What You Need to Know About Floating Hardwood Floors

If you’re preparing to build or renovate then you will undoubtedly be in decision-making mode. From the perfect plans to the right builders for your job, there is a range of things to consider to make your home or business look its best. If you truly want to complete your project from the ground up, then start by looking at your floors. Today, The Wooden Floor Company is going to be discussing everything that you need to know about floating hardwood floors. By learning more about this flooring option, you’re sure to make the right decision for the most important surface in your home.

What Are Floating Floors?

Floating hardwood floors are a type of timber flooring. They are manufactured using multiple layers of thin plywood that are bound together using an industrial adhesive. This type of floor typically has an inner core made of hardwood, and the majority of them are either stapled or glued, over an existing foundation – either a concrete slab or a wooden sub-floor.

The Benefits of Floating Hardwood Flooring

The best quality engineered timber flooring will have around 3 to 7 layers of wood, which are cross-layered and stuck to the previous layer. This makes the flooring highly durable, tough and very stable. This type of flooring is ideal for homes and businesses that are exposed to the summer heat. Wood can often expand and contract due to the weather, which can cause warping over time. Floating flooring is a great way to counteract this phenomenon, as it is less likely to warp. This allows your lovely looking floor to be free from any unseemly gaps or cracks between the boards.

For Multi-Story Homes and Businesses

Floating floors are easy to install on any level of a dwelling – making them ideal for homes or businesses that require timber flooring on multiple levels. As mentioned above, it can also be installed over existing sub-floors, which makes insulation even easier to manage.

Ease of Installation

Floating hardwood is also incredibly easy to install. Many home and business owners are turning towards DIY installations and renovations to save money and floating hardwood makes this possible. Instead of being laid with an adhesive, this floor is designed to simply click and lock into place. This isn’t just great for installation, but for maintenance too. You can simply un-click and remove the damaged board and install a new one, creating an easy, stress-free experience.

Sanding and Refinishing

Even the finest quality timber flooring is prone to wear and tear. Sunlight, foot traffic and even time can eventually affect the quality of your floor. Floating hardwood can be sanded back and refinished so that in a few decades time you can do a simple DIY job and have your floating flooring looking as good as new. 

Need Some Help?

Looking for advice on your DIY project, or maybe you’d like a quote on some specially engineered floating flooring? Please feel free to contact The Wooden Floor Company in Auckland, or pop into our showroom. We’re more than happy to help out!