Lately, we at Premier Flooring Solutions have been speaking with retailers about comparing floating floors with glue down floors, and why people should take a look at the difference between the two, especially in regards to cost savings.
A lot of consumers today are focusing on the price of the hardwood floors as a unit price, and they have an idea of what they should be paying; for example $4 a foot. Retailers are very competitive and do anything they can to beat each other on the unit price of the floor.
What the consumer is not factoring in to the cost of their floor is the installation cost. Over 85% of the retailers are promoting those floors to be glued down. And what exactly does that mean?
When an installer glues down the floor, the slabs of wood have been sealed first then they use the glue to attach them to the floor. What the consumers don’t know is that they are paying more for the glues and the sealers than they are for the actual pieces of wood that are being laid.
And if the consumers knew that a floating floor is more friendly from a moisture point of view, as well as a cost point of view, they may start asking questions when shopping for that price break. If they’re smart, they could be taking the dollars that they will spend on the glues and sealers and put them towards a wood floor that’s more expensive, higher quality, or more specific to their home’s style and design—like a wider plank or a hand-scraped finish. The bottom line is that they would then be spending the same amount of money on the better quality hardwood floating floor than they would for a cheaper, glue-down floor!
Changing from a glue-down floor installation method to a floating floor installation method makes a lot of sense, especially when you look at the fact that you will be living with the floor for years. The price break due to installation could mean the difference between a floor you’re okay with and a floor you absolutely love, but couldn’t afford because you thought it was too expensive. Put the money into something that you’re going to appreciate over time, i.e. the wood itself, than on the installation method.
It’s true: that $4 floor can turn into an $8 floor after a glue-down installation. Our G5 locking system, which does not require any glue, and our simple tongue and groove floor, where the glue is only added to the grooves, are great installation options with great benefits. Firstly, it’s softer to walk on and therefore easier on your knees and back; secondly, it’s less stressful on the joints—these systems are usually used for yoga and dance floors; and lastly, they are also much better on the environment and consumers’ health, as there are less fumes and toxins as compared to the glue-down method. They are also much easier for the DIY-savvy homeowner to install themselves!
We are here to educate our customers and give them the best floor for their home, their style and their budget. By informing them of the benefits, both in cost and in health, they can choose a floor that will give them the look, the quality and the longevity they desire.
Our product lines that offer floating floors are: Nature’s Beauty, The Woodland Collection, Essenza, and selected flooring from our Cikel and Homerwood lines. For more information about our floating floors and our other products, please contact us at (800) 645-4546 or fill in the contact form by clicking here.
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