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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Floating Floors

As Floating floors become more and more the installation method of choice for many types of floor coverings due to the ease and simplicity, not everything might be as it seems.

Like everything there are a number of advantages to floating floors, but there’s also the bad, so let’s take a look at the pros and cons of this type of flooring.

The Advantages

Easier: Floating floors remove many obstacles to do-it-yourself installation. For instance, nailing down hardwood flooring can be a daunting task for DIYers. But with a floating laminate floor, the floorboards easily attached to each other with no specialized tools such as a floor nailer.

Cheaper: Easier often translates to cheaper because you can eliminate paid labor and do it yourself.

Expansion/Contraction: Laminate flooring is contained on three or four sides by walls. An expansion gap is required around the perimeter of laminate flooring, which means that confinement is not one method of keeping the floating floor in place. One advantage of the floating floor method of installation is it allows for the floor to move and expand in response to changes in a room’s humidity.

The Disadvantages

Thinner Materials: One of the disadvantages of a floating floor is that it is thinner and less substantial than flooring that attached to the subfloor.

Lesser Quality Flooring: Traditionally, floors that install with the floating method have been floors that are less favored by homeowners, such as laminates and vinyl. While these floors still tend to command lower resale value than solid hardwoods, the quality gap between the two is slowly closing over time.

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