Deciding on the perfect flooring for your home can be a challenge, especially when choosing between floating and permanent flooring. While both are great options, there are a few differences to consider, including your home type, sub-floor type, overall cost and appearance. Not to worry—we’re here to break down the differences and weigh the pros and cons of both flooring options to help make your decision an easy one.

Permanent Flooring

Permanent flooring is flooring that is either glued or nailed to the sub floor. Because it’s permanently adhered, this type of flooring remains in place for decades. It feels and sounds more solid than floating flooring.

Some benefits of permanent flooring include longevity, durability and reduced noise. Permanent flooring also reduces any creaking or clicking noises, since each section is glued in place, leaving no room in between the flooring and sub floor to move around.

Permanent flooring, however, doesn’t allow much room for expansion during higher temperatures and moisture levels, and it can sometimes split or crack. However, this is a relatively easy fix, requiring minimal effort. When it comes to cost, permanent flooring can be a bit pricier, due to increased installation and labor time.

Floating Flooring

Floating flooring has become an increasingly popular trend among families in recent years. Floating floors don’t need to be glued to the sub floor. Rather, they attach to each other by snapping or gluing together. Because they’re not glued directly to the sub floor, floating flooring comes with the misconception that the floor doesn't stay in place. However, this isn’t the case. Although individual flooring pieces and planks are lightweight, they weigh a significant amount when put together. Because the flooring pieces are joined together, either with glue or snapped in place, the floor is there to stay.

Floating flooring is more affordable, mainly because of reduced labor and installation time. Because floating flooring can be installed over virtually any existing flooring, homeowners can save the time they would otherwise use to remove preexisting flooring.

Floating flooring can, however, feel and sound less solid than permanent flooring. Because floating flooring is placed over existing flooring, it can sound hollower and feel softer on your feet.

Still have questions regarding which type of flooring is best for your home? Contact the flooring experts at Stoneridge Flooring Design or set up a free consultation. We’re here to make your flooring decision (and purchase) an easy one!