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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  1. Hi Vickie, great question! The wear layer will be your best durability factor. 12mil or higher will be great for you. You may want to check out COREtec brand, as most of them can be floated or glue down. You can shop them here:

  2. Hi. My husband is in a wheelchair and when I researched Vinyl Plank Flooring, it looks like I should get the glue down flooring. However, they are not as popular – harder to find. How will I know it’s a quality floor? What should I be looking for when buying?

    Thank you,

  3. Ahhh I see. You should be able to find some good glue down planks for your project that are not super expensive. Best of luck!

  4. Yes, that would work after removal of the foam padding so I could glue it down. I conducted an experiment over the weekend. Since the floor I bought is not drop lock the planks must be laid down and slid into place end to end. This is just not happening with pressure sensitive adhesive on the floor. I think I will remove the flooring and use it in the back porch of the house, and go another direction in the trailer. Thanks very much for your help!

  5. Hi Dan, thanks for the question. Sorry to hear about the issues you have. First of all, it was designed to be floating, so there is always a chance that a glue down install will not work out ideally. However, some floors can be installed both ways, so it depends on which brand you installed. For the installation, the easiest way will probably be the drop lock installation shown here: Best of luck!

  6. Hello, I put a floating floor in a small camp trailer and results are not good (buckling, joint separation) for several reasons. Floor shop wrongly said I should be in good shape but because cabinets and trailer body put weight on certain parts, plus temperature variations make floating the floor unworkable. I am experimenting with glueing it down instead but I tested a piece for fading and general durability by leaving it in the direct sun all summer. Flooring performed perfectly on all counts but when it gets hot the foam backing will detach so I plan to remove the backing and sticky adhesive. One potential problem I will have is since I will still have the locking edges, will I be able to join them while sitting on dried STIX 2230 adhesive? I will do a test with scrap pieces but am interested in any other insights you may have. Even if I am able to do a nice installation is there any reason why it may fail later? Thanks!

  7. Hi Karen, our molding company recommends using: Premium Polyurethane Construction Adhesive. Hope that helps!

  8. Which liquid nails product do we use to glue luxury vinyl floor stair treads? It can’t be solvent based. So many choices, I am confused

  9. Hi Aziz, thanks for your question. I think you will need to let the air out and glue the bubbled sections. This video may help:

  10. Hi, I have had a large sheet (6×3.5m) of vinyl flooring installed on screed with underfloor heating. The fitter only glued down the sides. The vinyl flooring has now bubbled. What should I do? Can you recommend what glue should have been used? Thanks.

  11. Hi Michelle, I would take a look at what the manufacturer instructions specify as a proper subfloor and how to install the Peel-and-Stick. I am assuming you will just glue the tiles down. If you’re looking for a higher quality material, I would suggest a glue down LVT tile.

  12. Michelle Leathers

    I’m looking at buying and installing Peel-and-Stick Vinyl tile in my bathroom & laundry room & kitchen and I was wondering if I should grout it or glue it down? Being in the bathroom it will get quite wet and I want it to stick down and not let water through. What is there now is a sheet vinyl, one in the laundry/kitchen and a different one in the bathroom. Would I need to remove the current vinyl before laying down the tiles? Or would it be better to look into getting new sheet vinyl?

  13. Hi Eileen, thanks for the question. Since laminate is a floating application and can expand and contract, it is not recommended to install flooring over it. You will need to un-install the laminate and install the vinyl over the concrete subfloor.

  14. I have a laminate floating flooring over concrete slab with underlayment. Can I lay any kind of vinyl planning right on top of it?

  15. If the entire area is floating and that one area is now not – yes you may have problems down the road.

  16. For a repair area, I used Roberts 2001 adhesive that is made for felt backed vinyl, but the tile I used was not felt backed. The area was about one sq ft. The tile appeared to stick. Do you think I will have a future problem?

  17. Hey Earl, if you are floating one part of the flooring, you would need to glue down all of it that would not be separated by a transition.

  18. I am planning on installing LVP in my home. I have a section that is over the recommended 32′ for the floating floor installation. Is it ok to only glue down part of the floor(the long section) or should I glue the entire thing? thanks for your feedback.

  19. Hey Matthys, I hope you had a great weekend. I am not quite sure what you mean by reusable? Once it is glued down it would need to stay in place. If you need to replace anything you can always cut the planks out. I would put a vapor barrier over top of the painted floor just to make sure it would hold up.

  20. Hi. I have decided to put down LVT in our home.
    We like the option of glue down vinyl or pressure sensitive vinyl…
    Is glue down reusable?

    Currently we have perfectly flat cement floors but painted over with showroom floor paint…
    Do I need to remove the paint (a lot of work) or is there a easier way to go about? Maybe an adhesive that could do the trick?

    Thanks in advance!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

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

  31. 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!

  32. 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?

  33. 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 ( 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: [email protected] or call us at 800-520-0961 if you have any additional questions or need some help finding the right floor!

  34. 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

  35. 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!

  36. 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?

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

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