floating wood floorsInstalling floating wood floors is a great way to add style, convenience, and value to your home without spending a lot of money.   They have many benefits.  They are easy to keep clean, increase your home’s value, and are very stylish.  They are different than traditionally laid hardwood floors because they literally “float” on a cushioned overlay which lies directly on top of whatever they are laying on. They are not nailed or glued down to a concrete slab, plywood, or other floor base.

How to Install Floating Wood Floors

Floating floors such as engineered wood flooring are very easy to install since they are manufactured as a series of boards which lock together easily on top of a cushioned overlay.  Some floating wood floor boards come with the underlayment cushion already attached to the bottom layer of each board.  Much like laminate flooring, there is no gluing or stapling needed and, since the boards are made to float and are not actually attached to the floor as with traditional hardwood flooring, the floor allows for a certain amount of movement between the planks and the wall.


Since weather and humidity affect wooden floors by causing them to expand and contact, floating wood flooring is much less likely to buckle or warp since the boards are not nailed and do not require glue, as with traditional wood floors.  The floating wood floor releases tension and wear on the wood floor itself, allowing for a longer lifespan of the floor.  Floating hardwood floors made from engineered wood are not as susceptible to moisture, which can also cause the wood to expand or contract, so it is a great option for areas in the home where traditional wood floors wouldn’t be the best choice, such as a kitchen.

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Floating floors are great for high traffic areas in the home, since they are so durable and easy to maintain.  They are also very easy to care for.  In most cases, they need only to be swept or vacuumed and kept dry.  In the case of spills, which should be wiped up immediately, a damp cloth can be used to clean any spills, but should be wiped dry immediately thereafter.

Not only is floating wood flooring practical and easy to install, they are less expensive than traditional hardwood floors.  Therefore, if your budget is a concern, but you want the most for your money, floating floors are definitely the choice for you.  In addition, you can bypass the cost of a professional installation, since they floors are very easy to install and can be installed by any do-it-yourselfer in a matter of days.  Another advantage to choosing a floating floor product is that they can be installed over nearly any surface, such as wood, concrete, tile, cork flooring, a laminate floor, or linoleum.  So as long as the subfloor is level, in many cases no expensive and messy removal of the prior floor is necessary.

There are several materials to choose from, at a variety of price points, but if you want the look and feel of real wood the best choice is engineered wood flooring. This is typically what people are referring to when they talk about a “floating hardwood floor.”  Engineered flooring is made of a composite of a wood veneer product glued to layers of pine or plywood.  Engineered floating wood floors have planks that look and feel like solid wood and will impart the warmth and elegance of real wood to any room in your home, while still being durable enough to last for many years.

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