Floating Timber Floors Sydney
More than a few customers ask about floating floors. Most think that floating floors are always made of timber, specifically hardwood. But of course most floating floors are laminate, vinyl, engineered timber or even bamboo. The best option is usually engineered timber.
Floating timber floors are simply flooring options that are not permanently attached to the sub-floor below. They are laid over the sub-floor, held there by gravity. The individual planks of the sub-floor may lock together, usually by the tongue-and-groove edges of the planks, but they are not nailed or glued to the sub-floor. There may be underlay between the sub-floor and the floating floor.
There are several advantages to having a sub-floor. for one thing it need not be permanent, you can add a floating floor without making any major alterations to the building; it is simply put over the floor that is already there. This is great if you want to add a floor for a children’s room. Another advantage is insulation. Because the floating floor is isolated there is thermal insulation from the outside, so the room retains any heating or cooling that you apply. It is also acoustically insulated; the sound of people waking on the floor will be dampened, and not carry to the surrounding room, especially any rooms downstairs.
Floating floors can be installed over a concrete slab, without making any real alterations to the building. You just cut the floor pieces to size and lock them into place. Floating floors can also be installed over pre-existing timber floors or tiled floors. The floor beneath will remain unaltered and protected by the floating floor above.
Why Should I Use Floating Timber Floors?
Floating floors are a good option for dance studios, where you need the acoustic isolation to prevent the noise of people dancing. They are also good if you have young children; install the floor while the children are young so they do not damage the more expensive floor underneath.
About the only precaution is that the floating floor must be installed over a level surface; the sub-floor cannot be on a slope or the floating floor will bend. This might be an issue on lower level concrete floors as the concrete might be deliberately sloped to provide water drainage. Occasionally some sub-floor leveling might be needed.