How Floating Floors came to be

Well, here’s a bit of trivia for you. In most European countries when you rented an apartment (also known as a flat), you got four walls - that’s it. Kitchen cabinets, floors, as well as furniture you had to supply yourself. Although it’s easy to roll out a piece of carpet, a wood floor not so much.

Floor manufactures got creative

As wood floors became more and more popular. Floor manufacturers needed to come up with a way their clients could take their floors with them. So they came up with a floating floor, it wasn’t attached to the sub-floor, it floated on top of the subfloor. To keep it from sounding hollow when you walked on it, a cushion went down first. Then the wood floor was glued together and base molding held the area around the walls down. When the people moved they would simply take the floor up and bring it to their next home.

Floating Floor varieties

My first introduction to floating floors was around 1980. To be honest, I couldn’t accept that you could float a floor, so I nailed it down. I’m a little old fashioned. Today’s floating floors are even more amazing. They click together instead of gluing (also known as interlocking floors). They are made of many different types of products, for different types of applications. They even have click floating floors that look like stone. From solid wood to composites, the look and feel of floating floors has come along way! Costs for these products can start at $.99 sq/ft and up. Life spans can be from an inexpensive to health friendly that can last 30 years or more.

My advice is keep in mind when selecting click floating floors - it’s good to remember that you get what you pay for. Thanks!

~ Floorman