This post was most recently updated on September 20th, 2023
Does Vinyl Glue Down or Click Together?
This question is asked whenever anyone is presented with vinyl flooring as an option, but the truth is that there are two options on luxury vinyl flooring, also known as luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) and they are a choice between glue down tiles or click-together planks.
Whilst both are waterproof and offer similar attributes when it comes to satisfaction, they have different requirements when fitting to the floor. Depending on the subfloor, one may be better suited than the other so it’s important to consider that.
To Glue Down
If you choose the glue down option there are a few requirements and measures that need to be taken before installing this choice.
Having the benefit of being a slightly cheaper alternative to clicking together, you will need to make certain that the existing subfloor is flat. You may however require a professional to install which would require more spending. However, if the room is a high traffic area such as a kitchen it is considered a much more suitable option.
An adhesive will be required to give the flooring its stability and keep its natural appearance, so that furniture will not leave a heavy indent. Adhesive choices depend on the room you choose, as some areas will require heavy-duty consideration.
To Click Together
This is a much-preferred option for those wanting no fuss in installation and can be done easily by those inexperienced with flooring.
Without the need for adhesives, clicking panels such as Amtico Click Smart require no tools and can be simply put into place. As this is slightly more expensive than glue down choice, you save money on not requiring a professional installer due to its relative ease. Being the most preferred choice in vinyl flooring for the longest period and retaining its popularity is as much down to its simple installation as it is down to its resistance to moisture and easy-clean design.
As a weekend DIY project anyone can do and not requiring the cost of the extra adhesive to make the flooring stay in place, the click option has been a high choice for many households and commercial properties.
But Which Is Better
As with any choice, it’s important to view the pros and cons of each product.
Whilst both provide more scratch resistance than real hardwood, vinyl can scratch with heavier objects. However, sections are easy to replace which makes it a cost-effective option. If temperatures in the room fluctuate then the glue-down method is a preferred option as the adhesive will prevent the flooring from expanding and rising over time. This is not an issue for plank flooring in a temperature-controlled room.
Click vinyl allows for an underlay to be fitted underneath giving a more comfortable option than glue down. As a perfect partner for underfloor heating, both methods offer year-round comfort and cosiness.
With luxury vinyl tile flooring, you certainly have a great quality product no matter your installation method, and with a warranty that tends to last upwards of 20 years, it will certainly provide the lasting look you want.