The correct adhesive is a crucial first step to ensure great durability and the best quality finish for your brand new flooring. However, this is a specialist job so please ensure you follow the manufacturer's instructions exactly. For further recommendations read our flooring guide and contact us if you have questions.
The type of adhesive you are looking to use depends upon the application and type of flooring. We would generally recommend the following...
Dry and flat surface not in contact with water or damp – MAPEI VS90 Acrylic
This is perfect for any dry space such as a garage, office or hallway. Customers typically choose our MAPEI VS90 acrylic as it is solvent free, non-staining and easy to apply. Other benefits include the product being non-flammable and non-toxic. Meaning it can be stored without any special precautions and presents no health hazard during use.
- Vinyl sheet and tiles
- Semi flexible vinyl and PVC tiles
- Polyurethane and PVC backed carpets
- Secondary backed and needle punch carpets
- Rubber tile and sheet
Flat surface in contact with water or moisture - MAPEI G19/G20 Two Part PU
Humid rooms such as kitchens or bathrooms require a different type of adhesive. We generally recommend our Mapei G19/G20 two part PU. This is a two part adhesive made up from a polyurethane polymer (Part A) and a special hardener (Part B). While this adhesive needs to be mixed together to form a paste, it can be easily applied using a trowel, roller or spreader.
*This product has health warnings about allergies, irritants and corrosion. Read and follow instructions carefully!
The difference between G19 and G20?
- G19 is suitable for products 5mm+ in thickness
- G20 is suitable for products 1-5mm in Thickness
- PVC flooring or semi flexible vinyl
- Exterior textile and needle punch flooring
Flooring for vertical applications, walls & stairs - Mapei VZ Contact Adhesive
Finally, Mapei VZ contact adhesive is a thick, elastic glue used to secure flooring vertically. For example on walls, ramps or stairs. This is instant drying which can make application a little difficult. After it sets, VZ has been proven to show resistance to temperature and ageing.
*This product has health and safety warnings about irritants, fumes and flammability. Read and follow instructions carefully!
- Stable walls
- Gym Walls
There is always the easiest solution - hiring a flooring specialist! We recommend a member of National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers. Visit their website to find a fitter near you. Now you know a little more about adhesives, why not browse the full rubber flooring range? alternatively, you can search for bathroom flooring ideas or kitchen flooring ideas.