Damaged Floors Repair and Polishing Sydney

Floating Floors

Damaged Floors Repair and Polishing Sydney

Floating floors are a reasonably recent innovation. Until a generation ago all floors were permanently fixed to the frame of the building, or to the sub-floor. But after the invention of engineered timber many realized that the floor could be left in place without nails or glue.

Floating floors are an additional layer of floor that is installed above a sub-floor, without being nailed into place. This is possible because the engineered floor boards used in floating floors lock together with tongue-in-groove sides. There is a layer of foam, cork or other soft material between the floating floor and the sub-floor below.

Advantages:

  • It is easy to add a floating floor above an existing floor. And to remove it latter if necessary.
    There is no down time for the floating floor, no waiting for anything to dry. The floor is ready straight away.
  • The floorboards usually have a protective coating, so there is no need to varnish the floor.
  • The floor handles expansion and contraction in the heat quite well. The individuals boards can move slightly, but the floor remains level and solid.
  • The floating floor provides a good deal or thermal insulation, so heating and cooling costs are reduced.
  • The floor provided acoustic insulation. So noise on the floor will not carry to the neighbors.
  • The small amount of flexibility in the floor feels soft underfoot.
    If a floor board becomes damaged you can replace it while keeping the rest of the floor.

Precautions:

  • The sub-floor underneath must be flat and level for a floating floor to work.
  • The floor cannot be re-sanded, though it can be easily replaced if damaged.

Damaged Floors Repair and Polishing Sydney

Solid timber remains the best long term floor material. But floating floors have some advantages if the sub-floor acceptable.

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