Timber floors, Ballarat
About floating timber floors
A floating timber floor is any type of timber floor that has not been nailed, glued or otherwise attached to a subfloor or substrate. Because they are fitted in place over the existing floor, you can lay a floating timber floor directly over existing flooring, such as tiles, concrete, plywood, real timber floorboards, particleboard, or even cork. The only requirement is that the floor is a hard surface and that it is level. Generally floating timber floors are laid on an underlay that provides noise insulation.
The two main types of floating timber floors are “real” floating timber floors and “fake” timber floating floors. Real timber floating floors are made from attaching a layer of soft or hard wood to a high density fibreboard substrate. They are usually prefinished to make laying the floor easier and faster. You can sand the floor back to refinish it if necessary, but you can only do this limited times because it is only a thin layer of real wood. Fake timber floating floors are made from laminate, which is a veneer of paper and resins attached to a substrate. The laminate is designed and printed to look exactly like real timber but without the maintenance issues. Both real and fake timber floors come in boards that are ready to lay.
Benefits of floating timber floors
Floating timber floors are a popular option for many reasons. For one, they can actually be quite economical, especially when you compare them to the cost of real structural timber floors. It is not only cheaper to buy the materials, but you can also save money on installation as they are so quick to install. You can even do it yourself if you have the time and inclination!
Floating timber floors are also popular because they look great. The offer the perfect way to introduce the natural beauty of timber into the home, without the cost. Floating timber floors can reproduce the look of any timber you wish – some of the most popular are Jarrah, Merbau, Oak, Cedar, and Pine.
Floating timber floors are also very flexible and can flex to accommodate any movement that might happen in the floor, spreading out evenly to reduce the gaps. They are actually installed with a small gap to allow for expansion and contraction, which means that your flooring will not get any unsightly gaps in it over time.
For more information on installing floating timber floors in Ballarat, contact us to discuss your needs.