Lakewood's timber flooring is designed to naturally click together with a tongue and groove interlocking mechanism without the need for any fasteners. They are simple and fast to install, offering long-term durability and Lakewood - 25 year warranty.

Floating method

Floating floors are not directly fixed to the floor but are instead laid over an underlay without any glue, relying on the weight of the floor and the floors joint system to keep it in place.

The floating method of installation is the best option if time or cost are of concern. Lakewood’s timber floors have a locking joint system – with a Tongue & Groove joint. 

Pros:

  • Generally a cheaper option
  • Quick to install
  • Great for installing over radiant heat systems
  • Can work over just about any floor
  • Can be used for temporary floors

Cons:

  • Noisier to walk on than glue-down flooring and joints may squeak
  • Doesn’t feel as firm to walk on
  • Edge trims are mandatory as the floor needs to be able to move
  • Expansion gaps must be allowed or you risk the floor squeaking
  • Floor must be flat otherwise you risk having hollow-sounding areas
  • Not suitable for most parquet pattern flooring

Glued method

The glue method will fix your flooring directly to the existing floor using an adhesive. It provides a firmer and quieter floor to walk on and eliminates the risk of squeaking joints. 

Pros:

  • Quieter to walk on than a floating floor – less risk of hollow noise
  • Feels nice and firm to walk on like a solid timber floor
  • Can be used with most under floor heating systems
  • No trims necessary – so you can achieve a seamless look between rooms and/or transitions into different areas such as carpet or tiles
  • Suitable for parquet pattern flooring

Cons:

  • Best suited to either concrete or plywood sub-floor
  • Usually more expensive to install as you will need glue and moisture barrier
  • Takes a little longer to install
  • May not be suitable for installing over existing floor coverings such as tiles