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Question DetailsAsked on 7/25/2014

Is it possible to fix large (12" x 8") "bubbles under newly installed sheet vinyl flooring?

I just had Armstrong sheet vinyl flooring installed by Home Depot (American Carpet South as contractor) in my kitchen, hallway and bath. I now have two areas in my kitchen where the vinyl is raised. They are long bubbles. They are at least 12 - 15" long and about 6 - 8" wide. To give you more information about the flooring, the flooring instructions say to Install using a modified loose-lay method and glue - Can be used over concrete and wood surfaces in indoor residential areas. They are coming out to "repair" my brand new flooring. Is it possible to fix this issue without causing damage to the flooring or should I demand a who new install?

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From my experience - loose lay is a disaster, and I am continually amazed that reputable companies allow it with their products. For sheet products, full contact glue is the only way to do a professional job.

As for the bubbles, be prepared for them to try to tell you they can slice the bubbles, lay them down with glue, and all will be good - don't believe it. That leaves you with unwanted seams in the flooring that will come up again if they get wet at all (even from wet mopping the floor or spillage) and will show dirt - plus if of any height at all they will have to razor cut out a slight wedge to get the bubbles to lay down flat, so you will have a pattern mismatch there.

Guess you can write this one off as a learning curve item - more and more people are finding that the contractors the box stores use are generally the ones who will do it for the lowest price, which pretty much assures - except maybe in remote areas where there is a shortage of contractors - that you are getting far from the most qualified or meticulous contractors.

I would demand it be taken up and redone with new material - and I wouldnot accept seams where they were not included in the original scopeof work (hopefully none) because seams, unless covered with transition strips say at room entries, pretty much cut the life of the flooring about in half because they generally start coming up or get caught by things scuffing or sliding across them long before the floor in general starts wearing out noticeably.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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