Engineered Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood floors are the preferred choice for their many benefits including their strength, durability, and longevity. The top layer is made of real solid wood, while the inner layers are made of various other wood materials – providing the perfect combination of style, functionality, and real hardwood quality.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood floors are the preferred choice for their many benefits including their strength, durability, and longevity. The top layer is made of real solid wood, while the inner layers are made of various other wood materials – providing the perfect combination of style, functionality, and real hardwood quality.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The term engineered simply refers to the process in which this type of hardwood is made. It is not solid wood. Engineered hardwood has a makeup similar to plywood, with the top layer being real hardwood. It is made of various thin wood layers that are laminated and glued together in a cross ply construction to form a single wood board. A thin layer of hardwood called a veneer is then glued down on the top surface of the board. This top layer can vary from 1/16th to 3/16ths in thickness. The thicker the layer, the more times it can be sanded. Like solid hardwood, engineered hardwood comes in a variety of wood species, grains, widths, lengths and colours. You can purchase it prefinished meaning that the sanding, staining and finish coats are applied at the factory or you could opt for unfinished engineered wood that is sanded, stained (if requested) and finish coated on site in your home.

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Looks and Feels Like Solid Hardwood

Regardless of what you choose, once installed, engineered hardwood will have the look and feel of solid hardwood with one unique advantage. If ever the moisture levels in the air above or subfloor below increase or decrease, solid hardwood will expand (this is called cupping or shrinking), causing gaps between the boards. Engineered hardwood's configuration of layered wood glued to each other in opposing directions gives added strength and stability which counteracts movement, making engineered an ideal choice for installation over below grade concrete or radiant heating. It should be noted that Engineered hardwood, though similar in construction, is not the same as Laminate flooring. The difference is evident in the surface layer. Engineered hardwoods top layer is 100% real hardwood that can be refinished whereas Laminate flooring is not wood. As such, in the case of water damage, Laminate cannot be refinished or repaired, but rather it must be completely replaced.

Hardwood floors come in various shapes and sizes. However, the most important dimensions for floors are their width and thickness.

Common flooring widths:

  • 2 ¼ inch
  • 3 ¼ inch
  • 4 inch
  • 5 inch
  • 6 inch

Common flooring thickness:

The most common thickness for hardwood floors is ¾ inch. This thickness offers the most durability and strength and is generally the standard for hardwood floors. There are however other variations of thickness, such as:

  • ⅜ inch
  • ½ inch
  • ⅝ inch


Length, as opposed to the other specifications, is more random, as floors tend to come in various lengths. The main modifier, then, is the floor's width. Different floor widths evoke different aesthetic effects, so it’s worthwhile assessing all of the different types available to find ones that match up with your specific design needs.

When you're choosing hardwood, you'll want to consider the color, grain pattern, cost, and maintenance . You’ll also want to consider hardness, which is another way of saying durability. Hardness is measured by the Janka hardness scale. The higher the number, the harder the wood. For hardwood floors, you’ll typically want a Janka rating of at least 1,000.

Most Popular Types Of Hardwood:

  •  Oak: Oak is beloved for it’s flexibility and endurance. It is a popular choice among homeowners because it ages well, taking on an aesthetically appealing patina as the years roll on. It ranges in color from a dark reddish tone to white live oak. The hardness of oak largely depends upon its subtype, as does its appearance.
  • Maple: Measuring a whopping 1,450 on the harness scale, hard maple (aka sugar maple) is a favorite among homeowners. The light pattern and open grain are pleasing to the eyes. It goes extremely well with modern décor. Maple is very durable, resisting scratches and scrapes from furniture and high traffic.
  • Hickory: Hickory is a very hard wood that rates 1,820 on the Janka scale. It is harder than maple, ash, and even oak. Durable and long-lasting, hickory holds up well to high traffic and moisture. It is a lightwood but can be stained to any shape. To attain a warm appearance, consider waxing.
  • Ash: Ash is a very hard wood, measuring 1,320 on the Janka scale. It is very durable and tolerates humidity and moisture well, making it a good choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas. Ash ages well. Homeowners love that it is comfortable to walk on because it absorbs shock.
  • Walnut: Walnut is a timeless hardwood that has been used for flooring for centuries. It is flexible and wears well. It looks great too.
  • Cherry: Brazilian cherry is very hard. It is shock-absorbing so it’s easy to walk over. The unique red hues are beloved and the close, uniform, straight grain is perfect for traditional decorating schemes.
  • Bamboo: Bamboo is steadily increasing in popularity. It measures 3,000 on the Janka scale. Consumers love that it is eco-friendly, and homeowners appreciate the fact that it is not only easy to maintain and clean, it is compatible with underfloor heating.

