Post photos of your home decor or interior design ideas.

Floating Hardwood Floors

Things You SHOULD Know Before Opting for Floating Hardwood Floors

In recent times, floating hardwood floors have emerged as the perfect alternative to solid ones. Find out why you should choose them over their original counterparts.
Puja Lalwani
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2019
Entrance With Cherry Hardwood Floor
Hardwood flooring has always had a richness and elegance that lacks in other flooring materials. It is warm, cozy, and the kind of class it exudes makes it a perfect option to be paired with almost any kind of furniture you like.
While installing and maintaining this flooring may be slightly difficult, a simpler method of installation is available with floating hardwood floors.
Floating Hardwood Floors
Floor installation
These flooring contain thin planks of pine and plywood, compressed in between wood veneers. It is not hardwood, but looks equally rich and elegant. They are called floating as they do not require to be nailed down like regular hardwood floors.
In fact, they come in ready-made pieces, somewhat like a jigsaw puzzle, that you have to fit together or glue them and lay them on the floor. Some types employ the former method of locking, while the others require each piece to be glued to the other.
Beautiful Woman Puts Laminate Flooring
The beauty lies in the fact that you can lay these planks over concrete, vinyl, ceramic tile, and plywood flooring. This is because all you are doing is snapping together the floor and placing it on the sub floor.
The only detail to look at in this process is the evenness of the sub floor. It should be leveled so that you can easily install the new flooring. Apart from that, this flooring option is perfect for all those of you who want the beauty of hardwood floors without the effort or the expense.
Advantages and Disadvantages
  • The biggest advantage of this flooring is its easy installation method. As mentioned earlier, apart from fitting it or gluing it together, there is no other method involved. This means you can easily save yourself the large hardwood flooring installation costs.
  • This quality makes it easier for them to contract and expand together due to climate change. Solid floors are stapled to the floor that make it difficult to contract and expand, thereby causing them to damage sooner than floating ones. Furthermore, floating ones also do very well in humid climates.
  • These floors can last as long as forty years but this is not the case with hardwood ones.
  • This type of engineered flooring is available with a coating that is much more dependable than the one that you may use for your hardwood ones. Further, this coating makes them ready to use within a day of the installation process.
  • Finally, the best advantage is that they are eco-friendly which prevents the destruction of trees. However, this is not the case with hardwood flooring.
  • The disadvantage relates to its reaction to climate change again. While it is capable of expanding and contracting as one single unit; however, if this process occurs too often, then it is likely that the flooring may disintegrate.
  • These floors cannot be sanded like hardwood ones.
Now, coming to the simple installation process. You will receive manufacturer's instructions on installing it in a correct manner. The entire process usually can be completed within a day or two. Follow it to the last word to ensure that you get the best out of this flooring type. 
For the purpose of maintenance, you may choose the type with a thick coating that can stand wear and tear in high traffic areas. This coat can be reapplied by sanding the floor when it wears out. In areas with lesser traffic, the coating needn't be as thick.
While these floors are a highly cost-effective alternative to solid floors, there is a difference in cost based on the type you choose. For instance, there is a variety of flooring that is produced in a manner that looks as appealing as an actual hardwood floor, but it is slightly more expensive.
It is now up to you to decide whether this is the right flooring option for you. Remember that all its advantages clearly outweigh the minor drawbacks it has. Those of you looking for a rich appeal at a low price, this flooring type is definitely your best bet!