Floating floor layers Melbourne - Flaoting floor professionals Melbourne CBD

Our Floating floor layers Melbourne are second to none. ‘Floating floor’ actually describes the process of installing the flooring product, not the product itself. A floating floor does not attach to the subfloor beneath. Individual boards or planks are attached to one another. The benefits of a floating floor include easier and inexpensive installation, engineered durability and the flexibility to endure expansion and contraction caused by environmental conditions.

Floating floor installation process

  • Timber floor layers inspect the sub floor-:Our Melbourne timber floor layers will check your sub-floor to determine the level of preparation needed to install new floating floor. The sub-floor has a very important role in the final output of the new flooring installation. Preparation of a subfloor is absolutely crucial in obtaining a stunning, even and stable timber or laminate floor as well as retaining manufactures warranty on all flooring products. Flooring installed on substandard sub-floors will void manufactures warranty.Our timber floor layers Melbourne will advise you on the spot about the level of sub-floor preparation needed and the rough cost involved. You will be advised in advance all the costs of your new floating floor project. There are no hidden costs. Our timber floor layers Melbourne will advise you on the spot about the level of sub-floor preparation needed and the rough cost involved. You will be advised in advance all the costs of your new floating floor project. There are no hidden costs.
  • Subfloor levelling-:According to Australian and Manufacture’s standards our timber floor layers in Melbourne will prepare sub-floor to be suitable for installation of your new floating floor. Laminate and Timber Floating Floor can be installed over any hard, stable and even surfers including Tiles and Vinyl. Any uneven parts of concrete sub-floors may need to be grind off or filled with special fast-drying levelling compound for concrete. Timber or particleboard sub-floors may need to be sanded back with the help of a floor sander or plainer, or any void filled with special fast-drying levelling compound for timber products. By experience we are aware that a very few floor layers on the Melbourne offer customers sub-floor levelling without subcontracting this process to a third party. Completing all stages of floating floor installation by our timber layers, will save you money as well as guarantees job well done.
  • Old floor covers removal-:We can put out existing floor coverings like carpet, vinyl or tiles. If there is a difference in levels in some areas after the removal, we can make them all the same level by filling them, or install transition trims between different levels, whichever you prefer. Our timber layers will explain to you all possible options before we start.
  • Direction of installation and expansion joints-: We will advise you and consult with you in regard to laying direction and any possible expansion joints needed. Laying direction plays a significant part in the visual effect of your new floor. Expansion joints are sometimes necessary depending on the size of the area, layout of the room, flooring type used, length of boards, width of boards, sources of light. Our flooring technician will advise you about the possible expansion joints needed in advance before installation.
  • Timber doorjambs-: Our timber floor layers undercut all timber doorjambs and architraves so we can insert flooring underneath during installation for a professional finish.
  • Skirting boards-: We can remove and reposition your existing skirting boards, or supply and install new once, or leave them in place and supply Scotia (quad beading) for a nice and neat completion on the perimeter of your new floor – according to your wishes. Our timber flooring technician will advise you on the best solution for your floor.
  • Finishing touches-: We will vacuum your new floor. Your new floating floor is ready to walk on immediately after installation.

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Floating floor installation - Pros & Cons

It’s important to consider floating floor pros and cons before installing new flooring. Because floating floors are intended to last for an extended period, you want to make the right choice for a given application. Engineered flooring, made with a variety of timber species, is popular because it’s easy to install and less expensive than a traditional solid floor. However, it has some distinct disadvantages that you may want to weigh before taking the plunge.

Floating floor installation Pros

The main advantages of floating floors are price, ease of installation, and flexibility. Compared to old-style installations, it’s both cost effective and easier to install floating floors because they require less labour and are often possible to install without professional assistance. Individuals with basic do-it-yourself skills can typically install a floating floor in a simple room successfully, or they can hire a handyperson to help with the installation.

A huge range of species and patterns is available, and because this flooring can be installed over a variety of substrates, it’s highly flexible.Besides, the installation tends to be less expensive and it’s eco-friendly to boot, because it uses less wood. Some companies specifically seek out certified eco-friendly components including recycled materials as well. In addition, a floating floor installation will give your floors room to expand and contract with increases and decreases in humidity

Floating floor installation cons

When you walk on floating floors you may notice some flexibility and bounce. This is usual because of the air cushion, and can actually make the floor more comfortable for people with leg and back problems. However, it also represents a serious con, because that same flexibility contributes to faster floor wear. In environments where the temperature shifts frequently or moisture levels are high, floating flooring is not the best choice because it can develop warping, pitting, and mold. Another disadvantage is the fact that floating flooring cannot be sanded. It is designed with a sealed finish. Once the flooring starts to wear, it cannot be refinished; it needs to be replaced.Furthermore, the flooring requires a special moisture barrier underlayment to protect it from humidity, which can sometimes add to the cost of installation; when you’re pricing out floating flooring, remember to include the cost of the moisture barrier.

