Floating Engineered Flooring

Floating Engineered Flooring

Floating Engineered Flooring

Floating engineered flooring might be an environmentally friendly way to floor your house because it uses scraps and waste of wood rather than new wood. The biggest issue to concern yourself with is the off-gassing associated with gluing the layers together. Some manufacturers handle the off-gassing at their plant. Furthermore, this flooring selection is more stable than solid wood, making it a good all-round flooring choice throughout your home.

Wood flooring has a warmth and beauty like no other type of flooring, but the price of hardwood flooring sometimes discourages people from purchasing it for their home. By choosing floating engineered flooring, you can have the look of the wood flooring with a much cheaper price. There are other benefits that floating engineered flooring can offer you as well, which can help increase the appeal of this type of flooring for you and your home. What are some of the benefits of floating engineered flooring?

What makes a wood floor floating? The fact it’s not stapled to the subfloor, but is clicked together through the tongue and groove system, and «floats» one your subfloor. This approach is especially valuable on concrete floors and flooring with infloor radiant hot water heat.

The price is one of the best things about floating engineered flooring. The price of this type of flooring can be significantly less than the hardwood flooring and you can find just as many different kinds of wood. This price difference enables homeowners of many different income levels the ability to purchase this type of flooring for their home.

Another great benefit of floating engineered flooring is that it can be installed in almost any room in your home. It is moisture resistant, due to its construction, and this means that it can be installed in a basement, bathroom, or other moisture prone area.

Floating engineered flooring is generally constructed of many layers of inexpensive wood with a hardwood layer. Bamboo engineered flooring is made totally of bamboo. This layered construction is able to contract with moisture without buckling or rippling, which is unlike hardwood.

Most types of engineered flooring can be easily installed by most do-it-yourselfers as well. The click and lock planks only have to be installed over a moisture barrier and no glue or nails are needed, because it is a floating floor design. You only have to cut some of the boards to fit and just simply place, click, and lock the pieces together. In no time at all, you will have a beautiful floor that will last through many years of wear and tear.

Floating engineered flooring can make your room or home feel warmer and more inviting with the many different types of wood and the many different stains that are available. By having a number of choices, you will be able to find the flooring that is right for your home. By finding the right flooring for your tastes, your home, and your lifestyle, you are sure to have a flooring that you will be satisfied with for many years to come.

The durability of this kind of flooring is very high. The thicker the top layer, the more durable it will be. If you want flooring that will endure through pets, children, and the test of time, you want to find an engineered flooring choice with a thick top layer. Get the most for your money, and get more refinishings from this flooring choice. How thick of a top layer should you look for? A top layer of 2-4mm will be durable for most anyone’s lifestyle and home.

Floating engineered flooring can be just the thing to update your room and home to help make it more welcoming and inviting. The price is right for any budget, the durability is high, and the beauty is unmatched. What more could you want from your flooring choice?


I am redoing my basement in an old house (over 50yrs) and the ceilings are extremely low. I am thinking of using Delta FL with a floating engineered floor above it, is this the thinnest option for wood flooring?


Ray at April 1, 2008 10:43 PM

The thickness of engineered wood floors varies by manufacturer. Have you thought of using a laminate flooring? I think they tend to be thinner than engineered wood floors.

If you aren’t set on a wood flooring look, have you considered linoleum? You can get some great looks and the product is much thinner than engineered or laminate flooring.

The Flooring Lady at April 2, 2008 9:39 AM

Don’t you love it that the company that sold you the jute rug ignored the manufacturer’s directions and wrapped the rug in plastic? Sheesh!

Floating Engineered Flooring

Is the rug moldy? Is that where the mildew smell is coming from? I hope not.

I’m a bit surprised that two weeks outdoors in the sun and fresh air haven’t seemingly reduced the smell. Try baking soda. Lay the rug on the ground, sprinkle the back with baking soda and let it sit in the sun like that for a few hours, or even a day. Vacuum the baking soda, turn it over and see what you think. It might take awhile longer to get rid of that mildew smell.

Let me know what happens.

The Flooring Lady at April 2, 2008 9:43 AM

We are considering putting engineered hardwood on a cement floor that is above grade. The fella selling the flooring said to glue the tongue and grove and float it above a layer of vapour barrier material. Our contractor said we could just glue it directly onto the cement and the glue will act as a vapour barrier. What to do?



Karen at December 2, 2008 7:36 PM

Actually, they’re both correct! Gluing the flooring is more permanent and will be much more difficult to remove should you ever want to. Another caveat: I’d recommend using a vapor barrier paint first if going with the floating option. Even though you’re above grade, you don’t want to risk water vapor coming thru the cement from underneath. Good luck!

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