Some things in life just click. A floating floor made of engineered hardwood melds the ease of click-lock flooring with the stunning look of hardwood. It’s a fantastic option for most rooms thanks to its durability and a wide variety of styles and wood species.
What Is Engineered Hardwood?
Engineered wood flooring is made from many layers of wood and, in some cases, other fibers. The top layer is a wood veneer showing the gorgeous grains every homeowner dreams of. Beneath that, firmly pressed plywood builds a strong and durable foundation. Get more specifics from our engineered wood flooring buying guide.
Floating Wood Floor vs Hardwood Floors
Many types of engineered wood floors are click-and-lock flooring, meaning they fit together with a tongue and groove. Since they lock together in place, they don't need to be glued or nailed to the subfloor, hence the "floating" name. This allows for easier and faster installation and the option to place it directly over concrete or old flooring.
A floating wood floor made from engineered wood differs in one other way from solid hardwood: It's slightly more tolerant to moisture and heat.
There are also options made from eco-friendly cork or bamboo, which tout their own unique qualities, including sound and temperature insulation.