When buying wood flooring it can be quite challenging to choose the floor you want and then even more challenging is knowing which installation method is best. This post brings you the main installation methods and which one is more suitable for for certain floors.
Tongue and Groove
Tongue and groove is the more common method of installation. It is used for both solid and engineered floorings. The boards have a short side with a tongue while the other side has a rebated edge. The boards are then put together by fitting the tongue and groove together on both sides. This creates a smooth, gap free floor that looks gorgeous. To finish this installation off you will need a subfloor and either glue or nails to secure the floor in place. It’s not recommended that you try to install these floors yourself as quite a lot of skill is involved.
It is no coincidence that this method is called floating, as they don’t need any kind of additional securing methods as with a tongue and groove floor. Floating floors keep themselves in place thanks to their own weight and you can find this installation method with both engineered and laminate floors. Because no additional joining methods are used, the floor feels much softer underfoot. The advantage of floating floors is that they can be installed with underfloor heating since the nature of the boards means they won’t expand and contract with temperature fluctuations. These floors, while partially water resistant, are not waterproof. Any water or liquid needs to be dried immediately to avoid long term damage. You can always add a moisture barrier to your subfloor to further help protect your floor long-term.
Glueing doesn’t refer to the planks themselves, but rather the subfloor. To do this, you would use either an adhesive or glue with a towel to make sure the floor is properly and safely secured. Once this done you place the boards on top of the area you have applied glue. Be aware that when putting down the glue that there is no damp on the subfloor.
Similar to a floating floor, click floors don’t need to be fixed to the subfloor. This technique is very easy to manage and therefore is becoming increasing popularity among the DIY community. With a click floor, the planks simply “click” together and this is the reason it doesn’t need any additional joining. This method is often found with solid and and engineered floors. However, there are other floors that are starting to offer similar methods, such as quick-step laminate flooring or vinyl click floors.
This technique is specific to vinyl floors. Each tile is glued down ensuring the floor will not lift and will be able to stand heavy impacts. This installation method ensures then the endurance of the floor and when it will time to replacing it, which is highly unlikely, you only need to lay the new vinyl on top of the old one.
As you can see more than one method is suitable for the same floor, it all depends on the floor you want and the structure of the house. We hope this post has helped clear up some of the flooring jargon that can leave some of us feeling a little lost!