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What is the tongue and groove on laminate flooring?

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When shopping for new flooring, you may encounter the terms “tongue and groove.” But what exactly does this mean for your flooring?

Laminate and vinyl plank flooring utilize click lock technology, which relies on a tongue and groove system to securely connect the planks. Say goodbye to glue and nails – this DIY-friendly installation method creates a seamless and smooth surface.

So, What is the Tongue and Groove?

As the name implies, the groove is a groove-like structure in the flooring, and the tongue of each plank fits seamlessly into it, creating a smooth connection.

Take a look at the graphic below to see this locking mechanism in action. While minor variations may exist between floor types, the concept remains the same.

Raised Locking System

How to install tongue and groove flooring?

When installing click lock flooring with a tongue and groove, keep a few important things in mind:

  • Inspect each plank’s tongue and groove to ensure proper installation and stability.
  • Be patient and practice connecting the planks to achieve a seamless, gap-free lock.
  • Ensure a secure lock to prevent moisture from seeping under the flooring.
  • Double-check each plank for gaps during installation to ensure a snug fit.

Ready to start installation? Begin with the tongue facing the wall to make subsequent plank installation a breeze. Cutting off the tongue against the wall allows for an expansion gap and a clean installation.

To get a closer look at the tongue and groove locking mechanism, order free flooring samples from our website. You can even practice clicking the planks together!

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Have any questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below. Our expert team is here to ensure your flooring project is a success!

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