“Do I need to glue vinyl flooring,” is a very common question we receive. There are a few types of vinyl flooring, each with a unique installation process. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the manufactures’ installation instructions and installation options prior to purchasing and installing. Let’s explore the common types of vinyl flooring and when you need to glue it down.
Click Lock Vinyl Flooring
Click Lock vinyl flooring is a floating floor that has a locking system – making installation as easy as simply clicking the planks together. This installation method does not require any glue. Installation will only require a vapor barrier underlayment (depending on your subfloor) and possibly some installation tools.
Glue Down Vinyl Flooring
As the name states – glue down vinyl flooring does require glue. This installation method can be cheaper but is not as quick and simple as click lock vinyl flooring. Every plank needs to be glued down to the subfloor. Glue down planks can be used with both plywood and concrete subfloors and is a good option for places where the subfloor may not be perfectly even.
Loose Lay Vinyl Flooring
Loose Lay vinyl flooring does not require any glue, but also does not have a locking system. This vinyl offers the easiest installation, as you simply just lay the planks down-one directly next to another – and keep moving forward. It is the simplest method of installation as there is no need for an expansion gap. You must be meticulous in your cuts, however, as the floor planks need to fit to the walls in order to stay properly.
Benefits of Glue Down Vinyl
There are a few reasons why you would want to opt for a glue down vinyl vs. the other two options. Glue down is a popular option in commercial spaces and large spaces, as these planks do not need the same expansions needs as a floating floor. You will also need transitions with a floating floor, which are eliminated with a glue down option.
Glue down vinyl flooring can also be used in areas where the subfloor may not be perfectly even. You also will not need an underlayment with glue down vinyl flooring.
Choose your vinyl flooring based on your subfloor’s condition and which installation method sounds most suitable to you. If you have any questions as to which vinyl floor installation method will work best for you, call our representatives at 1-800-520-0961!