Though it is true that tiled floors are experiencing a revival, it is undeniable that for a long time they were displaced by wooden floors or, at least wood alike floors. Floating flooring had a leading role –and stillleads– this trend.
Before delving into the subject, it is important to know how to distinguish between floating and laminate flooring, since we tend to confused thenvery frequently. One of the most common mistakes is to call floating flooring to any laminate floor, when it’s only when the material is wood.
In general, laminate floors are made of synthetic materials such as pressed melamine, just looking like wood but it is not. The advantages are that it is more economic, resists moisture better than floating floor and can lasts longer. In addition, not only looks like wood, but also like marble, slate or even leather.
Why choosing floating floor?
Because natural wood has a beauty, that even a good laminate floor, cannot match. It is about unique floors that endows your home of class anddistinction perfectly compatible with comfort.
The first characteristic to take into account when talking about floating floor is that, as its name suggests, it refers to a wooden floor that is neither glued nor nailed to the ground.
From the installation point of view, one of the main advantages is that it is not necessary to removethe previous pavement, but it can be placed on top; hence, it is one of the great options chosen in reform projects. It will be necessary, however, to level the surface, for which it is usually resorted to a layer of rubber, foam or cardboard. Any unevenness that is greater than 1 centimeter could ruin a good result.
In addition, its click-fitting system avoids using nails or glues, so it significantly simplifies the installation, and requires not much work.
Another advantage is sound absorption since it is not nailed to the floor, the vibrations of the sound when walking does not expand the same way, dampening it much more.
How to care your floating floor.
We cannot deny that parquet flooring requires more care than laminate floors, because when wood gets damaged – it scratches easily– it is necessary to sand and varnish them again, which entails extra expenses.
However, if we have made a good decision at the time of installation, we will see how the durability of the platform extends over time. Factors such as the thickness of the wood are important, because in addition to helping to improve the acoustics, the thicker it is, the better it will insulate from the cold and humidity. In this same line, the density of wood is also important, being much more resistant to external agents the higher the density.
The optimum conditions for the wood oscillate between 50-60% of humidity and an ambient temperature of 20º C. It is something to keep in mind, especially in winter because the prolonged use of heating may require using humidifiers.
Other cares to take into account to maintain our floating floor is the logical cleanliness, being enough to use a mop or dry cloth, using water from time to time with products specially recommended by the pavement manufacturer (as a home remedy , the vinegar diluted in water works very well). If we want to avoid that the legs of the furniture scratch the floor, it will be enough placing some felt protectors.