What is a Floating Timber Floor?
A floating floor is a floor that does not have to be pinned or glued to the subfloor. The term floating floor here denotes to the installation methods, but it is generally used evenly with laminate flooring but also applied now to other coverings such as floating tile systems and vinyl flooring in a domestic background.
You can build a domestic floating floor over a subfloor or even over an existing floor. It may include glass, fiber, felt or cork layer for insulation (sound) with rubber pads supporting up a to a laminate floor. To disjoin and for expansion, there is a cavity between the floating floor and the walls; the gap is concealed with striking boards or mouldings.
Floating Timber Floor are laminated fragments of timber which are normally installed in a pin free (clack cluck) type method and can be installed by a home “Do it yourselfer” who has a bit of knowledge and skills about it. While there are a few tricks to a good floor installation and here the edging around the walls, cabinetry etc. should be taken into consideration. A foam underlay (similar to a carpet underlay) is planted at the base to sponge up a great amount of activity and reduce movement between the boards.
- Due to the underlay and attachment method, there is “No creaking”.
- An Asset for an instant re-sale.
- Indeed creates the look of timber minus the expense.
- No furbishing or sealing is needed.
- Can probably stretch or damage.
- Cannot be polished more than once or twice at best to get rid of scratches.
- Shortened life span of flooring.
- Soft or springy feel under foot.
- Hard Floorboards.
Floating Floor is a method of installing a floor instead of a certain type of flooring material.
Examples of Floating Floors
- Laminate Flooring: Laminate flooring is the best example of a floating timber floor. Although laminate flooring can be attached to the substrate, in majority not all laminate is installed on a “floating” basis.
- Luxury Vinyl Flooring: LVF snaps together, board-to-board and can also be glued to the subfloor.
- Engineered Flooring: Most engineered timber flooring pins or staples down to a plywood substrate. However, some brands can be installed on a floating basis.
Floating Timber Floor includes a tongue and groove boards made from a thin layer of softwood or hardwood attached to a high-density fiberboard substrate. They are often pre-coated to improve their wearability, but it can be coated after installation. They can also be glued back and refurbished if necessary. You can save a lot of money by possibly installing it yourself. But some brands still suggests professional installation.
Some floating Timber floor problems are:
- It needs expansion zone.
- They too require prep.
- Cabinets must not be installed on top of a floating floor.
- Floating floors are not perfect for everyone or every installation.