Installing a floor can be done a few different ways, one of which is the floating floor method. A floating floor means that it does not have to be glued, stapled or nailed down to the subfloor or underlayment. The floor stays in place by gluing or connecting the planks together.
Floating floors are typically used for laminate flooring, and more recently with tile flooring systems as well.
If you have concerns about the floor staying in place, don’t worry. A floating floor stays in place due to four factors:
- Sheer weight of the floor
- Friction between planks and underlayment
- Joinery of the planks – again, either clicked or glued
- Confinement of the floor within the four walls of the space
For the DIY folks, this is an appealing installation method as it is simpler and does not require the same expertise as nailing a solid hardwood floor would. It also reacts well to climate changes as it can contract and expand.
One thing we talked about in Part 1 of our online floor-buying guide is checking the levelness of the subfloor. If you go with the floating floor method, this is an important step. If the floor is not level, it can develop dips over time.
If you have questions about floating floors, leave us a comment or reach out the GoHaus team. We’re happy to help.