WHAT IS FLOATING FLOOR? – BENEFITS AND DISADVANTAGES.

shutterstock_641704987It’s quite hard to envision a house being cosy with no warmth of timber flooring. The best way to rapidly get the brand new floor below your feet would be to use floating installation system.

Many people of course heard the phrase:”installing floating floor”. It is not completely correct as floating flooring is a method of installation as opposed to a particular kind of flooring material.

Wood flooring floating installation does not use nails. Instead of nailing down planks are attached to one another by gluing or snapping together and more importantly flooring isn’t connected to the substrate. The wood flooring planks can be set up quickly over any material: plywood, concrete, sheet vinyl or ceramic tile.

Engineered wood flooring is the very best available wood flooring material. Layers of wood veneer glued to layers of plywood are extremely stable and look like solid floors.

For years floor coverings have been attached to the substrates. Porcelain and ceramic tiles need to be mortared into the foundation and hardwood floors need to be nailed down to the sub-floor. Since DIY installations gained in popularity brand new methods had to be designed to make the whole process easier and less complex. Flooring installer could be freed from automatic nailers and manual nailing.

Why floating floor stays in place?

Like the mystery, a floating floor remains in place because of four factors:

– Joinery: engineered planks snap or adhesive together,

– Friction: under the ground there is an underlayment. Side movements are controlled by friction between boards and underlayment,

– Sheer weight: in Spite of the Fact that single plank is not very heavy, collectively they could weight a few hundreds of kilos throughout a space,

– Confinement: wooden flooring is closed on 4 or three sides by walls. Expansion openings are needed but these walls help confine the floor.

Advantages of floating Floors:

– Floating floor May Be Used on substrate that is not completely level,

– Less expensive than solid hardwood floors,

– In the cellar it may be installed over the concrete sub-floor,

– This installation method enables for the flooring to move and expand in response to modifications in the room air condition’s (humidity and temperature ),

– No need for specialized resources and easy DIY installation assist homeowners to save on installation costs.

And few Downsides:

– Floor installed with that method is thinner and less substantial that solid floor That’s usually used glued down,

– It will command lower resell value that other traditional pinpointed down floors,

– Floating floors cannot be sanded and refinished as solid floors can be,

– More intense and frequent changes to moisture and temperature may cause the flooring to expand and contract and eventually over time may damage the ground.

 

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