If you don’t have a ton of interaction with the flooring industry, or haven’t been looking for flooring for yourself, you may not have heard the term ‘floating floors’ before. But floating floors have become an incredibly popular floor covering and have taken the flooring industry, including Floor Coverings International of Hillsborough, by storm. Floating floors are a great floor covering option for people who don’t want the hassle of installing traditional floor coverings. But what exactly are floating floors?

What are Floating Floors?

At their most basic, floating floors are simply floor coverings which aren’t attached to the subfloor. Most floating floors are made from engineered wood. This can include engineered hardwood, laminate, bamboo, or vinyl. These are floors that connect via a tongue and groove method of clicking and locking above the subfloor, hence the term ‘floating.’ More traditional floor coverings often have to be nailed or glued down with strong adhesives. Usually some sort of underlayment is included between the subfloor and the floating floor in order to protect the floors. Floating floors should be installed over dry, level, even subfloors.

Advantages of Floating Floors

One of the biggest pros of floating floors is the cost. People appreciate the low price and cost-effectiveness of the easy installation method, which cuts out a lot of the hassle involved with installing traditional floors. Floating floors can even be installed by DIYers, although unless you have some experience with flooring installation, it might be best to leave it up to the professionals, like the design team at Floor Coverings International of Hillsborough! Another great aspect of floating floors is that they tend to be more ecofriendly than other flooring options such as traditional solid hardwoods. Floating floors are thinner and use less wood, so they require that less trees be cut down, especially if the quality wood is only being used on the top level veneer of a floating floor. If parts of a floating floor are damaged, it is very easy to replace the damaged piece as well, simply removing the damaged plank and installing a new one. Also, floating floors tend to be quieter than traditional floors, because they are not resting directly against the subfloor.

Disadvantages of Floating Floors

One of the disadvantages of floating floors is that while they’re increased flexibility can be nice for people with back or leg problems, this can present an issue, as they are more prone to warping in extreme humidity variations. One of the biggest drawbacks of floating floors is that they cannot be refinished though. A damaged solid hardwood floor can be sanded down and refinished to look like new, but a floating floor only has a thin veneer layer so this cannot be done. This means that floating floors tend to have a shorter life expectancy than traditional solid hardwoods.

Whether or not you think that floating floors would be the best new flooring option for your home, call Floor Coverings International of Hillsborough for a free consultation today!