What is a Floating Floor?


When you hear about different installation methods, the two most common that you probably hear are glue down and nail down.  Nail down is often used for 3/4" hardwood over a wooden subfloor.  Glue down is great for a product that has a thinner profile or for being applied over cement (but don’t forget the moisture barrier!)

The other type of installation method is a floating floor.  Not sure what a floating floor exactly is?  Well, a floating floors generally click or snap together and float above the sub-floor instead of being nailed or glued into place.  Floating wood floors make an excellent choice over radiant heat, concrete, linoleum, and hard to remove or correct surfaces.

Not all floating floors click together, however.  Some floating floors require a tongue & groove adhesive so that they will stay together after you have installed and won’t shift. When choosing your floor, check with your local staff so they can help you understand which products click together and which will need to be glued.

Floating floors are great because if they are the click variety, they can be pulled up an used somewhere else.  All of Lumber Liquidators laminate floors, many of vinyl wood plank flooring, and most of our engineered hardwood floors can be used as floating floors. 

If you are unsure whether a floating floor is right for you, either speak with the staff at your local Lumber Liquidators or contact our Tech & Install department at 1-800-366-4204 to help decide what is best for your application and project.  They’re more than happy to help and if you want to tackle the project yourself, they’ll help you with tips & tricks to laying your own floor beautifully.



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