You are considering installing wooden flooring at your place but are skeptical due to the exhausting work that goes with the installation of the traditional flooring. Let us enlighten you on the same. There are now some methods of installation which does not require hammering and nailing. There are floorings which still require the traditional method but with the introduction of new types of floorings the scenario has changed. So now, it all depends on the type of flooring one chooses.
Different Type of Installation Methods
There are three types of methods which are generally and widely used to install wooden floorings. Let’s go through the types and understand which type of installation method should be used for the type of wooden flooring they are considering.
1. Nail- Down: This is the traditional method of getting wooden flooring and most widely used method. In it the material is directly nailed to the wooden sub floor. The nailing is done by using blind- nailing method so that once when the installation is finished nails are not visible on the outside. Both solid and engineered wood flooring material can be installed using this method, but the only requirement is that base has to be wood sub floor.
2. Glued: In this method the material is glued down using an adhesive on the subfloor. The types of adhesives that are available in the market are of two types. The point that has to be kept in mind while using this method is that your subfloor should be in great condition as the wooden material would be applied on it directly, so if there is a high or low point it should be sanded or filled to have an even base.
3. Floating Flooring: This method is the newest method that came into the market and is now being preferred by many. In it the flooring material is neither glued nor nailed down but is rather floating over the subfloor. It uses click installation system. One example of this is floating timber flooring.
Know-How of Floating Timber Flooring and Its Benefits
Floating timber flooring is also termed as engineered flooring. It is made of timber boards and gives the feeling of traditional hardwood sans hassles of the traditional flooring. It is a prefinished product and is easy to install without much of instruments required. One doesn’t have to go through the hard process of nailing in the flooring when floating timber flooring is concerned.
Generally, the width of a plank is around 14mm, and there are three layers in the finished product. Topmost layer is 4mm timber veneer which is used to provide protective encasement. The middle one is hardwood and the last layer is made of timber plywood. Since this product is already pre-made it has hassle free installation as nailing, polishing or sanding is not required. They are prefect to put over any flooring be it tiles, concrete or carpet.
Benefits of Floating Timber Flooring Are:
1. The benefit of using floating timber flooring is that it due to the method of installation, the flooring is free to move or expand according to the room’s humidity.
2. Easy installation is one point which has given this flooring a great advantage over other methods and flooring types that are in the market.
3. It can be done by someone who has little bit knowledge of doing flooring, so you tend to save labor money required otherwise.
It has been now around 60 years since the introduction of floating flooring and since then it has gained popularity many folds.