Floating hardwood floors are composed of real wood on top and composite underneath that make them very sturdy. They come in a range of board widths and colors. As with anything, this type of flooring has its downside, but generally its advantages have convinced many people to use it in their homes. Let’s take a look at these benefits that have won over its users.
Unlike the usual wood floors that are nailed or glued to the subfloor, the boards for floating wood floors are designed to simply be clicked and locked together and are suspended over the floor and propped up on a cushion underlayment. Installation will vary depending on how the manufacturer designed their product. A common and pioneer installation technique is the glue together method which needs glue applied onto each plank. Over the years, manufacturers of floating hardwood floors have developed more convenient methods, such as the click type of floating floors where glue is no longer needed, and the lock and fold method which also does not need glue and tapping. Because installation is easy, it requires significantly less installation time. Additionally, it can also be installed over existing floors even on carpets, saving you more time from uninstalling old flooring.
Besides deadening the squeaks, the cushion underlayment where the floating hardwood floors rest on helps to insulate the flooring against cold and moisture. This protects the floor from mold and mildew as well as from contraction and expansion.
Floating hardwood floors are not prone to contraction and expansion not just because they are insulated by the underlayment but also because they are a kind of engineered floors. This gives them the much needed stability. Their respective mechanized system of installation also effectively makes them stay in place.
When properly cared for, floating hardwood floors can last as long as four decades or as long as your house stands.
Because they resist moisture, floating hardwood floors can be installed in basements, kitchens and other areas exposed in high humidity, unlike the ordinary wood flooring.