Flooring finishes play a crucial role in protecting and enhancing the aesthetic appeal of floors. The finish is the topmost layer applied to the floor surface, providing protection against wear and tear while also contributing to the overall look of the space. In this article, we will delve into the details of some of the most common and easy-to-apply flooring finishes, including Moisture-Cured Urethane, Water-Based Urethane, Conversion-Varnish Sealers (Swedish Finishes), Penetrating Sealers, Paste Wax, Varnish, and Lacquer.

  1. Moisture-Cured Urethane: Moisture-Cured Urethane is a popular choice for flooring finishes due to its durability and resistance to moisture. This finish undergoes a chemical reaction with moisture in the air, creating a tough and resilient surface. It provides excellent protection against abrasion, chemicals, and moisture, making it suitable for high-traffic areas. However, it requires careful application due to its quick drying time and strong odor during the curing process.
  2. Water-Based Urethane: Water-Based Urethane is an environmentally friendly and low-VOC (volatile organic compound) option for flooring finishes. This finish offers a clear and non-yellowing appearance while providing good durability. It dries relatively quickly, making it a convenient choice for DIY projects. Water-Based Urethane is ideal for areas with low to moderate foot traffic, and it is compatible with various types of wood.
  3. Conversion-Varnish Sealers (Swedish Finishes): Conversion-Varnish Sealers, commonly known as Swedish Finishes, are solvent-based finishes that offer a high level of durability and chemical resistance. They are known for providing a beautiful and clear appearance that enhances the natural beauty of wood. Swedish Finishes require professional application due to their solvent content, and proper ventilation is essential during the drying process.
  4. Penetrating Sealers: Penetrating Sealers are oil-based finishes that penetrate the wood fibers, enhancing the natural color and grain while providing protection. These finishes are easy to apply and offer a more natural look compared to surface coatings. However, they may require more frequent maintenance, as they can be susceptible to wear and may not provide the same level of durability as some other finishes.
  5. Paste Wax: Paste Wax is a traditional and easy-to-apply finish that provides a warm, soft sheen to wood floors. While it may not offer the same level of protection as some other finishes, it is known for its ease of maintenance. Paste Wax is suitable for low-traffic areas and requires periodic reapplication to maintain its luster.
  6. Varnish: Varnish is a classic and versatile finish that forms a protective film on the surface of the floor. It comes in various formulations, including polyurethane varnish, which offers enhanced durability and resistance to wear. Varnish provides a glossy or satin finish, depending on the desired look. It is suitable for both hardwood and softwood floors, making it a popular choice among homeowners.
  7. Lacquer: Lacquer is a fast-drying finish that forms a hard and durable coating on the floor surface. It is available in both water-based and solvent-based formulations. Lacquer provides a clear and high-gloss finish, adding a contemporary and elegant touch to the flooring. However, it may require professional application due to its quick drying time and the need for proper ventilation.

Choosing the right flooring finish is crucial for achieving the desired combination of protection and aesthetics. Each type of finish has its own advantages and considerations, so it's important to assess factors such as the level of foot traffic, wood type, and desired appearance before making a decision. Whether opting for the durability of Moisture-Cured Urethane, the eco-friendliness of Water-Based Urethane, or the classic appeal of Varnish and Lacquer, a well-chosen finish can elevate the beauty and longevity of your floors.


Hardwood flooring requires little in day-to-day maintenance other than a simple dust mop with an approved cleaner. Avoid using a damp mop, as water will cause damage.

Never use a vinyl or tile floor care product on hardwood flooring. When needed, a liquid wax approved for hardwood flooring may be used, but most people find this is only needed once or twice a year. Rugs and mats may be used to protect hardwood flooring from scratches in areas of high traffic.

