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Can I glue laminate flooring down to the subfloor?

If you’re not familiar with how laminate flooring is installed, you may wonder if it’s possible to glue laminate flooring down to the subfloor. Laminate flooring is not recommended to be glued down. Since it is a floating floor, it is meant to support itself via locking systems and have no connection to the subfloor.

Locking System on Laminate Flooring

What You Should Glue

It is however relatively common to glue laminate planks to one another in areas prone to water damage. This will make the surface more water resistant in those particular areas. The glue will act as a barrier and prevent moisture from penetrating into the core of the laminate. This may be helpful in places like kitchen (in front of the dishwasher, sink or fridge), mudroom, or bathroom.

Doing It Right

If you decide to glue laminate flooring planks make sure to use the glue designed for wood products and manufacture of your flooring allows to do it. You apply small amount of glue to the locking system, interlock planks together and let them dry for 24 hours. You should not walk on the planks with 24 hours of doing this, just as you would not walk on flooring you have glued to the subfloor.

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