How to Repair Vinyl Flooring: A DIY Guide to Fixing Kitchen Floor Tiles

Vinyl tiles are a common kitchen flooring choice, but if even one tile is damaged it can ruin your kitchen’s aesthetic appeal. Upgrade your house with these step-by-step, DIY vinyl flooring fixes.

| December 7, 2011

Need to know how to repair vinyl flooring? Have a few broken, peeling or damaged kitchen floor tiles? This excerpt, taken from Upgrade Your House (Creative Publishing International, 2010) by Philip Schmidt, has your solutions (with photos!). The following article comes from Chapter 1, “Updating the Kitchen.”   

A kitchen floor is generally judged on two counts: how it looks and how much maintenance it needs. If you’re selling the house, your kitchen floor should look more or less new. As with countertops, old scars and stains on a floor are not only unsightly but can also be unsanitary. If you think it might be time to replace your kitchen floor, consider installing sheet vinyl flooring, vinyl tiles or laminate planks. These all rank near the bottom of the price scale and are right at the top of the low-maintenance list.  

A kitchen floor that is out of date, in poor repair, or both is an instant turnoff to new homeowners and potential buyers alike. 

Vinyl Flooring Fixes

Vinyl flooring is the most popular type of resilient flooring (flat-surface flooring that is soft underfoot) thanks to its relatively low cost, superb water and stain resistance, and excellent durability. It’s also one of the easiest and cheapest types of flooring to install. 

There are two types of vinyl flooring: sheet vinyl, which comes in big rolls and is (ideally) laid in one continuous piece, and vinyl tiles or planks — individual pieces laid in a pattern and stuck to the subfloor with glue or self-adhesive backing. Sheet vinyl runs between 50 cents and $5 per square foot, depending on thickness, construction and complexity of the design. Vinyl tiles and planks range between 25 cents and $4.50 per square foot, depending on those same factors. 

Linoleum is another well-known resilient flooring. It has been around since the late 1800s and is an all-natural product, made with linseed oil, sawdust, cork and other organic materials. Real linoleum has the right qualities for the kitchen and is now available in a range of appealing colors and patterns, but installing sheet linoleum a job for professionals. Plank and tile linoleum are similar in price to vinyl and are DIY-friendly, but vinyl remains the most popular flooring for its all-around excellent characteristics.  

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