Vinyl Floor Repair

Vinyl Floor Repair

Vinyl Floor Repair

When you install vinyl flooring, it enhances the look of any kind of living space. It comes in so many colors and styles, leaving you spoiled for choice. In general, a vinyl floor is highly durability. However, excessive wear and tear to the flooring, can lead to certain damages. Sometimes, the seams of the flooring loosen up and curl, or scratches appear over time. All these damages that are endured, make the vinyl floor look unattractive and worn out. However, there are ways on how you can restore its original, brand-new look.

How to Repair Vinyl Flooring

To repair a damaged vinyl floor properly, you have to first purchase a floor repair kit from a trusty manufacturer. It contains all the tools and materials that you’ll need for the repair job. The next step is to prep the vinyl floor. Isolate the damaged portion of the floor by using painter’s masking tape around it. This is done to avoid any kind of damage to the surrounding areas while repairing the vinyl flooring.

Then, clean up dirt and grime by wiping off the area with a damp piece of cloth, after dipping it into a soapy solution of mild liquid detergent and water. Let it dry properly before your proceed with the repair job. The techniques of how to repair different forms of damage, are given below.

Scratches

Once you’ve thoroughly scrubbed away dust and debris trapped in the scratches, you have to sand the surface with sandpaper. Use medium grit sandpaper to give the rough edges of the scratches a good rubdown. Move the sandpaper along the lines of the scratches; this will eliminate most scratches from the floor. Then take a finer grit sandpaper and rub it in circular motion over the area surrounding the scratches.

Finally, sand the entire scratched surface all over again, with an 800-grit fine sandpaper in order to smoothen the surface. Always sand the flooring with a gentle hand in a slow fashion, so that no further damaged is caused. Clear up the sanded dust using a clean rag and plain water; leave the area to dry. Now, the sanded surface will look dull after the intense sanding. To restore its shine, rub a little floor wax on the previously-affected area.

Take a small amount of wax on a clean piece of cloth, and apply it on the sanded surface in a circular motion. Continue to rub the surface until its shine is restored. Wipe away any wax that may have spread to the adjoining area, and give the other portion that was just worked on, another good rub.

Seam Damage

Repairing the curled up edges of the vinyl flooring’s seam, is quite simple to do. You have to soften the underlying old glue by heat application. You can use a hair dryer or iron for this purpose. If you are using an iron on the vinyl floor, make sure that you first put a layer of parchment paper over the surface, to protect it from direct heat. Apply a coat of vinyl flooring adhesive to the floor with the help of a paintbrush, and push the flooring back into place.

Any excess glue on the surface of the vinyl has to be wiped away with a clean, damp rag. Move a floor roller over this area, so that the flooring sets properly and that no air bubbles form inside it. Place a heavy item on the repaired area to hold it down while the glue dries up. Once the adhesive is dry, the flooring will look as good as new without any signs of damage. You must repair the vinyl floor seams as soon as you notice that it is coming off. If you delay the repair job, then that part may get damaged beyond repair.

Holes

Holes formed on the vinyl surface have to be repaired with a new vinyl patch, that has the same pattern. Cut out uneven edges of the damaged portion of the vinyl floor with a utility knife. Then cut a new vinyl patch of a size that is slightly larger than the hole itself. Scrape out the residue of the old adhesive from the substrate floor. Then apply some vinyl adhesive at the back of the patch and to the hole, before placing the patch over it.

Roll a heavy rolling pin over this spot to eliminate any air bubbles, and wipe any excess glue that may ooze from the sides. Keep something heavy over this area and leave it untouched for the next 24 hours, so that the glue adheres well. If you find any unevenness along the edges of the patch, sand the area with a fine grit sandpaper and buff with vinyl wax to restore its shine.

Because the price of vinyl flooring isn’t all that cheap, you cannot afford to replace it every now and then because of some minor damage. Thus, repairing it yourself saves you a lot of money. However, if the floor’s condition has deteriorated badly, then you have no other choice but to replace it with a new one. For the replacement job, you should know how to install vinyl flooring before attempting to do this. The task of installing this kind of flooring does not require much effort, but if you can’t do it on your own, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.

