At Floor Coverings International of Mississauga, we not only
provide our customers with the best in hardwood, carpet, laminate and tile
flooring, we also always make sure to offer expert tips from our Design
Associates on what flooring options will best fit your home and its design
needs. One question we’re often asked is, “What exactly is a floating floor?”
In this post, we’ll go over the definition of floating floors, as well as the
pro’s and con’s of making such a decision. Finally, we’ll consider when a
floating floor is the right decision for a particular home. Remember, at Floor
Coverings International of Mississauga we’re not only committed to stocking the
finest flooring options on the market, we also provide the best customer
service out there!


So What Is Floating


Floating floor is a method of installing a floor, not a
specific type of flooring material as is often mistakenly thought. In this
method of installation, the individual planks, boards, or tile attach to each
other by means of gluing or snapping together rather than by attaching the
flooring to the subfloor. A jigsaw puzzle is a good analogy for understanding
floating floors, as it in essence describes the process of piecing together
different planks and tiles without attaching them to the surface below. So,
rather than the floor keeping itself in place due to attachment to the
subfloor, the weight of the flooring and side-to-side attachment of the
individual planks or tiles. The thing to remember about floating flooring is
that it is not possible with all types of flooring, such as hardwood which
needs to be nailed down, so part of the decision always comes down to desired


Pro’s and Con’s


Like any flooring option, there are both pro’s and con’s to
utilizing the floating floor method. One benefit of such a system is that
humidity and moisture tend to be less of an issue, due to the floating floor’s
ability to move and expand in response to these changes. Furthermore, floating
floors are often much easier to install and remove than traditional flooring
options, making the process smoother and often less expensive than more
involved processes.


On the other hand, floating floors also pose some unique
challenges particular to this method of installation. For instance, floating
flooring tends to be less substantial than, say, hardwood flooring or mortared
tile, meaning that it can often create issues of durability in heavy-traffic
areas. Also, floating flooring tends to command lower resell values, especially
in comparison to a traditional hardwood floor.


When a Floating Floor
Is Right For You


All this comes down to the needs in your home. If, for
instance, you’re looking for a long-term solution for your growing family, it
may be worthwhile to look into more traditional hardwood flooring. On the other
hand, if you’re hoping to tackle a smaller project that will require less
install costs and time, floating flooring such as engineered hardwood may be
just right. If you’re unsure which flooring option will be right for your home,
get in touch with the experts at Floor Coverings International of Mississauga
today, and we’ll be sure to set you on the right track for finding the perfect
flooring option for your home.