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No More Floating Floors
Aug 27, 2013, 11:28 PMstevensmasterwoodworks
No More Floating Floors
I am a contractor, and a home owner.
I have installed floating, click-in floors; they do NOT feel correct, they feel like they ARE floating. I am being totally honest when I say, NEVER install a floating floor. Always have it either glued, nailed, or stapled. I, personally do not like the feel of a floor that has been "clicked" together. It NEVER feels right under my feet.
A lot of the DIY shows feature the click together wood flooring. They showcase the flooring padding that is quiet/soft/whtever, do NOT be fooled. Floating floors suck! Plain and simple.
If you want to do a room in 3 days...that is why it is done in click together flooring. Do NOT let them put floating floors down...the entire walk on the floor feels PLASTIC, UNDER YOUR FEET!
Aug 28, 2013, 01:36 PMRe-mdlr
They're very popular with concrete slab foundations
Aug 28, 2013, 06:20 PMJaybee
You do realize of course that you are expressing an opinion, not a mater of fact. You are certainly entitled to not like floating floors because "they feel like they are floating". Hard to find fault with a product simply for being what it is.
I don't like peanut butter. In fact I hate it. It tastes like ....peanuts! (I hate them too.) But I don't think that I would have much luck persuading everyone to toss their JIF jars away.
I'll grant you that the very first time I walked on a floating floor that I also felt that it 'didn't feel right". But that was because I didn't know that it was floating. The slightly soft feel that is normal to floating floors would indicate some subfloor rot in a nailed-down flooring product. But it's not, so it isn't a problem.
Floating floors are excellent for install over concrete. They are great for DIYers as they are very simple and fast to install. In comparison, glue-down floors are a disaster on top of a concrete slab. None of the professional flooring installer I know will install a glue down on concrete - there is no such thing as a perfectly level slab so future floor pops are almost certain.
Floating floors are not perfect. Nor are nail-down or glue-down. You can make a preferential case for pre-finished over site finished - or just the opposite. It's fine if you don't like floating floors but that doesn't make a qualified recommendation to condemn the entire line.
Aug 29, 2013, 01:19 PMswschrad
only true floating floor I've ever seen was Aladdin's magic carpet.
if the subfloor is nice, flat, and level, just walking, I can't tell the difference with my soft sole shoes. if you don't like the plastic click underfoot, offer that in your suggestions. I can imagine it amplifying a room full of hard heels so it sounds like the old Teletype room at The Associated Press depot, changes the pace of the heartbeat.
sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
Aug 29, 2013, 09:54 PMConrad
I also agree that each type of flooring option (wood, laminate, vinyl, tile, carpet, etc) has it's pluses and minuses in a variety of situations. Just very happy we have so many choices and good quality options to make each situation work well...assuming we choose the right option for us, to begin with.
Aug 30, 2013, 03:51 PMjoecercone
Floating floors allow the DIY'er to put down a good looking, durable floor without having to invest in a lot of specialized tools, or learn how to lay stone, tile or linoleum. I put laminate flooring in our kitchen and it looks and performs better than the vinyl we had there previously. We would have preferred ceramic tile or some other stone floor, but their cost was beyond our means and the skill required to install them was beyond my ability, so laminate provided a good compromise.
Aug 30, 2013, 11:24 PMmosternaz
I have a floating laminate floor over a slab with the sound deadening pad and could not be happier with it. Installed it myself and it has held up perfectly. I don't feel any give at all over the slab, but it is much more comfortable than my tile floor. To each his own.
Sep 15, 2013, 01:31 PMJackyray
Floating floors are pretty good when done right. Most people make mistakes and later turns out they think the floor is bad.