We get asked a lot if you need to glue vinyl flooring down. What many people don’t seem to know is that whether you glue it down or not depends! 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 options prior to purchasing and installing. Here are the top three installation types for vinyl flooring!
Click Lock Vinyl Flooring
Click Lock vinyl flooring actually 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 underlyament (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. This glue down vinyl flooring installation is best 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.
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!
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- Is vinyl flooring anti-slip?
*This post was updated from 2015 to give you a better reading experience!