Engineered, bamboo, and laminate flooring can all be installed over a structural subfloor using an underlayment. The boards in floating flooring are attached to each other but not to the subfloor. Another feature shared by all of these goods is the presence of cellulose fibre, which has the virtue of being hygroscopic. A hygroscopic material absorbs moisture from the air and swells when the relative humidity is high, but releases moisture to the air when the relative humidity is low. As a result, each of these goods used in floating floors is susceptible to seasonal swelling and shrinking, and because they are not attached to their subfloors, seasonal movement impacts can be higher than some owners or contractors anticipate.

Movement in Solid Timber

First, we must analyse solid timber flooring and how it shrinks and swells in response to changing relative humidity. Board expansion happens under high humidity circumstances and board shrinking under low humidity conditions. Although temperature and humidity fluctuate throughout the day and night, a floor's response is typically sluggish, and we frequently notice slight variations month to month. However, during protracted wet periods or persistent hot and dry weather, things can change, and a floor may react substantially over the course of a week. For a floor to function to its full potential, every site and expected in-service environment must be analysed, including floating floors, engineered, bamboo, and laminate.


Engineered flooring varies from solid timber flooring in that it is often a multi-layered timber product. The reason for this form of construction is to limit the amount of width movement in a board when the moisture content of The flooring changes. As a result, when wet, an engineered floor expands less than a solid timber floor, and when dry, it shrinks less than solid timber flooring. Movement is primarily in width, but there is also some lengthwise movement, which distinguishes it from solid timber flooring.


Bamboo is technically a grass, not a timber. The most common type of bamboo flooring is strand woven bamboo, which is manufactured by cutting the bamboo into long strands, coating the strands with adhesive, and curing the adhesive under pressure and heat to form a beam. The beam is then separated into boards. The fibres generally align, and as a result, the majority of the movement caused by humidity changes occurs in the width of the board, but there is also some longitudinal movement. Floated floors typically experience greater seasonal fluctuation in board width (shrinkage and swelling) than engineered and laminate floated floors.


These floating floor products have design restrictions, and if the humidity remains either too low or too high for an extended period of time, the product's performance may be less than optimal. It should be noted that floated floors are less resistant to adverse weather conditions than solid timber floors. To meet more extreme conditions, it may be easier to modify the moisture content of solid wood floors prior to installation. It is also critical that while installing floating floors, the manufacturers' recommendations are reviewed and followed.They frequently specify an optimal humidity range for their products, and if conditions remain outside of this range for an extended period of time, both the performance and appearance of the floor can suffer.

The ideal performance ranges stated by each manufacturer are unique to each product. One manufacturer may state that their product performs best in situations ranging from 35% to 60% relative humidity, whilst another may state that their product is better suited to 40% to 70% relative humidity. Most residences in major cities have internal relative humidities ranging from 50% to 60%, however keep in mind that the internal climate might occasionally dip outside of this range, causing floors to be damaged.

In addition to seasonal variations, the internal climate associated with building design, as well as the effects of heating and cooling systems, must be considered. The conditions we choose to live in are also optimal for floating flooring. Window coverings can help to prevent heat gain in the space as well as direct heating of the flooring from sunshine. Evaporative coolers can be useful in hot, dry weather because they provide moisture to the air when it is low. Refrigerative air conditioning can also help in hot, humid situations by lowering humidity levels. Wood-fired heaters can generate severe drying effects due to higher temperatures and low humidity, so caution should be exercised with any systems generating dry heat.

For these reasons, the installation environment, as well as building design and heating and cooling systems, must be analysed in order to lay an appropriate product and account for projected seasonal movement in the floor during installation. Similarly, owners might be cautioned on areas that they should be wary about.


We should now evaluate the expansion allowance and control joints. If a floor is in a controlled environment with minimal humidity fluctuations, it will move little (seasonal shrinking or swelling). Some floors are like this; however, it is difficult to forecast how much seasonal movement a floor will experience because, as previously said, this is determined by external weather conditions, building design, and both the heating and cooling systems installed, as well as how they are used. Expansion allowance and control joints are thus not considered owner options. The manufacturer's installation instructions specify what is required in this regard.

