Is there such a thing as glueless laminate flooring? Yes.
Many Armstrong and Bruce laminate floors can be installed without glue – making it an ideal installation for the DIYer who doesn’t want to worry about handling glue and cleaning up glue messes. This type of installation is called a “floating floor.” Floating floors literally float over the subfloor and are held in place by the boards themselves. Armstrong’s patented Lock&Fold Installation system uses tongue-and-groove board edges that snap together for a tight fit. No glue, no nails.
Glueless laminate flooring is an easy weekend project for any do-it-yourselfer. Little prep work is needed since these floors can be installed over most subfloors, except carpet. Just make sure the subfloor is clean and even. Next, you’ll need to put down the Armstrong Quiet Comfort™ Underlayment over the subfloor – recommended with a floating floor installation. This special underlayment will help smooth out minor flaws in the subflooring. The underlayment also provides an additional moisture barrier, greater noise reduction and a softer feel underfoot. Now you’re ready to install your glueless laminate floor. Gather your DIY tools, including a saw, tapping block and a pull bar, and read the installation instructions before you start.
Where to Install
Glueless laminate can be installed in most of the same places as a glue-down laminate – except rooms with high moisture, like bathrooms. For those rooms, you will need to glue down the laminate floor to help prevent excessive moisture from penetrating between the boards. Otherwise, a Lock&Fold installation is quick and easy – and since you can do it yourself, you save money because you won’t need to hire a contractor to complete the project for you.
Glueless laminate flooring is a durable and attractive option for your next home project. To find a laminate floor you can install yourself using the Lock&Fold installation method, browse our laminate flooring products and look for “Lock&Fold installation” in the product details.