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Tongue and Groove or Click System Flooring?

Click System Or Lock System Wood Flooring Click (Or Lock) Wood Flooring

When making decisions on a new flooring project, many people struggle with the choice between tongue and groove and click system flooring.  Ascertaining which system will work best for your needs depends to a large extent on the characteristics of your specific project.

Tongue and groove wood flooring is made up of planks, each of which feature a tongue and a groove.  The grooves on tongue and groove wood flooring planks are cut into one long side and one short side and the tongues stick out on the other two sides. In its installation, tongue and groove wood flooring can either be secret nailed, glued down to a suitable sub floor or laid in a floating installation.  When fitting a tongue and groove wood floor, the idea is to fit each tongue into each groove.  Once installed, a tongue and groove wood flooring system results in a smooth and long lasting finish.

Click, or lock wood flooring as it’s sometimes known, is a relatively new to the market wood flooring option.  Essentially a way of covering existing flooring (but not uneven wood floors or carpet), it gets its name from the fact that the boards used in its construction process “click” (or lock) together, removing the need for fixing using nails, staples or glue.  In fact, click (or lock) flooring is often portrayed as one of the simplest, most straightforward ways of installing a wooden floor, particularly on a DIY basis.

Installed using a floating method, click (or lock) flooring is very similar to traditional tongue and groove wood flooring but has the additional feature of an interlocking profile around its edge which enables the boards to be clicked, snapped or locked together.  The most common and most popular click or lock flooring systems are either made from laminate or engineered wood.  Laminate floors are not made of wood.  They are made from wood boards that are covered with a printed, paper finish.  They are made to look like the real thing, but aren’t.  It is still relatively rare to find solid wood click (or lock) flooring.

The main attraction of click (or lock) flooring is its ease of installation, making it particularly attractive to the DIY market.  Tongue and groove wood flooring, on the other hand, when installed by a professional, will result in really impressively low wastage (as low as 5% in some instances), which means that you benefit from minimum waste and maximum coverage per m2 bought as well as a really great end result.

2 thoughts on “Tongue and Groove or Click System Flooring?”

  • David

    I am unsure what flooring system to go with because of my subfloor. I am getting very conflicting information mainly due to people just wanting my business and trying to sell me there product.
    I have 335m2 to lay half of this is on a screed concrect floor and the other half is on a sound floor system, which is layers of different products to reduce the sound but the finish is chipboard tongue and grove. Due to the Many layers of sound reduction and the sound joists that are used which have a foam bottom the floor seems to have a bounce to it nothing massive but there is movement. I need to know exactly what system I should use click or tongue and grove with glue or secret fixings or float the floor.
    Any help would be great, thanks for your time.
    David Slade

    • Jonathan Sapir
      Jonathan Sapir May 3, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      Hi - Secret nail will be the most secure on which the T/G should be glue together. However, with so many layers you might have to floating it though. On this case T&G will be the best where you glue in between.

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