Proper care and maintenance will help ensure your hardwood floor always looks its best, while making sure your investment continues to appreciate in value. Here are some care and maintenance pointers:

  • Once a week or so, vacuum, sweep or dust mop your floor. Do this more often if you think it’s needed. Make sure your vacuum head is brush or felt. A wand attachment is preferable. Don’t use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads. A hardwood floor swivel-head mop with a microfiber cover also works well to eliminate fine particles of grit and dirt that can act like sandpaper on hardwood floors.
  • Spills and tracked-in dirt should be wiped up immediately. For spot cleaning, use a cleaner specifically intended for a hardwood floor with your selected finish, according to the manufacturer’s directions Periodically, as necessary, thoroughly clean your floor with a cleaner specifically intended for hardwood floors with your selected finish, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Never clean or wet mop with water. Water can permanently damage your floor.
  • Never apply wax treatments to a urethane-coated floor.
  • Never use any of the following products (or products similar in nature) on your floor: ammonia-based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax-based products, detergents, bleach, polishes, oil soap, abrasive cleaning soaps, or acidic materials such as vinegar. Many of these products can pit or etch your floor’s finish and inhibit the effectiveness of recommended maintenance products.
  • Interior and exterior doormats are a good idea at all entrances to collect dirt and moisture and prevent them from being tracked onto the floor.
  • Area rugs cut down on wear in front of the kitchen sink, at “pivot points” and in high-traffic areas. Use rugs made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment. Don’t use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings.
  • Don’t damage your floor with shoes that have heel taps or sharp objects protruding from the sole such as rocks, exposed nails and gravel.
  • Avoid walking on your floor with spike-heeled shoes. If you must, be sure to properly maintain your spike or stiletto high heels to minimize potential damage from the steel heel support.
  • Keep animal nails trimmed to minimize finish scratching.
  • Don’t roll or slide heavy objects directly on your floor. When moving appliances or heavy furniture, lay a solid protective covering on your floor and gently “walk” the item across it. Carpet or cardboard doesn’t adequately protect against surface compression scratches.
  • Use furniture leg protector pads under all furniture and make sure to keep them clean and well maintained.
  • Replace hard, narrow furniture rollers with wide rubber rollers.
  • Keep the relative humidity in your home between 35% and 55%.
  • Protect your floor from direct sunlight. Use curtains and UV-resistant film on large glass doors and windows.

Floor First Aid

  • For spots caused by food, water or animals, use a cleaner specifically intended for hardwood floors, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  • For grease, lipstick, crayon, ink and rubber heel marks, use a cleaner specifically intended for hardwood floors, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  • For chewing gum and candle wax, apply ice in a sealed plastic bag to the top of the gum or wax deposit. Wait until the deposit becomes brittle enough to crumble off. After removal, clean the entire area with a cleaner specifically intended for hardwood floors with your selected finish, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  • For minor abrasions and scratches, use a touch-up kit specifically intended for hardwood floors, according to the manufacturer’s directions, to make minor repairs.
  • For chips, broken edges and gaps, use a touch-up pen or fill stick specifically intended for hardwood floors, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  • For deep scratches and gouges, individual boards can be replaced, as necessary.

The longevity of your hardwood flooring will greatly depend on the type of wood you choose. Some hold up much better than others.

You can expect several decades of service from your hardwood flooring, in most instances. Some of the most popular types of hardwood flooring with great longevity include:

  • Ash. Ash is very durable and has a long-life expectancy. It is also versatile and beautiful.
  • Maple. Maple is appreciated for it’s ability to last throughout the years. It is a very hard wood and can hold up to high traffic without a problem.
  • Oak. Oak is very hard and durable. It is often referred to as being timeless due to its longevity.
  • Pine. Pine is a soft wood and although it is fairly easy to maintain, it doesn’t typically last as long as harder woods.
  • Walnut. Walnut is a hard wood so it will last for many, many years, especially when it is treated right.

Extending the longevity of hardwood floors

The longevity of hardwood flooring depend upon the conditions it will be under. Floors with high traffic or temperature stress give out earlier than those that are barely used or have a constant average temperature in the room.

The care you give your hardwood flooring matters too. Some factors that will extend the life of your floor are:

  • Regular cleaning.
  • Keeping padding under the furniture.
  • Immediate cleaning up of spills.
  • Tending to upkeep like polishing or repairs.
  • Keeping pets from damaging it.

Choosing a wood that is hard, taking good care of your investment, and going with great quality wood are factors that will help ensure your hardwood floor lasts for years to come.

Engineered hardwood is one of the most popular choices of all flooring types due to it’s many incredible features and benefits.

Highly Durable & Long Lasting

Engineered hardwood floors are very strong and durable, as their top layer is made of real solid wood. Like solid hardwood, engineered floors can also be refinished, which can significantly extend their lifespan. When properly maintained, engineered hardwood floors can last upwards of forty years.

