tips on floating floorboards

Are floating floorboards right for you?

When homeowners start considering upgrading their flooring, particularly when they are looking to replace traffic-worn tiles or carpets, a popular choice is to install floating timber floors.

It’s worth keeping in mind, however, that there are a couple of considerations you need to keep in mind before you decide to start choosing colours and grains.

One of the issues that our team at Ian Reid Buyer and Vendor Advocates have noticed over the years is that installing floating floors can lead to increased noise within the home, and this can impact neighbours as well, particularly if you own an apartment or a unit that shares its walls.

Some Owner’s Corporations, (or Body Corporates as they used to be known), have specific bylaws that govern how floors must be installed. Others have no specific rules but may have the general requirement that you not disturb other resident’s quiet enjoyment of their property.

Even if you use the highest specification protection that provides a degree of sound insulation, a floating floor will never be as quiet as thick carpet laid over good quality underlay. It is also important to understand that floor insulation can be unpredictable as even the building’s walls will play a role in noise distribution from the floors.

It’s worth remembering that there is no substitute for experienced tradespeople and quality materials. One suggestion is to find out if anyone within the development has installed a floating floor. If the job was done well (and the neighbours have had no complaints), then that’s probably a good place to start. Another suggestion is to ask your installers if they are prepared to guarantee the floors to the extent that if there are complaints from your neighbours, they will re-install the floor with upgraded insulation.

Last, but certainly not least, if the reason you are considering installing floating floors is because you are considering taking advantage of the strength of the property market by selling this year, the smartest step of all would be to get some experienced advice on preparing your property for the market before you spend good money on an improvement that may not have any impact on your sale price.

Why not give our friendly Customer Service team a call on 9430 0000 to discuss your options? You’ll also find lots of helpful tips in our FREE booklet, “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed”, so feel free to download a copy while you’re here.