Choosing to have LVT flooring will open up a huge range of interior possibilities, they are also vastly more practical than lots of other flooring options. However, there are still decisions to be made. A question that customers may frequently ask is, ‘What is the difference between a Glue Down LVT and a Click LVT?’ this article will set out to answer that question and better inform you in your decision.
Glue Down floors, as the name suggests, involves an adhesive which adheres the flooring to its base. This in turn creates a solid flooring that is long lasting. The other kind of installation for LVT is the option in which the planks are clicked into place, often referred to as the ‘Floating’ or ‘Click’ method. This method is perfect for homeowners who wish to install the floor quickly, or over earlier flooring products or old adhesive.
The main advantage when it comes to glue down flooring is that it is more long-wearing and resistant to damage that can occur over time in heavily trafficked areas. This is due to the adhesive holding the planks in place much more efficiently than planks that are simply clicked into place. Planks that are glued into place leaves significantly less margin for the potential of movement with wear and tear. This quality of glue down LVT means that it is a good option in rooms that experience a lot of footfall, such as commercial properties or indeed in a family home in which a floor needs to remain durable for decades. The glue used to stick down the LVT tiles is also water resistant, making it a perfect option for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.
Advancements in recent years regarding LVT’s and their ability to handle moisture means that clicking installation has become a popular option. It is a quick form of installation which lends itself to time-sensitive projects. Click down floors are also generally slightly cheaper to install. Another factor to install is that because of the interlocking nature of the tiles, it could be suitable for a DIY project. This is because no adhesive is necessary and it is simply the weight of the tiles and their shape which keeps them in place.
However, there are disadvantages to flooring which has been installed with the clicking method. Because the clicking method involves installing the planks in a systematic manner, if one plank becomes damaged, then all the planks surrounding the damaged section must be removed too in order to replace a single tile. This is more time consuming and expensive. Glued down tiles however, can be replaced individually, again making it the most suitable method of installation in a room which would experience a lot of footfall.
LVT’s are much quieter in general than most other hard flooring options regardless of the method of installation. With this being said, if acoustics are an important factor to you, another aspect to consider is the acoustic difference between glued down LVT and click LVT. Because the tiles are not usually attached to the subfloor in a click installation, they tend to give off a hollower sound compared to that of a glued down floor that is louder.
As with most things, there are disadvantages to be considered with a glued installation of your LVT. Glue down installation is more time consuming than the clicking method. It is also usually more expensive, due to the need for specialist adhesive and installation costs. These may be off-putting factors, however, when the higher quality gained from an expert installation and the increased durability of the method is considered, this is certainly an expense that is worthwhile in the long run.
The benefits of LVT flooring remain no matter the kind of installation is chosen. However, flooring is an integral part of a room’s style and charm, as well as the aspect which must be the most durable. For this reason a glued down LVT would be the more advisable option if you are seeking both longevity and high quality in your floor.