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What is a Floating Floor & When best to use it?

If you have never bought wood flooring before, you might be overwhelmed by all the technical aspects that manufucturers list on their website. When looking at installation methods in particular the floating floor can be daunting to many – but it really doesn’t have to be!

So, what exactly is a floating floor? When best to use this method and where to use floating floor in your home?

Simply, floating floors are wood flooring that doesn’t require additional joining methods and layed to solid surfaces. This includes being nailed or glued down to the subfloor. If you’re a DIY fan it means you are more than capable to install the floating floor yourself thus saving the cost of hiring joiner to do the job for you.

What kind of floors can have Floating Installation?

Normally, floating floors are used with engineered or laminate products. Floating floors are installed on top of an underlay which, along with the locking mechanism of the floor, keeps the floor stable.

Floating Floor Benefits

One of the main benefits of floating floor’s is they are very quick and convenient to install in most downstairs rooms. The elimination of the extra bits and pieces such as nails and glue helps on budget too. Floating floors are great to install on concrete or a screed because the are level. If the area or room in question has no skirting boards, great! You can use skirting to lock your floor down even more.

Floating floors allow for easier use of underlays which is trickier when glueing down a floor. Underlays are ideal for both sound insulation and heat insulation, so will aid in retaining warmth to reduce your energy costs. If you chose underfloor heating, thinner underlays can be applied for better warmth distribution.


While floating floors are pretty faultless for the most part, there are a few instances where it isn’t the best option. You should not lay a floating floor directly onto joists. This is because floating floors need a flat, solid surface and is more likely to become damaged through movement.

Where could I use a floating Wooden floor?

Floating wood flooring can be installed almost anywhere there is a solid, level floor – normally concrete.  For homes and houses it’s advisable to keep installation to downstairs or to low wear area’s upstairs.  For apartments, it’s likely you have concrete floors already.  You can also lay floating floor over an existing wooden floor because of it’s glue-less nature.

To find out even more about how to install a floor using the floating method, you can call one of our team for more information or of course get in touch via our website

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