To Glue or Not to Glue My Loose Lay Floor

Yes, why call it loose lay if you are gluing it down?

Small rooms up to 10sqm can  be fully loose laid, provided no length is greater than 4000mm and the skirtings are low enough to hold the perimeter plank tight. Larger areas will need a minimum of a perimeter and 4m grid stick using glue or suitable double-sided tape (see earlier post about tapes).

So when do we need to use a full stick method for the entire floor?

The DIYers use the no-stick or perimeter/grid stick method as it is cheaper, easier, less messy and they can re-visit any subfloor issues should they appear. Professional installers are used to working with glues and should have the floor preparation to a high standard. They generally want to leave the job and not return for any reason and this why they will usually do a full stick down. Commercial areas should always be fully stuck as well.

We suggest the DIYer also stick down their floors in areas subject to temperature extremes or stress. This includes direct sunlight zones, wet areas like bathrooms, under heavy items like fridges or pianos, under dishwashers and at exposed entry doorways.

Many DIYers are happy to work with full stick and we recommend trowelling on a Pressure Sensitive type adhesive in common areas , but consider a hard-set glue in wet areas.

At ID Flooring in Helensvale on the Gold Coast, we supply a vast array of vinyl flooring options, including:

Our range is huge, so there is something to suit everyone’s tastes and individual projects.  Yes, we sell all the glues and tapes that you need.