Floating parquet floors
Only parquets designed for a floating installation can be used as so. This generally concerns 3-layer parquet flooring.
It is quick and causes little mess, making a floating installation ideal for a lived-in home.
Installation of floating parquet flooring is quick. As a result, the cost of installation is lower than for other types of wood floors. Sound insulation to avoid bothering people living below is also easy and cost-effective. It is, nevertheless, important to note that floating parquet floors do not suffer from mediocrity. If you are looking for a floor that will last, direct your attention of a high quality product.
When it comes to durability, only the high-quality models of floating parquet flooring will be long-lasting. Most floating wood floors can only withstand so much sanding.
This process will be further complicated if the floating parquet is installed on compressible insulation. In such cases, heavy furniture tends to deform the floating parquet, which can have a rather unsightly effect.
Risk of disorder
When the parquet is being installed, all of the boards will have to be carefully glued together in the grooves and on the tongues. This means that any size variations of the flooring, due to the temperature or moisture of a room or area, will be transferred from board to board, which is turn could cause the glue to break in one or more places. It is important to note that there is also a risk in “click” assembly as certain “clicks” do not give satisfactory assembly results.
The sound of footsteps on a floating wood floor can sometimes be considered unpleasant in your own home.
Not recommended with in-floor heating
Though some manufacturers recommend their products for use with in-floor heating, our experience has lead us to the conclusion that installing a floating parquet with in-floor heating is inadvisable. There is a high risk of deforming floorboards with this type of flooring. The performance of the heating system is also diminished.
Nailed parquet floors
Nailed parquets on floating joists are generally made of solid wood. Wood flooring can also be glued onto floating joists. Parquets on joists must be at least 19 mm thick.
Solid wood floors nailed onto joists have proven their strengths
These floors have been used in our homes for centuries. Installation on joists gives wood floors a certain elasticity under our steps, making them very comfortable indeed (this technique is used in dance studios, gyms, etc).
Very effective sound insulation
Installing parquet flooring on joists allows us to meet the many requirements of modern comfort. Insulating for the sound of footsteps is particularly effective with this type of installation. For more information, see our “Sound Insulation” page.
Good quality/price ratio for installation on floating joists
Having your parquet installed on floating joists is not any more costly than a glued-insulation type installation. If this technique is compatible with your home, we recommend having an estimate drawn-up for comparison.
Duration of installation
Installing a wood floor on floating joists takes less time than glued-insulation type installation.
Having sealed joists installed in more costly.
Installing floating joists requires a ‘reservation’ (gap between the floor and the upper-parquet) of at least 7 cm. This height can be reduced for installations on floating joists.