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What is a Floating Timber floor

What Is A Floating Timber Floor?

If you or someone in your industry are engaged in a discussion about “floating timber floors,” you probably know that their popularity is increasing. The rising popularity of these flooring solutions is due to their aesthetic looks, easy to install features, and the benefits they bring for homeowners. This article will introduce what floating timber floor are, what benefits the offer, how much they cost and what types you can expect.

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What Is A Floating Timber Floor?

Floating timber floors are engineered timber floor that can be installed floating . Through the engineered timber floor joint system, each piece of timber floor is locked together, combined into one. Different from full-glue installation, it does not stick to the floor underneath, they just stay on top of it, connected to each other.

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What Are The Benefits Of Floating Timber floor?

Floating timber floors’ interlocking and non-stick to the floorinstallation features bring 4 benefits to those who like timber floors.

1. Easy Installation

Another major advantage of floating timber floors is their installation is easy. Different from traditional hardwood floors, which are very demanding and need the professional help of an expert, floating floors can be installed rapidly and easily by even DIY enthusiasts.

2. Durable

They can handle changes in temperature and humidity without getting damaged.This is because wood floors can expand and shrink depending on the temperature and humidity. By letting the floor “float” on top, it can move around without getting damaged. This will be crucial in such environments where the temperature and humidity levels vary, e.g. in residential homes with a central heating or cooling system.

3. Portable

The portability of floating timber floors has lots of advantages. If you’re a homeowner and you think you might move or renovate in the future, it’s nice to have flooring that you can take with you. Also, if one part of the floor gets damaged, you can just replace that part instead of having to replace the whole floor. This saves time and money on repairs.

4. Cost-Effective

Floating timber flooring is a cheaper option compared to hardwood flooring. This is because it is easier and less expensive to install. It is also strong and long-lasting, which means it will save homeowners money on maintenance and repair costs in the long run.

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How To Join Floating Timber floor?

Most Timber floor are nailed or glued to the subfloor. But floating timber floors are different. They “float” over the subfloor, which means each board is not glued to the subfloor, but instead just sits on top of it. This is done with a system that clicks and locks or fits together like a puzzle.

Floating timber floors can be installed together with three joint systems.

1. Tongue and Groove

Tongue and groove joint is a type of joint used for woodwork and flooring installation. It involves one piece with a little bump (the tongue) sticking out, and the other has a groove (a slot) where the bump fits perfectly. Tongue and groove joints are widely applied in flooring, paneling, and cabinetry for their strength and endurance.

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2. 2G Click

The 2G click system is a locking system for the installation of floating timber floors. This system is composed of planks which are manufactured with tongues and grooves that lock each other horizontally in a secure way. Thus this click system is easy to use and install and does not require much power from the user.

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3. 5G Click

“5G” is the name is for the fifth generation of this snap system, which has been developed and optimized over previous versions to give improved installation simplicity and durability. It ensures that boards can be safely and securely clicked and locked together both horizontally and vertically.

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How To Install Floating Timber Floors ?

Due to the differences in the three joint systems, attention needs to be paid during installation, and the method of interlocking every two pieces of timber floors is also different.

Tongue and Groove Floating Timber floor

To install T&G floors, you can use glue or nails to fix the planks between two pieces of floors. You fit the tongue of one plank into the groove of another plank and then lower it into place. This makes the planks fit tightly and securely.

2G Click Floating Timber floor

Just like the 5G click system, the 2G click system features a simplified locking mechanism that requires less force to install. Planks are clicked and locked together horizontally, providing a quick and easy installation process.

5G Click Floating Timber floor

The 5G click system is a special way of connecting planks that makes them fit together really well. It doesn’t need glue, nails or anything else to keep them in place. It’s a very strong and stable way of installing planks.

How to Make A High Precision Joint System for Floating Timber floor?

A high-precision joint system will allow you to install easily, and ensure joint firmly and flat installation. To achieve these usage effects, factories use two types of equipment to make the joint system.

1. Precision Test Equipment

We use a machine to check that every batch of click matches exactly with the drawing, even if it’s made a long time ago. This makes sure that old batches can be put together with new ones.

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2. Advanced equipment for Profile Cutting

To cut the wood flooring, we make use of the HOMAG line, and cut using the HOMAG machines and hence, the accuracy of our floor profile will be the highest. Right now, Duramagic has two modern models by HOMAG production line.

