Installing a Schon Quick Clic Engineered floor is easy! Follow these 10 simple steps and you’ll be walking on your new floor in no time!
Before you begin, acclimate the new flooring in the areas it will be installed in to normal lived-in conditions while in the boxes. If products are protected in plastic, only open the ends of the boxes. To prevent board warping, twisting or bowing, only cut the outside plastic support packaged bindings when ready to install. Length of acclimation time is not the determining factor. The goal is to reach an indoor equilibrium or environmental balance between the “core”? of the new flooring with its surroundings before installation.
For best performance, condition the flooring to consistent indoor temperatures of 60°-80° F and indoor humidity levels of 30% – 50%. Recommended acclimation levels maintained even after the installation will help to minimize board movement, excessive squeaks and gaps.
Visit Flooring 101 for complete acclimation information.
Next, install an underlayment pad. Covering cement, ceramic tiles, vinyl tiles or kitchen vinyl: securely tape pad’s entire seam for a complete moisture barrier. Covering wood subfloor: DO NOT tape seams. This allows the wood to breathe.
Add an expansion gap around the perimeter of the room. A rule of thumb is the gap should be the thickness of the floor being installed. It is easiest to work away from difficult areas, such as doors and cabinetry, instead of toward them. Lay the flooring out before installing to achieve the most desirable look. When installing random length flooring:
- Avoid grouping planks of the same size together in one area. Lay out several rows for a visual so easy adjustments can be made before cutting
- From completed row to next row, do not allow board ends to line up with each other. Keep board ends staggered at least 8-12″
4. The first row
Begin the first row in the left-hand corner, place the tongue-side against the wall, groove side out. Using spacers, make sure to keep an expansion gap around all walls.
For the middle boards of the first row: Engage the short ends by first elevating the next board around 1-4″, pull together and slowly lower the plank until it is fully locked in place. Repeat until the row is completed. Completed rows can be pushed into place against the spacers. If the wall is uneven, floorboards must be adapted to fit its contours.
Do not hammer the short sides of boards into each other. Tapping blocks and bars are not recommended for this product!
Turn the last board of the row around end-for-end. For accurate marking, place the final floorboard of a row against a ½” spacer. Mark where the board will be cut.
To reduce splintering, place the floorboard face up on the work surface. The saw blade should cut into the surface, then through the bottom of the board. (Facedown if using a Jigsaw.
Afer finishing a row, if possible use the cut-off piece of board to start the next row. It should be at least 8-12″ long. If this piece is too short start with a new board cut in half. Do not allow row ends to line up. For the srength of your floor, keep board ends staggered at least 8-12″.
8. Next rows
For the next row, place the board at a raised angle against the floorboard of the previous row, press forward and fold down slightly at the same time until it is firmly locked.
9. Subsequent rows
Finish out the row, again engaging the short ends by first elevating the next board around 1-4″, pull together and slowly lower the plank until it is fully locked in place. Repeat until the row is completed.
Lift the board by about 1 inch and push it against the previous row. Bring the panel down again as soon as the boards are positioned tightly together. Do not push the boards down fully. After all boards in the row have been put in place, press all boards flat against the subfloor. Walk over them to achieve the same effect before starting on the next row.
10. Jam cutting
If using a jam cut-off saw, adjust and set the proper blade height to slide your boards under.