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Luxury Vinyl Tile; Floating vs. Glue Down

Luxury Vinyl Tile is the new buzzword in flooring.  We were super excited when we moved to our rustic beach cottage that the entire home (minus a small bathroom) had it.  Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is supposed to be super durable and water proof. I’ve heard so many great things about this new vinyl flooring I couldn’t wait to try it out. 

Luxury vinyl tile glue down

Since it’s been a few months since our move and all the “dust has settled,” I figured I would share all about my thoughts, frustrations, and recommendations about this new vinyl tile.

Keep reading to find out the good, bad and ugly when it comes to luxury vinyl plank flooring.

Disclosure: I’m not a flooring expert or tile installer, this is just a post about my experiences with glue down vs. floating LVT. This post shares my opinions and experiences only.  My purpose in this post is to share my opinions and experiences with glue down LVT in hopes that it might be of  help to some of you! Always discuss with a flooring professional before you make any final decisions. 

My thoughts and experiences with Luxury Vinyl Tile; glue down vs. floating

I would imagine that if you’re reading this that  you are either considering purchasing Luxury Vinyl Tile or you already own it. I didn’t know a ton about it before we moved into our new home. My mother and father in law had the floating type of luxury tile put down and  I LOVE their floor. It looks very similar to regular wood or laminate, but it’s a lot more durable and water proof.

Unlike my in laws floors, our LVT is the glue down type.

I figured our new vinyl planks would be very similar to theirs as far as looks and maintenance even though they were not installed the same way.  This is mostly true, but I want to share with you my thoughts and frustrations about the “glue down” LVT.

The first thing I noticed was the “glue remnants” that were not properly wiped up during the installation process.

Luxury Vinyl Tile; glue down vs floating
glue remnants from LVT
Luxury vinyl tile with glue remnants

This has been a real pain for me. We have over 2,200 square feet installed and there are glue remnants everywhere.

As far as removing the glue remnants, I have been very unsuccessful so far. I’ve mopped and applied pressure to the “glue remnant” spots and I’ve still been unable to remove them. I’ve taken a Clorox wipe and scrubbed the area, which most of the time works, but it’s very labor intensive and not recommended by the manufacturer.

Spoiler alert: I “stumbled” over a common household product that removes the old glue with little to NO effort on luxury vinyl tile.

How to Clean Floor Glue and Heavy Dirt off Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Since cleaning products didn’t work for me, I decided to use a glue remover called Goo Gone. I’ve shared an affiliate link below.

I’ve used this product and it worked great, but when you’re cleaning a very large area it’s rather labor intensive. You have to spray the area with the product, wipe up the residue and then use a cleaning product to remove the Goo Gone residue.

I’ve considered adding a little Goo Gone to a mop bucket so I could cover a larger area in a shorter span of time. Has anyone tried this? Leave me a comment below if you have any ideas on this.

Now that I’ve shared my frustrations with the glue residue from glue down luxury vinyl tile, let me share my second frustration.

Can you see what I’m talking about?

Those large gaps between the planks are an eye sore and a dust collector!

As the weather changes and the LVT shrinks and expands, the gaps do the same! Unfortunately our entire bedroom looks like this.

Could this have been prevented? According to the guy that laid the flooring, he installed it during the coldest winter months and as the weather changed so did the lengths of the planks.

Could he have waited until the weather warmed and potentially prevented this problem? Yes, but tell a flooring contractor to stop working during the coldest months and see what he says……LOL.

Long story short; Glue down LVT will always be subject to “gapping” from weather changes.

Now let’s discuss the floating Luxury Vinyl Tile.

As far as I can tell, if you install the floating type of LVT you will not have to worry about glue remnants or the “gapping” issue that I’ve dealt with.

My honest opinion so far is that I would choose the “loose lay” or floating Luxury vinyl flooring any day over the glue down in a residential environment.

I know there are many reasons why some people would choose the glue down over the floating floor (I have read that it’s better in a commercial setting?) and I would highly suggest discussing this with a flooring professional before making a decision on which to buy.

I hope my opinions on the subject of “LVT; glue down vs. floating” can shed some light on which to choose.

Just because I prefer the floating LVT, doesn’t mean it’s the best product in every situation.

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Luxury Vinyl Tile; glue down vs. floating

Thanks for letting me share my opinions and experiences with y’all.

If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy seeing more in my home tip category.


Hillary Hunter

Monday 24th of July 2023

I’m glad I read this. It’s interesting we installed our floating interlocking plank flooring ourselves in the dining room and basement. However we have had a ton of the shifting happen and the interlock lip break or shift. We were told by a professional flooring company that is so common and will happen even with professional installers with floating, he said it’s due to the shift in weather/temps like you said. He said the only way avoid it was to do glue down planks. We are about to have a professional flooring company come in and redo all the flooring in our house with glue down. Now I’m nervous!

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Monday 24th of July 2023

I have come to learn that no floor is perfect, especially over time. The flooring installed in our master bedroom was not done well at all. In the areas where it DOES seem to be installed correctly, it still tends to pull up at the corners. I don't know what the answer is. Even well installed tile will crack over time. Fingers crossed your glue down experience is better than mine!


Monday 9th of August 2021

Interesting read, thank you for sharing your story. I’m deciding between glue down or clicking/lock LVP at this moment. Seems there’s pros and cons to both. I finally thought I decided on the clicking/lock floors.The flooring guy I’m planning on using told me today that since I had dogs, I should know that pet urine CAN damage LVP over time. He said LVP withstands water, but not necessarily pet urine. Yes my dogs have accidents from time to time. He said changing out a clicking/lock LVP is a lot harder than a glue down, which is just pull-up damage piece and replace. So now I’m thinking glue down, unless someone with pets who have accidents can tell me it holds up to pet urine. Thank you

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Tuesday 10th of August 2021

I would get a second opinion on that because I've heard multiple flooring experts say that the glue down is much harder to get up due to having to scrape and smooth all the glue left on the floor that was underneath the LVP.

dale maley

Thursday 12th of November 2020

We have an old home with an unlevel floorb and peaks and valleys in the subfloor. Level the floor would be a huge and skilled job and don't want to even try. By pure logic, the click LVT needs a very flat floor, or you might have problems with movement of installed floor, unclicking, etc. In addition, any damage/stains will inevitably happen in middle of room...have fun unclicking the floor starting at a wall, or you might find a pro who can cut out a section and glue down replacement planks.

So, for uneven/unflat floor, and for easy replacemnet of damaged planks, IMHO glue down LVT is often the wiser choice. If the job is done carefully, there will be no glue residue at the end of the job!!!!!!! That is simply installer laziness/carelessness!

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Friday 13th of November 2020

That's very good to know! I'm partial to the click LVT because I think it looks more seamless and it doesn't seem to "gap" like the glue down does. That being said, it makes sense why you couldn't lay the click LVT on an uneven floor surface (like ours).


Friday 6th of November 2020

I had the vinyl glued down put in my garage just this past May. I was told it had to be installed in warmer weather. I did have some glue bits that were on vinyl and I used a small brush my contractor left with the mineral spirits he left to. This mineral spirits is a cloudy liquid not the normal spirits. He contacted the supplier because he needed to know how to clean the grout off some tiles that got into the grooves of the vinyl. Yes he did grout some pieces and I was fine with it. It came out beautiful. Now I am doing my kitchen and utility room and am not sure which floor to go with now.

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Sunday 9th of August 2020

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