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What exactly is a floating floor? I recieve this inquiry often from customers because someone has told them they should get it. But, they don’t know very well what a floating is.
Technically, a floating floor means that it must be “floating” along with a floor below it and is not directly secured towards the floor (i.e. no nails and no glue). Instead it really is held down or secured around the edges from the room – the base molding/shoe molding and transitions. This could be used when it is groing through a current floor or on the top of cement – more about this later. Now, since the floor is floated rather than secured to the floor there is usually a little more movement in the floor – you especially see and listen to this in Flooring contractors and it’s more noticeable if this was poorly installed.
Given the definition, there are many kinds of floating floors as you’ll see below, so anytime someone tells me they really want or think they want a floating floor, I have to dig just a little deeper to ensure I’m understanding their needs and wants as there are various kinds of floating floors. (Plus sometimes someone tells me they want a floating floor and when I recieve to their house I realize that they don’t need to have a floating floor).
1. Laminate floors -Laminate floors are floating floors. Laminate is fake – it seems like hardwood, but it’s not – it’s a digital picture of hardwood plus it clicks together. (There are also versions that seem to be like tile) One of many benefit from laminate is that is cheaper than hardwood – both material-wise and labor-wise and it may regularly be placed along with existing flooring without needing to rip it up, so this saves more cash in labor.
2. Some engineered hardwoods are floating floors. Hardwoods may be installed 3 ways: 1) nail down (when there is plywood there), 2) glue down (engineered only) and 3) floated (engineered only). Some hardwoods are specially created to click in place similar to a laminate does (they may be easier for do-it-yourselfers and a few can be installed over radiant heat). You click them into place and once they clicked, they may be locked into place. One other choice for non-clickable engineered hardwood is to glue the joints in the hardwood. In any event, both options require underlayment under the hardwood just as you would probably use for a laminate.
3. Cork is really a floating floor. They are available in interlocking pieces (usually 1 ft x 3ft) and click on together just as a laminate does.
4. Some vinyls are floating floors (but many aren’t). Usually vinyl is glued down, but a few of the more modern fiber floors which have some fiberglass and further cushion for the feet could be glued or floated. If they are floated, they just lie on the top of a floor and therefore are secured along the base molding or cove base over the walls and cabinets.
So, after all that, why would someone need a floating floor? Here are some of the reasons:
1. They want to save money by not ripping the floor. Instead, they just want to go along with it.
2. They have got asbestos tile on the floor and it might be dangerous/illegal to remove that (or very expensive with an abatement company are available in and professionally abate it).
3. These people have a floor where glue will not comply with it well (e.g. epoxy floor or floor w/ plenty of ridges and never a flat surface.
4. They may be putting hardwood along with radiant heat (so therefore need to avoid adhesives and nails).
Here are some main reasons why customers mistakenly THINK they need a floating floor.
1. They don’t have plywood or it’s groing through a cement subfloor. Here is the most common part of confusion. While floating floors definitely works over cement, you may not need to do a floating floor. It is possible to, but mryrzj also have the choice of doing an engineered hardwood and gluing it down. So, make sure to understand your objectives along with your budget before ruling options out.
2. It’s below grade/in a basement. Floating floors can work in the basement, but other floors may also work making this where it’s necessary to be aware of the objective of the room, moisture issues and budget.
3. You will find a moisture issue. Well when there is a moisture issue, this ought to prob. be addressed first. Or, should you are not going to make any changes, then select the appropriate floor that will assist 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, if you are involved about hardwood and moisture same is true of laminate. If you have a moisture issue, consider vinyl or tile.
4. These people 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 better to level these out first, but the floor prep will set you back more money. If budget is an issue w/ the leveling, the look at a more flexible surface such as vinyl, carpet or rubber.