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Floating vs Nailed in Flooring

Flooring installation in Arkansas at Normans

Floors are often the biggest investment we make in our homes, so it's important to choose the right one for our lifestyle. The type of flooring you choose will be a reflection of your personal style and needs. This blog post compares floating and nailed down floors, and explains the pros and cons of each, so you can make the best decision for your home.

Floating vs Nailed in Flooring

Floors can be installed either as a floating or nailed-in floor. Floors installed as a floating floor are attached to the subfloor with a layer of moisture-resistant adhesive, while a nailed in floor is affixed to the subfloor with nails.

Benefits of Nailed in flooring

You'll find that nailed in flooring is usually a less expensive installation option, is easier to install, and gives more stability.

Benefits of Floating Flooring

Floating floors are more difficult to install, but offer more flexibility and can be easily removed and reinstalled if they become damaged.

When do you use Floating Floors?

Floating floors are best used when there is a need for an area that can be easily reconfigured or removed, like a playroom or an office.

When do you use Nailed in Flooring?

A nailed in floor is preferable when there is a need for stability and durability, like in a living room.


Floating floors are a great option for homeowners that want to add a modern flair to their space. They are also a great choice for owners that have pets or children.


Floating floors typically have the same cost as nailed-in flooring. However, the installation is where you'll see the main difference. Floating floor is typically about half the price of a nail-in flooring.

Do you have questions about our available flooring inventory at Norman's? We're happy to help! Call us today for more information at (870) 673-2199!

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