There are few things that can add warmth and elegance to a living space quite as wood flooring can. It has natural beauty and effortless charm that can make any room look more inviting. One of the best ways to infuse your home with the warmth of wood flooring is with the simple, yet efficient floating installation technique. What makes floating wood flooring so practical and efficient is its interesting design that can be described as a puzzle with all the pieces connected together to create a sturdy and comfortable walking surface.
The term ‘floating’ comes from the way the flooring is installed. While other types of floors are attached to the subfloor when installed, floating wood flooring basically floats onto the supplementary floor. The wood planks are connected together by gluing or a snap-and-lock method. The traditional method of gluing involves applying a small amount of glue between the planks, while the snap-and-lock technique is relatively new and it involves locking the planks together with a special tapping block.
Floating wood flooring is designed to last for years, it is easy to install and the best part of it is that it requires little maintenance. You can easily remove any stains, dirt or dust particles using a wet mop or a steam vacuum cleaner. There are a few factors that make this type of flooring a long-lasting solution for any area in your house, its light weight being one of them.
Friction is another thing that makes the floating floor so durable and long-lasting. Below the planks there is an underlayment made from foam or cork. The friction that is created between the underlayment and the planks helps control side movements, thus reducing the chances of the floor to get damaged. One of the best things about floating floors is that they can easily be removed without damaging the subfloor. This means that if the use of the room changes, you can easily install new flooring without any problem.
Furthermore, these floating planks are more affordable than other flooring options and depending on their thickness, they can be refinished and sanded over time to restore their initial texture and finish. The wood flooring material is available in a variety of colours, patterns and finishes. This means it can complement any interior design style and can add a dose of elegance to any room, be that a living room, a bedroom, a dining room or a kitchen.