There are quite a few reasons you may want to consider floating engineered wood flooring. If you happen to have radiant heat, it’s usually a far superior choice to solid wood flooring. Engineered wood floors can sometimes be laid directly on subfloors with this type of heating. Because it is built layer by layer with real wood, you get the look of a hardwood floor without having to worry about the expansion and contraction that will inevitably happen when the wood gets warmer, cooler and more or less moist. Installing some of these floors is very easy and, in some cases, you don’t even need glue to do it.
Installing Floating Engineered Wood Flooring
Most engineered floating wood flooring is designed with a system where one plank has a lock that simply fastens into the next. This makes installation of engineered hardwood flooring products about as easy as it can get for any type of wood flooring. The edges of the boards are simply laid together and you work your way across the room inserting each of the floor pieces into the lock on the next. Instead of having to stop and glue every piece, you can literally just move across the room sliding each piece into place. There are plenty of different materials used for this flooring, including bamboo, maple, cork, and so on. Compared to conventional hardwood floors, they have some significant advantages.
A floating floor, because it’s not the type that’s glued down, is very easy to take up and remove if one of the pieces becomes damaged. In a floating floor, nothing is permanently fastened to the subfloor with nails or glue, so taking up a damaged plank is just a matter of removing it from the other planks around it and replacing it with another. This makes engineered wood floors much easier to repair. Some of the materials used for this type of flooring also make maintenance easier.
Floating Floor Varieties
Some floating wood flooring is made out of bamboo or other, similar materials. Bamboo flooring has become very popular because of the fact that it has a great look and it’s easy to maintain. Cleaning it requires only a damp rag and there’s no need to use abrasives or other harsh chemicals to get this particular type of flooring clean. The wood is soft, however, so it’s not suitable for areas where people will be coming into the house with their shoes on. In a living room or other location where people have their shoes off, however, bamboo flooring can be very inviting. Floating engineered floors also come in popular hardwood species such as oak and Brazilian cherry.
If you’re interested in installing hardwood flooring in your home but you don’t want to invest the time in maintenance or installation, you may want to consider a floating engineered wood floor. Engineered flooring makes it a much faster and easier affair to get your home looking the way you want it to and oftentimes costs a bit less than a solid wood floor. Remember to look for flooring that you can lock together if you want to avoid the complexities of installing with glue, and always investigate how the subfloor needs to be prepared before installation.