A hardwood floor is among the most desired features when a homeowner is considering a room remodelling project. The trouble is, solid hardwood floors can be expensive and difficult to install for the inexperienced. Floating hardwood floors offer affordability, a relatively easy installation process and a great look. In this article, we will take a look at the advantages of installing a floating hardwood floor rather than solid wood flooring.
Disadvantages of Solid Wood Flooring
Hardwood flooring adds warmth, character and timeless charm to virtually any room. There is simply no denying that oak, ash, maple, bamboo, walnut and other hardwoods used in flooring can really make a room look stunning. Solid hardwood floors, however, present certain challenges to the average do it yourselfer or someone on a budget in terms of installation and cost. Hardwood floors have to be nailed down to a subfloor and cannot be installed over concrete or your existing flooring. Depending on the type of finish you choose for your solid hardwood floor, there may still be a lot of work ahead after the installation is complete. If you buy unfinished, you'll need to sand, stain and seal your new floors before the room is ready for use.
About Floating Floors
The term floating floor refers to the method of installation rather than the type of material or hardwood used. The individual planks or boards that comprise these engineered floors snap into place or are sometimes glued together. You do not need to have a wood subfloor you can nail down into the way you do with solid wood flooring. As long as your existing floor is sturdy and not sloped, floating floors can be installed over them whether your floors are concrete or made up of tiles. You can find laminate or hardwood floating floors in home improvement stores just about anywhere. Floating hardwood floors are made up of plywood and a top layer of your hardwood species of choice. Laminate floating floors are not really made of wood, but it is awfully difficult to tell.
Advantages of DIY Floating Flooring
If you are a capable do it yourselfer, it will be hard to resist the appeal of hardwood floating floors. You do not need specialized, expensive tools nor any experience to install a floating hardwood floor. Less planning is needed and the project can be completed in a weekend. There is no sanding or staining required and your floor will be ready to go as soon as the installation is complete. Floating flooring is also ideal for those who live in tropical climates or areas where the humidity levels fluctuate greatly from season to season. Floating floors expand and contract as one singular unit unlike solid hardwood floors which may be subject to showing gaps between the boards in response to different levels of humidity.
With floating hardwood floors you can have a gorgeous new floor quickly and easily. If you are looking for a do it yourself project to spruce up your home or if you want to give a whole new look to one of your rooms, installing floating flooring could be just the thing. By installing floating hardwood flooring, you can get all of the beauty of a solid hardwood floor at a lower cost and without as much effort required.