What Are Floating Floors?

Sep 11, 2021 | Laminate | 0 comments

What Are Floating Floors laminate

What Are Floating Floors?

There are three types of floor installation choices to choose from:

1. glued
2. nailed
3. floating

Unlike numbers one and two, a floating wooden floor is placed on top of a hard subfloor using tongue and groove planks without being directly fixed to the subfloor.

That’s what makes it a floating floor.

Why Choose A Floating Hardwood Floor?

It’s often chosen because it’s the simplest, cheapest and fastest way to install a wooden floor.

Let’s look at it in closer depth and compare it to the other two flooring installation options.

The Nailed Down Method

This option is only possible if the subfloor is made of wood or some other soft material.

The floor is nailed into place and results in a very quiet and solid installation option.

It’s cheaper than the glued option as there is no need to purchase adhesives.

The Glued Down Method

The glued down method is the most expensive option but delivers a solid and effective floor that is usually fairly quiet too.

The glue attaches the new floor to the subfloor.

The problem with glued floors is that it becomes tricky when it comes to replacing the floor.

The glue must be removed carefully to ensure the subfloor is not damaged when it is lifted up.

Doing damage to the subfloor means paying more to replace it.

Floating Hardwood Floor

As earlier stated, floating wood floors require less money, less time, and fewer tools.

Usually, a vapour layer is added as an underlayment between the floor and subfloor.

The laminate floor is tongued and grooved and can be clicked into place with no need for nails or glue.

It’s worth noting that in order to meet building regulations, a moisture layer should be sandwiched between the floor and subfloor.

Installation Considerations

When the flooring boards arrive, it’s best to leave them in the room they will be fitted in for 2 to 3 days while they acclimatise.

Most people — installers and builders alike — will often neglect this step, much to their detriment as later, the wood will expand and make your floorboards squeaky.

While the wood flooring acclimatises, it’s good to go over some of the other much-needed basics:

Flat surface

It is imperative to have a flat subfloor as otherwise, it will create a rocky and uneven floor.

To test if your floor is flat, place wooden planks around the floor, testing different sections at a time.

Cut groove side only

When preparing to fit the floorboards, it is best practice to cut only the groove side of the wood and not the tongue side.

If you live somewhere with seasons that lurch from hot to cold, it’s worth ensuring there’s a gap of half an inch or so between the wood flooring and walls.

The wood will expand and contract throughout the year and will fill this space.

We hope you found this article useful.

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