Remodelling an old and dated home involves many different individual projects. Some are important for regaining structural integrity but don't contribute a lot to improved aesthetics. Others are far more visible and make an enormous difference to the look and feel of the property.
Replacing worn and unattractive flooring is one of the most visible projects, and it generally provides a rapid and impressive transformation. Flooring is one of the largest surface areas of the interior of a home, which is why replacing dated materials with fresh, modern flooring is so impactful.
These days, there are many types of flooring to choose from on the market. One of these choices is a floating timber floor. If you're considering your options for new flooring in your home, here are two reasons why a floating timber floor might be a great choice:
1. They're quick and easy to install
Unlike traditional timber flooring, floating floors don't require a solid framework of timber joists and beams to be installed. Instead, the timber floorboards sit directly on top of the existing floor and gain strength through each board being attached to the adjacent boards. This allows the floor to float, hence the name.
Floating floors don't require any expensive or time-consuming preparation work, such as removing and disposing of old flooring materials or building a new support structure. They can be laid directly over most other flooring types, including concrete, tile, carpet and linoleum. This means fast installation and lower costs for labour.
2. They're highly sustainable
Floating timber flooring is often the preferred choice for homeowners who value creating a more sustainable home. To begin with, timber is a natural, renewable material that has a very low ecological footprint. It's also completely recyclable and as trees grow, they absorb and trap carbon from the atmosphere.
Another reason why floating timber flooring is seen as sustainable is because of the added insulation it provides. Floors are typically one of the most under-insulated features of older homes and are responsible for a significant amount of heat transfer. This means a less comfortable home with lower energy efficiency.
A floating timber floor adds another layer of thermal resistance to your home, helping you to keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. If you want to increase the level of insulation, you can add a layer of insulated underlay to the existing floor before the floating floor is installed.