Loose Lay Vinyl Plank Flooring – Pros & Cons

Vinyl flooring has become a popular type of flooring solution among all the variety of options available in the market. This flooring has a lot of advantages over other types such as durability, easy to maintain, scratch resistant, water proof and also easy to install. Vinyl flooring comes in a variety of options such as luxury vinyl flooring, loose lay vinyl plank and others. This flooring is perfect for residential as well as commercial spaces. 

Loose lay vinyl planks have come about as a popular variety of vinyl plank flooring which is mostly known for its installation. But one of the major drawbacks of this flooring is that it is not available in tile format which is easier to install.

Loose Lay Vinyl FlooringHere are a few pros and cons of the flooring to help you decide if this is what you are looking for.


As mentioned above, loose lay flooring is extremely easy to install. You do not need to use any kind of glue, staple or clicklock system to install this flooring. Instead, this flooring’s back uses friction to get a grip of the subfloor beneath it. Another great advantage is that this flooring is just as easy to remove and re-install somewhere else. This means if you are changing houses, then you can take your flooring with you which would also help you save some money. Also, this flooring, unlike its counterparts does not have a tendency to expand or contract with the change in moisture levels in the room. Also, this flooring is quiet durable and can last more than a decade in your house if maintained properly. Also, since it is a relatively new variety of vinyl flooring, it is available in a variety of colors and patterns that match the latest trends. This flooring is also waterproof and has a tendency to absorb sound which makes it a good option for the bedrooms of your house.


One of the major drawbacks faced by this flooring is the lack of formats in which it is available. This flooring is available only in planks for now which makes it a little difficult to install. Also, one needs to be extra careful about installing the flooring to ensure a long lasting and durable life for it. As mentioned above, the flooring does not contract or expand with the change in humidity but it needs to be accustomed to the environment of the room before installation so that the installation can be done smoothly. Also, this flooring can develop seams if exposed to high traffic areas or large areas such as a living room or a kitchen. Because the installation of the flooring is quiet easy, a lot of people prefer doing it on their own. But there are a great number of precautions that one needs to take for installing the flooring properly otherwise it impact the overall appeal of the house.

Hence, despite the drawbacks, this flooring is popular because of the advantages provided by it.

Loose Lay Vinyl Plank Flooring – Pros & Cons was last modified: March 16th, 2016 by Jason Valasek