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 Madison, 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 Madison! 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 Madison
for a free consultation today!