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Question DetailsAsked on 7/30/2016

How long does it take for vinyl flooring to acclimate to floor

I had vinyl flooring put down. He put it without glue. There are several raised places but he said the vinyl had to relax to the floor and would take approximately two weeks. Is this true? The vinyl is in one piece.

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Ughhh - unglued sheet flooring. It is true that it can take a few days to maybe a couple of weeks (primarily depending on temperature but unless in the high 80's or above takes several days at least for it to lose the memory of being rolled up) for it to creep out flat to the floor, especially if the roll had been improperly stored for a long time so had an oval shape or a flat spot on it.

You can sometimes help it along by, in sock feet, work it out towards all edges from the center (following and perpendicular to pattern if it has a linear pattern) by pushing your feet towards the outside - basically "ironing" it out once a day or so, because a lot of them tend to stick to the underlying subfloor pretty well so a bulge in a low-traffic area may stay there otherwise.

If it starts bulging up at the edges because the edge is hitting the wall or cabinets then he needs to come back and either recenter it (if the opposite edge is shy of where it should be) or trim it if the overall laid-out dimensions are too big to fit, or tuck it in under/remove and replace the baseboard if the edge is hanging up on the baseboard. Some installers leave the baseboard off during this settling-in period to prevent it from hanging up the flooring as it stretches out flat.

You have to be VERY careful with it during this time, because furniture being pulled across it or chairs being pushed back can catch and scuff or tear it - though unglued sheet products have that tendency anyway.

I would take pictures showing the bulges and eMail them to him with a statement confirming that, following installation on X date, you addressed this situation with him on Y date and that he said these will smooth out by themselves within 2 weeks from installataion, and that you are relying on that being correct or you will be demanding correction under warranty. Add yourself as a cc on the eMail too as proof of sending date/contents.

If this was self-adhesive (peel and stick) rather than unglued flooring, then it will not lay out - he should peel it up and redo the job from scratch.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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