How to Install Glue-Down Vinyl Plank Flooring

How to Install Glue-Down Vinyl Plank Flooring

The good thing about installing glue-down vinyl planks is that you can really customize your floor to your personal preference using design and feature strips. Besides, since glue-down vinyl plank flooring is secured with adhesives, the chances of it shifting are low – even with a lot of daily traffic. And that means it feels firmer underfoot, and generally, it won’t wear down as quickly.

In this post, we will provide you with tips on how to install glue-down vinyl plank flooring.  If you are still shopping for vinyl flooring, you may want to check our expansive portfolio.

How to Glue Vinyl Flooring: Installation Guide

You can follow these general steps if you are wondering how to glue vinyl flooring. But we also recommend you always refer to the manufacturer’s directions for installation.

First, you need to prepare the sub-floor. Remove any foreign substances such as grease, wax, dirt, or any other chemicals that could prevent a good bond. Clean up all the dust and debris and fill any holes with a patch.

Acclimate glue-down planks for 48 hours at 65 to 85 Fahrenheit degrees in a clean, non-concrete room. Open the boxes and work from multiple boxes to minimize repeating patterns and create a more natural look. It’s important to check for any defects before you begin the installation.

Find the center of the room before you begin to eliminate small cuts around the edges and to leave a uniform border. To find the center, you should measure the width and length of the area and strike a chalk line halfway across both – where the lines meet is the center of the room.

Start by laying two lines of planks from the center of the room at right angles to each other to make an L shape. Don’t stick them down yet, just lay them on the floor without adhesive. This way, you can make sure you’re laying your floor at the correct angle.

Once your planks are in position, you can start to stick them down. Apply a thinly spread layer of recommended adhesive to the floor under the planks using a trowel. Spread the adhesive as evenly as possible.

Start laying the planks row by row. Press the planks firmly onto the subfloor and butt each piece up to the next one so that there are no visible gaps. If adhesive oozes up between the planks, wipe it off immediately with a sponge or rag. You can also use a vinyl floor roller to apply extra pressure to each plank so that they bond to the floor surface. Install baseboard and quarter round after the vinyl plank flooring is in place.

Want to install glue-down vinyl plank flooring in your home? At our store, you can find a huge selection of luxury vinyl plank flooring and choose from many colors, designs, and styles to get a high-end look. We also offer a wide range of vinyl trim molding to complete your flooring project and get a professionally polished look.

If you are looking for more DIY tips, check out our article on how to install engineered wood floor.
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