Why Buy a Floating Floor?

Fowles sells floating floors both through direct sales and through our Timber & Building Materials Auctions. They’re a product that is getting more and more popular, and there are several good reasons for that. One is that a floating floor can be installed over almost anything without nails or nail guns. Installing a floating floor won’t harm the surface below, and they can be disassembled, packed up and moved to another location. If you move house, your floating floor can go with you.

Floating Floors and Sprung Floors

If you’re not familiar with floating floors, then you might have them confused with sprung floors, which are a very specific type of floating floor. Sprung floors are either installed on top a basket-weave of wood supports or onto a shock-absorbing material. They’re used to reduce the risk of injury from high impact activities like dancing and indoor racket sports and they’re common in gyms and dance studios. Fowles can help you put together a sprung floor, if that’s what you’re after.

Materials For Floating Floors

Today’s floating floors are made of engineered timber or laminate. They feature sections that snap together and that can be snapped apart again. Solid wood is never used in floating floors, because it’s too dimensionally unstable; it shrinks and expands in response to temperature and humidity changes. Engineered timber is more stable, and it features real wood as the top layer. Laminate is plastic that’s coloured and patterned to look like wood or tile.

Floating Floors For DIY

Floating floors are especially popular with do-it-yourselfers, because they’re very easy to install. There’s an underlayment, usually foam, that goes beneath the floating floor and helps to smooth out any irregularities in the surface below. The floor itself is simply snapped into place, with a little space left around the edges for expansion. It’s even easier than installing carpet.

Floating Floor Installation Before and After
Floating floor installation before and after

Floating Floors For Apartments

Floating floors are ideal for apartment dwellers and renters. They provide some acoustic separation, and they can fairly easily be dissembled and moved. You can perk up your space for now and take your floor with you when you leave.

Floating Floors For Camouflage

If you have a wood floor that’s stained or rough-looking, then a floating floor can cover it up without damaging it further. Perhaps you’re thinking of restoring your home’s original floors in a few years or leaving the task open to the next owners. With a floating floor, making an existing floor look nicer for now doesn’t mean ruining it for later.

There are so many good reasons to install a floating floor. It’s not surprising how popular they’ve become. They combine quality, value and flexibility, and they’re a great choice for anyone who doesn’t want to nail down a new floor for whatever reason.

If you’re looking for a different type of flooring, then take a look at our selection of carpeting and traditional wood floors. We’ve got those, too.

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