Submit our quick form and get quotes now!
FlooringThe Different Types of Floating Floors
How much does a floating floor cost? Depending on the quality of the product, the amount of money you will need to set aside for your floating floor project will vary from one extreme to another.
Floating floors are quite popular due to the fact that they look good and are generally quite affordable. However, it should be known that there are several different categories in terms of price and quality. Canada doesn't apply any norms which could help choose amongst the wide range of products, which is why it is so important to be made aware of the information that will be detailed in the following paragraphs.
Source : Canva
Although, as mentioned, there are no specific norms for floating floors, a scale going from AC1 to AC5 will help indicate the quality of the material. AC3, AC4 and AC5 are used for mid to high-quality products, whereas AC1 and AC2 floating floors should be avoided. Note that AC3 floors are suitable for residential areas with little foot circulation and AC4 and AC5 work best for commercial buildings and facilities, which see a lot of circulation.
The three highest ratings come with a 25-year warranty, whereas the two lower ones have 10 to 15-year warranties. We do have to issue a warning about these warranties: certain floating floors experience a gradual depreciation over the years, meaning that a floor that was bought 5 years ago could not benefit from the same type of coverage as a floor that was installed last year.
Source : Canva
In terms of prices, lower-end products sell for approximately $1.75 to $2,50 per square foot. This type of floating floor is quite resistant but it rarely manages to recreate the look of real wood.
Mid-range floating floors go for $2,50 to $3,50 per square foot. This option offers the best value for the amount of money spent. Not only is the quality superior but the way the floorboards are cut manages to recreate a style that is comparable to hardwood floors.
High end floating floors will set you back $3,50 to $8,50 per square foot. This product range is set apart from the other categories with the superior finish that is applied on the surface. Contrary to lower-end and mid-range products, this range follows the grain of the wood.
Although you can try to install a floating floor yourself, hiring a professional contractor is always recommended for a top-notch job. If you decide to go with the second option, calculate approximately $1,50 to $3 per square foot.
Certain extra costs may arise, such as shipping for the materials, labour costs for pieces of furniture that would need to be moved around as well as any fees incurred for the removal of the old floor covering. Moreover, certain expenses should be foreseen if the subfloor needs to be prepared before the new floor is installed or if extra materials are needed to complete the floor installation process.
Cover photo: Pexels
Author: Karine Dutemple
Translation from French: Léa Plourde-Archer
RenoQuotes.com will put you in contact with 3 reliable contractors for your floating floor renovation project. Fill in the form on our homepage (it only takes a few minutes), and you will receive quotes from trusted professionals.
Last modified 2023-11-07
Léa Plourde-Archer • 07 Nov 2023
Epoxy is a popular floor covering material for garages, department stores and warehouses. Although this product is known for being durable and resistant to daily wear-and-tear, epoxy must be kept clean and maintained on a regular basis in order to keep its smooth and homogenous appearance.
Amanda Harvey • 07 Nov 2023
Your kitchen experiences a significant amount of wear and tear, used daily for a variety of necessary but damaging activities: cooking, hosting, eating, cleaning.
N/A • 07 Nov 2023
Your lawn and garden say a lot about you! Aside from leaving the first impression on visitors and those passing by, your landscaping enhances your home’s appearance and makes you proud of the place you call your own. With the right planning, careful maintenance and upkeep, you can have a near-perfect lawn.
RenoQuotes.com • 07 Nov 2023
Well, that’s it! Your renovation project is finally completed and you are satisfied with the end result of your anticipated work. Whether it’s building an addition on your home or installing a brand new kitchen, you know for a fact that this type of work will cause dirt and dust that will accumulate on surfaces including your walls, floors and furniture.