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Click-Lock Solid Oak Flooring for DIYers

Click-Lock Solid Oak Flooring for DIYers

Let’s say that you are a seasoned DIYer, and you want a new hardwood floor in the living room. But you’ve never installed a hardwood floor before. So, you carefully study every article and video online and then order a few thousand dollars of hardwood flooring. Per the manufacturer’s instructions, you also rent a pneumatic nailer, air compressor, and buy boxes of nails.

After nailing down the first row, you notice that something is off. It’s not lining up as it should, or maybe the gaps are too wide. You must tear up those boards and start over. Hopefully, you can pry out the nails or staples and reuse the board. Otherwise, you’ve lost one or more expensive planks.

Do you really want to get yourself into this situation?

You don’t have to because there is a better solution to installing solid hardwood flooring. It’s called click-lock flooring, and we’re going to reveal just how easy and forgiving it is.

What is Click-Lock Flooring

Click-lock flooring is a method of attaching two floorboards together without screws, glue, brads, or staples. It was initially designed for laminate and engineered hardwood floors. The boards have unique grooves along the edges that fit together, interlocking the floor. It’s similar to tongue and groove.

Although most engineered and laminate floors connect in this fashion, they typically use glue or nails in addition to the locking system.

Easiklip took this concept further and developed a “click-lock” system for solid hardwood flooring. The end result is a floating floor. The floor’s weight keeps it in place without attaching it permanently to the subfloor. We’ll cover more about this flooring later.

The Advantage of Snap-Together Flooring

Click-lock flooring has become popular for DIYers and professional installers alike. Here are some reasons to choose this type of flooring over others.

Installs Quickly and Easily

Installing any floor requires a bit of experience and know-how. But a click-lock type floor is DIY-friendly. The boards fit together snugly, so each gap is the same as the next. 

You Don’t Need Nails or Glue

As we mentioned above, most snap-together floorings are floating floors. That means no glue or nails and a simpler installation process. Thinner flooring like laminates does require glue because they don’t have the weight or bulk of solid hardwood flooring to keep them from moving.

Another advantage of floating floors is that they can expand and contract naturally through the various seasons. Permanent floors can buckle or warp during high or low humidity conditions because they can’t move.

Floating Floors are More Affordable

Floating floors can save you money both in labor and materials. Whether you pay an installer to do it or lay it yourself, click-lock floors install much faster. With permanent flooring, you have the extra expense of equipment, fasteners, adhesive, or all three. Additionally, each plank takes longer to install.

The reason people opted for permanent installation was to get solid hardwood. That’s not the case anymore, as Easiklip offers a solid, 3/4 inch white oak flooring that clips together. It’s both affordable and DIY-friendly.
Another advantage of a floating floor is that it’s much easier to disassemble for localized repair or if you want to move the entire floor to a new location. You unclip it and take it with you.

Install Over Your Existing Floor

A floating, clip-together floor installs over almost any floor except for carpet or very uneven old floors. If you plan to install over an unlevel or uneven surface, this article will help you level the floor before installing the new one.

For best results, use an appropriate underlayment. Underlayment can be a moisture barrier to prevent moisture from wicking up if you install over concrete. It is good soundproofing for installing on higher floors too.

Types of Interlocking Flooring

When we mention interlocking, click-lock, or snap-together flooring, we’re referring to the installation method, not the rubber mats you find at the gym. The three primary materials for home click-lock flooring are vinyl, engineered, and solid hardwood. 

Let’s look at the properties of each type of flooring.

Vinyl & Laminate Flooring

Vinyl is a 100% synthetic material. Typically, the core is fiberglass, and the top layer is vinyl imprinted with an image of wood to resemble the look of a wood floor. 

The built-in click-lock system makes it easy to install and economical for high-traffic areas. It’s water-proof, making it a good choice for mudrooms, daycare centers, and below-grade such as basements.

Laminate flooring is similar to vinyl, except the core is usually constructed using wood byproducts, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), or high-density fiberboard (HDF). Laminate flooring, like vinyl, uses a hard, transparent plastic wear layer that protects the simulated wood design layer.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring is as close to the look of genuine hardwood as you can get. Its construction consists of a thin veneer of real hardwood mounted on a core. The core is typically plywood, particleboard, or a synthetic compound.

Engineered hardwood is usually less expensive than solid hardwood and easier to install with the click-lock system.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

If you search for click lock hardwood floors, what you’ll see mostly, is engineered hardwood. At the moment, Easiklip is the first company to offer solid, 3/4 inch, white oak flooring that clips together using patented aluminum clips. It is a hardwood floating floor system that uses no glue, screws, or nails. 

Nothing beats the beauty, value and the feel of real wood floors.

To compare all three types of flooring, read “Engineered Hardwood vs. Laminate Flooring: Learn the Differences.”

Why Click Lock Solid Oak Flooring Is an Excellent Choice

With so many flooring options, why choose solid hardwood? There are at least five excellent reasons why you should put solid hardwood under your feet.

  1. It’s the Best Investment – Nothing adds value to a home better than solid hardwood. Homes with hardwood floors sell for up to 10% more, and buyers prefer solid hardwood over other flooring options.
  2. Hardwood is Durable – With a little TLC, a quality hardwood floor can last for generations. 
  3. Wood is Sustainable – Wood is a sustainable material, unlike petroleum-based vinyl flooring or adhesives in engineered floors.
  4. It’s Beautiful – Solid wood floors retain their beauty for decades and are easy to maintain. 
  5. Always in Style – Hardwood is timeless. It looks great with any décor or style, no matter how often they change.

The added advantage of a clip-together hardwood floor is there is no mess or fumes from adhesives. Installation times reduce by as much as 30% since there is no glue or nails to slow you down.

Easiest Way to Install Your Hardwood Floor

Easiklip installs using patented aluminum clips that hold each plank firmly to the next. 

It’s an easy 4-step procedure.

Step 1 – Lay down an underlayment of plastic sheets.

Step 2 – Install the underlayment. 

Step 3 – Attach clips to the first row of boards and set them in place beginning in the right-hand corner of the room.

Step 4 – Install the next row, ensuring that each board “clicks” into the clips.

To see how easy it is and all the installation details, check out the video, “How to Install Solid Hardwood Flooring by Easiklip.”

A Perfectly Fitted Floor in Less Time 

Easiklip’s solid hardwood flooring system is the quick, easy, and glueless method of installing solid oak flooring. DIYers and professional installers can install a beautiful wood floor in a shorter time. 

The entire floor can be disassembled and moved to another location at any time. It’s entirely reusable with no damage to the floor or subfloor.

To learn more, visit the Easiklip floating hardwood floor installation page here.

 

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  • All flooring is 3/4” thick solid white oak (not laminate or engineered)
  • Suitable to install over concrete slab
  • In-stock items are delivered to your curbside in 7-14 days (continental USA only)
  • Easily install yourself, or hire an expert

 

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