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What is a Floating Floor?

A floating floor refers to the installation method and not a particular type of flooring. A floating floor is sometimes also referred to as being ‘loose laid’. It basically means that the flooring planks are attached to each other, but not glued, nailed or screwed to the existing subfloor in the property; it floats above the subfloor or underlay. The planks of flooring can be either glued together or clicked together (depending upon the type of flooring being used) to create a secure and tight fit so the weight of the floor will hold it in place – almost like a jigsaw puzzle. It is a popular method of installation associated with underfloor heating as it allows the floor to move in response to the changes in temperature.

What is a floating floor

When floating a hardwood floor it is important that engineered hardwood is used, as solid hardwood flooring is not suitable. The existing subfloor in your property must be of sound quality and prepared properly for the installation of hardwood flooring. A suitable underlay should be used. There are various types of underlay available depending upon personal requirements, for example, thermal barriers, sound reduction underlays and low tog rating underlays to be used with underfloor heating.

Wood flooring underlay Wood flooring underlay

During the installation process, it is important that an expansion gap of at least 12mm is left around the edge of the room to allow for the flooring to move naturally. This gap can then be covered by a skirting board or beading.

Expansion gap in wood flooring. Expansion gap in wood flooring. Image: diy.stackexchange.com

The advantages of floating a floor is that it allows for the floor to naturally expand and contract with inevitable fluctuations in temperature and humidity and that it is quick and easy to install as it eliminates the need for nails and screws.

Quick guide to a floating floor

  • Floating a floor is a quick and easy installation method
  • Only engineered hardwood flooring, bamboo flooring and laminate flooring can be floated
  • The existing subfloor in the property must be of sound quality
  • A suitable underlay must be used
  • An expansion gap of between 12mm and 15mm should be left around the edge of the room

For questions relating to any Ambience Hardwood Flooring products, telephone 0116 2741050 or email mail@ambiencehardwoodflooring.com. Thanks for reading.

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