shutterstock_188245745 (c)Iriana ShiyanIn Madison WI floating flooring is a type of floor covering that does not need to be nailed or glued down to the subfloor. This phrase is most commonly used to describe laminate flooring, though it can also be applied to engineered wood and other flooring materials that require no permanent attachment.

Floating flooring has a number of advantages over more traditionally installed floors. It lets homeowners make a quick and easy update, for starters. Unlike nail-down hardwood, which is a bit more of a project to install, floating floors can usually be installed in significantly less time. They can even be placed over other flooring materials such as linoleum, vinyl or concrete.

Floating flooring also allows more flexibility for floor expansion, contraction and other movement, which can cut down the squeaks and creaks you might get from traditional hardwood flooring. For this reason, floating floors are often used in settings where acoustics are important, because they reduce noise and vibration.  Less creaking is also a bonus if the flooring is being installed in the second story of a home as well. laminate_shutterstock_265979090_welzevoul

While it may seem like an attractive idea to install a floating floor yourself, it is always best to leave something as important as the installation of your flooring (which in most rooms really defines the style of the space) to the professionals.  Just like any flooring installation process, it’s essential to get the correct measurements and materials needed so that your new flooring lasts for many years to come.

For more information about floating flooring and other floor coverings, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International in Madison WI today. We can answer your floating floor questions and help you select the right flooring for your kitchen, living room, entryway, and more.  We’re happy to help!

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