Last week we talked a bit about different flooring methods. One of th e methods mentioned called floating had a bit of a vague definition, so I wanted to elaborate on floating hardwood flooring and how exactly it works.
To start, floating hardwood floors are installed by connecting the tongue and groove of each plank of wood. Typically installers nails or glue down the planks to the subfloor, but with floating hardwood flooring, the planks are just attached and left to “float” upon the subfloor.
Installation for this type of flooring is done in almost the exact way as laminate or engineered wood flooring.
The planks are composed of a main layer of plywood or hardwood with more layers of hardwood on top. Once the planks are glued together, they are set over foam padding. Interestingly enough, advances in flooring have led to floating planks that just need to be clipped together.
Floating planks also provide a large measure of convenience. If you have a vinyl or ceramic floor you don’t like, but can’t afford to get rid of it, you can have the floating hardwood flooring installed over it and save yourself time and money.
Another scenario is if you have an unfinished basement. Usually basement levels carry a lot of humidity, which makes wood flooring warp and crack. This comes from expansion of the planks. Since floating hardwood acts as one big plank, the entirety of it expands instead of the individual floor boards.
Unfortunately, there is one thing you can’t put it over…carpet. However, it still offers additional advantages.