While “all men are created equal”, the same is not true with our choices of floating wood floors. While many look the same and use the same basic design, the quality of their manufacturing can vary greatly.
Take a look at tongue and groove flooring and click lock flooring. The older versions of engineered hardwood flooring, tongue and groove, requires glue or some other type of adhesive during the installation process to ensure the planks stay firmly together. On the other hand, click lock flooring, the newer version of engineered hardwood flooring, simply clicks and locks into place, without the need for adhesives. This newer style is also ideal for the DIY people due to its ease of use and the speed in which it can be installed.
Which style is right for your home will depend on many factors. Both styles are better for some projects than they are for others and they both have their own unique pros and cons. Let’s take a look at these two types of engineered hardwood flooring to better help you decide which bests suits your needs.
Click Lock Flooring
Click lock flooring joins together with the main difference being that they actually lock into each other, doing away with the need for adhesives. The design of the joints on the click lock can vary and some brands fit together more tightly than others. Just keep in mind that some movement is needed to avoid warping or buckling when the flooring expands and contracts with the changing weather conditions.
- Due to popularity, click lock flooring is easy to find and is available in a variety of wood species, sizes, and finishes. It can also be bought in various thicknesses, from 8mm to 15mm. On a prepared subfloor, click lock flooring installs quickly with little difficulties and does not need additional materials.
- Click lock floating timber floors do not require the use of messy adhesives that have to be applied and spread. The unique design lets you simply cut to the desired length and lock them in place.
- Making repairs on click lock floors are simple and easy. You can remove the boards from the nearest wall up to the point where the damaged board is, replace the board and then re-lay the others.
- Click lock flooring typically cost more than traditional tongue and groove floors. Partly due to the older tongue and groove being frequently found on sale or on clearance. Cheaper click lock flooring can be found, just ensure that you are getting a quality product and not a cheap knock-off that will only end up costing you later on by having to replace it or spend even more money on repairs.
At this point, click lock is looking as though it could be the winner. However, we still have to see if tongue and groove flooring will be a better option than the click lock for certain rooms or projects. Be sure to follow up with our next post where we will finish our comparison of click lock and tongue and groove flooring.
In our last post, we began comparing two specific types of engineered wood floors, click lock and tongue and groove. When we had finished, click lock seemed like it might be the better option for the DIY brigade due to its simplicity and fast installation aspects. However, for those on a tight budget, tongue and groove might be a cheaper option.
Let’s see if tongue and groove is a better option for certain projects than the click lock style and if it can pull ahead. Here is what we discovered about the tongue and groove hardwood flooring.
Tongue and Groove Flooring
This style of flooring gets its name from its design. One side of the flooring has a strip that protrudes out, the tongue, and slides into a groove on the other board and holding the tongue in place. Cutting and fitting the planks together is a simple task. However, in order for them to stay in place, you have to use adhesive to make sure they stay secure and stable. The need for additional materials and supplies means higher costs.
- It is an appealing and traditional design that has been favoured by many homeowners and comes in various finishes and brands.
- Economical and usually found cheaper than the modern click lock flooring. Due in part to slumping sales, as click lock flooring has gained popularity.
- Great for small spaces, hallways, home office, and entryways.
- While installing tongue and groove flooring is easy enough, all of the additional gluing makes using this type of flooring for a large area tedious and messy. Additionally, it is very easy for mistakes to happen during the installation process that could cost even more money in materials and contractor fees.
- Repairing damaged planks can be difficult since they are glued in place. This usually requires cutting and removing several planks along with the damaged one. This adds up to a substantial amount of money if you are paying a contractor to complete the repair.
- If you are paying a contractor to install tongue and groove flooring over a large area, you could be looking at higher costs due to the tedious nature of this style of flooring and the extra materials needed to have it installed.
While we cannot say that tongue and groove flooring is obsolete, and it does provide a nice finish to your floor, we can say that overall, the click lock style of flooring is the obvious choice for most projects. It is easy and fast to install and repair, provides a more stable fit without the need for adhesives, and is widely available in a variety of sizes, species, and finishes.
Additionally, the DIYers amongst you that may have limited knowledge or experience with floating floors shouldn’t have any issues using click lock flooring, while contractors and professional installers will like its stability and quick installation.