Laminate style floors do not need to be nailed or glued to the subfloor. The term loose lay or floating floor refers to the installation method, but is often used synonymously with laminate flooring but is also applied now to other coverings such as floating tile systems and vinyl flooring in a domestic context. A domestic floating floor might be constructed over a subfloor or even over an existing floor. It can consist of a glass fiber, felt or cork layer for sound insulation with neoprene pads holding up a laminate floor.While laminate floors add to the appeal of a home when budget constraints are paramount, they are not recommended for areas that may get wet, i.e. bathrooms and near exterior doors.
Pro’s: Scratch resistant; easy cleaning; low cost.
Constraint: Not wood; Can warp; Easily damaged by water; Can not be sanded or finished; can be noisy!