One of the most popular renovation options for Victorian homeowners when considering replacing worn carpets or tiles is to consider installing floating timber floors. However, if you are weighing up this option, there are a few considerations that you need to allow for before you finalise this decision.
One common issue that many people don’t consider before they install floating floors is the increased sound when people walk on a timber surface instead of carpets or vinyl. Whilst this may not seem like an issue within the space of your own home, it can become a problem for neighbours, particularly in some medium density units or apartments.
In fact, some Owner’s Corporations, (or Body Corporates as they used to be known), have specific bylaws that govern how floating floors are insulated. Even where there are no specific rules, there is normally a general requirement that you not disturb other resident’s quiet enjoyment of their property.
No matter what quality of floating floors you install, they will never be as sound absorbent as carpet on underlay. It is also important to understand that sound insulation can be unpredictable as the materials in your home’s walls will also affect the reflecting of noise from the floors.
One rule that never changes when installing floating floors is that there is no substitute for experienced tradespeople and quality materials. If you have friends or family who have used floating floors in a renovation, it’s worth taking a close look at the end result and, if the job was done well, asking what brand and what installer they used. If you are getting quotes from multiple installers, it’s also worth asking if they are prepared to guarantee the floors to the extent that if there are complaints from your neighbours, they will re-install the floors with better insulation.
Last, but certainly not least, if you are considering renovating your property with the longer-term goal of selling it in mind, it’s worth getting some experienced advice from a member of the team at Ian Reid Vendor Advocates before you make that final decision. After all, you may not want to spend all that money only to discover that it won’t impact your property value at all!
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