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What is a floating floor?

A floating floor is one of the most commonly used terms in discussions about easy-to-install flooring. It should be noted that the term “floating” refers instead to an installation process that consists of linking the boards to the other by click, no need to attach them to the ground.

Technically, as the name suggests a floating floor means that it “floats” on top of the floor and is not directly attached to the ground, without the need for nails or glue. No special tools or equipment are required to install a new modern, attractive and practical floating floor.

It was in Sweden at the end of the 1970s that the method of floating flooring was born, with the development of reinforced laminate flooring. Traditionally, the flooring was held in place by nailing or sticking it to the surface of the underfloor. Instead, the floating floor is maintained or attached to the edges of the room. Usually, a floating floor is simply held in place by baseboards or quarters of rounds (mouldings installed at the bottom of the walls that serve as the finish and protection of the gypse). By usually using boards made with grooved and tonguejoints, this allows them tobe simply locked, as if you are assembling the pieces of a puzzle.

A floating floor will have a huge impact on the look and comfort of your home, while providing extra appeal. In addition, you have plenty of choice to satisfy your tastes and your wallet since there are many types of floating floors. One cites, laminate floors, some natural hardwood floors and engineered floors, not to mention cork flooring, ceramic tiles and some vinyl floors are floating floors.

Pros and cons of floating floors

Decidedly, you can easily change the look of your home by placing new planks on existing flooring. In addition to their ease of installation, floating floors offer many other advantages. You can find a wide range of styles, colors and textures in flooring materials floating.
Placing them floating on the existing soil adds a layer of insulation. In addition, this revolutionary installation method generally does not require the use of adhesives, many of which can release toxic VOCs such as formaldehyde.

For best results, it is advisable to leave the wooden flooring at the temperature of your home for 72 hours before installing it is more than enough in general. In addition, the temperature and humidity of the indoor climate of the house should also have been put properly before, during and after the installation of your floor.

However, this procedure has some drawbacks, such as floating a floor in a space only of your home, you will be uncomfortable with the result that will be higher than the floor of adjacent spaces. It is often recommended that professional installers be contracted to do the necessary work and to resolve this issue.

The addition of weight to the material used is a particularly important consideration for rooms on the floor of a single-family residence, as well as in condos on the upper floors.

In addition, to repair a floating floor, it is often necessary to unlock several rows of planks to remove and replace the damaged section.