Floorboards VS Floating Floors - what's the difference?

Most people have heard advertisements on TV or the radio talking about "floating floors", also known as "engineered timber" or "Laminate Timber flooring" but most people do not know the difference between this type of flooring and solid timber floors.

Floorboards are solid timber all the way through and come in three thicknesses, 12mm, 14mm and 19mm. As the floorboards are made of solid timber you can have them re-sanded or recoated whenever you feel you want to refresh your floors.

Floating floors are made up of a thin slice of timber or laminate attached to a substrate. This can make it difficult or impossible to re-sand at a later date if you wish to rejuvenate or update the look of your floors. Floating floors can also be an issue if your floor sustains heavy water damage. While there is a good chance that water damage can be repaired by sanding solid timber flooring, heavy sanding of a floating floor can cause substantial damage. 

Floorboards are glued or nailed directly to any substrate, floating floors floating on top of your existing substrate, usually with a thin underlay between the boards and the substrate. Floating floors tend to produce a more "clicky" sound than solid floorboards.

FloorPlay installs Australian solid timber flooring, most floating floors are not made in Australia.

For a free measure and quote for floor sanding or floor polishing in Geelong, Surfcoast or Bellarine Peninsular, contact us at FloorPlay.