Click System Laminate Flooring – What Is It?

Over the last 20 years, the popularity of laminate flooring has soared due to its versatile nature, affordable price and ease of installation.

Laminate flooring is realistic in appearance and can be installed over all sub floors including over underfloor heating in all areas of the home. Well, except in rooms where there is high levels of moisture – such as wet rooms, bathrooms or kitchens. In these rooms, you’ll want to opt for a vinyl floor, or a hydro guard laminate.

A click fit floor looks something like this from the side.

 

Click System Side View

 

Due to the Click Fit Installation System, both DIY enthusiasts and those looking to save on installation costs are opting to install their own laminate floor. The perfect floor installation is now easily achievable by the average person with a desire to ruin a relaxing weekend by trying to install their own floor.

 

Click Fit DIY

Ah, the simple joy of DIY.

 

What Is A Click Fit Installation System?

 

All the laminate sold at Discount Flooring Depot uses a click fit installation system. With these folks, each of the laminate planks are milled with tongues and grooves, which click easily into place. This allows the laminate to ‘float’ over the sub floor without the need for glue or nails. This is floating in the sense that it sits freely over the underlay. Not floating in the sense of Casper the Friendly Ghost or those cool hover boards from Back To The Future.

Click Fit Hoverboard Back To The Future

Not a click fit floor

 

Installing a Click Fit Floor

 

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is. Unless you’re the kind of person who tends to make mountains out of molehills and turn everything into a massive ordeal. In that case, hire a fitter and save yourself the misery.

1 – Before you put down your floor, you’ll need to pick the right underlay. This blog post will help you along the way. Underlay will help to minimise any sub floor imperfections. They’ll also aid in sound reduction, cushioning, and will act as a moisture barrier when necessary – which is especially important if you have a concrete sub floor.

You’ll also need to leave your laminate floor in the room which it’s being laid to acclimatise. Generally it’ll need to acclimatise for about forty eight hours. We can’t stress enough how important it is to allow this acclimatisation time. If you’ve bought an engineered or solid wood floor, it can take up to a week to acclimatise. When you buy from us, we’ll advise you a suitable amount of time to reduce any problems further down the line.

Click System Laminate Floor Underlay

2 – To secure each plank in place, hold the board at a high angle, and insert the tongue into the groove before pushing it down. The board should click and hold in place without force, if it’s in the right position. Try not to force it, as if you break the tongue or groove, you’ll need to use different planks. This is one of the many reasons that we recommend you always order 5% wastage.

Click System Laminate Floor

 

3 – Make sure you leave an expansion gap around the perimeter of the room to allow for movement. The boards will expand and contract due to moisture and temperature changes in your room, and without leaving an expansion gap, you could end up with your floor being squeaky. Or even worse, it could potentially buckle and break.

It’s as simple as that. A click system floor is basically like a giant jigsaw puzzle. If you can figure out the knack of the click system without damaging the tongue and groove, then you’re good to go. If you’re careful when placing the floor down, you might actually be able to lift it easily as well, if you ever need to replace a couple of planks, or need to make changes to your underlay or subfloor.

 

Have you got any further questions about our click system floors? Let us know in the comments below!

 

To browse our full range of laminate floors, click here to visit our store.

 

1 Comment

  • martin

    I find it easier to make up a full length of boards and then tilt on an angle and click into the previous length but find it real arkward to fit the ends of panels to one another is there a knack to it?