Wednesday, 22 October 2008

What is a Floating Floor?

What is a floating floor? This is a question that many do-it-yourselfers ask themselves when they are researching laminate floors. A floating floor is basically a floor that is not nailed down or glued down to the sub floor.

There are several benefits of having a floating floor as opposed to a secured floor. First you can install it over the top of another flooring material like linoleum or concrete. This will help cut down on the amount of time spent on its installation. Another great advantage of using a floating floor is that you can reduce the amount of squeaks and creaks that your floor develops over time. Squeaks are created by loose nails rubbing against wood. By eliminating the flooring nails you are eliminating the source of the squeaks. Floating floors are also easier to install than secured floors. In most cases you can just snap together your floating laminate floor. This too will help reduce the amount of time needed to install your laminate floor.

Installing a floating floor starts by creating a level surface. This process may include sanding down the existing floor or removing the carpet. Next you will need to put down a vapor shield, if you are installing the floating floor over a cement sub floor, and by putting down the underlayment. After your underlayment has been taped down you will want to start installing your floating floor. To do this, simply snap the pieces together following the instructions that came with the floor planks.

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