When it comes to choosing the best flooring solutions for our Metro Atlanta clients, we need not overlook the most fundamental criteria which is quite frequently “forgotten” and that is the correct method for proper installations. Since we have certain types of flooring materials there needs to be a standard operating procedure for the most common methods for installation purposes and we shall discuss all three to include the pros and cons for both floating floors versus non-floating floors so hang on and let’s get started folks.
So what are the three most common methods of installing specific flooring solutions? Glad you asked all you good folks in Metro Atlanta so here we go and they are as follows: floating, nail-down and of course glue-down. Once we understand our options in full detail, it will help you make an informed decision on the pros and cons when giving serious consideration on purchasing either floating floors versus non-floating floors so let’s keep moving towards your final goal of making an informed decision and please remember that Foxhound Floors Atlanta will answer all your questions and make it easier for you to decide what flooring solution is best to include allowing you the most cost effective solution.
Before we can really decide on what solution we want let’s talk about the differences between a floating floor versus a non-floating floor. For goodness sakes Foxhound Floors Atlanta, please get to the point! Okay folks, here it is: floating floors can be assembled or pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle (an exaggeration but just wanted to present an analogy) so that means that it is much easier when it comes to the installation aspect. Also, from a cost benefit perspective, they save the client money which brings a happiness tone into the conversation. In addition to this, floating floors are also considered to be environmentally friendly due to the fact that the process of using really odorous materials not to mention seriously messy adhesives is reason enough to choose the floating floor option.
Furthermore, as I mentioned earlier but want to reiterate, the installation is relatively pretty quick versus the non-floating flooring solution. Sold! That is what my clients like to say on occasion and needless to say it never fails to bring a smile to the Foxhound Floors Atlanta Team. Lest I forget, we definitely need to address humidity (it’s truly a serious topic which I will write about at some point with lots of details as it is important to understand the ramifications of your decision for your flooring solutions) and how it affects a floating floor versus a non-floating floor. For starters, floating floors are installed in one big piece which means that when it comes to humidity, this type of flooring will adapt due to expansion and contraction based on the conditions of the room’s humidity which is truly amazing. However (just when you thought it was too good to be true) since I have to tell both sides of the story, the drawback is that floating floors wear out faster than non-floating floors. Why?
Well good people of Metro Atlanta and beyond, there is a simple answer to that and it is as follows: it is because floating floors are made of thinner materials and can’t be sanded down so that means that they wear out faster hence a shorter lifespan and for commercial purposes that are used for heavy foot traffic such as restaurants, office spaces and retail stores will not prove so beneficial for these types of businesses, a glue-down or nail-down solution would be best as far as the life span of the flooring is concerned.
What more can you tell me about the cons of floating floors? Well, another drawback for floating floors is that this type of flooring can be noisier and quite hollow sounding than the actual nail-down or glue-down solutions. Why you ask?
It’s because an underlayment is needed and more specifically a cork underlayment has to be added and that helps quiet down the unwanted and not to mention the unexpected noises which are utterly annoying. Where is this cork underlayment installed? It’s installed underneath the required vapor barrier which leads me to believe that by now you should have an understanding of the pros and cons of floating floors so let’s move on to non-floating floors and see what they are all about.
Let’s talk about the pros of non-floating floors such as glue-down hardwood floor installations and all its tendencies if you will. For starters, the adhesives you will use to glue wood down to the subfloor will make for a very strong bond and the newer types of adhesives are phenomenal. Why? Because these adhesives are elastomeric which basically means that this type of adhesive allows for the wood board expansion and contraction but the really good news is that they don’t grow or shrink like they would with a floating or nail down solution which is great for all our clients. This type of solution such as engineered wood when using glue for the installation will make the engineered floor sound like a solid wood floor which is an absolute plus. Furthermore, the glue itself acts as its very own vapor barrier so unlike floating floors, there is no need for an extra underlayment which means that it is cost effective as the adhesive (we use quality material) acts as the vapor barrier itself. How cool is that folks? Unfortunately, we do have unpleasant news based on the glue down flooring and you guessed it!
The glue can be a messy solution and must be cleaned up correctly per the specifications of the manufacturer due to the adhesive being extremely difficult to clean up once the adhesive has dried up. And there is more bad news folks! Yes, the smell of the glue itself is very strong but it all depends on what type of adhesive you might be using for the flooring solution you have in mind.
At this point, I think that I will stop as I’ve shared relevant information for my clients and of course, more articles are on my desk ready to be put on our blog all due to my Metro Atlanta business travels which allow me the opportunity to come across many scenarios and of course, we at Foxhound Floors Atlanta have the ready solutions based on our expertise and collective experience. Thank you for reading this highly informative article and we promise to keep delivering more practical knowledge to our clients and potential clients.
Foxhound Floors Atlanta Team