Problems with Glue-Down Vinyl Plank Flooring
Like all floors, a glue-down vinyl plank floor comes with the potential for problems. You can prevent them by following the installation instructions.
A glue-down vinyl floor that’s properly installed and cared for will look and perform in a predictable way. A reputable manufacturer guarantees it.
But ignoring the procedures outlined in the manufacturer’s installation instructions increases the risk that something will go wrong.
Worst of all, you will void the warranty.
Search online and you will find people upset about their glue-down vinyl plank floors. They’re unhappy and looking for answers. And they suspect that the product and installation method itself is to blame.
No manufacturer is perfect, and occasionally they deliver a faulty product. Plus there’s many cheap, low-performing glue-down options available on the market today that don’t live up to their promises.
However, if you’re experiencing problems with a specialty product, it’s likely the installation is to blame.
Follow the Manufacturer’s Installation Instructions: A Cautionary Tale
Watch “GAPPING PLANKS! Glue Down Vinyl WARNING, Shrinking and Gapping – Telling 4 Year Review!” on Youtube. The creator of the channel is a knowledgeable builder, but in this video he misses the mark.
In the video he explains that four years ago he had Mannington ADURA Max 5mm vinyl plank flooring installed in his kitchen and family room.
He shows how after four years, his floor now has gaps that are thicker than dimes and quarters. Then he explains how a glue-down vinyl floor with gaps will drive you crazy because they become small traps for crumbs and dirt.
Not only are the gaps an eyesore, but they also collect any debris that falls into them, which gets stuck to the glue. It’s really a chore to clean them out.
Overall, he’s very disappointed in the look and performance of the floor. He concludes that sunlight probably caused shrinking and expansion, resulting in the gaps.
At the end of the video, he tells his audience that he would not recommend glue-down vinyl plank flooring.
Read through the installation instructions and the warranty for ADURA Max though, and you will see that the flooring is loose lay floating. It’s designed specifically for angle/angle install only.
Mannington provides a lifetime residential warranty for ADURA Max, but you will void the warranty if you use glue.
Glue-down flooring isn’t to blame, but the installer who didn’t follow directions.
Installers Who Don’t Follow the Installation Instructions
Yes, some installers recommend gluing 5mm loose lay LVP residentially and commercially. These installers choose products with dimensional stability of .002” – .004” and apply a specific high-quality adhesive to keep the planks in place.
You may be in a situation where your installer recommends installing the floor in a way that voids the warranty. They may come to you highly recommended and be very skilled.
What do you do in this situation? They have been doing it for years. They’re experts. In the end, it’s your call, but why take the risk?
You can avoid problems by maintaining the warranty and following the installation guidelines.