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Hi, my name is Amber, and I have worked alongside of contractors for years. I ran the sales department of a contracting firm, I bought my own house and hired multiple contractors to help with projects, and I am an amateur researcher of all things related to contracting. If you are thinking about a home or commercial repair or refurbishment, this blog is for you. It has designs, inspiration and advice that I have picked up from my close relationships with contractors over the year. I hope these posts illuminate your next project and help you decide which direction to take your home or business.

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Comparing Floating Flooring And Traditional Flooring

by Dustin Cruz

Many homeowners feel that having wooden flooring in their home is a desirable feature. Wooden floors can help the whole property to have a warm and cosy feeling. Two of the most popular ways to get wooden flooring is using the traditional way, which involves securing boards to the joists or using a newer way, known as floating floorboards. This type of flooring is not secured to the joists; instead it is secured to a sub base that provides strength to the floor in a number of ways. This article compares these two methods of installing wooden flooring.

Cost Of Flooring

As floating flooring uses prefabricated sections that you fit and snap together, they are a good bit less expensive than using wooden boards. Even with a sub flooring, such as vinyl or concrete, the overall cost of using a type of floating flooring compared to traditional flooring is less, allowing a homeowner to upgrade their home without stretching beyond their budget. This difference in cost, as well as the fact that floating flooring looks very similar to traditional flooring, is one of the reasons that floating flooring is so popular.


One disadvantage of floating flooring is that once placed down, it cannot be sanded and refinished in the same way that traditional wooden floorboards can be. With floorboards, if you redecorate your home, you can sand the top layer of the floorboards off and repaint them to match your new décor. This is not possible with floating floors. However, because of the low cost of floating flooring, many homeowners are able to afford new floating floors when they do decorate their home, allowing them to match the floating flooring with their new décor.

Quick Installation

Installing traditional floorboards — which have to be carefully measured, cut and secured in place — is a big job and can take weeks to finish. This is a major commitment for any DIY person to undertake. In contrast, using the floating floor method means that the sections can be fitted together quickly and easily, allowing you to dramatically reduce the amount of time needed to complete the job.

Property Value

When it comes to enhancing property value, traditional flooring tends to do better than floating flooring. Traditional flooring, as the name suggests, uses older methods, which invariable were used for practical reasons rather than reasons related to the environment or the availability of materials. This tends to give a more solid foundation, and this is reflected in house prices that feature traditional wooden flooring.

Property owners should carefully consider the pros and cons of each flooring method before deciding which method suits them best. Contact a company like Parquetry Flooring Co Pty Ltd if you have specific questions about floating floors.