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Timber "oating "oors are now being used in many homes across Australia. Some of us are still 'in the dark' however, about what they are exactly and how they can be used.

A "oating timber "oor is simply any type of wood "oor that has not been nailed, glued or otherwise attached to a sub"oor. Packaged ready to lay, timber "oating "oors are made from attaching a layer of soft or hardwood to a high density !breboard substrate. The boards usually come pre!nished to make laying the "oor simple and fast. Many timber "oating boards can still be sanded back and re!nished if necessary (in a similar way to traditional real "oorboards) but usually only once or twice before the top layer becomes too thin.

The real beauty of this kind of "ooring is that it can be placed over pretty much any type of existing "oor – tiles, concrete, plywood, particleboard or cork. The existing "ooring simply needs to be level. Property investors can quickly change the entire look of an apartment or house by installing "oating "oorboards. It's also an economical way to re-"oor, with DIY enthusiasts saving even more money by installing it themselves.

Price and ease of installation are two big reasons why "oating boards have become so popular. Another is the striking way they look. Floating timber "oors can reproduce the look of any timber you wish from jarrah to merbau and from oak to pine, the choices are plentiful and the !nished look is no less impressive then real structural timber "oorboards. There's even fake timber "oating laminate "oors for the really budget conscious which can still look like the real deal. So if you're thinking of a renovation rescue at your place or you're preparing your home to sell, maybe some "oating "ooring is the way to spruce things up!