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Old 12-16-2016, 10:41 AM  
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Default Can you glue lay loose vinyl floor planks?

Long story short, I was given quite a bit of lay loose vinyl floor planks and was planning on installing in an old lake cabin which currently has carpeting. My issue is the floor of the cabin isn't level and does have a little flex. With this in mind, do I need to reinforce the flooring before I install the vinyl planks or can I leave it as-is and just glue them down? If it's ok to glue them, is there a specific type of glue I should be using?

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Sheet vinyl has paper on the back that sticks to the glue, if you can find the brand, they may have a suggestion. A solid floor is always a good idea.


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Why glue them? If they are a click lock version, they will lay nice without any adhesive.
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They are not the click lock version. They are just planks that lay flat, side by side with no way to lock them into one another. Seems odd to me, but I guess it's just the friction which keeps them together once installed.
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Sounds pretty odd. A picture or a Mfr's name (or both) would be helpful here.
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I have seen something like that called drop and done, the ones I saw were really thick and expensive.

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I haven’t installed this product myself but my nephew used it in his house and there was one major problem he could never get around and he ended up taking it all up and putting down a snap together laminate product.

The problem he had was sunlight. His flooring was a dark color and when sunlight coming in his window or double doors would hit the flooring and warm it up it would expand and buckle he took it up once and trimmed it for expansion and then he got gaps. This flooring is constantly moving. It looked great when he would put it down and after a couple days it was a mess after the sun warmed it up.

In the video, they mentioned they tape the edge and a few strips down the middle. I don’t see where that would have helped.

Like I said I don’t know if all brands do this, but it was bad enough I wouldn’t put one down unless I saw the problem was fixed. I don’t see it as being that much more work doing the snap together laminate. Except this would be really easy making a repair.
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All loose lay flooring advises a gap around the edge of the room for expansion - especially vinyl. OP would be well advised to find the Mfr's installation instructions.
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All loose lay flooring advises a gap around the edge of the room for expansion - especially vinyl. OP would be well advised to find the Mfr's installation instructions.
Neal’s video says no gap. With no gap you get buckling with gap you get huge cracks as nothing holds the pieces together. With sunlight you get huge tapered gaps and buckling depending how much the stuff sitting on the floor holds it in place. Is what we found.
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Neal’s video says no gap. With no gap you get buckling with gap you get huge cracks as nothing holds the pieces together. With sunlight you get huge tapered gaps and buckling depending how much the stuff sitting on the floor holds it in place. Is what we found.
The problem with most how-to videos ( and that first one was pretty bad at the how-to part) is that they show you the finished project right after it is completed. And that usually looks good as long as the installation was not screwed up. But they seldom or never show you the same project three or six months later. Who knows what it looked like by then.


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