Floating floors refer to a type of flooring installation method where the planks are not glued or nailed down to the subfloor but instead float above it, secured together by tongue-and-groove joints or adhesive backing. Three kinds of floorboards use the floating installation method: hybrid, laminate, and engineered timber flooring. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of floating floors:
- Easy installation: Floating floors are relatively easy compared to hardwood floors, but you still need some experience to install through the door frames. You also must be careful not to break the joints between floorboards during the installation. Otherwise, after some time of installation, under the temperature change, floorboards will be shrunk or expanded, those broken joints will not hold the floorboards together, and the results will be gaps between floorboards.
- Cost-effective: Floating floors can be a cost-effective option since they do not require expensive adhesives and relatively faster installation than gluing down hardwood floors, and so reducing the labour cost.
- Versatile: Floating floors can be installed over a variety of subfloors, including concrete, wood, and ceramic tiles.
- Comfortable underfoot: The floating method creates a cushioning effect, making the floor more comfortable to walk on and reducing impact noise.
- Less durable: Floating floors are generally less durable than glued or nailed-down floors since they are not firmly attached to the subfloor. They can also be more prone to scratches and dents.
- Limited options: Floating floors are available in limited materials, such as laminate, vinyl, and engineered wood. This reason can limit the design options available to homeowners.
- Moisture sensitivity: Floating floors can be sensitive to moisture and are not recommended for installation in high-moisture areas such as bathrooms and basements.
- Less stable: Floating floors can be less stable than traditional flooring methods and may shift or move over time. This issue can create gaps between the planks or tiles, affecting the appearance and performance of the floor.
Overall, floating floors can be an excellent option for easy-to-install and cost-effective flooring solutions. However, it’s essential to consider the limitations and potential drawbacks before making a final decision.