Floating a Floor

What is Patching or Floating a Floor

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There is much confusion with Patching or Floating a Floor.  Many times when providing a bid to replace flooring, customers don’t understand the patching or floating process.  To make matters worse, some companies tell customers up-front the costs that might arise if there is a need for these services while others wait and surprise customers.  When comparing bids, customers should always determine if estimated costs for floating or patching have been included because floating can be very expensive.  Customers should always try to compare apples to apples.  Cheaper bids may cost you more.


Like Forest Gump said, “life is like a box of chocolate.  You don’t know what you have until you open the box.”  The same applies to flooring; there’s no way to know what the condition of the floors are until you remove the floor surface.  Once you remove the carpet, tile or so on, you can determine if the floor needs this service.  Removing old material often removes previous floating or patching.  What is floating you ask.  Unless you are floating a floor, you will be gluing the new material directly to the sub flooring, which is usually wood or cement.  If the sub flooring is not level, it will be seen when the new carpet, wood or tile is installed.  However, installing carpet over padding or installing laminate over an overlay product is not as important to have a level sub-floor.  Float or patch is a cement based product.  Patching is needed when the sub-floor has deeper holes.  We see this mostly in commercial or retail applications where walls have been moved.


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