More and more people choosing our hardwood flooring in Auckland are enjoying the benefits of what we call a “floating floor”. But what exactly is a floating floor, and how does it get its name? We’re happy to answer all of your questions so here are all the answers about floating floors.
A “floating floor” gets its name when the flooring is installed over a 3mm foam underlay. The engineered hardwood flooring is not nailed or glued down but instead it “floats” on this foam material and over the subfloor, with the weight of the floor itself keeping it firmly in place. And by firmly, we mean firmly.
While a 3mm foam underlay might not sound like much, it is certainly enough to deliver some big benefits to the proud owner of new engineered hardwood flooring. They include:
We see the floating floor as having several distinct advantages over conventional hardwood flooring and so do our clients. While our engineered hardwood floors have always been spectacular to look at, their floating qualities take them up to another level simply because they’re far more comfortable to walk on, and with a dampened sound. Meanwhile, foam is a very cost-effective material as an underlay, so it significantly decreases the overall costs of installing a floating floor in a home or business.
The concept of a floating floor might be off-putting to people who would prefer their floor to be nailed or glued down for the sake of stability. But take it from us, the floor might float but it is still very solid. Any movement of the floor is vertical instead of lateral, and it is this movement that makes this particular surface such a comfortable one to walk on. But it is as stable as old fashioned hardwood flooring yet so much more durable and visually appealing.
If you have any questions about our engineered hardwood flooring, be they about floating floors or our stunning range of products, check out our FAQ page or get in touch.