Floating Floors can be an exceptional tool for completing a project. Lots of quality products are available for the floating floor installation such as some of the following: engineered hardwood floors, laminate flooring, Luxury Vinyl A.K.A. LVT, sheet vinyls and even lock together porcelain tile. Although, many of these products might be more suitable to a glue down option, sometimes this floating option can be part of a perfect plan.
Periodically, I find when working with a client that the reason the old floor is being replaced is not because it worn out or the client was tired of the look, but it due to subfloor failure.
Subfloor problems might look like cracked and moving concrete, moisture issues, old slanted homes,
uneven surfaces or loose layers and asbestos that is costly to remove.
When we look at the cost of correcting the subfloor issues and the cost to bring it back to a solid, suitable underlayment, sometimes it makes sense to do the minimum to the subfloor and put the money into a quality floating floor that can bridge the mess underneath. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to cover up rot or create a potential new problem. I just want the client to end up with a quality product without over spending and breaking the bank if cost is an issue.
It makes sense to me at times to put the money in the finished product that will perform long term rather than break the bank to rebuild the subfloor and/or underlayment only to run out of funds to install a quality product on top.
In short, the next time you have a client talk about the major floor prep involved in his project, give a floating floor a thought. It might make things easier for you both and save the client some money. Not to mention free some funds for an upgraded floor.