity.
Flooring excellence in the Spokane Valley
You'll always deal directly with the family-owned Inland Pacific Flooring owners. We handle flooring projects, from the smallest remodeling projects to the largest commercial ones.
Visit our showroom in Spokane Valley, WA. We carry the most well-known and trusted brands, such as Daltile, SmartStrand, US Floors, Mohawk, Mannington, and more. In addition, we proudly service Spokane, Post Falls, Hayden, and Coeur D'Alene.