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Timber floating floors are now being used in hundreds of thousands of homes across Australia. Some of us are still ‘in the dark’ however, about what they are exactly and how they can be used.

A floating timber floor is simply any type of wood floor that has not been nailed, glued or otherwise attached to a subfloor. Packaged ready to lay, timber floating floors are made from attaching a layer of soft or hardwood to a high density fibreboard substrate. The boards usually come prefinished to make laying the floor simple and fast. Many timber floating boards can still be sanded back and refinished if necessary (in a similar way to traditional real floorboards) but usually only once or twice before the top layer becomes too thin.

The real beauty of this kind of flooring is that it can be placed over pretty much any type of existing floor – tiles, concrete, plywood, particleboard or cork. The existing flooring simply needs to be level. Property investors can quickly change the entire look of an apartment or house by installing floating floorboards. It’s also an economical way to re-floor, with DIY enthusiasts saving even more money by installing it themselves.

Price and ease of installation are two big reasons why floating boards have become so popular. Another is the striking way they look. Floating timber floors can reproduce the look of any timber you wish from jarrah to merbau and from oak to pine, the choices are plentiful and the finished look is no less impressive then real structural timber floorboards. There’s even fake timber floating laminate floors for the really budget conscious which can still look like the real deal. So if you are thinking of a renovation rescue at your place or you’re preparing your home to sell, maybe some floating flooring is the way to spruce things up!

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