Repairing, Restoring and Repurposing Old Decking: Tips. Ideas and Facts
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Repairing, Restoring and Repurposing Old Decking: Tips. Ideas and Facts

A deck is a beautiful outdoor asset to your home, and the right deck can make your living space seem larger. Hi, my name is Jackie, and I am a lover of all things related to the home. I enjoy decorating, repairing, restoring, and reading about ideas and even cleaning. Thanks to the success of our family business, I am able to work from home, and as I spend so much time here, I want it to look beautiful. If you want to have a beautiful home, I want to help you as well. In this blog, I am going to focus on decks in particular. I want to talk about repairing them, restoring them and reusing their old wood in new projects. If you want ideas or inspiration, I invite you to stay, take a look and enjoy these posts.

Repairing, Restoring and Repurposing Old Decking: Tips. Ideas and Facts

Preparing a Concrete Subfloor for Vinyl Flooring Installation

Esperanza Arias

Sheet vinyl flooring affords a hard-wearing surface to those areas exposed to high foot traffic in your home. Prior to the installation of vinyl flooring, it is important that the condition of the subfloor is good. Careful and proper preparation of the concrete subfloor plays a major role in the success of a fitting, durable floor installation. Unevenness or roughness on the subfloor is likely to telegraph across the new vinyl flooring.  In fact, bumps on the concrete subfloor may result in the premature wear and tear of the vinyl flooring. DIY enthusiasts can set up new vinyl flooring on top of an existing vinyl subfloor as long as the surface is even. But for concrete subfloors, several preparation procedures must be implemented before vinyl floor installation. Read on for further insight.

What you will need:

  • ·         Duct tape
  • ·         Sheet vinyl flooring piece
  • ·         Carpenter's level
  • ·         Marker pen
  • ·         Floor patching compound
  • ·         Putty knife
  • ·         Medium-grit sandpaper
  • ·         Belt sander


1.       Before vinyl installation, the subfloor must be free of moisture. Therefore, the first step is to test the concrete subfloor for wetness or moisture. Cut a small piece of vinyl sheet and tape it to the concrete subfloor using a duct tape. Tightly seal the edges. Allow the vinyl to rest in place for about three days. Try pull up the vinyl sheet, and if the tape gives up easily, the concrete subfloor is too wet for vinyl installation and needs to be dried out.

2.       When faced with a damp subfloor, the best solution is to dry it by leaving it uncovered. Another alternative is to run a fan or a heater in the room for a few days to dry out the concrete subfloor.

3.       Run a carpenter's level diagonally to determine the levelness of the subfloor. Identify and mark high and low areas with a marker pen.

4.       Stir the floor patching compound using a paint stirring stick. Apply the patching compound onto low spots on the subfloor, using a putty knife. Make sure the patched area blends in with the neighboring concrete by feathering the patch's edges. Then, leave the patch to dry for a couple of minutes.

5.       Once fully dried, fasten a medium-grit sandpaper onto a belt sander in order to level out the high spots on the subfloor. Continue until the whole subfloor is even and smooth.

6.       Use a dry vacuum to clean the subfloor once the sanding process is complete.

For more information, or for help preparing the subfloor, contact a local floor installation company.