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Tongue & Groove Vs. 5G Lock System

Engineered timber flooring comes in a range of thicknesses, widths, lengths, finishes and interlocking systems. It is important to consider all variables when choosing flooring for your project, as varying specifications will have significant impacts on the time and resources allocated to floor preparation and install.

5G Locking System

Traditionally timber flooring has used a Tongue & Groove (T&G) joining profile, the introduction of the 5G locking system however has meant these boards are easy to install and provide additional stability between floorboards.

Embelton’s 14mm European Oak, 12mm European Oak and Australian Timber Species, all feature a user-friendly 5G Locking System. This interlocking system makes for easy installation and is suitable for both direct stick and floating installation. When it comes to the unfortunate situation of damaged boards, if the floor is floated with a 5G locking system you have the ability pull up boards from the closest wall without damaging the locking system. With a T&G system however, the locking system must be cut due to the glue in the joins.

Tongue & Groove Joining Profile

Embelton’s European Oak Wideboard & Herringbone ranges features a T&G joining profile, requiring a higher degree of expertise and care during installation. Additionally, boards may need to be strapped and glue applied between the joins of individual planks if floated. This profile is designed for glue down installation however, which we recommend for all engineered timber flooring, as it results in a sturdier board, with superior acoustics. 

It’s important to consider the demands of your project when choosing engineered timber, as well as the install requirements for specific boards. Get in touch with our experienced team today to discuss a flooring solution for your project.