After a year of the family being stuck at home, you realize your flooring looks a little worse for wear. As we’re all gathering together again, you know one thing is for sure: your in-laws are going to relish the chance to comment on your housekeeping skills. Or, maybe you’re looking to cash in on the housing market right now and need to get a new floor for all those open houses fast. 

Whatever the case may be, if you’re looking to change your flooring this year, a floating floor may be the perfect option for your next home renovation project. Here’s what you need to know before booking your consultation:

What is a Floating Floor?

The term floating floor has nothing to do with material but rather the method of installing your new floor. These floors don’t actually float (so if you were hoping to live your Aladdin dreams, we’re sorry to disappoint). Rather than nailing the materials laminate or tile down, your installation professionals layer them on top of your subflooring (the bottom layer). 

So if you can’t levitate, what are the advantages of a floating floor? Here are a few essential perks to note:

Floating Floors Are Eco-Friendly

As mentioned earlier, floating floors don’t require nails or glue that potentially contain dangerous chemicals, making it a more green option. You can also easily reuse your flooring (good for the environment and your wallet). If you decide to go with carpeting in your living room, you can move the floating tiles into your kitchen rather than ordering all new materials. 

You Can Save Money

Yes, you can have beautiful floors while doing your part for the planet and saving money (that’s a win-win in our book)! You don’t have to pay as much for labor costs. Whoever is installing it needs only to connect each piece to the next. You don’t need to use nails, glue, or fancy equipment. That means you don’t have to keep the kids and pets in a spare room in the house or take off work for days (hooray!). 

Best of all, with beautiful laminate, carpet, or tile options, no one has to know how cheap and affordable this is.

The Drawbacks

While floating floors can be an excellent option for affordable, quick installation, no flooring system is 100% perfect. Here are a few drawbacks to consider when you’re looking at replacing the flooring in your home. 

Floating Floors May Not Last As Long

Sadly, when things aren’t nailed in or glued, they may get a little more wear from you, your kids, and your pets. That means you may need to replace your flooring more often. 

You May Have to Put Aside Your Hardwood Dreams

Yes, we get it-hardwood just looks spectacular. If your dream home includes hardwood materials, floating floors may not be the best choice. We’re not saying it’s necessarily impossible, but finding the right hardwood to work with a floating floor plan is very difficult. 

However, if you’re looking to turn your living room into a serene oasis with carpet tiles or laminate, the floating installation style could be the right choice for you. 

Pick the Right Floor for Your Home

Every type of flooring has its pros and cons. The best flooring for your home depends on your specific goals and needs. To make sure you get the best option for your house, call a professional to learn more about flooring installation options.

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