Cons of Floating Floors


If you're debating what type of floor to install in a room within your home, a floating floor could give you a water resistant floor in the look you want. Be sure the product is what you want before you spend your money. Floating floors come in a variety of styles, including wood and vinyl options.


  • Although many floating floors are installed with no problems, it's important to read the directions or watch your installer when he's installing your floating floor. When floating floors are installed a gap should be left between the flooring and the edge of the wall to allow the floor room to expand. If the floor isn't installed correctly or a gap isn't left by either the installer or you, the floor can peak or bubble, creating an unsightly spot in the middle of your floor.


  • Engineered wood floating floors aren't as durable and long lasting as traditional plank hardwood floors. They feature only a thin veneer of wood on each section of flooring and can typically only be refinished once if at all. You can refinish traditional plank wood flooring multiple times, depending on the thickness of the original board.The thickness and quality of the veneer used on an engineered wood floor varies by manufacturer.


  • Floating flooring is typically perceived as being less expensive than its traditional counterparts, but this isn't always true. According to Taunton's Inspired House, installing an engineered wood floating floor can set you back anywhere from $8 to $10 per square foot. In many cases, you can purchase other traditional flooring types, such as hardwood plank flooring, from a home improvement store for less.

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