Quality & Sophistication Of Real Hardwood

Real hardwood offers the highest level of quality in both look and feel. Being indistinguishable from solid hardwood, engineered hardwood floors deliver the highest level of sophistication, with all of their additional benefits.

Holds Up Well To Moisture

When installed by an expert, using a proper subfloor with a moisture barrier, engineered flooring is extremely durable and will not warp or bubble when exposed to moisture. That's why engineered hardwood floors can be installed on, above, or below grade, and are a preferred choice for basements and bathrooms.

Easy Maintenance

Maintaining engineered flooring is very simple, as it is as easy to care for as laminate. Loose dirt and debris can be vacuumed or cleaned with a broom and a slightly damp mop can be used to clean spills or provide a deeper clean.

Like hardwood, engineered flooring can be nailed or stapled down, however, it can also be glued or installed using the floating method. The glue down method is typically used when installing engineered floors over a concrete sub-floor. The advantage of this technique is that the installation is quieter and over time, there is less creaking.

Floating installation is an innovative installation technique, as it does not involve attaching the boards to the sub-floor. Instead, the floorboards are fit or clicked together without the use of nails or glue. This is a highly stable method because it can be installed over uneven surfaces using a tongue and groove system. In addition, sound insulation or dampening insulation can be installed below it, providing an effective underlay.


A common question that customers ask us is if they should go with engineered hardwood or complete solid hardwood floors. The answer generally depends on various factors, and on individual specific needs. However, here are some points to consider when making the choice:

Advantages of Engineered Hardwood

  • One of the biggest advantages of engineered hardwood is that it can be installed virtually anywhere. This makes it an excellent option for individuals with spaces that are not suitable for regular hardwood, such as basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and condos.
  • Another benefit of engineered flooring is its ability to hold up to moisture. While regular hardwood shrinks and expands when exposed to humidity, engineered flooring is unaffected because it consists of several layers of wood that have been adhered together using intense heat and pressure. This means it will not warp or cup over time and there is no risk that the boards will gradually tighten or loosen.
  • Engineered flooring is also easier to install than solid hardwood floors. Since hardwood can shrink and expand over time, its installation requires extreme skill and precision. Conversely, engineered flooring is simpler to put in and can be installed using a variety of techniques, including gluing, stapling, nailing, and floating.

Advantages of Solid Hardwood

  • Although there are many different engineered flooring options to choose from, the species selection is not as vast as it is for regular hardwood because softer hardwoods, such as some varieties of pine, are not suitable for engineered wood format.
  • Although engineered hardwood is incredibly durable, it is not as long lasting as regular solid hardwood because its surface is thin and it can become chipped or de-laminated over time.
  • Engineered hardwood can be refinished once or twice when it shows signs of wear; however, after that, the upper layer will begin to wear away. Conversely, solid hardwood can be sanded and resurfaced numerous times.

Hardwood floors are considered to be one of the most allergy-friendly choices on the market. Unlike carpets that can trap allergens, hardwood floors provide a smooth and easy-to-clean surface, minimizing the presence of dust mites, pet dander, and other common allergens.

Do hardwood floors resist the growth of mold and mildew, common allergens?

Hardwood floors are resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. Unlike some other flooring materials, hardwood does not provide a conducive environment for the development of these allergens, contributing to a healthier indoor environment.

How can I maintain my hardwood floors to ensure they remain allergy-free?

Regular cleaning is key to maintaining allergy-free hardwood floors. Sweep or vacuum regularly to remove dust and debris, and mop with a damp cloth or a hardwood floor cleaner as needed. Additionally, keeping humidity levels in check can prevent the growth of mold.

Are there any drawbacks to hardwood floors for individuals with allergies?

While hardwood floors are generally allergy-friendly, some individuals may be sensitive to certain wood finishes or cleaning products. It's recommended to test any new cleaning products in a small, inconspicuous area to ensure compatibility.

Are there alternative flooring options for allergy sufferers?

A: While hardwood floors are an excellent choice, other allergy-friendly options include tile, laminate, and vinyl. However, it's essential to consider individual preferences, budget, and the specific needs of the space.

R & Q, or Rift and Quartered, refers to a specific method of sawing lumber to achieve distinct grain patterns and enhance the stability and appearance of wood. This technique is commonly used in the production of hardwood flooring and furniture. To fully understand R & Q, it's essential to understand the two components: Rift sawing and Quarter sawing.

