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What is a floating floor? I become this query often from customers because someone has told them they need to get it. But, they don’t know what a floating is.
Technically, a floating floor means that it is “floating” along with the ground below it and it is not directly secured towards the floor (i.e. no nails without any glue). Instead it really is held down or secured across the edges of the room – the base molding/shoe molding and transitions. This could be used when it is exceeding an existing floor or on top of cement – much more about this later. Now, since the floor is floated and not secured for the floor there is usually a little more movement inside the floor – you especially see and hear this in Flooring contractors and it’s more noticeable when it was poorly installed.
Given the definition, there are lots of varieties of floating floors as you’ll see below, so anytime someone tells me they really want or think they require a floating floor, I need to dig just a little deeper to make certain I’m understanding their needs and wants as there are many types of floating floors. (Plus sometimes someone tells me they require a floating floor so when I get to their house I discover that they don’t require a floating floor).
1. Laminate floors -Laminate floors are floating floors. Laminate is fake – it appears like hardwood, but it’s not – it’s an electronic digital picture of hardwood and it clicks together. (In addition there are versions that appear to be like tile) One of many benefit of laminate is that is cheaper than hardwood – both material-wise and labor-wise and it can regularly be placed on the top of existing flooring without needing to rip it up, which means this saves more income in labor.
2. Some engineered hardwoods are floating floors. Hardwoods can be installed 3 ways: 1) nail down (if you have plywood there), 2) glue down (engineered only) and 3) floated (engineered only). Some hardwoods are specially designed to click into place just like a laminate does (they are easier for do-it-yourselfers and some could be installed over radiant heat). You click them in place and when they clicked, they may be locked into place. One other selection for non-clickable engineered hardwood is always to glue the joints from the hardwood. Either way, both options require underlayment under the hardwood equally as you would probably use to get a laminate.
3. Cork is really a floating floor. They are available in interlocking pieces (usually 1 ft x 3ft) and then click together just as a laminate does.
4. Some vinyls are floating floors (but most aren’t). Usually vinyl is glued down, but some of the more modern fiber floors which have some fiberglass and further cushion to your feet can be glued or floated. If they are floated, they just lie on top of the floor and therefore are secured across the base molding or cove base across the walls and cabinets.
So, after all of that, why would someone want a floating floor? Here are the reasons:
1. They want to spend less by not ripping in the floor. Instead, they simply want to go on top of it.
2. They have got asbestos tile on the floor and it might be dangerous/illegal to get rid of that (or very expensive to have an abatement company come in and professionally abate it).
3. They have a floor where glue will not stick to it well (e.g. epoxy floor or floor w/ plenty of ridges and not a flat surface.
4. They are putting hardwood along with radiant heat (and hence must avoid adhesives and nails).
Here are some reasons why customers mistakenly THINK they need a floating floor.
1. They don’t have plywood or it’s groing through a cement subfloor. This is the most frequent part of confusion. While floating floors definitely will continue to work over cement, you may not should do a floating floor. You are able to, but mryrzj also have the choice of accomplishing an engineered hardwood and gluing it down. So, be sure to understand your objectives along with your budget before ruling options out.
2. It’s below grade/in a basement. Floating floors can be employed in the basement, but other floors could also work so this is where it’s essential to comprehend the objective of the room, moisture issues and budget.
3. There exists a moisture issue. Well when there is a moisture issue, this ought to prob. be addressed first. Or, if you are not going to make any changes, then choose the appropriate floor that will work with moisture. Hardwood, laminate and cork are no no’s if you have a moisture issue. Many customers mistakenly believe that laminate is waterproof, and I have news for you…it’s not. It’s made w/ hardwood shavings, so if you are worried about hardwood and moisture same applies to laminate. If you have a moisture issue, consider vinyl or tile.
4. They have a sloping or uneven floor. Hard surfaces don’t generally work effectively over uneven floors regardless of whether it’s hardwood, laminate, or tile. it’s best to level these out first, but the floor prep will cost you more cash. If budget is a concern w/ the leveling, the look at a more flexible surface like vinyl, carpet or rubber.