Engineered hardwood flooring have become installed on any hard surface with easy a tap lock or tongue & groove method. All floating floors are bound to each other and not into the sub floor. This makes it feasible to expand as one piece instead of individual boards. It is perfect for areas with higher humidity such as basements. Since floating wood flooring will expand and contract as one unit, the chances of self indulgent or gapping between boards is greatly reduced, but be sure to leave space across the walls and cover them up with your baseboard since this allows for expansion.

Unlike its counterpart, click lock floating wood floors are much easier to fix if a particular area is ruined. A fantastic example is a dish washer flooding. You’d simply unclick the flooring up to the damaged region, then replace the damaged boards and reassemble.

Another benefit is installing it directly over ceramic, ceramic, or any hard surface. Tearing out and disposing your old flooring is quite a comprehensive project in itself, but that’s no longer necessary.

Floating engineered wood floors have become increasingly more popular amongst home owners due to the ease of setup and stability in structure. Besides a few species, they also worked well with radiant heating systems and concrete basement sub floors. Floating engineered flooring is usually installed above the underlayment, a cork or foam material, which functions as a barrier to sound and moisture.

European styled floating timber flooring frequently have a 3-ply design together with the best wear layer being wood, timber center heart and balanced foundation veneer. After the flooring has a 3 to 4 mm (1/8″ into 3/16″) wear layer, it’s deemed high quality for many reasons. To start with, the thick wear layer could be re-sanded and varnished a couple of occasions giving it the new new look like you initially installed it. Second, floating hardwood flooring with a thick surface stops you from feeling that the”bounce effect” while walking onto it since it has a tendency to sit on the sub floor ardently on account of the burden of the wood.

We’ve been selling Floating Wood Floors for years at Surbiton Floor Sanding. While many engineered floating timber floors are designed using a click & lock system, a few can still be tongue & groove which requires advantage glue. There are benefits to every design. Builders and Diyers like the floating timber floors with click & lock system more due to the benefits of easy installation. Meanwhile, contractors could favor the tongue & groove floating wood flooring more because they can be installed by nail-down and glue-down.

Now you might be asking yourself. Why if I select floating hardwood flooring over laminate flooring which is equally as simple to install and has the similar wood grains? Well floating wood floors is actual wood that provides all of the advantages of real wood floors. The largest benefit is that real hardwood is warmer in your feet. Like solid wood floors, floating wood floors with thicker wear coating may also be refinished a few times. Remember the thicker the wear layer the longer you’ll be able to refinish. Quality floating hardwood flooring should last 40 to 50 years!

For more information about how to choose your next floating wood floor and maintenance tips, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 020 8099 8510 or email:


  • Not all the floating engineered wood flooring are created equivalent. Total thickness and wear coating (top hardwood component ) make a massive difference on the performance and life span of your installed floor.
  • All wood products will have some expansions and contractions during season shift.
  • 1/8″ or thicker wear layer and 1/2″ and thicker complete make hardwood flooring with optimal drifting weight.
  • European styled 3 ply floating wood flooring offer good stability.
  • Make sure your sub floor is leveled within 3/16″ for each 10 sqft prior setup. The most usual cause of hollow sounds and noises are from low spots in your sub floor.
  • A good 1/8″ acoustical underlayment, such as Acousti-Cork or Floor Muffler, will enhance your floating wood floor’s performance and improve sound obstacle quality.
  • The larger area you are covering, the thicker floating flooring it requires.

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