A couple of years back, when you wanted to install a new wood floor in your home you fisrt need to rip out the pre-existing one and expose the concrete underneath; but now, thanks to floating floors, you just lay on the new floor on top of the old one. Floating flooring is fast becoming one of the most popular choices when it comes to flooring materials because it looks great and it is very affordable as well. In this article, you will be learning more about floating timber floors and the benefits that you can get from them.
But what is a floating floor anyway? The term “floating” is used to denote the fact that the new wooden floorboards are not fixed on the concrete subsurface, they are only secured to each other. The way that floating floorboards are attached to each other is usually through the use of heavy-duty glue and a tongue and groove system; no nails are required so even if you do not have much of a background in carpentry, you can install a floating wooden floor.
There are many benefits to using floating floors in your home, one is that they are relatively inexpensive. Most of the time, floating timber floors are actually made from laminated material, this means that they are not really made from real wood but looks and feels like the real thing. Another reason why floating floors are so popular these days is because it can easily be installed using the simplest of tools. You only need a saw, some wood glue, and a hammer or a rubber mallet to join each plank together. You do not even need any nails because the tongue and groove interlocking system will be enough to keep the floorboards in place.
But even though floating floors are great, they are not without flaws. For one thing, these types of floors tend to creak when you step on them, especially if there are some parts of the original floor that are not really level with the rest. Another disadvantage is that the tongue and groove joints collect a lot of dust, so you will need to vacuum the floor quite often.
But besides these minor inconveniences, it is quite clear that floating floors are the best choice for homeowners who like to the look and feel of real hardwood floors, but cannot afford its high costs.