After deciding to go with the hardwood flooring to add the aesthetic and alluring feel to your home, you would probably think that you are done with your duty. But this might not be the actual scene here. Still you could face several questions and suggestions from your friends and peers about the category you want to have in your house. Yes, you heard it right. There is not only a single variety you will come across in the hardwood flooring style but many of them. Hard flooring is divided into two main categories: Engineered Timber Floating Floor and Laminate Flooring. So, it is important that you understand the difference between the two and then you can go further deciding which one to opt depending your need, requirements and likability.
Floating floor is a quick and easy flooring solution where the individual planks, boards or tiles especially of timber are attached to each other either by gluing or snapping together but they are not attached on the under-lying floor on which it is installed. It is a true timber hardwood with the difference just that instead of being attached with the sub-floor, it is acting like a floating surface above under-lying surface as it is not glued or attached with it. Basically, it is vertically elevated from the subfloor so that there is a space between floating floor and the sub-floor. It can be easily understand with the perception of zig-saw puzzle in your mind. Just imagine how you used to solve the zig-saw puzzle laid out on the table. To solve this, you used to connect the individual pieces to each other but not to the table. The table surface was only meant to keep the puzzle in place. Traditional hardwood floors required a very tedious installation process of nailing and fixing the wood planks, tiles to the underneath surface. But in floating floors, you are freed from such actions and floorboards can be easily attached to each other with no specialized tools.
Whereas if we talk about laminate flooring, then it is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood with a photographic image or in simple words it is a photographic image of timber floating that is then sealed. Although, actually it not real timber but it is a cheap version of the real thing which not only fits within the budget but also gives the same rich timber look. It is the reason that this flooring type is catching up the trends in not only small cities of the country but big cities like Oakville, Brampton, Toronto, Ottawa etc. The installation process is also the same as of the floating flooring. Or in other sense, it can be also considered as the type of floating floor itself as it is also glued or snapped together instead of getting nailed to the underneath surface. Just the difference lies between the real planks, tiles used in the former and photographic images used in the latter one. This type is also less expensive material-wise and labour-wise as well.
Now as we have discussed the real difference between the floating floors and laminating flooring, we can go ahead with their respective pros and cons which can help you further on your decision.
- Pros of Timber floating floor
The warmth and beauty of a real timber is timeless and elegant. Depending on the personal taste, you can also choose your own finish on the timber, whether it is raw, glass or highly gloss finish. You have a wide variety to choose from.
- Cons of Timber floating floor
One of the major drawbacks of timber floating floor is its non-resistive nature towards scratches and indentations. So, you have to take utmost care while using any sharp, abrasive things or even the movement of furniture and heels etc. can result in severe scratches on the surface which are very hard and costly to fix. As it uses real timber, so it is obvious that it makes a deep hole in your pocket. Moreover, it is not recommended for the use in wet areas.
- Pros of Laminated Flooring
This flooring is resistive to the scratches and indentations which makes it a good option for growing family with children. It uses photographic images of timber so it becomes very affordable and still offering same ambience and look as of real one. Moreover, it is much easier to be installed by any handy man and does not require only professional installers. But over all other, the biggest benefit of having laminating flooring is definitely the money factor.
- Cons of Laminated Flooring
May be it offers just alike feel and look as of real timber but real thing is always real. So, in comparison to timber floating floor, it has to take a back seat in this department. Also, the color variation in laminating flooring is very less whereas in real timber floating floor, you can have considerably larger options to choose from. Moreover, the board lengths of this flooring are 30-35% shorter than the timber floating floors.
So, there are many things to think upon before deciding the flooring type for your use. One fits in budget whereas other one is the rich, real and authentic. So, now decision is up to you, your situation and budget. But one thing is confirmed, be it any one out of these two, they both will guarantee you a good deal for sure.