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. The term “floating floor” refers to the installation method, but it’s often synonymous with the flooring types that can be installed with the floating method, such as laminate, floating tile, and vinyl.
Here are some examples of Floating Floors:
- Laminate—While laminate can be glued down to the substrate, most of the time it is installed as a floating floor.
- Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVG) —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. Today, there are now many brands with lock and fold technology that can be installed as floating floors.
- Ceramic Floating Tile—Tiles are attached to each other by their interlocking plastic teeth, rather than mortared to the subfloor. Notable brands are Snapstone®, Avaire®, and Eclipse® tile.
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. Simply 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
Acceptable floating floor materials for QuietWarmth radiant floor heating film for click-together floors include laminate, solid and engineered wood, LVF, cork and bamboo, and ceramic floating tile.