A floating floor is a wood or laminate floor that is neither glued nor nailed down. The floor relies on the pressure of interlocking dovetails and human weight to remain in place. Now, if you have decided that you want to install carpet, you may be surprised to learn that it will cost you extra for carpet installation service when you already have a floating wood floor. Simply put, carpet over a floating floor does not work. Here is why, as well as how, you can fix it.
Floating Floor Equals "Magic" Carpet
A floating floor is not entirely secure. Ergo, any carpet over the top of a floating floor is bound to result in a "magic" carpet. Put another way, the carpet will bunch, pinch, roll and slide across this type of floor. It does not matter how many carpet tack strips you use; the carpet will do strange things every time a board underneath slips back and forth.
Two Solutions to Make the Carpet Work with the Floating Floor
If you are still insistent on installing carpet, there are two solutions that can help.
First, pull out all of the floating floor boards. Do not worry; you can put in extra thick carpet padding in place of the boards to make up the difference in flooring height. This is the better option if the wood boards are rather shot or rotten anyway.
Second, nail or glue down the floating floor. Now, it is no longer a floating floor, but a secure one. Carpet padding and carpet over the top will no longer slip, bunch, or create a roll when a door is opened. It also gives future owners of your house the option to rip out the carpet and refinish the wood floors so that they do not have to replace all of the flooring entirely.
Make a Decision and Relay It Before Installation
Make a decision and inform your carpet installation expert of that decision before he/she installs your carpet. The easiest option is to nail down the floating floor and put carpet over the top. Even then, you will either have to be the one to nail the floor down or pay the carpeting people to do this extra job. They will need to know in advance so that they can bring all the correct tools on the day of your carpet installation and make short work of the job.