Sticking or Flooring Flooring?
Both loose and fixed laying of the flooring have advantages and disadvantages. It depends on the individual case, which is the better solution.
Gluing the floor covering - pros and cons
A glued laminate or vinyl floor is more durable than a loosely laid floor. He can not move and is dimensionally stable. Different floors, such as linoleum, always have to be placed in a glue bed. For PVC it depends on the loads. For heavily frequented areas, a fixed installation is required, for example for corridors in public buildings.
With regard to impact sound insulation, bonding is always the better solution. Especially planks tend to vibrate the entire OSB board in the ground. On average, treads on bonded coverings are about 20 decibels quieter than with floating installation.
Since a floor that is glued together can not be easily removed, correct and proper work is important. Generally, the fixed installation should be left to a specialist company. This can assess how the substrate has to be treated beforehand and what special features are to be observed in the various coverings. An incorrectly dimensioned expansion joint can have fatal consequences. Often, the entire surface must be renewed if it is too tight.
The costs are significantly higher when a floor is glued together. Here, the prices for the adhesive are of less importance than the necessary higher workload.
Laying Pro and Con Floating
Everything that speaks for gluing is logically a counter-argument for the floating installation. Loosely laid floor is noisy, sound is insufficiently insulated and it tends to shift. Also, the dimensions change more than with fixed installation.
Nevertheless, loose laying also has advantages: the floor can be exchanged quickly and easily if required and laying is much cheaper. Do-it-yourselfers may well dare to land the floor themselves. Errors can usually be corrected. Although the reworking requires a greater amount of work, it usually does not involve any loss of material.
The biggest advantage of floating installation is that the subsoil is not destroyed. In rental apartments, this is usually the most important criterion, since otherwise the homeowner may demand replacement for the damaged floor when moving out.
Including floor and area of application in the decision
It makes no sense to weigh up the pros and cons of the methods. A holistic view is necessary.
In corridors that are heavily loaded even in the private sector, a fixed installation is always the better solution. The danger that the pavement shifts, it comes to bumps and thus dangerous spots, is great. In adjoining rooms or in the bedroom, however, a loose installation is almost always possible. In a nursery, in which the children romp, is not recommended.
It depends of course on the flooring. Click laminate is largely stable even when laid loose. Parket, tiles and linoleum can never be laid loose. For vinyl or carpeting, it depends on the loads.
Fixed floors are the best choice
On closer inspection, loosely laid only a cheaper price and the fact that the subsoil is not damaged. A bonded floor is more durable, visually appealing in the long term and absorbs the sound better. This type of installation is therefore the better from a technical point of view.