Tongue & Groove Flooring vs Click Lok Flooring

Tongue & Groove Flooring vs Click Lok Flooring

Sometimes it can get a little overwhelming looking at all the different wood flooring styles. From deciding on a colour and finish to the actual material and width of the boards, it’s a big decision to make. However, in the midst of choosing the right flooring with the right appearance, it can be easy to overlook the installation method. Whether you plan on hiring a professional or doing the work yourself, this can be a costly mistake to make. That’s why our experts are here to uncover the pros and cons of Click Lok and Tongue & Groove flooring.

Tongue & Groove Flooring Vs Click Lok Flooring

What is Click Lok?

Click Lok is a quick and easy installation method, perfect for DIY installations. This modern solution allows for traditional flooring to be laid quickly, without any fuss. Since this method doesn’t require any adhesive or nails it has become a popular option across most floor types. Although originally, it was introduced to laminate flooring. Nowadays, you can find click flooring in laminate, vinyl, and engineered wood. In fact, it has become one of the most popular installation types across all floating floors.


Pros & Cons Of Click Lok Flooring:

Every installation method has its pros and cons. The trick is to find the installation method that works best for you and your home. So, on that note, please see the individual pros and cons of click flooring below.



  • Cheaper to have installed.
  • Easier to install yourself.
  • Less likely to leave gaps from expansion.
  • Relatively easy to repair and/or replace.



  • More expensive to buy.
  • Requires a suitable subfloor.
  • Can make creaking sounds if not installed correctly.
  • Often requires underlay as well as the floor (unless your flooring has built-in underlay).


How Long Does It Take To Install Click Lock Flooring?

If you have previous DIY experience with other projects, then you’ll probably not need any more than 1 day to complete your Click Lok installation. However, you will need to account for your acclimatisation period as well. Depending on the floor type you choose, acclimatisation can take up to 7 days to complete.

If you do not have any previous DIY experience then you may need 2 whole days to complete the work, but it shouldn’t take you any longer than this.

Click Lok Flooring Installation

How Much Does It Cost To Install Click Lock Flooring?

If you are still planning on hiring a professional, even with Click Lok flooring then you will probably be paying around £15-20 per square metre for your installation. However, prices often vary based on the area of your home, and individual contractor rates. For a more accurate price, you should contact local floor fitters for a specific quote.


What is Tongue & Groove?

Tongue & groove is one of the most traditional methods for solid wood flooring installations, alongside nail down flooring. However, it can also be used across other types of flooring such as engineered wood and parquet flooring. Unlike Click Lok flooring, the tongue & groove method does require adhesive, but it still doesn't require any nails, so it won’t ruin the aesthetic appeal of your floors.


Pros & Cons Of Tongue & Groove Flooring:

Just like with Click Lok floors, there are advantages and disadvantages to choosing a tongue & groove floor. Please see below for some of the most notable pros and cons:



  • Less expensive to buy than Click Lok.
  • Extremely sturdy.
  • No nails required, only adhesive.
  • Less chance of creaky boards.  
  • Offers a permanent method of installation.



  • Professional installation will be more expensive.
  • Requires a suitable subfloor.
  • Will require adhesive as well.
  • Not well suited to DIY installations (unless you have prior knowledge).
  • Trickier to fix or replace in future.


How Long Does It Take To Install Tongue & Groove Flooring?

The time it takes to install a floor will always depend upon multiple factors such as the level of experience, the size of the room, the acclimatisation period, and how much prep is needed on the subfloor first, as well as the obvious factor, the installation type. Most experienced fitters will need around 1-3 days to complete a tongue & groove flooring installation in an average sized room. However, depending on how many people they send, it could take a little longer.

The floor type you choose can also play a part in this with many professional fitters agreeing that engineered wood flooring is quicker to install than solid wood flooring but again, this will depend on their expertise and the extent of the preparation involved. If you are planning on carrying out the work yourself, it will probably take around a week (not including acclimatisation or any prep work). Other elements such as underfloor heating will also add to this time, regardless of whether it’s a DIY installation or a professional one.

