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Click Lock Floating vs Tongue and Groove Flooring - How to Choose Part 2
In part 1 - Click Lock Floating vs Tongue and Groove Flooring - How to Choose, we have already discussed more about the difference between click lock floating and tongue and groove wood flooring. These two different but also similar wood floor types are very popular nowadays among thousands of homeowners. We have already provided you with an inside look at the main pros and cons of the modern and innovative click lock wood flooring. Today we would like to pay a closer attention to the more traditional option – tongue and groove wooden flooring. Stay tuned to learn more.
Now, let us start by reminding you that both click lock and tongue and groove wood flooring come with some advantages and some disadvantages. Both types of wood flooring provide you with the amazing opportunity to enjoy a beautiful, durable, and lasting wooden floor. However, not every type of wood flooring will be suitable to the specifics of your project and some of them will meet the requirements and needs better than others. Therefore, it is very important to know and understand the difference between different types of wood flooring and what will best suit your project and ensure an attractive yet very strong and hard-wearing floor.
When it comes to a click lock wood flooring, it is easy to see why people opt for it. It is a great choice for DIY enthusiasts because installation of this type of flooring is very easy and does not require the use of adhesive, nails, or screws. The floorboards are simply interlocked with precision and attention to detail. However, this does not mean that installation of tongue and groove wood flooring is not easy too. In fact, many find this type of flooring even more versatile to different applications and installation options, therefore this classic flooring option has withstood the test of time and is still on the pick of popularity nowadays.
Let’s learn more about tongue and groove wood flooring and hopefully help you make the best choice for your upcoming project. First of all, tongue and groove wooden floorboards are designed to have formed edges that fit and interlock together by locking the tongue edge from one end of the board to the groove edge of the next floorboard. The installation of this type of flooring is pretty easy and self-explanatory. However, keep in mind that you will need to use wood floor adhesive applied on the tongue and groove edges of the floorboards to keep them locked securely and secure the fit for a long.
Tongue and groove is a traditional design. As a traditional one, it has stood the test of time and it is appealing to many homeowners. It is beautiful and suitable, no matter if it comes to a domestic or commercial setting. You will find a wide variety of manufacturers and renowned brands selling this type of wood flooring in a wide variety of textures, colours, wood species, and finishes. Due to their wide application, tongue and groove floorboards are highly preferred by manufacturers for production. This type of flooring is economical and relatively easy to install over the subfloor of limited space. Therefore, you will often spot tongue and groove wood flooring in entryways, hallways, home offices, and many similar areas.
Unfortunately, repairing tongue and groove wood flooring and replacing damaged floorboards with new ones is not an easy task and it hides some serious risks for damaging the boards that are not already distressed and need to be replaced. Consider the fact that the wooden floorboards are already glued to each other and replacing one means you risk actually snapping the edges of the neighbouring floorboards. Also, installation of this type of flooring usually takes longer and it may be considered a bit more expensive compared to a click lock flooring because it requires the additional cost of adhesive. Most commonly, you will have to hire a professional with experience to fit the boards and a DIY installation project is not recommended in the case of tongue and groove flooring.
Of course, the cost of installation service will additionally increase the overall price of the project. The fitting of the tongue and groove floorboards requires a lot of precision and a steady hand, but also some level of knowledge and experience. You don’t have to skimp on the glue in order to prevent a mess or decrease the cost. Using too little adhesive means there will be a risk of the floor ending up not being that stable and solid. Always choose professional help when you don’t feel confident and knowledgeable enough in what you are doing.