Floating floors are becoming more popular as consumers are choosing this option for their durability and easy maintenance.
What are floating floors?
“Floating Floors” is not a “style”, it only refers to the method of how the material is installed.
Floating floors are just that, they “float” above the subfloor. This type of flooring is a great option if you cannot remove your old flooring, or if you will be laying your new flooring on top of the subfloor.
The floating floor material consists of multiple layers of flooring that are joined together. The backing provides the strength and stability, while the top layer provides the color and finish; similar to engineered wood floors.
Installation of most floating floors requires no nails or glue.
What are the different options of floating floors?
Vinyl plank flooring
scratch resistant; not scratch proof
waterproof; great for kids, pets, high traffic areas and spills
comes in a wide variety of sizes, colors & styles
finishes are available that mimic the look of hardwood and have the texture of hardwood
$1.50 per sq. ft.; luxury vinyl planks can be more pricey; $10.00-$12.00 per sq.ft.
Laminate plank flooring
a multi-layer synthetic flooring product
the core layer is primarily made from melamine resin and fiberboard material
is not scratch proof
is not waterproof. If it gets wet, it will swell and warp; not recommended to use in homes with kids & pets
finishes are available that mimic the look of hardwood
$2.00-$6.00+ per sq. ft.
Engineered planks-hardwood floors
consists of layers of plywood glued together with a finished top wood layer (that adds strength and durability)
is not scratch resistant or scratch proof
can dent if something heavy falls on it, just as natural hardwood floors can
is not a waterproof product; if it were to get wet it could expand and buckle
comes in a wide variety of colors
2.50-over $12.00 per sq. ft.
Why would I choose floating floors?
They are easy to install.
You can remove them and take them with you.
They are easy to change if you change your design style and color.
Perfect over radiant heat flooring.
They offer a huge selection of styles and colors.
You can lay them right on top of concrete or subfloor.
They come in a range of costs.
They are durable and some are waterproof.
Installation of these floors should happen after your cabinetry is installed. If you need to install them prior to installing your cabinetry; follow instructions by a professional.
Floating floors are durable, beautiful, and come in a large selection of styles and colors. Speak to your flooring professional about the many available options to select the right floating floor for your lifestyle, and the look you are trying to achieve.