A floating floor is one of the fastest, easiest types of flooring installation, but it still has to be handled properly to get good results. Laminate, vinyl, and hardwood floors can all be installed floating, which means that they don’t have to be glued or nailed down to the subfloor. Instead, the flooring itself clicks together and “floats” above the surface beneath.
Here is a quick guide to a floating flooring installation from our team at Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley.
How Is a Floating Floor Installed?
A floating floor can be installed directly over a concrete subfloor or even a different type of flooring, such as tile, provided that the surface is flat and stable. However, there is usually a moisture barrier that is placed between the floating floor and the subfloor, especially if solid hardwood flooring is being installed.
Installers will begin at one side of the room and slowly click the flooring planks together, building out the floor from one side to the other. The floor will be held in place through its position against the walls. Baseboards will cover any gaps.
Benefits of a Floating Floor
- Floating floors provide noise insulation. A floating floor has room for movement and can consequently absorb and dampen noises. This makes it ideal for places such as the second floor of a home.
- Floating floors are faster and easier to install. Because a floating floor doesn’t need to be nailed or glued down, it can be installed very quickly. A professional can often install a floating floor within a day, depending on the size of the installation.
- Floating floors protect solid and engineered wood flooring. Most floating floor installations include a moisture barrier or are positioned over a previous type of flooring. This protects wood flooring from humidity and other changes in moisture.
Drawbacks of a Floating Floor
- Floating floors can buckle and warp. This is an issue with all floors, but can be more obvious when the floors are not tacked down. Though floating floors are common in high humidity areas, they can be more difficult to maintain in areas where the humidity fluctuates.
- Floating floors may be harder to maintain long-term. A floating floor cannot be sanded and refinished the way that a traditional wood floor can be. On the other hand, if the floating floor is vinyl or laminate, the maintenance will be similar.
For most homeowners, the benefits of a floating floor will usually outweigh the drawbacks. They are fast and affordable to install, come in a variety of styles, and are attractive and durable. But there are some things that may render them unsuitable, especially in areas that experience temperature or humidity extremes. Our team at Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley can give you more information if you aren’t certain whether a floating floor is right for you. Contact us for a free in-home consultation.
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