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What exactly is a floating floor? I get this question often from customers because someone has told them they ought to get it. But, they don’t understand what a floating is.
Technically, a floating floor means that it is “floating” on top of a floor below it and it is not directly secured for the floor (i.e. no nails with no glue). Instead it really is held down or secured across the edges in the room – the base molding/shoe molding and transitions. This can be used when it is groing through an existing floor or along with cement – much more about this later. Now, because the floor is floated and never secured towards the floor there tends to be a bit more movement in the floor – you especially see and hear this in laminate flooring and it’s more noticeable when it was poorly installed.
Due to the definition, there are lots of types of floating floors as you’ll see below, so anytime someone tells me they want or think they want a floating floor, I have to dig a little deeper to make certain I’m understanding their wants and needs since there are various types of floating floors. (Plus sometimes someone tells me they need a floating floor and when I get for their house I discover that they don’t need a floating floor).
1. Laminate floors -Laminate floors are floating floors. Laminate is fake – it looks like hardwood, but it’s not – it’s an electronic digital picture of hardwood plus it clicks together. (Additionally, there are versions that seem to be like tile) One of the benefit of laminate is the fact that is more affordable than hardwood – both material-wise and labor-wise and it may often be placed along with existing flooring while not having to rip it, which means this saves more cash 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 3) floated (engineered only). Some hardwoods are specially created to click in place just like a laminate does (these are easier for do-it-yourselfers and some may be installed over radiant heat). You click them in place and when they clicked, they are locked into position. Another option for non-clickable engineered hardwood is always to glue the joints of the hardwood. In any event, both options require underlayment underneath the hardwood just like you would probably use to get a laminate.
3. Cork is a floating floor. They are available in interlocking pieces (usually 1 ft x 3ft) and click on together just like 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 who have some fiberglass and further cushion for the feet could be glued or floated. If they are floated, they just lie on top of the floor and are secured across the base molding or cove base along the walls and cabinets.
So, after all that, why would someone desire a floating floor? Here are some of the reasons:
1. They would like to cut costs by not ripping in the floor. Instead, they just want to go on the top of it.
2. They have asbestos tile on the floor and it would be dangerous/illegal to get rid of that (or very costly with an abatement company can be found in and professionally abate it).
3. There is a floor where glue will not stick to it well (e.g. epoxy floor or floor w/ a lot of ridges rather than a flat surface.
4. These are putting hardwood on the top of radiant heat (and therefore need to avoid adhesives and nails).
Below are a few explanations why customers mistakenly THINK they require a floating floor.
1. They don’t have plywood or it’s going over a cement subfloor. Here is the most frequent part of confusion. While floating floors definitely will work over cement, you do not have to do a floating floor. You can, 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 be employed in the basement, but other floors could also work making this where it’s necessary to be aware of the objective in the room, moisture issues and budget.
3. You will find a moisture issue. Well if you have a moisture issue, this should prob. be addressed first. Or, if you are not going to make any changes, then choose the appropriate floor that will assist moisture. Hardwood, laminate and cork are no no’s for those who have a moisture issue. Many customers mistakenly think that laminate is waterproof, and i also have news to suit your needs…it’s not. It’s made w/ hardwood shavings, so when you are involved about hardwood and moisture same is true of laminate. If you have a moisture issue, consider vinyl or tile.
4. There is a sloping or uneven floor. Hard surfaces don’t generally work nicely over uneven floors whether or not it’s hardwood, laminate, or tile. it’s best to level these out first, but the floor prep can cost you more money. If budget is an issue w/ the leveling, the think about a more flexible surface including vinyl, carpet or rubber.