News and Information for Moving Claims Adjusters

Vinyl Floor Repair

by J. Timothy Wilson

This is to summarize our experiences in attempting to resolve vinyl floor residential damages. It is not uncommon for a moving claim to have residential damage to a vinyl floor.

Heavy Items Moved Without Full Care:

  • When heavy items are moved across vinyl flooring, or turned while on it, the appliance’s feet frequently cause a gathering and eventual tearing of the material.
  • Heavy items might include a refrigerator, freezer, stove, washing machine or dryer, among others.

The Vinyl Flooring and Repair Limitations:

  • If the flooring is new the homeowner is really upset about the damage and usually insists upon full replacement.

New Vinyl Flooring:

  • When the vinyl flooring is new, or nearly new, the vinyl is somewhat flexible. Movement of heavy items can lead to the gathering and eventual tearing of the vinyl.
  • Not all vinyl is held down with adhesive. Some kinds of vinyl flooring call «flex-floor» actually float across the floor and are attached only at the edges further making damage easy to occur. Such flooring is not repairable at all.
  • A spot repair can be performed by a vinyl installation expert to a relatively new floor only if some of the original exact flooring material is found to be available as extra material stored in the basement or store room. Finding such excess material is highly unlikely. If such material is available a jigsaw puzzle section of the old floor is removed based on its pattern and an exact-match piece is cut and fitted into the cut out. The level of expertise is in the fitting. The adjoining edges are superglued and become almost invisible and are very durable.

Older Vinyl Flooring:

  • If the vinyl flooring is older the vinyl has dried out and has become somewhat rigid. The gathering does not occur, but tears or gouges are frequent. Any repair will show and not be generally acceptable.
  • If the flooring is older and has any build-up of wax, polish or household soiling, any spot repair could only include spot gluing the tear that will be visible.
  • We have worked with several «vinyl repair experts» and found no attempted repair experience fully successful.
  • We have consulted with vinyl flooring sales experts and they agree it is a difficult problem for them also.
  • Vinyl experts generally do not recommend attempts at repairing such flooring.

The Replacement Costs:

  • The replacement cost of vinyl flooring is based on the material quality and sizes involved.
  • There are various methods used to calculate how much material is involved for how much floor area. The bottom line is that a general rule-of-thumb is needed.
  • Vinyl sales experts have provided a formula that can be used to calculate the replacement costs.
  • All costs are based on the gross width required by the gross length required.
  • All calculations are based on the unit of a square yard, which is the width in feet times the length in feet, all divided by 9.
  • All sheet vinyl comes in either 6 foot or 12 foot widths and can be cut to any length.
  • Vinyl Floor Repair
  • Seaming more than one width together is considered part of the following when required.
  • The length involved should be the actual length required, with at least 1 extra foot added for handling and trimming. Pattern matches may also have a greater impact.
  • The width involved should be the actual width required, with at least 1 extra foot also added for handling and trimming. Again, pattern matches may also have a greater impact.
  • Builders grade vinyl starts at approximately $15 to $20 per square yard (3 foot x 3 foot or 9 square feet).
  • Quality home vinyl (7 on 1:10 scale) usually costs around $25 to $30 per square yard. Modern versions include a padded backing making installation over minor imperfections more cost effective by not requiring an underlayment.
  • Specialty quality vinyl can cost up to $45 per square yard.
  • It is recommended, unless known to the contrary, that $30 per square yard be used calculations.
  • Installation labor will cost $20 — $30 per square yard, to include $1 for adhesive. The labor allowance will vary by size of the floor area (smaller area means a higher rate per yard), and the local labor market rate.
  • New under-layment may be required but new quality vinyl has a padding aspect that can lessened its need.
  • There are related costs for new metal edging at $1.50 per running foot and moving appliances for $40/50 each to include two laundry machines or a refrigerator and stove. Therefore, an allowance of $100 per job is reasonable.

Standard grade vinyl allowance $30/sq yard

Labor $20/sq yard

Under-layment no included

Total square yard allowance $50/sq yard

Handling and materials $100 per job

(In 1998 when this paper was first written the $50/square yard was more like $40.)

