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How Much Does Floating Timber Floors Cost In Sydney?

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A floating timber floor is a great addition to any home or commercial establishment. Before you ask - no, the timber does not actually float. Levitating wood is not yet a thing in Sydney. A floating timber floor is any kind of timber floor that is laid over an existing floor. The only requirements are that the existing floor is level.

The reason the timber floats is that it is not nailed or glued to the existing floor. The planks of wood are joined together so the entire floor floats over the existing floor with a form of insulation underneath for stability. The timber flooring will always be made from engineered timber as solid wood is not suitable for the overlay.

While there are many variables, we can say that floating timber floors being made primarily from engineered wood can range from $15-75 per square metre. This does not include installation costs, though these are often minimal with floating timber due to the simplicity of the process. You can expect to pay around $25-35 per square metre for the installation in Sydney.

Floating timber floors: key concepts

There are many terms and definitions in the timber industry, and it can get confusing very quickly. So we need to iron out a few details before proceeding with the article.

First, it is not really possible to make a floating floor out of traditional solid wood. Solid wood is not stable enough to withstand this installation method because it is subject to changes in humidity.

Floating timber floors are always made from a form of engineered wood. These are sometimes referred to as floating floorboards. Making a floating floor out of solid wood would also defeat the purpose, which is affordability and ease of installation.

Engineered wood is made from various kinds of timber but is mixed with adhesives and other substances. Engineered wood is used to make timbers or plants in sizes that are not found in nature. While it might sound artificial, it is actually quite organic and environmentally friendly. It is simply wood engineered into a specific size.

Floating timber floors are designed either as tongue-and-groove or click system. The click system is more generally recommended and used as there are no adhesives and it’s an easier install. Basically, the floating floorboards click into place effortlessly.

Factors affecting the floating timber flooring cost

There are a few key factors that affect the cost of floating timber flooring. These are:

1. Engineered Wood Quality - This can greatly affect the cost depending on what kind of engineered wood you are looking for. 

2. Installation - Different professionals will charge you different prices depending on their level of skill, experience, and the complexity of the install itself.

3. Preparation work - The main requirement for a floating timber float is that the subfloor is level. Some work may need to be done to ensure this is the case. 

4. Location - Depending on where you are located, the costs may be different. For instance, costs in Sydney will be different from the cost in a rural area.

5. Total Surface Area - With a price per square metre, you will pay more for larger spaces.

While you can pay as little as $15 for floating timber floorboards, you’ll probably pay around $30-40 for better quality products that last longer and look better. It’s still far cheaper than traditional solid hardwoods.

On average, you can expect to pay between $60-80 per square metre for the underlay, supply, and installation of reasonably good quality timber floating timber floors in Sydney.

Cost of timber flooring in Sydney

Let’s look at the costs of timber flooring in Sydney to give you a more exact understanding. We’ve broken it down in the table below. The table denotes the primary costs, which are the timber, installation, and underlay.

Because floating floorboards are so simple to install, the costs for installation are extremely low. The average cost is what most people will pay, as opposed to the median cost, which is the difference between the highest and lowest price.

Service

Low (Per Square Metre)

High (Per Square Metre)

Average (Per Square Metre)

Timber Floorboards

$15

$75

$40

Installation

$15

$40

$30

Underlay

$5

$15

$10

Total Average

$35

$140

$80

Are there additional costs to floating timbers?

The main costs will be for the floating timber boards and the underlay. The underlay is an insulation that goes between the existing floor and the floating floorboards.

The additional costs may include demolition work and preparation work to ensure the floor is level for the floating floorboards. The skirting boards may also have to be purchased and installed. If you get a quote from a flooring company, make sure that the following are itemised, if applicable:

  • Material cost per square metre

  • Installation cost per square metre

  • Cost for any necessary preparation work

  • Cost for removal of existing floorboards 

  • Cost for removal/replacement of skirting boards

  • Cost for any finishing or customisations on the floating floorboards

Are floating timber floorboards really worth it?

Absolutely. There is a reason why they are becoming so popular in Sydney. Floating timber floorboards come in a variety of different materials, so there is a lot of choice available. Floating timber floorboards have the look and feel of real wood at a fraction of the cost. And if a plank gets damaged, you can just replace it with a new one!

How long do floating timber floors last?

The main factor here is the amount of foot traffic that the floorboards are subjected to. You also have to factor in the type of floorboard. Thankfully, floating timber floorboards can simply be replaced if one gets damaged, which is a massive advantage over hardwood that is nailed or glued down.

You could say that floating timber floors could last perpetually in this regard, but that’s still not 100% accurate. You can get 20-30 years before you consider replacing the floorboards.

What are the material choices for floating timber floorboards?

There are three broad categories when it comes to floating floorboards. These are:

  • Laminate Flooring - The most cost-effective option, this is the easiest to clean but can be more susceptible to cracks.

  • Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF) - Increasing in popularity, LVF is seen as a premium flooring material that can increase home value.

  • Engineered wood - Traditionally made from the waste products of traditional hardwoods and softwoods, they are mixed with adhesives and processed into a particular size. For this reason, engineered wood is considered environmentally friendly.


What kind of customisation options are available for floating timber floors?
  • Veneer - Standard (up to 2.5mm), lamella (3-4mm), largo lamella (5mm or greater)

  • Surface - Flat dressed, hand scraped, hardwax oil, smoked, wire-brushed

  • Bevel - 4V, standard bevel, micro bevel, square dressed

  • Gloss Level - Extra matt lacquer (5%-10%), gloss lacquer (35%-50%), matt lacquer (10%-20%), satin lacquer (20%-35%), UV cured oil

  • Locking System - 2G drop lock, 4-sided lock, 5G lock, tongue and groove


Common sizes for timber floor boards are between 1000mm - 2000mm in length with a thickness of between 10mm - 15mm. The width might be between 150mm - 200mm. In practice, you can get them nearly any size you wish.

Where can I find top quality floating floor boards in Sydney?

If you want to find exquisite timber flooring in Sydney at a great price, then contact Sydney Floor Sanders. We have over 67 years of experience in the flooring industry and know what makes for a long-lasting, high-quality, aesthetically appealing floor.

There’s practically nobody in Sydney that has been working with flooring for as long as we have, and we can tell you anything you wish to know about floating timber floorboards and whether they’re right for you.

Call now for a free quote on 1300 767 909.