How to Apply Glue to a Laminate Flooring Plank
Are you ready to learn how to apply glue to a laminate floor plank? Brad Young, Kronotex USA laminate flooring installation expert, will show you how!
In this 3 minute video titled "How to Glue a Laminate Floor Plank", Brad explains what type of glue to use, how and where to apply it, and how to clean it up - all valuable advice when you're installing a laminate floor especially in areas near "splash zones", or within about 5 ft. of a water source, such as a bathroom or kitchen sink..
[If you've been following the Room x Room Series on this blog - specifically Bathrooms and Laminate Flooring: Room x Room Series and 4 Tips About Toilets, Bathrooms and Laminate Flooring - you'll have noticed that we recommend that you apply glue to a laminate flooring plank in these specific situations.]
Even though laminate flooring is a glueless, floating floor installation system, glue acts as a barrier to prevent moisture from seeping into the joint where two laminate flooring planks come together and penetrating the core.
By the way, this does NOT mean that you shouldn't immediately blot up spills! Even with glued planks, you should always blot-up spills immediately.
As Brad explains, "Your Kronotex USA laminate floor system is a 'glueless' system, but there are a few conditions where you might consider gluing planks. For example, a mudroom where you come in with snow on your boots or an area 5 ft. immediately in front of a water source like in a bath or a kitchen."
Brad cautions that it’s difficult (but not impossible for a professional) to replace a damaged, glued plank, if something heavy were to drop from a pantry and ding a plank.
Brad addresses the following in the video.
What kind of glue do you use for laminate flooring planks?
"Always use a PVA Type II Glue. Some wood glues have too much moisture in them.Choose one in a bottle that can regulate the amount of glue that comes out because you’ll need very little glue to get the job done."
Where do you apply the glue to a laminate flooring plank?
Apply the glue on top of the tongue – not in the groove.
"This limits the amount of glue you need and it’s up closer to the surface and acts as a barrier to topical moisture," says Brad.
See the diagram to correctly locate the tongue on the plank - on the left - and where to apply the bead of glue - on top of the tongue.
What if you make a mess gluing laminate flooring?
"Some glue will ooze up and that’s perfectly natural. You can let it harden and dry and then scrape off with a plastic putty knife or you can just wipe up. Get all of it so you don’t leave a glue haze. On a bevel-edged product, be sure to get the glue out of the bevel. Let it dry for 24 hours and you’re done!"
Watch Brad in action applying glue to a laminate flooring plank in this 3 minute video:
Have you had to apply glue to a laminate flooring plank? Are there any tips you'd add to Brad's?
Be sure to check out our FAQs where we detail situations when you'll want to glue a laminate floor plank. More specifically, in cases of water spills, pets, an exterior doorway and the last piece to be installed.
The Kronotex USA Blog Team