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I ruined the floor

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I did it, my fault. We moved a commercial stove and tore the vinyl flooring. The customer wants me to turn it into my insurance company. I have a $5,000.00 deductible. The part we damaged is about 6' by 6 '. There are at least 2 layers, probably another below those 2. I will fix our mistake. What is the best way to fix it? Remove the metal strips, cut the vinyl to the wooded floor? Then glue the new vinyl down and install new strips? Or buy a box of 12" square tile? Remember this is a commercial kitchen, in front of the stove. I am concerned about the kitchen grease getting in the cracks of the tile, and then lifting the tile.

Any suggestions? The closest licensed floor contract is 65 miles North, or 75 miles west or 80 miles east or 85 miles south.
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Flooring requirements for licensed kitchens are set by the individual state. They have to be cleaned regularly, and none of the stick down tiles I've used will really stand up to it, but there may be a commercial product that will. Also consider - if you fix it and there's a problem, the owner is going to be unhappy with you again. If you have a flooring guy fix it and you pay him, when something comes up it's his problem.

70 miles away or not, I'd have a commercial flooring guy take care if it.
I'm with hdavis.Especially on a commercial floor.Pay the pro to fix it once and walk away.Not always easy to pay the cost but you caused it.
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Have someone fix it, professionally, get the customer to the point they are happy and have them sign something stating they are happy.
He gets floor under the oven. Not the whole kitchen. You might just offer him $200 bucks and see what he says. Maybe he'll come back at a g and now youre just negotiating for money instead time materials and increased risk doing something you dont normally do.
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that's why the guy wants you to put it through your insurance..he figures he will have a pay day for a new floor which he knows he wont get from you.

he will pocket the check because he dont really care about the rip.
If everyone is so far away from this restaurant, who eats there?
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That is what I thought also. Does everyone have dirt floors or something?

On a side note- I know someone who did the same thing moving a fridge, HO got a whole new floor in all 3 adjoining rooms.
If everyone is so far away from this restaurant, who eats there?
You need a REAL commercial guy with a solid reputation to go take a look at the damage to see the actual repair/replacement cost. To drive that far and just look at it I'd want a couple hundred bucks plus gas.

Could be a BIG deal that's worth claiming on your insurance. Could be a simple repair.

If you could post up some decent resolution photos maybe I could help you out. I've spent my whole working life installing commercial resilient flooring............roundabout 35 years + or - time off my sentence for good behavior.
thanks for the responses. I think I will make some phone calls to see if I can get someone experienced to fix it. Besides, I can make more money tending to my trade and not try8ing to learn a new trade for one job. The county has about 2,ooo population. There are 6 places to get a hot meal in the county, 2 are closed, 2 are for sale, w/no takers. Of the 3 that are open, they are not open full time.
No wonder it ripped

I'm a professional flooring contractor in Florida, I can't speak for other state laws and regulations but two to four layers of vinyl? In a commercial kitchen? That can't be up to code.
Sounds like the OP is in a pretty rural area. I know around here, unless you're in a larger town, there's no such thing as a building inspector.
I'm a professional flooring contractor in Florida, I can't speak for other state laws and regulations but two to four layers of vinyl? In a commercial kitchen? That can't be up to code.
There are still health inspectors, even if it's state inspectors. Probably never show up unless there is a complaint, though.
Sounds like the OP is in a pretty rural area. I know around here, unless you're in a larger town, there's no such thing as a building inspector.
Pretty much the way it is around here.
There are still health inspectors, even if it's state inspectors. Probably never show up unless there is a complaint, though.
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