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May 18, 2013, 11:16 PM
I need to replace the floor in my laundry room....advise please
My laundry room has white vinyl (now yellow) the laundry room is 80 x 70 and the flooring in our kitchen is real wood so I want to stay away from a wood looking product.

I have no idea if the vinyl is glued all over or only at the sides....should I find that out first. It is a laundry room so at least once a year I have a incident with water on the floor...we just recently put a pan under our washing machine that drains to the basement wash tub (should have done that years ago) but our sink has no overflow drain so we have accidents every once in while. I am thinking of changing out the sink for this very reason.

I would like to DIY to save money.

We are handy I have looked at the Allure flooring but I don't know anyone who has tried to put it down. Is there a good peel and stick tile out there...the subfloor that is down is ok except for two pieces that meet in the middle of the room that are not even hence a bump....(I hope sanding will take care of this)

Any help would be appreciated.
May 19, 2013, 08:47 AM
The TrafficMaster Allure product that HD sells is a very good DIY vinyl product. It's easy to install however, I'd suggest you have a heat gun or very heavy duty hair dryer available if/when you install it. By heating up the glue tabs you can soften the glue and slide the pieces together very tight and the seams will disappear. Without the heat the glue is extremely tough to work with.

Since you appear to have recurring problems with water, I would also suggest you consider putting in a waterproof sealant layer (you can buy roll-on rubber coatings, meant to use under wall & floor tile, in most flooring shops and home centers). If you apply that to the entire subfloor and up the wall 3" or so, you'd effectively turn the entire room into a huge pan. Then you could install a floating floor (like the Allure product) and baseboard mouldings to cover the coating. It would give your subfloor good protection so that it doesn't end up rotting out on you.
May 19, 2013, 10:04 AM
Froo Froo
We installed a ceramic (or porcelain?) tile floor in our laundry room which adjoins our wood floored kitchen. We did not spend a fortune on it as we found it in Lowes. It is holding up well, but I strongly recommend that you seal the grout. A threshold piece divides the two floors.

Tip:We always turn off the washer water supply when not in use as a safety precaution.
May 19, 2013, 11:41 PM
Thanks everyone ..........and yes I do have a heat gun great advise. Should I practice putting two together first.
May 20, 2013, 09:52 AM
Are you considering the vinyl planks that look like tile? Glue on 2 tabs? I have installed that and you do NOT need a heat gun. They fit together fine but you do need to roll them when you are finished with the floor. If that is not the flooring you are referring to... Well oops, never mind.
May 20, 2013, 11:22 AM
I don't know about the flooring, but I have to ask...
You don't really mean to say "80 x 70", do you? Eek
That's 3.5 times bigger than my entire house!
May 21, 2013, 09:21 PM
Creative Touch Carpentry
The allure flooring is pretty nice for an application like this. We use it a lot in basements. Never tried the hair dryer or heat gun trick, but I would try it next time. Maybe avoid a heat gun, or use it on a very low setting to avoid melting the flooring. Another option, and highly recommended in a laundry room is ceramic tile. Can't go wrong with that.

Christopher R. Johnson
Journeyman Carpenter &
Home Remodeling Expert
May 22, 2013, 12:36 AM
No it is only 70 inches by 80 inches. I would really like to put my washer and dryer in the basement and turn my laundry room into a sewing room....don't have a sewing room.......I would like to be able to close the door and ignore the mess I have created instead of it being all over the living room.

Allure has sticky tabs on two sides but the one I want is not a tile look it is an all over pattern like a marble I guess you would say.

What do you roll the floor with a rolling pin.
May 22, 2013, 08:09 AM
We rented a roller (forget the weight but I could not lift it in or out of the car) from the rental place but we did a large area. It may be more than you need for that small space but it should definitely be rolled. Along the very edge of my hallway you can see a couple spots that are slightly lifted because I did not get it rolled there, next to the wall. I do not think anyone notices but me and it does not cause any problems but it drives me batty.

You have to use something heavy. As you roll you will hear air bubbles burst. That is how you know you have applied the right pressure. A rolling pin could work if you are strong enough.
May 26, 2013, 09:32 PM
How about peel and stick floor tiles....
I just want to do it cheap and fast but I don't want to do it again in two years either.

There are all price levels for peel and stick tile I wouldn't buy the cheapest tile....
May 31, 2013, 05:51 PM
Lon Woofenden
To touch on another side of your project and that is removing old vinyl floors.Many vinyl floor made in times past can contain asbestos you can check online if you know when it was put in and if it does follow proper steps in removal and disposing of old floor.