What Is a Floating Hardwood Floor?

A floating hardwood floor refers to how the hardwood floor is installed. Floating floors are one of the easiest installation methods available for the DIYer who wants the look of a professionally installed floor.

A floating hardwood floor is exactly that – a hardwood floor that floats. Actually, with this type of installation, the individual hardwood boards lock together – connecting to each other like puzzle pieces – without using nails, staples or glue. The entire floor literally floats above the subfloor or underlayment.

There are real advantages to installing an Armstrong floating hardwood floor. In areas where moisture is a concern, like basements, a floating floor allows for the installation of a moisture barrier between the subfloor and the hardwood boards. Additionally, in a floating installation, boards respond to humidity and temperature changes as a unit, expanding toward the walls or contracting away. This means that the boards of a properly installed floating hardwood floor will not bow or buckle under moist conditions, nor develop gaps under dry conditions.

Fast and Easy Installation
Another advantage to a floating hardwood floor is that it’s one of the easiest and fastest installation methods available, saving you both time and money. With Armstrong Lock&Fold technology, you simply insert the tongue of one board into the groove of another and gently push down until the pieces lock into place. This simple two-step process provides a tight and secure fit between boards. With no mess from glue or special carpentry skills required, a floating hardwood floor is perfect for the DIYer who wants the look of a professionally installed floor.

Installation time is about half that of other methods. The boards go down fast over virtually any material – plywood, concrete, vinyl sheet, even low pile carpet. If you’re a DIYer, you probably already have the tools you need for a floating hardwood floor: tape measure, carpenter square, hammer or rubber mallet, tapping block, pull-bar, handsaw or circular saw.

If you’ve always wanted the lasting appeal of hardwood floors but never really thought you could make it happen, now is the time. Feel the warmth of genuine hardwood underfoot and enjoy the beauty it brings to your home by taking advantage of a floating hardwood floor system.

Visit a knowledgeable Armstrong flooring retailer to get answers to all your questions.

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