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 can be fitted over most flat surfaces – tiles, concrete, cork or timber.
As a result these floating floors can be installed quickly and with less expansion and contraction of the panels which may separate and cup with no risk of gaps appearing. Floating floors can be installed on any surface and are usually supplied fully finished – sanded with numerous coast of sheen urethane coating. Floating floors are usually thinner than solid hardwood. An underlay moisture barrier can also be installed to protect against sub-floor moisture or protect against noise. They often have a shorter life span than traditional timber and may not have the “real timber” look, feel and sound.
If you are thinking about a floating floor make sure that your floor is level enough. Any pre-exiting soft floor covering should be removed.
Please consult the Timber Floor Association for more information – www.tfawa.org.au