When you are getting your new hardwood flooring installed, you may not know the ins and outs of the installation process, as you are not the flooring expert who is working on the project! However, whenever you get any kind of work done in your home, it is really important to understand what exactly is being accomplished. After all, if there are any problems, you want to know how to address them appropriately. Plus, if there are certain methods that are better than others in the world of flooring installation, it will be important for you to know and understand those different methods so as to best address the issues that come up. As much as you may trust the person working in your home, nothing beats having the knowledge yourself! The following list includes the four major methods used in hardwood flooring installation and a reflection on which methods are best. Bear in mind that the wood used for each system is manufactured in specific ways to fit each of the different systems of installation.
1. Tongue and groove System: One of the methods for flooring installation is the tongue and groove system. Wood is manufactured to fit this kind of installation style by creating wood planks with grooves. The grooves exist on one side and one end of the plank and the other side and the other end have a tongue. The result of the ‘tongue and groove system” is that the tongues and grooves fit together snugly in order to hold the floor together. The grooves are then invisible once the job is done because they exist on the underside of the wood slats. Many times the tongues and grooves are glued together, but sometimes they are simply left the way they are because they fit together so snugly. Other times nails are used to secure the wood planks in their places. This final step depends largely on the type of material that has been used in the construction process with the wood.
2. The Click Systems: Many different patented “click” systems exist and are used by many different hardwood flooring installation companies to secure your wood flooring. These systems are either “unilin” or “fiboloc.” The “click” flooring systems are similar to the tongue and groove systems, but instead of using an adhesive, the planks “click” together and must be tapped or angled in to make the curved or sometimes barbed tongue fit inside the groove. This system is used largely in engineered wood flooring rather than solid wood flooring, but can also be used for engineered bamboo flooring. This kind of system is best used in the do-it-yourself flooring market.
3. Floor connection systems: These kind of flooring designs make use a wide variety of connection systems with the idea of working in materials other than wood into the design. This kind of system is particularly good if you are working with a specific pattern within your wood flooring system.
Regardless of which hardwood flooring installation system you choose, the important step is to find a hardwood flooring installation company you can trust, like Custom Interior Connection.