To apply the formula let us take a typical example:

  • The kitchen from wall to wall to include door jambs and beyond base cabinets to the refrigerator wall is 14 foot wide by 19 feet long.
  • A 12-foot width and a 6-foot width seamed together will provide an 18-foot working width, which is more than enough. Other approaches include ordering extra length of the 12-foot width and seaming patches onto its width to achieve the needed 14-foot width.
  • The working width of 15 feet by 20 feet of length (after adding the extra working foot) calculates to 300 square feet.
  • The 300 square feet calculates by dividing by 9 square feet per yard into 33.33 square yards.
  • The 33.33 square yards will therefore cost about $500 each or $1,666 plus the $100 per job for a total of $1,766.
  • Depending on local sales tax codes, the tax may be only on the materials, or may be on all costs involved.

It should be remembered that costs might vary by geographic region or metro area.

  • The adjuster may either cash settle the residential damages on this basis, or negotiate some loss of appearance value for really minor damage.
  • The biggest factor for a loss of appearance value settlement may be based on where the is damage located, can it be seen, and how old is the flooring to start with.
  • If the damage is to a new floor, but basically hidden by the current refrigerator, then maybe a 20% LOAV might be suggested.

Our Approach:

When we are asked to inspect and propose resolutions for vinyl flooring damage, we view our role only to document the existence of the damage, its extent and location, the age of the vinyl, and its replacement sizing requirements.

IF the existing vinyl is fairly new; and IF the homeowner happens to have an extra section from the installation, it is conceivable that a repair can be made but not recommended in a high traffic area.

From a practical standpoint, we know of no acceptable repair approach short of full replacement.

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The Wood Works, Inc. (www.thewoodworksinc.com and themovingclaims.com ) is located in the Kansas City metropolitan area. We have been serving our customers for 30 years in the areas of wood restoration and repair, moving claim resolution and repair, cabinet refacing and repair and interior and exterior shutters.

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News and Information for Moving Claims Adjusters

Vinyl Floor Repair

by J. Timothy Wilson

This is to summarize our experiences in attempting to resolve vinyl floor residential damages. It is not uncommon for a moving claim to have residential damage to a vinyl floor.

Heavy Items Moved Without Full Care:

  • When heavy items are moved across vinyl flooring, or turned while on it, the appliance’s feet frequently cause a gathering and eventual tearing of the material.
  • Heavy items might include a refrigerator, freezer, stove, washing machine or dryer, among others.

The Vinyl Flooring and Repair Limitations:

  • If the flooring is new the homeowner is really upset about the damage and usually insists upon full replacement.

New Vinyl Flooring:

  • When the vinyl flooring is new, or nearly new, the vinyl is somewhat flexible. Movement of heavy items can lead to the gathering and eventual tearing of the vinyl.
  • Not all vinyl is held down with adhesive. Some kinds of vinyl flooring call «flex-floor» actually float across the floor and are attached only at the edges further making damage easy to occur. Such flooring is not repairable at all.
  • A spot repair can be performed by a vinyl installation expert to a relatively new floor only if some of the original exact flooring material is found to be available as extra material stored in the basement or store room. Finding such excess material is highly unlikely. If such material is available a jigsaw puzzle section of the old floor is removed based on its pattern and an exact-match piece is cut and fitted into the cut out. The level of expertise is in the fitting. The adjoining edges are superglued and become almost invisible and are very durable.

Older Vinyl Flooring:

  • If the vinyl flooring is older the vinyl has dried out and has become somewhat rigid. The gathering does not occur, but tears or gouges are frequent. Any repair will show and not be generally acceptable.
  • If the flooring is older and has any build-up of wax, polish or household soiling, any spot repair could only include spot gluing the tear that will be visible.
  • We have worked with several «vinyl repair experts» and found no attempted repair experience fully successful.
  • We have consulted with vinyl flooring sales experts and they agree it is a difficult problem for them also.
  • Vinyl experts generally do not recommend attempts at repairing such flooring.

