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Which LVP Installation type is right for you? Part 2

Posted by William Nowell on

Before you even look at colors or materials, the first decision you have to make regarding your Luxury Vinyl Plank is what type of installation is going to be best for your project. You can choose between a glue down installation or a floating installation.  

What are some things to consider when choosing your flooring type?

  1. Subfloor 
  2. Room size
  3. Foot Traffic
  4. Who is installing your floor
  5. How is easy is it to replace a piece of the flooring
  6. Budget

In this part 2, we will look at when to choose a glue down LVP.

Simply put, glue down vinyl plank is when the product is glued down to the subfloor. Each plank has a dry back material which adheres to the subfloor using a vinyl floor glue. Using luxury vinyl plank adhesive is a long lasting installation approach. It will keep your floors stable and ensure a top-notch performance.

So let's look at each individual deciding factor.

Subfloor – Generally speaking, glue down vinyl is thinner than click lock or loose lay LVP.  Because of this, it is best to have a subfloor that is smooth and in good condition. It is not ideal to use a glue down over a subfloor that has residual glue from a previous project, or concrete that is uneven or has dips and holes in it.  Do not use glue down directly over tile (as you can do with a loose lay or click lock) as you will most likely feel the grout lines through the flooring.

Room size – If you have a really large room glue down is a better choice as there will be more joint stability than a click lock vinyl.  Generally speaking, larger spaces such as basements (without moisture issues), offices and restaurants will be best with glue down.  Can also be used in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and commercial settings. 

Foot Traffic – Areas with a high volume of foot traffic may benefit more from a glue down vinyl. Especially areas (such as healthcare facilities) where there may be wheelchairs, gurneys or other rolling traffic, a glue down floor will be more stable.

Who is installing your floor – Glue down floors can be installed by DIY’ers but it is not really ideal if you have not worked with floor adhesives before, or are fairly inexperienced at flooring. If you have a contractor in mind already, glue down is a great option.

Ease of replacing a piece – If you have a high traffic area that seems to need pieces of flooring replaced often, or just want to redesign the pattern, glue down vinyl could be best for you. It is easy to take out and replace one plank without disturbing any of the surrounding planks.

Budget – Your budget may be a huge determining factor. In general, glue down flooring is quite a bit more affordable than floating floors.  If you have a very large space to do, you may find that a glue down vinyl fits into your budget very nicely.

So which method is the best way to go?

Truthfully, it all depends on your project.

If you plan on replacing the floor sooner than later, a glued down vinyl flooring would be much more difficult to remove than a floating floor. If you’re working with commercial areas, glue down may be the best fit for that project.


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