How to Fill in Gaps Between Poorly Laid Vinyl Plank Flooring

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  • 2-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • $10-60
What You'll Need
Work gloves
Face mask
Epoxy resin
Wood or plastic
Vinyl flooring material

Installing vinyl plank flooring can be an effective way of installing cheaper flooring while retaining the look and feel of a wood floor. However, putting in this flooring is an art form, and sometimes gaps can appear between poorly laid boards. If you have this problem, then you may be wondering what you can do, both to improve the look of your vinyl plank flooring and also to fill in gaps that can allow cold to enter from the subfloor.

Apply Epoxy


If you have fairly small gaps, then one solution would be to pour a water-proof epoxy resin into the gaps. Only a tiny amount will be needed for each gap. You should only use just enough to cover the surface and ensure that the holes are filled. Small gaps can also be filled in using grout, by simply smearing this on, and then painting it the same shade as the vinyl flooring.

WARNING: Epoxy products can be toxic to breathe in, so remember to check the room's properly ventilated and to put on a face mask before you start working.

For Larger Holes

Larger holes may require more severe action, such as putting in small pieces of wood or plastic into the gaps, and sealing using a glue bond. If you have any spare vinyl left over from your flooring, cut this into the right shape, and then seal it into place. You can also use varnished wood, which can be painted black to complete the wood floor effect.

Benefits of Vinyl

vinyl flooring.

You may want to fill in gaps to fix the vinyl because of the flooring's distinct advantages over hardwood. Vinyl looks like hardwood but is much cheaper to purchase and can be installed for as little as $5 per square foot. The installation is also incredibly easy and fast.

Vinyl is also moisture resistant meaning it can be used in rooms like bathrooms and kitchens. It is also easy to clean and incredibly durable, making it a good option for homes with pets.