Best Glue for Vinyl Flooring

Best Glue for Vinyl Flooring
By Bill Wyatt
November 6, 2020
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Vinyl flooring is a popular choice for flooring, because it’s easy to install, more durable, and less expensive than wooden floors. Let’s find out the best glue for Laminate Flooring.

In a rush?
No time to read? The best glue for Vinyl Flooring is 3M 90 Spray Contact Adhesive.
It works on Vinyl Planks, Tiles, and Sheet flooring and is quicker and easier than using an adhesive paste.

The Best Glue for Vinyl Floors:

There are many types of vinyl flooring, including vinyl sheets, vinyl plank flooring, vinyl tiles, and vinyl rolls.

Not every vinyl floor needs to be glued, and the glue you need depends on what type of floor you’re laying.

In general, the easiest option is to use a spray on contact adhesive. The best option for Vinyl is 3M 90 spray glue. Don’t get the 3M 77 instead, it’s not as strong and doesn’t stick well to plastics.

Best glue for Vinyl Floor Tiles

The best option for vinyl flooring tiles is a spray-on contact adhesive like 3M 90 Spray Adhesive

It works just like a regular contact adhesive paste, but it’s much easier to get a thin coat on the vinyl, which is necessary to ensure there are no ridges or raised points under your new floor.

Vinyl tiles are used commonly because they are more durable and waterproof than laminate or wood, and easier to install than ceramic tile.

Many vinyl floor tiles come with a self adhesive backing. If this is the case, you don’t need to use any glue, just make sure the floor or underlayment under your tiles is dry, clean, and free from any dust or oil.

How to lay Vinyl Floor Tiles:

  • Apply a thin coat of 3M 90 to the floor, and to the back of the tiles.
  • Allow the glue a couple of minutes to become tacky to the touch.
  • Press the tiles firmly in place.

Best glue for Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl plank flooring is the most common type of Vinyl Floor. It’s popular in family homes (especially with pets or children) because it’s extremely durable, it looks great, and it’s less expensive than laminate wood flooring or hardwood flooring.

Vinyl Planks usually don’t need to be glued in smaller rooms, although you may want to glue them in larger rooms, or rooms where the planks don’t go all the way to the wall.

The best glue for Vinyl Plank Flooring is 3M 90 Contact Adhesive Spray. Make sure not to use too much, a thin layer is better for Vinyl Flooring because any lumps or bumps under your floor will be noticeable and may prevent your planks from fitting together perfectly.

How to glue Vinyl Plank Flooring:

  • Apply a thin layer of 3M Contact Adhesive to the floor or underlayment.
  • Leave the glue for a couple of minutes until it becomes tacky. If you used a thin layer 2-3 minutes will be plenty of time.
  • Install your planks as normal, making use of the tongue and groove system on your flooring to fit them together.

Best glue for Vinyl Flooring Roll

Sheets of Vinyl Flooring are more tricky to install than vinyl planks or tiles.

Unlike Vinyl Planks, you always want to glue down Sheet Vinyl Flooring, to make sure it doesn’t come up.

The best glue for vinyl flooring roll is contact adhesive, either in spray form (3M 90 Contact Adhesive Spray) or in paste form. (Weldwood Multipurpose Floor Adhesive)

You have more time to work using the paste adhesive, but it’s more difficult to get a great finish.

How to install vinyl flooring roll with contact adhesive:

Best glue for Vinyl Flooring on Concrete

Adhering Vinyl Flooring to concrete is a simple process, both adhesive spray and adhesive paste will stick to concrete without any major problems.

The good thing about concrete underfloors is that they are usually extremely flat, ensuring you get a great finish. In colder climates, you will probably want to install a good underlayment on top of the concrete before laying the vinyl, because concrete is a poor thermal insulator.

The best glue for applying vinyl flooring directly to concrete is 3M 90 Contact Adhesive Spray, or Weldwood Multipurpose Flooring Adhesive Paste.

For a large room, the extra effort involved in using the paste is worth it, as the spray is considerably more expensive for a large project.

Best adhesive spray for Vinyl Flooring

Many sprays will work on Vinyl Flooring, however the best spray is a strong contact adhesive.

Several companies produce adhesive sprays, I recommend 3M 90 Contact Adhesive Spray.

If 3M 90 is not available for you, check Amazon for another spray which can stick to Vinyl and other plastics.

Some sprays like 3M 77 are great for crafting, but not strong enough to hold a floor in place. Some others are not water resistant, some only work in narrow temperature ranges etc. So just make sure to check the reviews on Amazon before you buy!

Click here to read the reviews of 3M 90 Adhesive Spray on Amazon.

FAQs

Best Underlayment for Vinyl Plank Flooring

Underlayment can help with thermal insulation, moisture protection, sound deadening, cushioning, and flattening of your subfloor. It’s a good idea to install an underlayment if you’re installing vinyl flooring in your home.

Underlayments are all pretty similar, it’s just a protective layer so that your vinyl isn’t sitting directly on your subfloor.

You can use any underlayment, even if it says it’s for laminate or hardwood floors. I’ve had floors professionally installed before and they used 2mm thick foam, nothing else.

There are lots of underlayments on Amazon, though you might prefer to have a look wherever you got your flooring from, they will most likely have underlayment available too.

Do you NEED to glue vinyl flooring?

When laying a vinyl floor, you have to choose between gluing it down and leaving it unglued.

Unglued floors are called Floating Floors, and are held in place by the walls. 

Floating floors are fine for smaller rooms, but it’s not recommended for large rooms.

Gluing your flooring to the underlayment or subfloor gives you more stability and durability.

Can you use adhesive tape for vinyl flooring?

Adhesive tape is sometimes used to keep vinyl planks in place.

Adhesive tape is fine if it comes preinstalled with your flooring (self adhesive vinyl flooring) however if you’re installing it yourself you’re better off just using a spray. It’s quicker and easier, and it gives a more secure adhesion than double sided tape ever could.

Especially in a large room, it’s important to glue your flooring properly. You’ll be kicking yourself if one plank comes loose and you need to pull up half the room to get to it.

Conclusion

To sum up, the best glue for Vinyl Flooring is 3M 90 Spray Contact Adhesive.

For sheet flooring, you might prefer to use an adhesive paste such as Weldwood Multipurpose Flooring Paste.

Adhesive tape is an option, but not a very good one.

Hope this helped, thank you for reading!

-Bill

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