glue-down vs. floating: which vinyl plank is right for you?

If you’re considering updating your floors and are looking at vinyl plank, you’re not alone—it’s one of our top-selling hard surface options!

Today, we want to compare the two main types of vinyl plank flooring – glue-down and click-together (also known as floating) –  and help you decide which might be the best fit for your space!

Play Video about two men comparing the two most popular types of vinyl plank flooring


click-together vinyl plank.

Many people gravitate towards click-together vinyl plank because they associate thickness with quality. But there’s more to it than just being thick. Click-together (also known as floating) plank flooring is a fantastic choice for most residential homes because of its durability and ease of installation. It’s designed as a floating floor system, meaning it’s not directly secured to the subfloor.

Proper floor prep is really important with click-together/floating vinyl plank. Eliminating any dips or peaks in your subfloor is essential since they can cause the flooring to bounce. This unevenness can stress the planks’ locking mechanisms when pressure is applied (like when you step on it or if furniture moves around), leading to potential damage. That’s why investing time in floor prep pays off, ensuring your flooring is going to last.

glue-down vinyl plank.

On the flip side, glue-down vinyl plank flooring offers a very stable and solid feel underfoot, thanks to each plank being glued directly to the subfloor. This can be particularly advantageous in areas with heavy traffic or uneven subfloors that can’t be perfectly leveled.

It’s also easier to fix damage to glue-down vinyl plank flooring than floating flooring. If a plank gets damaged—for example, a dropped kitchen knife or heavy furniture gouging the surface—it’s simple to replace just that piece without disturbing the rest of your floor.

Glue-down flooring is particularly good for commercial spaces or home offices with rolling chairs, as it can handle more wear and tear compared to floating floors. It’s also a preferable choice for spaces like entryways or utility rooms where there might be moisture or slight slopes.

let's compare some other benefits.

DIY-Friendly: Click flooring might be your go-to if you’re looking for a DIY project, as it generally requires less floor prep and can be easier to install.

Longevity and Care: Both types of vinyl plank flooring are waterproof and pretty durable, making them suitable for nearly any room in your house. If you’re worried about the hustle and bustle of family life or pet traffic, either option could work well, provided the floor is prepared correctly before installation.

Aesthetics: Whether you choose glue-down or click-together, you’ll find a range of styles from wood to tile looks. There are tons of design options, allowing you to get the look you want without sacrificing function.

why consult a professional?

While we’ve covered the basics, every home and commercial space is unique. That’s why we recommend talking to a professional (*cough* that’s us *cough*) who can walk with you through your specific needs and help you make the best decision. And yes, we do offer free measurements and consultations to make this process as smooth as possible!

So, whether you’re updating your home or sprucing up your business, consider how vinyl plank flooring can fit into your design. With the right choice and proper installation, you’ll enjoy beautiful, durable floors for years to come.*

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