Floating floors are often preferred by many home owners, as this type of floors are very well engineered and also a popular option for flooring. When we use the term floating then it really does not indicate any particular type of flooring. It is only a method used during the installation of floor, which is different from other kinds of installation.
As a matter of fact, floating floorboard installation is rather simple and easy, which can be installed much faster too. You may choose to buy the flooring material of your choice from Flooring Domain, who is very famous in supplying quality materials in Australia.
Let us try to understand few plus points of going for floating flooring option.
- It is much inexpensive option as compared to any other method
- You can very easily replace any planks if by chance it gets even damaged.
- People who are interested to go DIY way can prefer this choice.
However, there are few cons also that you must know, if you are planning to go for this option for flooring:
· Your home value is likely to do down.
· Sometime you may feel hollow under foot.
· You cannot refinish it after the installation.
How to install
Following are few steps that you must follow in order to install your flooring in this fashion.
Before installing, Better to take advice from a local flooring tradie. Otherwise if you DIY, you must allow the entire planks to remain under humidity which will also ensure that you can choose the planks as per colour variation.
Preparation of floor
Following preparation is needed:
· Remove baseboard shoe
· Cut line between wall and trim
· Clean the floor
· Apply tape on the joints
Cut the planks in such a way that they come ¼” short of wall on each of the end. Cut with circular saw or some other power saw while cutting.
Install first row
Push them against wall, and then insert ¼” spacers after every foot. This space can enable the planks expanding during humidity changes.
Continue installing rows
You must continue to install each row as per the direction given by the manufacturer. Each row can be different from each other.
Install last row
Set shims against wall and try to measure width in various places in last row. If your wall is straight then you can cut all planks of same width.
Install base shoe
Try to reinstall base shoe and drive nails into wall instead of flooring, so that it can accommodate changes in the temperature and humidity.