You might have heard the term “floating wood floor” before—but is it an option you should look into? What exactly is a floating wood floor and when is it the best choice? This answer varies depending on your budget, timeline, and style requirements, among other things—but we’ve outlined some ways to help you make the right decision for your home. Keep reading to learn more or schedule a consultation with our flooring experts for a customized flooring plan that meets all your needs!
What Is a Floating Wood Floor?
A floating wood floor is an engineered wood flooring style that, like other engineered woods, consists of multiple thin layers bonded together to produce the final result. Where it differs is in the installation. Rather than being glued or nailed down, a floating wood floor simply floats above the subfloor and is never attached during installation. Instead, it rests on underlay, which prevents excess noise but also allows for some movement in your floor boards as you walk.
When to Choose a Floating Wood Floor
Are you on the fence about getting a floating wood floor versus a glued or nailed down model? Consider floating hardwood if you’re looking for flooring that is:
- Quick to install
- Good for soundproofing
- Easily installed over any type of subfloor
- Available in many different species and colors
- And more!
These qualities make a floating wood floor the economical choice for someone who’s looking to raise the height of their floors or needs a quick, clean installation job in any room of the house.
But that doesn’t mean it’s the best option for everyone. It’s also important to consider that a floating wood floor may move when walked on and it’s not necessarily going to feel as strong as a glued-down floor. So if you’re going to call your house “home” for a while, you may want to consider glued or nailed down wood floors instead—our flooring specialists can help you decide if it’s worth the extra expense!
Making the Best Wood Flooring Choice
In order to make the best decision for your home, be sure to take into account the following factors:
- How many people typically walk on your floors
- What the purpose of the room is
- Your budget
- Your deadlines
- Your style requirements
Don’t be shy about asking our flooring experts for help through the selection process—that’s what they’re here for! Just call us to schedule a consultation in the D.C. metro area today and we’ll help you choose the best wood floors for your home, expertly install them, and continue to provide refinishing and repairs as they age.