What is a floating floor?

The term floating floor can be slightly misleading and to someone that doesn’t know much about the flooring industry can sound like the floor covering is fitted on top of water! Well, let’s briefly clear this up for you and explain exactly what a floating floor is..

A floating floor is any floor covering that isn’t fixed directly to the sub-floor or perimeter in any way. In other words, it would simply be fitted on top of an underlay if required.

An engineered floor being floated on top of an underlay.The term ‘floating floor’ has become more widely used since the introduction of floor covering types such as laminate flooring and over more recent years with the huge increase in thin engineered wood floors being produced that are designed to be fitted on top of an underlay.

A floating floor would generally require an expansion gap around all perimeter edges to be left. This is to allow the floor to breathe freely with climate change.

Floating‘ and ‘overlay‘ are often equated to the same thing. It’s easy to misunderstand the term overlay and think of it being the same as floating as essentially fitting a floor covering on top of an underlay can be seen and interpreted as overlaying or floating. However, an overlay floor is slightly different as it can be fitted on top of a sub-floor by means of fixing it directly with the use of adhesives, nails or screws without the use of an underlay. Therefore, a clear distinction should be made when considering your floor covering and installation options. There are pro’s and con’s to using either method of floating or overlaying.

 

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