Different Installation Methods Explained

Different Installation Methods Explained

One of the most important things to think about when you’re choosing your flooring is the type of installation method it recommends. Whether you’re looking to embark on your first DIY project or call in a professional, we’re here to explain all the main installation methods so you can choose the floor that is best suited to your project!

Joining Method

Firstly, you have to look at the joining method – this is how the planks will fit together so they lock into place when you’re installing them. Most of our products have either a click system or tongue and groove joining system which comes with a range of installation methods.

Click system:
Click fitting systems have revolutionised flooring installation methods. Each plank is designed to fit together perfectly, quickly and securely. The click method allows the planks to lock into place by snapping them together with a single movement.

Tongue and groove:
This joining method involves allows planks to be joined together strongly to create a single, flat surface. This occurs through one side of the board having a protruding edge while the other has a rebated edge that fit together seamlessly.

Installation Methods

1. Floating
This installation method is pretty self-explanatory and one of the quickest forms of installation. You simply connect the planks together with adhesive applied to the groove of each plank and place the planks on top of an underlay, which along with the joining method creates a strong and stable floor. There is no need to use an adhesive to glue either the underlay or the flooring itself down to the subfloor.

Recommended for: Luxury Vinyl Tiles, Laminate, Engineered and Solid Wood (with click system)

2. Secret Nailing
This method can be used on tongue and groove and click system style planks. It involves nailing through the tongue of the boards at an angle onto a wooden subfloor. It is recommended this is done by a professional as it can be difficult to get the angle precise on each plank. Nailing your flooring is quick, easy and allows you to use your flooring straight away (no waiting for adhesive to dry!)

Recommended for: Engineered Wood and Solid Wood Flooring

3. Glued
The glued down method provides a sturdy and robust flooring underfoot. It is seen as one of the more permanent installation methods and is preferred when you are looking for a floor that will last a lifetime. This method is frequently used for solid wood installations with planks without a click system. It involves an adhesive being applied to the subfloor in small, manageable sections and the planks are laid on top of the adhesive to ensure that they are stable.

Recommended for: Engineered Wood, Solid Wood Flooring and Luxury Vinyl Tiles


Things to remember

The installation method depends on the product in particular that you have chosen and can vary between the same material products. Be sure to check the installation tab on our website or give our friendly team of experts a call.


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