What is the difference between Solid Timber & Floating Flooring?


One question we are asked is “What is the difference between Solid Timber & Floating Flooring?”.

To help identify the pitfalls to both, we have outlined some key points and pros & cons for each below:

Floating Floorboards

These are laminated pieces of timber which have are generally installed in a nail free ‘click clack’ type method and can be installed by a home handy man with a bit of know how although there are a few tricks to a good floor and attention needs to be paid to the edging around walls, cabinetry etc. A foam underlay (similar to a carpet underlay) is placed underneath to absorb a large amount of motion and reduce movement between the boards.

Pros:
Easily create the look of timber without the expense.
No creaking due to the underlay and attachment method.
No sanding or sealing required.
Good for quick re-sale.

Cons:
Can easily be scratched or damaged.
Unable to sand more than once or twice at best to remove scratches.
Reduced life span of flooring.
‘Spongy’ or ‘Springy’ feel under foot.
Solid Floorboards

Solid Timber Floorboards

If you want a high quality, durable floor you can’t go wrong with a solid timber floor. Easily maintained and cared for, solid timber floors create opulence in any home.

Floating Floors should feel ‘as solid as a rock’ under foot and you are not plagued with creaks and squeaks in the middle of the night. Secret Nailing is recommended to ensure an even and uninterrupted look throughout your floor.

All types of options are available from different timber species and different grades can be used to suit your budgets and tastes with Select Grade being the premium, most consistent grade of timber down to Feature Grade with the most character including knots and colour variances.

Pros:
Easy to clean & maintain
No stains compared to carpets
Can be sanded and re-sealed if damaged or scratched
Durable
Creates expansive open feeling of space.

Cons:
Higher initial expense than floating floorboards
Needs to be sanded and sealed after installation (we recommend this is done after any painting is complete)
Can be scratched easily depending on the timber type.

We hope this helps you to better understand both options. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re just a phone call or email away.

Above article courtesy of BHE Builders of Avalon. Thank you Nicole!

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