Vinyl Flooring Seams Are Lifting How Can I Fix This?December 2nd 2008
Q: I have installed new sheet vinyl flooring directly over the original vinyl flooring. The seam of the new floor was placed directly over the seam of the bottom layer. Now both seams are lifting. How can I fix this?
A: We all learn from our mistakes. One rule in the flooring installation trade is to never apply flooring with one seam directly over another for the reason you mentioned. To fix, try to pull back the top layer about four to six inches and using ringed underlay nails, nail down the first layer of vinyl and fill the indents with a floor leveling compound. You may have to sand it smooth after drying. Vacuum any dust particles. Apply a multipurpose flooring adhesive, roll back the edge and weigh it down with bricks or blocks overnight. Next, seal the seam with vinyl floor seam sealer available at most flooring retailers.