Developed as an alternative to nailing or adhering materials to a subfloor, floating floorboards are joined together with a tongue-and-groove system that clicks into position.
The floors actually do float, expanding and contracting with weather and moisture content.
When installing it’s important to allow for this expansion by leaving a 10mm gap around the perimeter that’s usually covered by the skirting boards after the floor is laid.
The boards are sold in different sizes and usually supplied with a finished surface so there’s no need to sand or seal.
They can be installed over tiles, concrete, vinyl or timber.
To install a floating floor DIY you’ll need to buy a floor laying installation kit, $25, underlay, $45, duct tape, $5, and the floorboards.
To lay 20sqm of flooring at about $30 per sqm will cost about $670.
TIP: If laying a floating floor over a new slab leave it for one month per 25mm thickness to ensure the concrete has completely cured.