Floor Coverings International Burlington ON is happy to cover the technical stuff when it comes to floor installation, but we also love to share our passion for the fine points of flooring with homeowners in the Oakville area! Today we want to discuss a certain kind of flooring that is defined by its installation process. Just what are floating floors? While they don’t levitate, floating floors are still pretty impressive! Let’s cover some advantages of this simple and effective flooring method!
How to Float a Floor
Floating floor installation is achieved by the use of interlocking floor portions above the substrate layers to which traditional flooring is usually attached. The “tongue-and-groove” method of installing a floating floor tends to go pretty quickly, which means a floating floor may be easier on the wallet than a floor that is nailed, stapled, or glued down to the substrate layer. A quicker installation process also means a shorter interval after which you can try out your new floor!
One other benefit of floating floors is the temperature factor. Some flooring material shifts in size and shape with the onset of new seasons and more intense temperatures. Because of a floating floor’s unattached presence above the substrate, it has more room to contract or expand with seasonal change. This ability helps to prevent a floating floor from becoming warped or damaged due to temperature and moisture changes.
Certain materials are better suited to floating than others. Some of these include luxury vinyl, laminate, and engineered materials. Cement, hardwood, and ceramic or stone tile are not candidates for the floating plan. For homeowners who are in love with hardwood but who also have concerns about hardwood’s malleability under humid conditions, a floating wood-look floor material is an excellent alternative. Typically, a quarter-inch gap is left between floating floors and the walls for effective situation atop the substrate layers.
It Doesn’t Float Away
Some homeowners are concerned about the security of a floating floor. Will the floor shift or move around beneath your feet? In fact, even in the case of lightweight laminate, the collective pieces of floating floor in a room will weigh a few hundred pounds. This is not so easily shifted! The strong merging-together of floating planks lends to a floor that is both stable and reliable. It will look and feel just like standard-installation flooring.
Questions Floating Around?
For all flooring needs, Floor Coverings International Burlington ON is your go-to source! Call us today at the number below or schedule a free in-home design consultation to get your new flooring project off the ground. We proudly serve the greater Oakville and Burlington areas.