The Replacement Costs:

  • The replacement cost of vinyl flooring is based on the material quality and sizes involved.
  • There are various methods used to calculate how much material is involved for how much floor area. The bottom line is that a general rule-of-thumb is needed.
  • Vinyl sales experts have provided a formula that can be used to calculate the replacement costs.
  • All costs are based on the gross width required by the gross length required.
  • All calculations are based on the unit of a square yard, which is the width in feet times the length in feet, all divided by 9.
  • All sheet vinyl comes in either 6 foot or 12 foot widths and can be cut to any length.
  • Seaming more than one width together is considered part of the following when required.
  • The length involved should be the actual length required, with at least 1 extra foot added for handling and trimming. Pattern matches may also have a greater impact.
  • The width involved should be the actual width required, with at least 1 extra foot also added for handling and trimming. Again, pattern matches may also have a greater impact.
  • Builders grade vinyl starts at approximately $15 to $20 per square yard (3 foot x 3 foot or 9 square feet).
  • Quality home vinyl (7 on 1:10 scale) usually costs around $25 to $30 per square yard. Modern versions include a padded backing making installation over minor imperfections more cost effective by not requiring an underlayment.
  • Specialty quality vinyl can cost up to $45 per square yard.
  • It is recommended, unless known to the contrary, that $30 per square yard be used calculations.
  • Installation labor will cost $20 — $30 per square yard, to include $1 for adhesive. The labor allowance will vary by size of the floor area (smaller area means a higher rate per yard), and the local labor market rate.
  • New under-layment may be required but new quality vinyl has a padding aspect that can lessened its need.
  • There are related costs for new metal edging at $1.50 per running foot and moving appliances for $40/50 each to include two laundry machines or a refrigerator and stove. Therefore, an allowance of $100 per job is reasonable.

Standard grade vinyl allowance $30/sq yard

Labor $20/sq yard

Under-layment no included

Total square yard allowance $50/sq yard

Handling and materials $100 per job

(In 1998 when this paper was first written the $50/square yard was more like $40.)

To apply the formula let us take a typical example:

  • The kitchen from wall to wall to include door jambs and beyond base cabinets to the refrigerator wall is 14 foot wide by 19 feet long.
  • A 12-foot width and a 6-foot width seamed together will provide an 18-foot working width, which is more than enough. Other approaches include ordering extra length of the 12-foot width and seaming patches onto its width to achieve the needed 14-foot width.
  • The working width of 15 feet by 20 feet of length (after adding the extra working foot) calculates to 300 square feet.
  • The 300 square feet calculates by dividing by 9 square feet per yard into 33.33 square yards.
  • The 33.33 square yards will therefore cost about $500 each or $1,666 plus the $100 per job for a total of $1,766.
  • Depending on local sales tax codes, the tax may be only on the materials, or may be on all costs involved.

It should be remembered that costs might vary by geographic region or metro area.

  • The adjuster may either cash settle the residential damages on this basis, or negotiate some loss of appearance value for really minor damage.
  • The biggest factor for a loss of appearance value settlement may be based on where the is damage located, can it be seen, and how old is the flooring to start with.
  • If the damage is to a new floor, but basically hidden by the current refrigerator, then maybe a 20% LOAV might be suggested.

Our Approach:

When we are asked to inspect and propose resolutions for vinyl flooring damage, we view our role only to document the existence of the damage, its extent and location, the age of the vinyl, and its replacement sizing requirements.

IF the existing vinyl is fairly new; and IF the homeowner happens to have an extra section from the installation, it is conceivable that a repair can be made but not recommended in a high traffic area.

From a practical standpoint, we know of no acceptable repair approach short of full replacement.

The Wood Works Inc of Overland Park (Greater Kansas City metro), Kansas 66202 Should not be used by others without giving due credits.

The Wood Works, Inc. (www.thewoodworksinc.com and themovingclaims.com ) is located in the Kansas City metropolitan area. We have been serving our customers for 30 years in the areas of wood restoration and repair, moving claim resolution and repair, cabinet refacing and repair and interior and exterior shutters.

To remove yourself from The Wood Works, Inc. email list, please reply to this message and type UNSUBSCRIBE in the Subject. Please note that it may take up to 5 days to process your request.


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