Timber Flooring - Direct Stick vs. Floating Floors – Which is best?
So, you’ve decided on engineered timber flooring, a choice we don’t think you’ll regret! But how should you install your flooring? What options are out there?
As with anything, there are benefits and limitations to both direct stick and floating installation. We’re going to take you through everything you need to know before choosing an install method for your timber flooring.
For all the DIYers out there, floating your floor is perfect for you. Floating your timber flooring means the floors can be laid immediately, with an appropriate underlay, and in most cases, walked on instantly. Because the floorboards aren’t glued down it is also easier to replace or change the floors once they are installed.
DIY glue down installation is possible but requires more care and skill than floating. Because boards are being glued directly to the subfloor, this allows little room for error. If undertaking DIY direct stick install, it’s important to understand the risks involved and be aware that if not done correctly, it could lead to greater costs down the track if flooring must be re-laid.
Look, Feel & Sound
Do both direct stick and floating floors feel the same? Well, not quite. Acoustically, direct sticking your flooring is unmatched. When glued down, engineered timber floorboards will sound, look and feel like solid timber. Floating your floor on the other hand can lead to your boards sounding hollow and produce a louder sound underfoot.
Building your forever home? Then gluing down your flooring is for you. Direct stick installation means that the floorboards are less susceptible to contractions due to temperature and humidity. Direct stick boards are also more resistant to water damage, making them an extremely durable timber flooring option.
Gluing down also means that the floorboards can be resanded over their lifetime, whereas a floating floor cannot be resanded due to the fact the boards are not attached to the subfloor.
Direct stick is without doubt is a permanent flooring solution, however if you are fitting out a temporary home or investment property, floating floors could be more advantageous, as boards can be removed and re-used elsewhere if necessary.
As a premium flooring option, timber flooring often sits at a higher price point than other alternatives. In saying that, engineered timber is significantly more affordable than solid timber, including in its installation. However, floating your flooring is by far the more affordable install option. When glueing down a floor you are paying for quality, therefore it stands that it is a more expensive alternative.
As we’ve seen above, choosing how to install your timber flooring will come down to a range of factors and personal preferences. But we always recommend direct sticking your flooring if possible. The end result will be of a higher quality and breathe longevity into your home.
If you still have any questions about timber flooring installation, don’t hesitate to contact our customer service team.By James Embelton