In the world of flooring, luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is king. It is relatively easy to install, water resistant, and scratch resistant. The latest version of LVP, sometimes also called SPC or WPC, is a rigid, floating product that sits on top of the subfloor. The pre-cursor glue-down vinyl plank flooring is seeing a comeback, and for good reason.
Glue-down LVP is a vinyl-based product that comes in either a plank or occasionally a tile visual. As the name implies, it is laid out like a wood or tile would be and is adhered to the floor using an adhesive. It is used heavily in commercial settings (think grocery stores and medical offices) but is a great option for residential use as well.
Here are some of the reasons why you might consider using glue-down vinyl plank flooring in your home.
Cost of Glue Down Vinyl Plank Flooring
Glue-down luxury vinyl plank tends to be less expensive than its rigid core cousin. This is true for the product cost and the cost of installing glue-down vinyl plank flooring. This can depend on the quality of the product but is true in most cases. Luxury vinyl plank comes in a variety of quality levels with options in plank thickness, durability, and look. Some vinyl plank flooring is more realistic looking than others, so you’ll have to choose what suits your preference.
One of the great things about glue-down vinyl plank flooring is that it can be laid out in several ways whereas the floating version is more limited. This is because of its locking mechanism and because it has to be laid in a traditional wood plank layout.
The glue-down version of LVP can be laid in a wide range of design options such as a herringbone layout, directional change layouts, and a layout with borders. It is not limited by the locking mechanism the way that a floating product is.
Easy to Care For
Glue-down vinyl plank flooring is extremely easy to care for. It can be swept, mopped, vacuumed, or steam-cleaned. And because of its installation application, individual planks can easily be replaced if damaged or scratched for any reason. This is not the case for the floating version, which is why glue-down LVP is a great option.
A Solid Product for all Rooms in Your Home
Glue-down LVP can be laid in any room of the home, including kitchens, baths, laundry rooms, and basements. While it can sometimes feel more hard underfoot than its floating cousin, there are thicker products that can make up for that feel. A thicker glue-down vinyl plank flooring can provide a lot of comfort underfoot and help eliminate visible issues with subfloor.
If you are looking for new flooring and would like a more cost-effective or design-flexible product, glue-down LVP could be right for you! At Graham’s Flooring and Design, we will always help you through the glue-down vinyl plank flooring pros and cons to help you determine what’s best for your lifestyle and budget.