Cure for curling vinyl
Photo 1: Cur out the curled vinyl
Slice alongside the curled edge of vinyl flooring with a utility knife. Then peel off the thin strip of vinyl and clean out any dirt or old caulk.Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
Photo 2: Attach a threshold
Spread a bead of silicone caulk on the back of the threshold and along the base of the shower.Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
Photo 3: Clamp the threshold
Press the threshold against the shower base. If there are gaps, use clamps to hold the threshold tight until the caulk sets.Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
When water gets under the sheet vinyl along the edge of a shower or tub and the vinyl starts to curl, no amount of caulk can hide the problem. But here’s an easy fix that also looks great. Buy a solid-surface threshold strip (Corian is one brand available) at a home center or tile shop. They’re available in various lengths and thicknesses; the one shown is 1/2 in. thick. The solid-surface material cuts like wood so you can use a handsaw or miter saw to cut the piece to the right length. Photos 1 – 3 show how to complete the repair.
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
- Caulk gun
- Miter saw
- Utility knife
Required Materials for this Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.
- Silicone caulk
- Solid surface threshold