Floating floors are types of floors or flooring materials that can be set up in a room without needing to be attached to the actual sub-floor underneath the room. These floors literally ‘float’ above the sub-floor and do not have to be glued or nailed to the actual floor beneath them. This term is often used to describe laminate flooring which is simply slotted or clicked together when it is laid in a room.
Floating floors can be laid on both concrete and on wood. They can even in some cases be laid over an existing floor. If a floating floor is to be laid over a sub-floor then a layer of insulation will need to be put down before the floating floor is laid. The insulation here can be made up of various types of materials such as felt, cork or glass fibre.
Although floating floors can technically be used in any room most experts will not recommend that they are used in rooms that get wet or that suffer from high humidity. So, for example, you probably shouldn’t lay down a floating floor in your bathroom and you should think carefully about the type of floor you lay in rooms that can be particularly humid such as conservatories.