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HOMAG can cut the depth of the beve according to customer requirements while making the joint system. It can provide customers with seamless and seam joint effects. There are micro-bevel, full-bevel, or square edge options.

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Types oF Floating Timber floor

HOMAG is suitable for grooving wooden boards, In floating floors, the material is real wood. There are two types of wood flooring, engineered wood and solid wood flooring.

Engineered Timber floor

Engineered timber is designed to be more resistant to moisture, it can be used in such places where you frequently experience humidity fluctuation, like bathrooms and basements. It is fairly durable as a flooring material and is less prone to warping and expansion compared to solid timber. The top layer, which is most commonly made up of good quality hardwood, serves the purpose of giving the typical appearance of real wood.

Multi-layer Engineered Wood Flooring construction

Solid Timber floor

Solid timber flooring is made from a single piece of hardwood which ensures originality and beautiful natural appearance. It provides the best stability and durability among the other types of timber floors.

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How Much Do Floating Timber Floor Cost?

To calculate the cost of purchasing Floating Timber Floor, which is a multi-layer engineered wood floor, from a factory in China, it is need to know the specifications, veneer species and grade that the customer wants. To give you a more accurate understanding, I have listed the prices of herringbone pattern wood floor in the table below.

Floating Timber Floor Veneer Specification Veneer Grade Quantity(㎡) Joint System Finishing FOB Shanghai
Herringbone Engineered timber floor Oak 600x90x14/3 AB 1500 Tongue and Groove UV lacquer/Oiled 29 USD/㎡
Herringbone Engineered timber floor Oak 600x90x14/3 ABCD 1500 Tongue and Groove UV lacquer/Oiled 29 USD/㎡
Herringbone Engineered timber floor Walnut 600x90x14/3 AB 1500 Tongue and Groove UV lacquer/Oiled 33 USD/㎡
Herringbone Engineered timber floor Walnut 600x90x14/3 ABC 1500 Tongue and Groove UV lacquer/Oiled 31.5 USD/㎡

The engineered wood flooring looks more natural than the laminated flooring, and is cheaper and more stable than the solid wood flooring. What factors affect its cost in terms of materials?

No Item Detailed
1 Veneer Oak, Red Oak, Ash, American Walnut, Teak, Maple, Hickory, Doussie, Iroko, Merbau, Ipe, Sapele, Birch, Palisandar, Rosewood, Taun, Mahogany, Black Lotus, Cumaru, Sucupira and so on.
2 Veneer Grade AB(Premium), ABC(Selec), ABCD(Rustic)
3 Quantity The smaller the quantity, the higher the cost.
4 Veneer Thickness 1.2/2/3/4/6mm
5 Joint System Tongue and Groove,2G Click,5G Click
6 Finishing UV Lacquered, UV Oiled, Waxed Oil, Natural Oil,Water-based
7 Playwood Birch/Eucalyptus

When you need a factory to produce your brand series of timber floors, you can tell the international trade salesman at the factory your 7 requirements for timber floors. They will assist you in calculating the final manufacturing cost.

Common Myths Debunked

Not Suitable for All Areas:

Contrary to popular opinion, floating timber floors are suitable for many different environments, such as living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and even bathrooms. Floating timber floors will withstand humidity and temperature changes as long as they are installed properly and provided with moisture protection. This makes them a reliable choice for almost any space type.

Limited Design Options:

A frequent myth is that floating timber floors have limited design possibilities.Yet, the facts are entirely different. These floors have a wide selection of styles, colors, and finishes, ranging from the traditional oak to the modern gray tones.

Prone to Damage:

Some people perceive that floating timber floors are more open to damage compared to other flooring options. Though they need to be properly maintained, these floors are highly durable and resistant to wear and tear.

CONCLUSION

Are they worth it for you?

We will pay close attention to your needs and interact with you on a deeper level. Considering your budget and your specific needs, and whether your customization is unique or complex, we have a team of experienced craftsmen to support you. We can send you samples within 7-15 working days. This way, you can quickly check the quality and design details of the wooden floor.

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Final Thoughts

Investing in high-quality floating timber floors like Engineered floating timber floors can ultimately save you money in maintenance and replacement costs over time.

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