How to Choose Your Floating Floor: The Characteristics
Last modified: 2018/08/16 | Approximate reading time 3 mins
Now that you’ve decided that you are going to install a floating floor, the next step will be to choose the characteristics of said floor. One of the choices to be made will be the type of wood that the floating floor is made of. Several options are available and you’re bound to find something that suits both your taste and your budget!
Types of wood for floating floor
Wood that comes from deciduous trees (also known as leafy trees) will give a more conventional look to the floor. If you decide to opt for coniferous wood, such as pine, you will get a look that is more rustic. The most popular options for floating floors are oak, pine, maple, cherry wood and silver oak.
If you’re hesitating between several choices, ask the manufacturer if you can take samples back to your house. In doing so, you will be able to see which type of wood will give the best result, depending on the room where it will be installed, as well as the amount of natural and artificial light in the room.
Floorboards are categorized according to a ranking system. Each type of wood has its own colouration and even when treated or coloured, knots or stains have a tendency to peak through.
Therefore, manufacturers classify the wood according to the uniformity of the colour, as well as the presence of knots. Since wood is a natural material, a lack of uniformity is to be expected. However, this can also be seen as an asset, since these details can create a look that is more authentic.
If the rustic look is what you’re going for, pick wood essences that have more stains and knots on the surface.
Disposition of the floorboards
Depending on the size of the room, the way the floorboards are installed can create the illusion that the room is either bigger or smaller than it really is. Whether you decide to set them up lengthwise or widthwise, you should never underestimate the impact that the disposition of the floorboards can have on the appearance of the room. For example: if the room is very long and narrow, avoid installing the floorboards lengthwise. There would be too many and the result would not look good. When in doubt, ask for advice from a specialist. Most flooring stores offer a consulting service.
The width of the floorboards will also affect the look of the room. Boards that are too small or too large can have a significant impact on the way the room will be perceived.
Contrary to hardwood floors, it is not necessary to apply a finishing product (glossy, semi-gloss or matte) in order to prolong the floor’s durability. Several reasons explain the fact that applying these products will not have a positive impact on the floor. This is because contrary to traditional wood, floating floor is an entity in and of itself, instead of being live matter.
Floating floor maintenance
Cleaning and maintaining a floating floor is quite easy. Hardware stores and flooring specialists sell a maintenance product that will help give a nice glossy surface to the floor. However, the effect will be short-lived. Different maintenance products are available on the market. Ask your flooring specialist which product they recommend.
Before you start installing the floating floor, inspect each floorboard to make sure that every piece is up to par. This will avoid bad surprises.
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