Should I Hire a Professional to Install Vinyl Marine Flooring or Can I DIY?

Follow These 5 Tips for Optimum Boat Flooring Installation.

Individual boaters and pontoon owners choose Vinyl Marine Flooring for its ease of installation and maintenance. Sure… you can hire a professional to do the boat flooring installation, but you don’t need to spend the extra time waiting for someone else and you don’t need to spend the extra money either. Marine vinyl boat flooring was designed with DIY boat installation in mind.

Our lay flat, trim to fit, roll out marine flooring makes for easy installation without seams, welds and joints. To maximize the vinyl pontoon boat flooring lifecycle, proper subfloor preparation and installation with compatible products in a suitable environmental range is required. Vinyl Marine Flooring provides best installation practices, but please always consult the manufacturers who supply each separate component of your decking system to ensure compatibility and possible conflicts with installation practices.

Below are 5 tips and tricks surrounding the installation environment that will ensure the best pontoon boat flooring installation outcome.

  1. When storing Vinyl Marine Flooring, please keep in a dry environment with temperatures ranging from 60° to 100°.
  2. Before starting your marine vinyl flooring installation, you’ll need to determine a location that is out of direct sunlight and with a lower humidity level. Heat and humidity can affect adhesives and the installation process.
  3. All products (vinyl roll out boat flooring and marine adhesive) must be allowed to acclimate to your chosen site for 24 hours prior to vinyl boat flooring installation.
  4. We do not recommend unrolling marine vinyl sheet rolls if the temperature is below 60°.
  5. For optimal pontoon flooring installation, the minimum temperature should be no less than 65 degrees for 24 hours before, during and 24 hours after installation.

What supplies will I need on hand to install Vinyl Marine Flooring for boats and pontoons? To install marine grade vinyl flooring on your boat deck, you should have the following:

  • Vinyl Marine Flooring rolls
  • The proper adhesive for your particular decking (see below)
  • Pencil and paper to make patterns for trimming (if necessary)
  • Staple gun and staples for edges
  • Utility knife and straight edge for trimming
  • Trowel or roller to apply adhesive
  • Weighted roller for pressure – 75 lbs.

Better Life Technology’s warranty covers the proper installation of Vinyl Marine Flooring in accordance with the specifications and installation instructions available under the Support section of this website. The warranty covers the use of marine grade adhesive. This website offers Marine and Outdoor Adhesive specifically designed for Vinyl Marine Flooring and for wood substrates. For composite decking, the approved adhesive is Chemlink Fleeceback Adhesive which has undergone rigorous qualifications and testing processes.

The toughest part of this install will be choosing your color and design from our wide variety of luxurious faux-woods and other unique designs with the look and feel of leather. Our non-woven, non-porous boat flooring offers non-snag qualities and easy clean characteristics. It resists staining from marine chemicals, fish remnants, beverages and more. Vinyl Marine Flooring is UV-stable and retains its color and image quality far longer than other marine flooring options. You’ll enjoy more time on the water and a whole lot less time on maintenance with vinyl pontoon boat flooring! 

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