Floating Floor is a floor that does not need to be nailed
or glued to the subfloor. The term floating floor refers
to the installation method, but is often used synonymously
with laminate flooring in a domestic context.Sprung floor
is a special type of floating floor designed to enhance
sports or dance performance. In general though the term
refers to a floor used to reduce noise or vibration.
A domestic floating floor might be constructed over a subfloor
or even over an existing floor. It can consist of a glass
fibre, felt or cork layer for sound insulation with neoprene
pads holding up a laminate floor. There is a gap between
the floor and the walls to decouple them and allow for expansion;
this gap is covered with skirting boards or mouldings. Floating
floors are one of the requirements for the THX high-fidelity
sound reproduction standard for movie theaters, screening
rooms, home theaters, computer speakers, gaming consoles,
and car audio systems.
While floating floors add to the appeal of a home, they
are not recommended for areas that may get wet, i.e. bathrooms
and near exterior doors.