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Can I Glue Laminate Flooring Down to the Subfloor?

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Published: Updated: 15 comments 2 minutes read

No, you should not glue your laminate to the subfloor. Most laminates are a floating floor, and should be able to expand and contract freely. Since it is a floating floor, it is meant to support itself via locking systems and have no connection to the subfloor.

The sub-floor must be perfectly level and damp-proof. Most probably it will be necessary to use a leveling compound and an appropriate damp proof layer. In addition, you will need a resin that provides sufficient adherence to the Laminate backing.

For staircases, you will need to glue and screw (or nail) the laminate down to the stairs themselves. The glue should be a Liquid Nails® or “construction-type” glue dispensed from a glue gun. If you are looking for flooring with a glue down installation, you will need to purchase glue down flooring.

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Ken February 13, 2023 - 12:26 pm

How do you make the subfloor damp proof?

Rachel Vahcic February 14, 2023 - 3:31 pm

Thanks for your question, Ken. Assuming you are experiencing moisture issues with your subfloor, it is important to eliminate moisture and test to make sure there is no moisture before installing flooring on top. There can be many different steps to obtain this, dependent on many factors such as level of moisture, subfloor material and which story of your home this issue is occurring. We would suggest working with a local inspector to determine what is causing the moisture and creating a plan to eliminate this. If you have any questions, please reach out to our customer service team!

Nancy Billman January 18, 2022 - 11:35 am

We are installing vinyl plank flooring on existing vinyl tile on a cement basement floor. Although we applied a leveler, there are a few places where the floor is not level. Is it ok to glue only small areas where the planks do not lay flat to the floor?

Vanessa January 24, 2022 - 9:26 am

Hi Nancy. We recommend trying to use the leveler on those areas again in order to ensure that area is level for installation.

Betty January 14, 2022 - 12:39 am

We used laminate with backing on our basement floor. We removed the carpet on our stairs and would like to use the same laminate to cover the risers on the stairs. Is it possible to glue the planks onto the wood that is already there?

Vanessa January 24, 2022 - 9:04 am

Hi Betty. Yes, it is possible to glue laminate to the stairs. If there is a backing, you will need to remove the backing off of the laminate.

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