As previously stated, the boards in floating floors must be attached to one another rather than the subfloor. This results in a flooring panel known as a raft (a raft floats on water, and these floors 'float' on an underlay). As a result, the raft's movement must be accommodated, which can be significant as seasonal fluctuations cause movement in both width and length. As a result, we must analyse the rafts rather than the boards.

Compartmentalisation is a phrase used to describe the process of laying the floor into a series of smaller rafts that are connected together by expansion or control joints and trims. The reason for this is that if we don't, the movement of one raft region may interfere with the movement of another. Understanding this is critical, and it is illustrated diagrammatically by showing how each raft shrinks and swells in both directions from its centre.

Seasonal weather variations cause each individual raft to increase in breadth and length. If the floor is not sufficiently separated into independent rafts, movement in one section of flooring can affect the adjacent area, resulting in buckling, separation at board joints, and flooring migrating out from beneath skirtings. Where seasonal movement is higher, more room for raft movement is required, which can be achieved by using broader skirting boards or creating smaller rafts.

If a floating floor is installed in a rectangular room, there is just one floor area. However, we must also consider the raft's size; if it is too large, an intermediate expansion allowance must be allowed. This is another expansion trim that is put partially over the floor. Manufacturer instructions provide the maximum floor widths and lengths. Heavy objects, such as kitchen benches, cannot be installed on top of floating floors because they hold the floor in place and cause all expansion and shrinkage to occur at the fixed point of the bench rather than the centre of the raft.


When floating floors expand during lengthy periods of high humidity, which is frequently associated with wet weather, unevenness throughout the floor and squeaking at board joints can occur. Similarly, if the expansion allowance is used up, was insufficient when the floor was constructed, or the floor was not properly compartmentalised, pieces of the floor may lift and buckle. Under harsh conditions, the flooring may change shape. Engineered flooring may develop a crowned look, with the centres of the boards higher than the borders, and breaks in the face lamella (or veneer).Raised board edges and end joints in engineered, bamboo, and laminate flooring can also form (known as peaking) if a floor experiences excessive expansion pressure.

High Shrinkage on Floating Floors.

High degrees of shrinkage can occur as a result of a variety of reasons, the most common of which are an excessively dry internal environment or a raft that is too large or inadequately compartmentalised. As a result, flooring might pull away from beneath skirting and scotia, causing board joints to separate within the floor.Severe dry conditions with engineered flooring can also cause surface checking (split appearance) of the face lamella, as well as some cupping or delamination at the board edges. Also, be aware that excessive direct sun exposure on engineered floors can cause checking, as well as increased degrees of shrinkage on bamboo and laminate flooring. Buckling of a Floated Bamboo Floor Intense sunshine causes checking in engineered floors.

Providing for floor movement during installation.

As the saying goes, prevention is frequently better than cure. The first step is to ensure that the floor is properly built, particularly taking into account the possibility of lengthy wet or dry conditions that may occur in the future, as well as establishing adequate expansion and control joints. According to anecdotal evidence, flooring become more stable after a few years of usage, and when a new floor experiences expansion pressure owing to more extreme wet weather, some owners have acquired small dehumidifiers to drain moisture from the air and lower the pressure in the floor. Similarly, refrigerative air conditioning will remove moisture from the air but is less effective than a dehumidifier.Under extremely dry conditions, comparable but opposite methods can be employed to supply moisture to the air, such as portable evaporative coolers or pots of water atop wood-fired heaters.

Under extremely dry situations, comparable but opposite methods can be utilised, such as portable evaporative coolers to impart moisture to the air or pots of water atop wood-fired heaters.

Knowing the conditions within the home is also an effective management tool for owners, and temperature/relative humidity metres are now reasonably priced and a worthy investment. Owners who took these proactive methods during times of harsh weather reduced or eliminated potential floor concerns.

For floors that have witnessed significant expansion or shrinking, it is important to understand that the weather has frequently had a role. Such conditions do not occur every year, and when they do, they are usually for only a few weeks or fewer. The basic line is that if a floated floor has the proper expansion capacity and is compartmentalised effectively, potential difficulties are greatly reduced. However, if difficulties arise in correctly installed floors, they can frequently be resolved by cutting the floor or adding additional expansion trim. At times some immediate work to relieve the effects may be required, but care needs to be exercised in the timing and extent of such, with it often best not to complete remedial work until the extreme conditions are over and weather conditions are closer to the average ‘more normal’ conditions that the floor was performing in. At that time final tidying up can be undertaken.