: Are laminate "floating" floors any good?
In my opinion, they're pretty good. But like most other things,
you get what you pay for and need to pay attention to the maker's
reputation. We have a floating laminate floor in our living
room. Here are my opinions:
No visible cracks. It's amazing they can make wood joints snap
together to perfectly and reliably. End to end or side to side,
all 4 sides lock together, and you just can't see any seams.
Water penetration: They do warn about that. Don't let liquids
stay on them for any length of time or it could penetrate the
seams. That's why we went with wood rather than mdf etc.
They also sell a non-gluing to use inthe seams at outside
Recommended cleaing is a damp mopping, never use floor cleaners.
Finish still looks excellent. They "click" together, making
perfect seams. NO idea how they accomlisth it so reliably and
perfectly, but they do. If you find a cull, they take ti back
and replace it or pay for it.
Goes down FAST and easy, full directions included.
NO scratches yet. None at all. Have a 25 yr warranty plus the
surface is extremely hard to scratch. Even dogs don't seem to
It does "dent" though, just like any wood will. But, the
dents don't crack away any finish; it stays put. Dropped a
hammer on it recently; dinged it, but no other damage & the ding
isn't visible unless you turn on the overhead lights.
Claims it can be sanded three times. But needs surface
refinishing if you sand it. Sanding will void the 25 yr wear
warranty so they say sanding's for end of warranty replenishment
<g>. You interpret that!
Sbufloor must be straight; forget the specs. I discovered a
"sunken" part of my floor outside my coputer room door and had to
slide a bunch of 3/16" panelling in there to support it so it
wouldn't flex when stepped on; didn't want the joints to loosen
With a proper floating foam under it, it's not at all noisy to
walk on. They do warn against spiked high heels.
Can be hard to get the transitions looking right at doorways,
Have to allow (with mine anyway) 3/8" expansion joint all around
edges; can't use the cheapie mopboards, etc., but who wants to?
Can't nail or glue a floating floor. It -must- float in order
for the seams to stay so perfect. The nail/glue types I looked
at did have noticeable seams along the sides.
Many different kinds available. Lots of info articles on the
'net. Just search for them; easy to find.
Max length of our was 29 ft. At 29', needed to add a spacer "T"
and continue from there. Had a wide 5' doorway, so used it
And finally, it makes the wife want to redo the entire living
room and the rest of the floors in the house! It's not cheap,
but it's a good floor, IMO.
So far, no visible problems noted. But it's far from 25 years