Many modern homeowners are moving away from the synthetic flooring materials -- laminate, carpet, linoleum -- that rose to prominence over the last several decades. Instead, they are returning to solid hardwood flooring. On top of that, more homeowners are entering their flooring projects as dedicated do-it-yourselfers. In response, hardwood flooring manufacturers have devised more user-friendly flooring products. Enter floating hardwood floors.
Floating hardwoods eliminate much of the time and hassle traditionally involved with installing a new hardwood floor. They very simply consist of tongue-and-groove hardwood boards or panels laid over a cushioned underlayment. Depending on the type, some glue may be necessary.
As simple as the idea may be, installing floating hardwood floors has its tricks and trials. The following Floating Flooring section of our Flooring Library will delve into the idiosyncrasies of this unique and relatively new mode of flooring. We will explore the different types and their characteristics, as well as pick out the benefits and important considerations of installing each, so that, depending on your situation and desires, you can discover the flooring that is right for you.
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