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Tongue and Groove Floating Floors

While the choice in building products is expanding exponentially in the

marketplace, they are also becoming more user friendly, as is the case

with flooring materials. Recognizing the marketing opportunities they

have with the rising numbers of do-it-yourself homeowners, flooring

manufacturers are beginning to come out with flooring options that are

easily mastered by the average homeowner.

Of course, there is a learning curve, but installing floating floors can be something that a handy homeowner can accomplish with a bit of effort in very little time.

One of the previously most popular flooring styles

for hardwood flooring was the tongue and groove. It’s still very

popular today, but with the advancement of new and different wood

flooring styles, it’s being matched by other products as well.


first step with any floating floor is to lay a cushioned underlayment.

Your floating floor will rest upon this layer without actually being

adhered to it.

Because wood flooring strips come in uniform lengths, laying out your tongue

and groove planks ahead of gluing them together is a very important

step. Yes, it will practically double your installation time, but it is

essential for ensuring your seams are at varied intervals and look

attractive. Otherwise you’ll end up with a floor that can look

unsightly—especially if you have too many seams lining up in one


The key is to work back and forth across the floor and when you get to the

other side, cut the wood, and put the remainder of the piece next to it

and work your way back. This should help keep the seams at random

intervals. If you wind up needing to cut the plank exactly (or close to

it) in half, then lay the second half on the opposite side of the room.


methods can be applied, but the goal is the same, plan it all out while

you still have time to change it around if you’re not pleased with the

outcome. A word to the wise: while you’re working on the layout, be

sure to lay the pieces so that the tongues of one row face the grooves

of the next.

When the flooring has the appearance you want, it’s time to start gluing. You’ll need to

pull the planks up, but keep them in order so you’ll remember how they

go. Lay down the first row. Next lay a bead of wood flooring glue down

the groove of the pieces of the following row and lay it next to your

first row. You’ll need to place a tapping block on the outside of the

second row of flooring and hammer against it to secure the planks

together. What you are trying to accomplish here is successfully

lodging the tongue of one plank into the groove of the next.

Slide the tapping block every few inches and hammer it a few times—this

will help you get the tongues and grooves to meld together evenly.



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