Floating floors, or also called laminates, are widely used today and, like all products, have their advantages and disadvantages.
When choosing whether or not to use a floating floor, it is always advisable to be clear about its advantages and disadvantages, because it all depends on the characteristics of the room in which it can be installed and the needs of each.
It is basically a coating that is placed on a pre-existing material without the need to use nails or glue, because the laminate floor tiles are joined together by a locking system.
Floating floors are made up of several layers glued together, which are divided into: coating or wear (2.5 to 6 mm thick), intermediate layer and resinous coating.
These three layers make the floating floor a total thickness of 10 to 15 mm, but thinner than solid parquet.
Another noteworthy fact is that, because it is made up of different layers, it has an insulation function against traffic noise and humidity.
Floating floor features
It’s made of:
- Overlay: is a top layer of clear resins, responsible for wear and abrasion resistance.
- Laminate: which can be made of wood or melanin, very thin and is what you see on the floor.
- Substrate: It is not wood, but it is MDF or HDF, which is why some consider laminate flooring as ecological flooring.
- Stabilizer sheet: it is located at the bottom of the table and is the one that balances the floor preventing its deformation. On the other hand, it acts as an insulator against moisture.
Advantages of the floating floor
- It is cheaper than natural wood floors.
- It installs quickly and without generating dirt.
- Allow transit immediately after placement.
- It is not necessary to remove the existing floor, as it can be placed on top.
- Does not require further polishing or rolling.
- They are excellent insulators of humidity and cold, do not generate condensation.
- There is a wide variety of patterns and colors, some in fact the same as natural wood floors.
Against the floating floor
- Logically, they are not made of natural wood, which is why some people reject them.
- They are not very resistant to liquid leaks and being made of natural fibers they swell with moisture. That is why it is necessary to leave the perimeter joints to prevent the floor from rising.
- It wears out. Although there are floating floors for heavy traffic, they wear out over time, so it is recommended to protect the legs of the furniture and chairs to prevent premature damage.
- They require frequent cleaning, as dirt, pits and dirt make sandpaper that constantly scratches the floor as it passes through.
- Cleaning should only be done with a damp cloth and, in case of stains, just apply a little thinner to the affected area and remove it quickly.
- The useful life of a floating floor is 10 years, it can last longer if it is neat and if it is in a room with little movement.
- They are not the best option for high-traffic rooms, small children’s homes or commercial spaces, unless you are willing to change it frequently.
Source: simple architecture