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Do I need to glue vinyl flooring?

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.

Featherweight Vineyard plank click lock vinyl flooring
Featherweight Vineyard plank click lock vinyl flooring

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.

Feather Lodge Knock Out Del Mar Plank glue down vinyl flooring
Feather Lodge Knock Out Del Mar Plank glue down vinyl flooring

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.

Feather Lodge Quick Lay Barnside Plank loose lay vinyl flooring
Feather Lodge Quick Lay Barnside Plank loose lay 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!

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18 comments

  1. Davida Ringhofer

    I am considering putting down a click lock vinyl floor in our vacation home in Northern Wisconsin. We do not heat the house in winter and I am wondering if this type of flooring is suitable for this application.

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Davida, thanks for your question! A few things to keep in mind with this type of application is that vinyls can move with temperature change and it will void any indoor warranty. With that said, the best brands to go with are COREtec or any vinyl that is an SPC core. These vinyls are more rigid and will not show as much movement with temperature change.

  2. Can I use this under tile in my kitchen? It going to be a tough job removing the tile so I’m hoping to avoid it. Thanks

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Rose, thanks for your question. Do you mean installing over the tile? Yes, you can install vinyl planks over the tile. You will need to level the tile with quick-mix concrete to become a stable subfloor. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  3. I work in an apartment community and we are installing vinyl plank flooring on the 1st floor right on the concrete. We’re are having problems with glue coming up between the gaps after about 2 – 8 months after someone moves in. What would be the issue? Is it too much glue or not leaving it dry or some kind of moisture issue? It can happen anywhere through out the apartment. It can be in the the living, kitchen or bathroom.

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Kim, thanks for the question. I am thinking this would be an overuse of the adhesive, or not letting it properly dry in the first place. If the glue is coming up through the seams, it means the pressure is pushing it from beneath the planks. We would recommend having a flooring inspector come out to assess the installation and see what the root cause could be.

  4. I stumbled on your site, my question is with installing Laminate flooring in an RV (motorhome) which once the carpet and vinyl flooring are removed is simple plywood. I am not sure how to select the type because in a floating floor, which is better for sound deadening and glue down or not. I will have captain chairs, recliner and couch that are all bolted to the floor and wonder if that restricts a floating floor. Using glue down floor, does it allow for the movement of a moving vehicle?
    Lastly how best to handle the transition to carpet of front area where, because of engine doghouse would be impossible to install laminate flooring. I also have a small area of steps and how to handle the steps themselves as far as finishing touches.

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Carlos, thanks for your question! First things first, you never want to bolt anything to a floating or glue down floor. We’d recommend cutting around where the items will be bolted down. A glue down floor will not provide any sound dampening or cushion under foot, but it will not move as much as a floating floor may. With a floating vinyl, you can potentially have a cushion underneath to help with the sound and hardness under foot. We generally recommend going with a floating floor for a few reasons, including easier to uninstall and re-install if you have damage or want to change it. and it’s a super easy installation with no need to worry about glue or drying.

      As far as a transition goes, you would simply need a transition moldings, either T-Molding, reducer or metal t-molding that connects the two areas. You can use vinyl for the stairs and would need to glue them down to the steps. There are stair noses that can cover the edges. Hope this helps! If you have any other questions, give us a call at 800-520-0961.

  5. What kind of glue is recommended for a 4mm luxury vinyl

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Elizabeth! Great question. We’d recommend looking at your manufacturer instructions to see which glue is recommended. It may vary depending on the floor you purchased!

  6. We have a covered, mostly enclosed patio in Southern California. It does not get temperature extremes however could get wet in a rain storm. We want an attractive floor as it currently have linoleum. Would vinyl flooring work in this space?

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Suzanne, thanks for your question! There’s a few things to consider when thinking about using a vinyl in this situation. We would recommend looking for an outdoor flooring option, and I will explain why. First off, installing a vinyl in an openly exposed room will void the warranty, as this flooring is made for indoor usage. Second, vinyl flooring is waterproof, but you can get into trouble if you are using a click or quick-lay vinyl and water is able to find a way under the plank. This can cause mold to begin to grow where water is unable to escape. A glue-down should pose less worry in that circumstance, but it’s still something to consider with the exposed areas of your patio. Third, vinyl flooring can fade when it experiences continual UV exposure, so the life of your vinyl made lessen in an area with high amounts of sunlight. All in all, you’ll get more for your money if you find a flooring created for outdoor usage. Hope this helps!

  7. I would like to glue down 2mm vinyl planks on my condo suite which is on the ground level in low rise building. I have been told by the condo management company that I need underlayment. Although I do not have anyone living below me as my suite is on the ground level, I was told that the sound travels sideways and could be a noise issue. Is that really true? I will Wait for your response as you have the expertise in this industry. Thank you
    Mary H

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Mary, thanks for your question! We get a lot of questions about building codes when it comes to apartments and condos. Some will require a specific type of underlayment to use that has sound ratings. Using a glue-down or click vinyl will not allow you to use an underlayment for extra sound protection. If you want the moisture protection of a vinyl, we would recommend going with a WPC vinyl option (http://www.bestlaminate.com/search-by-brand/anchor/). This would allow you to add a sound-proofing underlayment to meet the condo specifications and will provide you with the same look and feel as a glue down or click vinyl. Feel free to send us an email at: support@bestlaminate.com or call us at 800-520-0961 if you have any additional questions or need some help finding the right floor!

  8. Does the 2mm glue down vinyl planks have to be over a luan underlayment? Can the planks be glued directly to the old hardwood floor?

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Bill, great question! You do not need an underlyament when working with a gluedown vinyl. They can be glued right to the subfloor. Most glues will have a moisture barrier if you are installing over a concrete subfloor. If you have any additional questions, give us a call: 800-502-0961. Thanks!

  9. What kind of floor do you think is best? I kind like the idea of my flooring just clicking into place. I feel like it would be stronger that way. Unfortunately, I am not very handy. I will call a pro out to come do a quote for my house.

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Kody! If you’re doing a large space, we recommend doing a glue down. A floating floor has more joint stability within a 30ft distance in any direction. Other than that, a click plank is generally easier to install since you do not have to worry about glue and extra equipment. Let us know if you have any additional questions!

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