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Tongue and Groove Engineered Wood Flooring

Tongue & groove engineered wood flooring is designed to be easy to install, and sturdy and secure once fitted. The plywood under layers of the flooring are offset, allowing one of the layers to form a jutting out ‘tongue’ along with an indented ‘groove’. The tongue of one board slots into the groove of another. The real wood lamella remains untouched, so the beautiful characteristics of the flooring are not compromised.

This is one of the most popular types of join for engineered wood flooring, with many people preferring this over the newer ‘click’ systems, because it tends to be a more affordable option while still being relatively easy to get to grips with. Tongue & groove flooring can be described as being a little like a jigsaw puzzle, creating a seamless join that offers a flawless, streamlined look and improving ‘flow’.

If you opt for tongue & groove engineered wood flooring, you’re giving yourself a number of different options for installation. In fact, this type of flooring can actually be installed in three different ways depending on the conditions in your home, the foot traffic in the room, and your own personal preferences. One of the preferred methods of installing this type of flooring is the ‘floating’ method.

The floating installation method fully utilises the strength and stability of the tongue & groove design. The tongues and grooves hold themselves in place so securely that the planks can simply be placed directly onto suitable underlay, without the need for nails or strong adhesives. However, a small amount of glue is still recommended along the joins just to add a touch more strength and minimise movement.

The advantage of a floating tongue & groove floor is that it’s very quick to install. So quick, in fact, that it could even be a simple weekend DIY task. There are more advantages, too, such as being able to easily take up the planks should you make a mistake, if you decide to redecorate your home in the future, or if you need to replace a board due to damage. This is unlikely, however, as engineered wood is very durable.

The other methods of tongue & groove installation are adhesives, and secret nails or secret screws that are attached at a 45 degree angle into the join to add stability, while still retaining the beauty of the flooring. These methods are recommended for commercial properties, and busy areas of the home to provide a little extra strength and ensure each board remains in place, even when under pressure.

There are many different choices for tongue & groove engineered wood flooring, including a variety of woods like oak, walnut, larch, and acacia, various finishes such as lacquer and oil (or even unfinished for a raw, rustic feel) and, of course, a wide range of different thicknesses, widths, and lengths. There’s actually a little more choice in tongue & groove than there is in the newer ‘click’ system flooring, especially in terms of width options. If you’re looking for flexibility, then this flooring is a great choice.

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