Vinyl Flooring: Perfect for Your Laundry Room
Your laundry room is a war zone for germs, mold, and mildew. Whether you locate your washer and dryer in the basement, garage, or adjacent to a kitchen or bath, you're main concern is keeping the environment dry and clean. The floor is the first place to start. While ceramic tile holds up to heavy foot traffic, it may not be the best option. Vinyl is one of the most economical flooring materials and may be the wisest choice for repelling dampness.
Sheet vinyl is a common favorite for use in the kitchen and bath, and makes a great choice in providing a non-permeable layer over most every surface. If you already have an existing vinyl floor--and it's down solid without any fissures, cracks, or loose sheets--you can put down a fresh layer to add extra protection to your laundry room.
Vinyl for the Garage or Basement
If you do laundry in a basement or a garage with concrete flooring, you may need to take extra steps to install vinyl flooring. Glue down a piece of vinyl over your existing concrete and let it sit for two or three days. If, when picking it back up, the vinyl lifts right up, your concrete may have too much moisture in it to allow for a secure layer. It might be time to consider tile. In any case, the subfloor or existing layer must be cleaned and prepped so it's nice and level.
Expect to pay up to $4 a square foot for new vinyl and as much as $100 for adhesive and leveling compound, depending on the size of your floor. If you're not comfortable with hand tools and adhesives, you may want to call in a contractor.