Tongue & Groove Flooring Installation

Frequently Asked Questions:

If you’re still a bit confused as to which is best for you, or you have a specific question in mind that you need answering, check out our FAQ’s below. Alternatively, if you can’t find the answer you are looking for, please leave us a comment on this post or contact us directly


Do You Start With The Tongue Or Groove?

First of all, you will need to know which is which. The tongue is the protruding edge of the board and the groove is the gap which the tongue snugly fits into. When fitting tongue & groove flooring you will want to ensure that the tongue is pressed against the wall, remembering to leave an expansion gap.


How Many Tongue & Groove Boards Do I Need?

How many boards (or packs) of tongue & groove flooring you need will depend upon the product in question and your room size. If you already have a product in mind, you can use our quick calculator on the product page. This will calculate the number of packs you require for that particular floor based on your room size. If you are not sure of your room size, ask your installer if they can calculate this for you.


Can You Glue Click Lock Flooring Together?

Click Lok flooring is extremely sturdy and therefore does not require any glue for a professional finish. However, you can use a small amount of PVA for the joints in high-humidity areas if you wish to, but we find this is redundant in most installations. If you are considering this, remember to only use a small amount of PVA and always seek advice from a professional beforehand if you are unsure.


Can You Glue Tongue & Groove Flooring?

Yes, you should always use adhesive in a tongue & groove flooring installation. Since there is no click mechanism this is what ensures your flooring stays sturdy.


Can You Nail Click Lok Flooring?

The more important question here is why would you want to? Click Lok flooring has been designed specifically in a way that doesn’t require any nails or glue. This helps tremendously with keeping the time and cost of flooring installations to a minimum. Therefore, we would never suggest or advise that you attempt to nail Click Lok flooring.


How To Stop Tongue & Groove Floorboards Creaking?

If your floor is creaking, it’s likely to be because of two reasons. Either the floor has been subject to excessive moisture, leading to expansion and warped planks. Or your flooring has not been given the appropriate acclimatisation. Again, this can lead to your wood flooring warping over time, causing it to creak. There’s also a chance that your underlay has been installed incorrectly. However, there’s no reason to panic as there are a few ways you can fix these issues. Most of which require little to no tools, and don’t cost very much either. However, before we cover the ways to fix this, it’s important that you assess the situation and find the source of your creaking boards. This will help you to determine the size of the issue as well as what could be causing it.

If the creaking is only in one area, or a few isolated areas, then it’s likely it’s not a big job and you can fix it yourself using one of the methods below. In some cases, however, it may be that your flooring isn’t the issue and it’s actually your subfloor or your pipes causing the problems. In this case, it’s always better to consult a professional as you should never attempt to fix your subfloor and the subsequent joints without prior knowledge. It’s also worth noting that creaky floorboards can be avoided altogether if you have hired a competent professional in the first place. If this is your first time upgrading your flooring, then it’s worth checking out our guide on how to find a competent fitter.


4 simple ways to stop creaky floorboards:

  • Apply talcum powder to the joints of the flooring where it creaks. This will prevent them from rubbing together, causing friction and creaking. If you are struggling to apply the talcum powder to the joints, try knocking on your floor at the same time to get it between the boards. Then use a clean cloth to remove any excess.
  • If talcum powder doesn’t work, you can try the same with WD40. However, we always advise that you test this in a smaller area first so you don’t discolour or damage your flooring.
  • Apply glue to the joints. If you have not already applied glue to the tongue & groove joints, this could be why your flooring is moving so much.
  • Monitor the humidity levels of the room. If they have changed or are changing drastically then you’ll want to ensure a more consistent level before replacing any warped boards. In this case, the humidity has already damaged your flooring so it will be more time-consuming, but still a relatively easy fix.

Which is better? Tongue & Groove OR Click Lok?

Both have their pros and cons depending on your home, budget, and DIY skills which makes it impossible to say which is better overall. However, what we can do, is provide you with a comparison chart, so you can decide what’s most important to you.

Tongue & Groove Flooring VS Click Lok Flooring Comparison Chart



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