Bjelin's sister company Välinge Innovation AB invented, in 1993, the click flooring, which is protected by a large number of patents worldwide.
In 1996 the Norwegian flooring manufacturer, Alloc AS, introduced the world’s first click floor. Today there are over 200 manufacturers of click flooring that are using the patents of Välinge Innovation AB. One of the most globally recognised technology for click flooring is the 5G locking system that makes it quicker and easier than ever to install a parquet flooring.
All floorings Bjelin manufactures can be clicked together, meaning that they can be installed without the help of a craftsman. Do it yourself or minimize the project time when hiring a professional.
The click flooring is installed without any glue. The floor boards are connected mechanically and the joints are practically invisible. Some types of floor, such as ship’s floor, has a beveled edge to fake a joint. Not needing to glue down your floor means that you will be using less chemicals and thus reducing the risk of allergies and other diseases.
The click joints automatically aligns the floor, ensuring every floorboard is straight. You could say that the flooring installer is a built in feature in this system. Should something be wrong, an incorrectly installed floorboard could easily be removed and reapplied to correct the error.
Click floors effectively neutralizes any tensions and stresses that appears in a floor that shrinks and swells with seasonal changes. Therefore you do not need to accept any gaps between the floorboards, which can occur in a glued down floor.
How much a glue-free floor really ”clicks” together depends on the joint system that the manufacturer has chosen to provide the floor with. Some click floors can be installed completely without tools - except from sawing of course - with a simple angling motion and really clicks together. Others have long sides that are angled together but the short sides requires the use of a hammer and a block to merge the two sides. No matter what method is used, the end result is good and the floor will hold together even under great strain.
Some manufacturers - usually in the lower price range - market their floors as click floors, although they can not click together at all. Most floors off this type is most a bad imitation of the click floor. Both the long side and the short side must be hammered on both sides to merge, the floorboards can not be detached again to correct errors, the locking system breaks when the floorboards are hammered and it is very difficult to install the floor.