  1. Rift Sawing:

    Rift sawing is a method where the log is cut at a slight angle to the radius of the log's growth rings. This angle typically ranges from 15 to 30 degrees. The goal of rift sawing is to produce boards with grain patterns that are predominantly linear and run perpendicular to the face of the board. This method helps minimize the presence of medullary rays, resulting in a straighter and more uniform appearance.

    The advantages of rift sawing include increased stability and resistance to warping. The linear grain pattern gives the wood a refined and elegant look, making it a preferred choice for high-quality furniture and flooring.

  2. Quarter Sawing:

    Quarter sawing involves cutting the log into quarters and then sawing it perpendicular to the growth rings. This method produces boards with a distinct and desirable grain pattern known as "quarter sawn" or "tiger stripe." The medullary rays, which are responsible for the unique figure, become more prominent in quarter sawn wood.

    Quarter sawing is particularly valued for its ability to enhance the wood's stability and durability. The resulting boards are less prone to cupping and shrinking, making them ideal for applications where dimensional stability is crucial.

  3. Comparison to Plain Sawn (Planks):

    While quarter sawing is a component of R & Q, it's essential to note the difference between quarter sawn and plain sawn (planks). Planks are typically cut from the outer third of the log exclusively, resulting in a more varied and less uniform grain pattern. While planks may have straighter grain due to their location on the log, they lack the distinct and refined appearance of quarter sawn or rift and quartered lumber.

    The outer sections of the log are more prone to natural defects, such as knots and irregularities, which can impact the overall appearance and stability of the wood.

In summary, R & Q, or Rift and Quartered, sawing is a woodworking technique that combines the benefits of rift sawing and quarter sawing. This method yields lumber with straighter, more uniform grain patterns, enhanced stability, and a visually appealing appearance. It is a popular choice for crafting high-quality hardwood flooring, furniture, and other woodworking projects where both aesthetics and performance are paramount.

When it comes to hardwood, the term "grade" refers to the visual characteristics and quality of the wood. Hardwood grades play a crucial role in determining the overall appearance, character, and cost of the final product. Three common hardwood grades are Character grade, Select grade, and Select & Better.

1. Character Grade

Character grade hardwood is celebrated for its unique and distinctive appearance. This grade showcases the natural characteristics of the wood, including knots, mineral streaks, and color variations. The presence of these features gives Character grade hardwood a rustic and warm aesthetic, making it a popular choice for those seeking a more casual and traditional look. The imperfections in Character grade wood contribute to its individuality and charm, creating floors and furniture with character and personality.

2. Select Grade

Select grade hardwood represents a cleaner and more refined appearance compared to Character grade. This grade typically exhibits minimal knots and color variations, resulting in a more uniform and contemporary look. Homeowners and designers often choose Select grade for projects where a sleek and modern aesthetic is desired. The smooth and consistent appearance of Select grade hardwood makes it suitable for formal spaces or those seeking a more polished finish.

3. Select & Better Grade

Select & Better is a premium hardwood grade that takes the refinement of Select grade to the next level. This grade offers an almost flawless appearance with minimal imperfections, providing a high-end and elegant look. Select & Better grade hardwood is characterized by its clarity and consistency, making it a sought-after choice for those who prioritize a pristine and sophisticated finish in their flooring or furniture.

Choosing the Right Grade for Your Project: Considerations and Tips

  • Aesthetic Preferences: Consider the overall look you want to achieve. If you appreciate a more natural and varied appearance, Character grade may be the perfect fit. For a clean and contemporary look, Select grade is a suitable choice, while Select & Better offers premium quality and elegance.

  • Budget: Hardwood grades can impact the cost of the wood. Character grade, with its unique features, is often more budget-friendly, while Select and Select & Better grades, prized for their refined appearance, tend to be higher in price.

  • Application: Consider the specific space and its purpose. Character grade may be ideal for creating a cozy atmosphere in a living room, while Select or Select & Better grades might be preferred for formal dining areas or elegant entryways.

For a comprehensive breakdown of the differences between hardwood grades, see our full article: What's the difference between select, select & better, and character grades.

Maintaining the cleanliness of your hardwood floors is essential, especially when you have children and pets. Finding a hardwood floor cleaner that is safe for both your little ones and furry friends is a priority. There is one form of floor cleaner that has stood the test of time as an overall popular and safe option: white vinegar.

White Vinegar: A Natural and Safe Cleaning Solution

Many homeowners and pet owners alike turn to white vinegar as a safe and effective hardwood floor cleaner. Here's why it's a popular choice:

  1. Gentle Cleaning: White vinegar is known for its mild acidity, making it effective in breaking down dirt and grime without causing damage to the finish of your hardwood floors.

