Flooring can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your house. The right installation of the flooring is as important as choosing the right flooring material. Nowadays, people are increasingly opting for a floating floor.
A floating floor, a misnomer, is a floor installation method, which is wrongly confused by many as a type of flooring material. In a ‘floating floor’ (which is also known as ‘plancher flottant‘ in the French language), the flooring material generally consists of planks, which are installed without being glued, stapled, or nailed to the subfloor.
Instead, of being fastened to the subfloor, the planks are joined to one another allowing the floor to ‘float’ over the surface underneath.
Homeowners can choose amongst the different types such as the ‘glue together’, which an older version of a floating floor is. The glue together floating floor is assembled with the help of appropriate adhesive and pressure applied on the planks, to bind it together.
Another version of the floating floor is the ‘click together’, which is also referred to as ‘enter click’ or ‘tongue and groove’. In this, the edges of the planks are so designed that these easily click together, when combined and tapped on the edge toward one another.
This does not require the use of any adhesive, making installation hassle-free and time-saving. The latest, as well as the fastest floating floor option, is the ‘lock and fold’ system, which requires neither tapping of the planks nor sticking them with glue. In this type of floating system, the planks are attached with the help of a special milled interlocking system.