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Which side is tongue and which is Groove?

Last Updated: 27th May, 2020

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Each laminate flooring plank contains a tongue and groove, these edges of the board cause your locking system to click together. The tongue on laminate flooring is the small flat edge on one side of the board, this is the top edge that is going to angle and lock into the bottom side of another board.

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Keeping this in view, which is tongue and which is Groove?

Tongue and Groove Basics Here's how it works: One side of a tongue and groove board has a protruding ridge (the tongue) that runs the entire length of the board, while the other side of the board has a groove from end to end.

Beside above, what does tongue and groove flooring look like? Tongue-and-groove flooring is made up of individual boards with special interlocking edges that are hidden once the boards are installed in the finished surface. Each piece has a tongue (a continuous ridge or tab) along one side and one end of the board and a groove (a channel) along the other side edge and end.

Secondly, which side of laminate do you start with?

Planks are always installed from left to right. It is not at all difficult to lay Pergo laminate flooring, but before you start you should make sure you have prepared everything correctly. Then all you have to do is follow the installation instructions.

Where do you start tongue and groove flooring?

Start at the corner of the room and place the first board with the tongue facing toward the wall. Be sure to leave a gap of about a ½-inch so the floor has room to expand and contract.

Related Question Answers

Adaya Do Nascimiento

Professional

Do you nail the tongue or groove?

For tongue-and-groove flooring, drive a nail at a 45-degree angle through the tongue, then conceal it by engaging the groove of the next board. Be sure to countersink the nail – drive it slightly below the surface of the wood – to prevent interference in the joint.

Antonino Schweissgut

Professional

What does T&G mean?

Acronym. Definition. T&G. Transport and General Workers Union.

Lakia Zabel

Explainer

How tight should tongue and groove be?

All it takes is 1⁄8″. The joint should be a firm press fit: If you have to knock the pieces together, then struggle to pull them apart, the joint's too tight. A tongue that's a hair too fat for the groove may actually seat, but it will stress the groove sidewalls and may, in time, prompt them to split.

Oumnia El Morabiti

Explainer

Can you lay laminate flooring backwards?

The flooring will be installed on a slab that has been cleaned of old floors and glue (due to flood waters) and will soon be prepped and properly leveled. Rooms on one side of the hallway will have the floors installed backwards, meaning that the click mechanism will have to be done from the opposite side.

Colette Westrick

Pundit

Which way do you lay laminate in a hallway?

Hallway Plank Direction
As a rule, laminate flooring looks best when it runs in the same direction as the long walls in a hallway. The sight lines of the floor and walls match, making the hallway appear longer and more spacious.

Andi Messing

Pundit

Do I need tongue and groove subfloor?

For subflooring, you use tongue and groove plywood. The tongue and groove are only along the 8 foot edges. On the four foot edges, your seams will fall on joist tops, so no need for tongue and groove.

Modestas Meloni

Pundit

Does it matter which direction you lay laminate flooring?

It is common to see the laminate or wood flooring boards running with the direction of the longest walls in a room. However, the most natural-looking direction to lay a wood floor will always be along the length of a room and its all down to the history and natural characteristics of solid wood flooring.

Lissette Apilaniz

Pundit

How much space should be between laminate and wall?

For a laminate flooring installation and correct size of the expansion gap, we suggest to use installation spacers that can be found in an installation kit, between planks and the wall to allow for the required 1/4 inch expansion space.

Yeudiel Verhufen

Pundit

How do you measure first and last row of laminate flooring?

Do not use polyethylene film over wood sub floors. Remove all existing trims and wall base as necessary. To ensure that your first and last row of planks is of equal width, measure the width of the room and divide the width of the room by the width of the plank.

Auras Ulman

Teacher

How do you cut laminate lengthwise?

How to cut laminate flooring lengthwise
  1. Step 1: Place spacers along the walls.
  2. Step 2: Lay the laminate flooring board down, making sure the tongue is oriented towards the wall.
  3. Step 3: Use a straight edge or another laminate flooring board to guide the jigsaw / circular saw, while doing the cut.

Emilian Konchady

Teacher

Which way do you lay flooring?

The most common way to lay/install hardwood flooring is by aligning the planks parallel to the longest wall or run in the installation. Apart from a few exceptions like sagging joists, this is the preferred direction to lay wood floors because it provides the best result aesthetically.

Ruperto Atrio

Reviewer

How soon can you walk on laminate flooring?

Before you use your new floor or move into the room, make sure the floor is completely cured. Do not walk on the floor for 24 hours after installation. If you do, it will damage the installation, resulting in an uneven floor.

Wolf Penzel

Reviewer

Do laminate floors really expand?

Remember that a laminate floor is a floating floor and must not be fixed to the sub floor or moldings at any point as this will not allow the floor to expand and contract, as these floors naturally do. molding expansion joint to relieve the pressure.

Savanna Alla

Reviewer

Should I glue tongue and groove?

The recommended glue for floating installation is Tongue and Groove engineered flooring glue. Glue placement is very important. The glue must be placed along the topside of the groove the full length of the grooved side and end.

Ashanti Ures

Reviewer

Is a moisture barrier necessary for laminate flooring?

When a laminate floor is installed over a concrete subfloor a moisture barrier must be used. Most every laminate manufacturer will require a vapor barrier under laminate flooring.

Merzouk Barberia

Supporter

Do you have to cut the tongue of the first row of laminate?

Place the first plank with the tongue side towards the wall, being sure to allow 1/8" for expansion. We recommend cutting off the tongue on this first row to avoid any problem with the expansion gap.

Luann Havinson

Supporter

Why do people have tongue and groove flooring?

Nearly all hardwood flooring today is tongue and groove because it solves the pesky problems—such as shrinking, warping, and working loose—commonly experienced by face-nailing planks to floor joists.

Boulaye Delle

Beginner

What is T and G flooring?

Tongue and groove is a method of fitting similar objects together, edge to edge, used mainly with wood, in flooring, parquetry, panelling, and similar constructions. Tongue and groove joints allow two flat pieces to be joined strongly together to make a single flat surface.

Terencio Aguirreburralde

Beginner

Can you float a tongue and groove floor?

How does a traditional tongue-and-groove floating floor work? You can turn these into a floating floor by applying a bead of glue in the groove, and then inserting the tongue of the next board. You still don't need an adhesive to glue the boards down to the subfloor — the glue is only required to connect the boards.