Pros and Cons for glue-down or floating doors

Hi, I’d like to know what the difference is between a glue-down and floating floor and what are their pros/cons? Thanks.

Asked by khalid on 9th May 2022
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"Glue down is a waste of time and stupid my opinion terrible to remove if replacing better with floating floor simply laid on underlay or in some cases it's not needed"
Answered on 12th May 2022 - Member since Apr 2022 - report
"I will use insurance to be a simple example.

A floating floor would be claimable under your contents insurance. If your house was tipped upside down, what would 'fall out' is deemed as contents.

A glue down floor in the same circumstances wouldn't fall out and therefore would be buildings insurance (part of the structure).

In my experience and opinion, there can be more potential problems with a floating floor than a glue down one and therefore unless you really have to, you shouldn't go with a floating floor.

In terms of pros and cons:

Floating floors can be lower budget should this be necessary (I'm talking in general - there are some top quality wood floors)

The preparation with a floating floor sometimes can be less and therefore, affordable on the budget.

In terms of longevity, the glue down will be longer lasting by far (as long as installed correctly).

What I state to my customers is that you should have whatever floor they like based on 1) budget 2) look/design/colour they are going for 3) lifestyle (pets, children etc.) 4) duration of stay in the property.

Whichever way you choose, as long as it is installed correctly, you won't go wrong with what YOU choose for YOU."
Answered on 12th May 2022 - Member since Oct 2017 - report
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