The Benefits of Floating Wood Flooring!

Solid Wood Flooring is a highly sought after item for homeowners. But many can’t get past the complication of DIY installation because it isn’t floating wood flooring. You see, traditional solid hardwood flooring has to be nailed down to the floor, making this option less viable when you have a pre-existing concrete or even a ceramic tile floor. However, after realizing this issue manufacturer’s have resolved the problem by creating a floating wood floor.

You will see the words floating installation on many specs of materials like laminate, vinyl tile and others. Engineered wood, which is actually plied layers of solid hardwood, is the solution to a floating wood floor. This is why installing engineered hardwood is so DIY friendly. 

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Chestnut Hill – Hickory – Anderson Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Today we are going to tell you a bit about what a floating wood flooring is.

Floating wood floors are just like they sound, it is a floor a that floats above the sub-flooring once installed. When it comes to this type of installation the planks will generally lock or snap together connecting to one another like a jigsaw. This type of installation will require no nails, staples or adhesives.

Brushed-Suede-Shaw-Engineered-Hardwood-FlooringBrushed Suede – Shaw Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Moisture is less of a factor with your floating wood floor because unlike solid hardwood flooring, floating floors tend to be less receptive to moisture. Being less permeable to fluids puts it a step ahead of traditional solid wood floors; also you can feel free to add an extra layer of moisture protection by using underlayment below the floating wood floor further protecting your sub floor.

But by far the most impressive quality of a floating wood floor is the fact that seasonal changes in temperature and humidity will not make your floor buckle or bow. Rather than expanding on a plank by plank basis, your boards will actually expand as an entire mass, either toward the wall or contract away from it. Without gaps between the planks you will never have to worry about developing gaps under more dry conditions as you do with solid hardwood flooring.

Cambridge-Coastline-Hickory-Chesapeake-Engineered-Hardwood-FlooringCamebridge – Coastline Hickory – Chesapeake Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Getting back to the installation process, this is absolutely the fastest, most DIY friendly installation available of any hard surface flooring on the market today.

I hope that this has aided you in making the right decision for flooring in your home. Remember, depending on your DIY skills, it is possible to install almost any flooring option yourself. That being said who doesn’t want an easier route? Not to mention the crazy climate changes we have been going through in the past few years.

 





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  1. October 24, 2013

    […] is a dream when it comes to going over existing flooring. This is thanks to how forgiving a floating floor installation really is. Basically all you need to do is a moisture test if you have concrete flooring and to […]

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