What is a floating floor?
A floating floor - or laminate floor - is made of fiberboard, to which a photo impression imitating the surface of genuine wood is applied. Available in a wide variety of styles and colours, and sold throughout our Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick stores, floating floor is a type of floor covering that imitates not only wood but ceramic, concrete and others.
Developed in the early 1980s, floating floor has improved significantly since it was first invented. It is now much more durable and its result is more realistic. Today, it is considered an affordable and versatile solution for those wanting to purchase a floor covering at a lower price without having to compromise on quality and looks.
What exactly is a "floating floor"?
This type of flooring is said to be floating because it is neither nailed nor glued to the base of the floor. How does it stay in place then? It’s simple: the slates of a laminated floor are stacked into each other by means of a tongue and groove system.
Floating floors: an increasingly popular choice
An increasing number of people are choosing and preferring floating floors to hardwood, ceramic or other types of floors. They’re doing so because it’s affordable, durable and easy to maintain, and with a little bit of patience and resourcefulness, it’s relatively easy to install.
Pros and cons of a floating floor
A floating floor has many advantages. The first one is undoubtedly its affordability. As a matter of fact, it gives very nice results at a fraction of the price of a hard wood floor or other floor coverings, like ceramic for instance. Moreover, a laminated floor is:
• easy to maintain
• relatively easy to lay
Laying a floating floor yourself
Unlike other types of floor coverings, like ceramic, the laminated panels that make up the floating floor are relatively easy to install and don’t necessarily require the intervention of a team of professional installers. If you have the basic tools and like manual labour, you could save big by installing a floating floor yourself!
The clever interlocking systems of the laminated wood panels ensure quick and easy installation. And since it’s a "floating" floor, it’s not actually attached to the floor, which makes the work a whole lot simpler. It is very important to follow the instructions and choose the recommended products from the manufacturer when installing the floor. In case of doubt, please ask one of our floor covering experts in one of our stores in Quebec, Ontario or New Brunswick.
Floating floor maintenance
Another great advantage of a laminated floor is that it’s easy to maintain, easy to clean and relatively stable.
Simply pass the vacuum on a regular basis and clean it using a wet mop and a neutral detergent to preserve its appearance. However, watch out for too much wetness, which could warp the floor covering.
Where to install the floating floor
This type of floor covering lends itself to many rooms. It is, however, recommended not to lay it in a room with a lot of back and forth like a hallway or corridor, for example. Seeing as it is relatively moisture sensitive, it is not ideal for bathrooms, kitchens and entrances.
Floating floors: the latest trends
Concrete effect is currently all the rage in our floating floor stores in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick.
Since the product has significantly evolved since it was first invented in Europe in the early 1980s, laminated floors are now available in a huge selection of models imitating floor coverings of any type, from hardwood and cork to concrete, ceramic and more. Agglomerated wood panels also come in many sizes and thicknesses. Ask our decoration experts for advice: they will be pleased to help you find the right floor covering.
Déco Surfaces: a broad range of floating floors
Déco Surfaces is a floor covering and decoration leader in Eastern Canada. We have stores across Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick. Our floor covering experts will advise you properly and help you decide!