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What is a floating floor? I recieve this inquiry often from customers because someone has told them they should obtain it. But, they don’t know what a floating is.
Technically, a floating floor means that it is “floating” on the top of the floor below it and is also not directly secured to the floor (i.e. no nails and no glue). Instead it is held down or secured across the edges of the room – the base molding/shoe molding and transitions. This is often used should it be groing through a current floor or on the top of cement – a little more about this later. Now, because the floor is floated and never secured towards the floor there is commonly a little more movement in the floor – you especially see and hear this in laminate flooring and it’s more noticeable if it was poorly installed.
Because of the definition, there are many types of floating floors as you’ll see below, so anytime someone tells me they really want or think they require a floating floor, I have to dig just a little deeper to make certain I’m understanding their needs and wants since there are various types of floating floors. (Plus sometimes someone tells me they need a floating floor so when I get to their house I discover that they don’t need a floating floor).
1. Laminate floors -Laminate floors are floating floors. Laminate is fake – it appears like hardwood, but it’s not – it’s a digital picture of hardwood plus it clicks together. (In addition there are versions that appear to be like tile) Among the advantage of laminate is the fact is cheaper than hardwood – both material-wise and labor-wise also it can often be placed on top of existing flooring without needing to rip it up, and this saves more money in labor.
2. Some engineered hardwoods are floating floors. Hardwoods may be installed 3 ways: 1) nail down (if you have plywood there), 2) glue down (engineered only) and three) floated (engineered only). Some hardwoods are specially made to click into position similar to a laminate does (they are easier for do-it-yourselfers and a few could be installed over radiant heat). You click them into place and once they clicked, they may be locked into place. Another choice for non-clickable engineered hardwood would be to glue the joints in the hardwood. Either way, both options require underlayment under the hardwood equally as you will use for any laminate.
3. Cork is a floating floor. They are available in interlocking pieces (usually 1 ft x 3ft) and click on together equally as a laminate does.
4. Some vinyls are floating floors (but a majority of aren’t). Usually vinyl is glued down, but a few of the more modern fiber floors who have some fiberglass and further cushion to your feet can be glued or floated. When they are floated, they just lie along with a floor and are secured across the base molding or cove base across the walls and cabinets.
So, after all of that, why would someone desire a floating floor? Here are the reasons:
1. They would like to save money by not ripping in the floor. Instead, they simply want to go along with it.
2. They have got asbestos tile on the floor and it would be dangerous/illegal to get rid of that (or very expensive with an abatement company can be found in and professionally abate it).
3. They have a floor where glue will not adhere to it well (e.g. epoxy floor or floor w/ lots of ridges and never a flat surface.
4. They are putting hardwood along with radiant heat (and therefore must avoid adhesives and nails).
Here are some main reasons why customers mistakenly THINK they want a floating floor.
1. They don’t have plywood or it’s exceeding a cement subfloor. Here is the most common section of confusion. While floating floors definitely will work over cement, you do not need to do a floating floor. You can, but mryrzj also have the option of doing an engineered hardwood and gluing it down. So, make sure you understand your objectives as well as 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 essential to understand the objective from the room, moisture issues and budget.
3. There is a moisture issue. Well if there is a moisture issue, this will prob. be addressed first. Or, in the event you are not going to make any changes, then select the appropriate floor that can work with moisture. Hardwood, laminate and cork are no no’s if you have a moisture issue. Many customers mistakenly feel that laminate is waterproof, and I have news for you…it’s not. It’s made w/ hardwood shavings, so when you are involved about hardwood and moisture same is true of laminate. When there is a moisture issue, consider vinyl or tile.
4. They have a sloping or uneven floor. Hard surfaces don’t generally work well over uneven floors whether or not 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 an issue w/ the leveling, the look at a more flexible surface like vinyl, carpet or rubber.