Posted by          Flooring    March 4, 2015

If you own a home here in Colorado, chances are you have vinyl installed in at least one of the rooms. Why? Because vinyl is one of the most versatile, most durable, most affordable flooring options you can buy.

And with today’s choices, you can have any look or feel in any room you choose. Today’s vinyl is not what you remember from your parent’s home long ago. Today’s vinyl can provide style and finesses, yet at the same time give you worry free durability that will make cleaning a snap – perfect for those hard to clean spaces, such as a bathroom or laundry room.Can You Repair Vinyl Flooring?

Yet while vinyl may be durable it isn’t indestructible. Pull a chair, a washing machine or a refrigerator across the floor and you may find a rip where the leg caught the vinyl in a wrong way. Drop a sharp object and it can easily go into the material and cause a snag. Or, if the vinyl isn’t laid perfectly over the subfloor, leaving space and variance between the two, a high heel can easily push right on through, causing a small puncture.

Nothing can be as disheartening as a small tear, especially if your vinyl is still considered new.

Fortunately, repairing vinyl flooring is almost as easy.

If your flooring is made up of vinyl tiles, the easiest way to repair it is to pull up the damaged tile and replace it with a new one. Be sure to order plenty of extras at the time of installation to have some on hand for repairs.

If your flooring is sheet vinyl, repairing the damage involves fusing the surface together again, or patching in new material.

Small cuts and scratches can be permanently fused with a liquid seam sealer. Stop by any time, we can provide you with a clear compound that is easy to use as a filler. Simply clean the area around the cut or scratch and let it dry. Then apply the sealer directly to the area and let dry.

For larger damage, such as a cut or burn, you’ll have to cut out the damaged area and glue in a replacement patch. When installed, ask your installer to leave leftover pieces of vinyl for repair work. Match up the pattern as best as you can, cutting both pieces to match. Next, remove the old vinyl and slide in the new, making sure the new piece fits into place perfectly. Once comfortable with the patch, glue it permanently into place. Place a piece of wax paper over the patch and place several heavy books on top for 24 hours to make sure it properly adheres. Once in place, seal it in around the edges.

The results will be nearly undetectable.