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Scotsman 11-25-2009 08:02 AM

Floating Floors! How do they work?
Good morning,

Recently starting renovating "My OLD House", tore up the 30 years rugs, and in the process of stripping wallpaper and patching cement/plaster walls, and now is the time to make decisions. I have seen these "FLOATING FLOORS" on umpteen HGTV/This Old House/etc but for the life of me can NOT figure out how they work. If they are not nailed/glued down, how do the stay in place? Why don't the gap? (I know the lock together). Anyone with any experience if you wouldn't mind giving me a run down, or anyone with experience installing/using benifits, disadvanges, whatever you got? I currently have (with rugs removed) 1950s style (hell they are 1950 tiles) tan with speckles in them, sure you know the ones. Very brittle, quite a few broke or chipped especially around the edges? Any info is greatly apprecitated!

Thank You

Bob Mariani 11-25-2009 10:11 AM

Floating floors snap together. Once they are locked they will not gap. The whole floor floats. You need to maintain 1/4" spacing to allow movement around the perimeter. One con about this system is it feels cheap underfoot.

vsheetz 11-25-2009 10:41 AM

I have installed floating floors - and like them for the appropraite location and usage. I would not put them whole-house or as a top quality solution. Bedrooms, guestroom, etc. is where I have used them.

The issue of how they feel underfoot can be mitigated to an extent by the use of padding designed to address this problem. A search here will provide info on suggested product and other information.

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