What is a 'Floating' Floor?
Sometimes referred to as a 'click-together floor', a floating floor is installed by linking (or clicking) individual planks, boards, or even tiles together like a puzzle that "floats" atop the subfloor, without the need for nails, mortar, or glue. It is often used synonymously with laminate.
Today the term 'floating floor' is applied to coverings such as floating tile systems and vinyl flooring. However, it refers to the method of installation rather than a specific type of flooring material.
Here are some examples of Floating Floors:
- Laminate—while laminate flooring can be glued down to the substrate, most of the time it is installed on a "floating" basis.
- Luxury Vinyl—aka "LVF" snaps together piece by piece and can also be glued to the subfloor.
- Solid or Engineered Wood—traditionally, engineering wood flooring installations involved nailing or stapling the planks to a plywood substrate. However, there are now many brands with lock & fold technology that can be installed on a floating basis.
- Ceramic Floating Tile—notably Snapstone®, Avaire®, and Eclipse® tiles are attached to each other by their interlocking plastic teeth, rather than mortared to the subfloor.
What is the best radiant heating solution for my floating floor?
Ultra-efficient QuietWarmth Radiant Floor Heating Film for Click- Together floors is ideal for adding safe, low cost warmth to floating floors. Using conductive ink technology, these radiant heating film mats, at a thickness smaller than a credit card, disperse fast even heat without raising the height of your floor.
- QuietWarmth Heating Film has one of the easiest install procedures in the industry
- Unroll the mats, Run the wires, and Lay your floor!
- Cut-to-Length feature (along the clear and dashed line portions of the mat) allows for great install flexibility
- Spot heat—place the mats only where you want the heat
- No self-leveler required!
- No mortar, No glue, No mess
QuietWarmth Radiant Floor Heating Film for Click- Together Floors acceptable floating floor materials include laminate, solid and engineered wood, luxury vinyl, cork & bamboo, and floating tile.