Float to a per­fect floor

Pilbara News - - Property - Dianne Gil­le­land

Q: What are float­ing floors? I’ve never heard of them be­fore.

A: Float­ing floors can be in­stalled onto a con­crete pad or any other flat, firm or level sur­face with­out us­ing nails, bat­tens or glue.

They are called “float­ing” be­cause they are not at­tached to the sub-floor in any way.

They are usu­ally thin­ner than solid hard­wood and can be fit­ted over most flat sur­faces such as tiles, con­crete, cork or tim­ber.

As a re­sult, float­ing floors can be in­stalled quickly and with less ex­pan­sion and con­trac­tion of the pan­els, which might sep­a­rate and cup with no risk of gaps ap­pear­ing.

Float­ing floors are usu­ally sup­plied fully fin­ished, sanded with nu­mer­ous coats of sheen ure­thane coat­ing on them.

An un­der­lay mois­ture bar­rier can also be in­stalled to pro­tect against sub-floor mois­ture or act as a noise buf­fer. They of­ten have a shorter life­span than tra­di­tional tim­ber and may not have the “real tim­ber” look, feel and sound.

If you are think­ing about a float­ing floor, make sure your floor is level enough.

Any pre-ex­ist­ing soft floor cov­er­ing should be re­moved.

There is also in­ter­est in light­weight sus­pended steel sub-floor sys­tems for res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

This is ideal to min­imise the cut and fill as­so­ci­ated with slop­ing and dif­fi­cult sites and takes ad­van­tage of coastal and moun­tain views with­out de­stroy­ing the land­scape.

It may be part of the trend to­wards more en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious build­ing ap­proaches in re­cent times.

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