To Glue or Not to Glue. That Is the Question.
In Customer Service, we often get the question: Do I need to glue down my vinyl floor? What I tell customers is – it depends. The decision about gluing depends on the flooring product you choose, your subfloor, the size of your room, and the type of traffic you expect.
There are three primary methods of installing vinyl flooring:
- loose lay
- fully bonded
- perimeter bonded
Loose Lay Installation
With this method of installation, acrylic double-faced flooring tape is applied at doorways and under seams to hold the vinyl in place. This option is not recommended for bathrooms or for installations with more than one seam. To learn more about the loose lay method, consult the vinyl sheet DIY installation instructions.
Fully Bonded Installation
Fully bonded applications are the most common method of installing vinyl floors. With this method, the adhesive is spread over the entire sub floor. The fully bonded option makes it possible to choose any performance level of vinyl flooring.
Depending on your vinyl sheet product and your room environment, you can use either permanent or releasable adhesive. Releasable adhesive gives you the ability to pull back, re-position or uninstall the product with ease. This type of adhesive is perfect if you’re installing a vinyl floor for the first time and want the added comfort of being able to reposition the vinyl if you make a mistake.
The releasable adhesive remains in a removable state for the life of the floor! How cool is that?! This makes repairs or remodels less stressful since the adhesive will not damage the subfloor or the vinyl when it’s lifted up.
Gluing with releasable adhesive is a good option for installations that may be more temporary because it offers the benefit of being able to remove the flooring easily.
Perimeter Bonded Installation
Some Armstrong products may be installed with the perimeter bonded method. Perimeter bond installation requires adhesive to be applied only to the perimeter of the room. This method is often considered in temporary installations or to help keep costs low, as the amount of adhesive needed is significantly less.
Depending on the type of subfloor, the size and complexity of your room, and the type of traffic expected, one of the full spread options may be recommended over the loose lay or releasable adhesive options. One final bit of advice, unless you have experience installing vinyl sheet floors and using flooring adhesives, we recommend that you hire a professional installer for the job. We just think you’ll be happier with the results! Learn more about vinyl sheet installation.
Emily Swingler is a Customer Relations & Technical Services Representative and Personal Flooring Consultant for Armstrong. She has been with the company since June of 2011. She enjoys working with potential customers to help them find the floor that may be just right for them, not only in design but also in installation. When not at work, Emily enjoys going to the gym, playing basketball, and spending time with her Black Labrador puppy, Remington.