  2. Natural Disinfectant: White vinegar has natural antibacterial properties, helping to disinfect your floors without the need for harsh chemicals.

  3. Pet and Kid-Friendly: Unlike some commercial cleaners that may contain harmful chemicals, white vinegar is a pet-safe and child-friendly option. It doesn't leave behind residue or fumes that can be irritating to your furry friends or little ones.

How to Use White Vinegar for Hardwood Floors:

To create a safe and effective hardwood floor cleaner using white vinegar, follow these steps:

  1. Dilute with Water: Mix a solution of one part white vinegar to ten parts water. This dilution ensures that the acidity of the vinegar is gentle enough for your hardwood floors.

  2. Add Essential Oils (Optional): To enhance the cleaning experience and leave a pleasant scent, consider adding a few drops of essential oils like lavender, lemon, or tea tree oil. These oils also have antibacterial properties.

  3. Test in a Small Area: Before applying the solution to your entire floor, test it in a small, inconspicuous area to ensure compatibility with your specific hardwood type and finish.

  4. Mop or Spray: Apply the solution to your hardwood floors using a damp mop or a spray bottle, ensuring that the mop or cloth is not excessively wet. Excess moisture can damage wood floors.

  5. Dry Thoroughly: Wipe your floors dry after cleaning to prevent any standing water, which can harm the wood.

Additional Tips:

  • Regularly sweep or vacuum your hardwood floors to remove dirt and debris, preventing scratches and maintaining a clean surface.

  • Wipe up spills promptly to prevent moisture damage.

  • Avoid using excessive water when cleaning, as it can seep into the wood and cause swelling or warping.

In conclusion, when looking for a hardwood floor cleaner safe for both pets and kids, white vinegar stands out as a natural and effective option. Its mild acidity, combined with proper dilution and optional essential oils, makes it a pet-friendly, child-friendly, and environmentally friendly choice for keeping your hardwood floors clean and beautiful.

When it comes to installing flooring, the methods of tongue and groove (T&G) and click systems stand out as popular choices, each offering its distinct advantages. In this blog post, we'll break down the key differences between these two installation methods, clarifying aspects like the need for nailing or stapling, and helping you make an informed decision for your flooring project.

Tongue & Groove Installation

How it Works: Tongue and groove flooring is a traditional method where each plank has a tongue on one side and a groove on the other. The tongue of one plank fits seamlessly into the groove of the next, creating a strong and interlocking connection.

Installation Process:

  1. Align the tongue of one plank with the groove of another.

  2. Press the two pieces together, creating a secure fit.

  3. This system results in a sturdy and level surface.

Need for Nailing or Stapling:

  • Yes, in many cases, tongue and groove installations require additional fastening methods like nailing or stapling, especially for solid hardwood applications.


  • Exceptional stability and durability.

  • Traditional and authentic appearance.

  • Suitable for solid hardwood and engineered wood.

Click Installation

How it Works: The click system, also known as the click-lock or locking system, represents a modern approach to flooring installation. It is commonly found in laminate, luxury vinyl, and some engineered wood options.

Installation Process:

  1. Align the long edge of one plank with the corresponding edge of another.

  2. Angle the new plank slightly and insert the tongue into the groove of the installed plank.

  3. Lower the new plank, and the click system engages, locking the pieces together.

Need for Nailing or Stapling:

  • No, click installations typically do not require additional fastening methods. The planks click and lock securely without the need for nails or staples.


  • DIY-friendly with no need for adhesives, nails, or staples.

  • Quick and efficient installation process.

  • Versatile and suitable for laminate, luxury vinyl, and some engineered wood applications.

Deciphering the Differences: Tongue & Groove vs. Click Installation

  1. Ease of Installation:

    • Tongue & Groove: May require professional installation and additional fastening methods.

    • Click: DIY-friendly with a straightforward locking mechanism, eliminating the need for extra tools.

  2. Materials Used:

    • Tongue & Groove: Common in solid hardwood and engineered wood.

    • Click: Found in laminate, luxury vinyl, and select engineered wood options.

  3. Fastening Methods:

    • Tongue & Groove: Often requires nailing or stapling for added stability.

    • Click: No need for additional fastening methods, promoting a tool-free and efficient installation.

  4. Versatility:

    • Tongue & Groove: Evokes a traditional look, suitable for classic and timeless aesthetics.

    • Click: Versatile and adaptable, fitting various styles including modern and contemporary.

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