When purchasing a new engineered hardwood, bamboo, cork, or laminate flooring, one of the most important things for consumers to consider is which style of floor works best for their installation needs. The two most popular styles used today for floating wood floors are the click together and tongue and groove style planks. In this post, we will tell you all you need to know about the advantages and setbacks of click together style locking systems.
Over the years, click together flooring has become more and more prevalent. This style of wood floor is the easiest to find and comes in a wide range of wood species, finishes and widths. Click together wood floor styles are available in thicknesses anywhere from 3/8” to 5/8” inches, all of which can be floated on a well prepared sub-floor. The click together design operates like tongue and groove, although in this case the “tongue” locks into the “groove” without the need for adhesive. Repairs are easier with the click together style because of the fact that you can remove the damaged planks without worrying about destroying the locking “tongues.” However, we do not recommend sanding or refinishing a click together floor because the belt sanders can put a lot of pressure on the lock system, which can loosen it. This can cause there to be gaps in between boards.
The most common misconception when it comes to click together flooring is the dominate belief among consumers that click together floors are quicker and easier than tongue and groove for self installation. For a professional installer who uses the same lock system frequently, this may make installation 20% quicker, but for the average home owner, click together floors typically take as long as or longer than a standard tongue and groove. The reason for this is often times when someone is tapping the board into the next board, boards from previous rows will come loose. When this happens people end up using blue painters tape just as they would if they were using glue with a tongue and groove system. So, for customers who want a faster installation with click together floors that is done right the first time, it is a good idea to hire a professional.
For more information about click together floors and how to install them, stop by your nearest simpleFLOORS retail outlet or give one of our personal consultants a call at 800-220-7112.