Vinyl Click Flooring Instructions
VINYL CLICK FLOORING INSTALLATION GUIDE
- Prior to installing a single board, you or the installer must determine that the job-site environment and the sub-surfaces meet the requirements set forth in this installation guide.
- Your installation area and subfloor must be clean, dry, stiff and flat within industry standards
- Inspect All Planks for Visible Defects: Planks installed with visible defects are not covered under this warranty. Accordingly, before installation, you and the installer should examine all planks to ensure they are satisfactory. If any planks are unacceptable due to color, finish, milling or any other reason, it is up to you to determine to use them, hide them in areas like closets, trim off the imperfection, or not install them at all.
- Add at least 5% to 10% more material for waste.
- Plan on being present during installation to ensure that all required procedures are completed and planks with visible defects are not installed.
- If quality issues are suspected before or during installation, immediately contact the store where your floor was purchased or call Customer Care at 1-800-366-4204.
- Use of stain, filler or putty stick for touch-up is considered normal practice.
- Follow the Vinyl Click Installation and Care Instructions.
- Vinyl click flooring can be installed on all grade levels of the home that are temperature controlled. It can be installed using the floating installation method or glue down installation method only.
- The building should be enclosed with all doors and windows in place.
- Crawlspaces, basements, and garages should be dry and well ventilated.
- Crawlspaces must be a minimum 18" from the bottom of the floor joist to the ground. Crawlspaces must have a minimum 6mil thick polyethylene film covering the entire crawlspace ground.
- All gutters should be in place and functioning properly. Yard grading should be sloped to run water away from the home foundation.
- HVAC systems should be operational and have temperature maintained between 65F to 80F for at least a week prior to flooring being delivered.
Note that joist spacing determines minimum subfloor thickness.
CLEAN: All wood and concrete subfloors must be swept clean or vacuumed to remove dust and debris. For glue down installations remove all contaminates like paint, old adhesives, sealers, and dry wall mud that could affect the adhesive bond.
FLAT: All wood and concrete subfloors must be flat within 1/8" over a 6' span, or 3/16" over a 10' span. All areas of the subfloor must be check prior to installation. High spots can be sanded or grinded down and low spots fill with appropriate patching compounds. Set protruding fasteners flush into the subfloor. Never sand and grind materials covered with lead paint, or containing asbestos. Follow local building codes for proper removal practices of asbestos and lead paints.
DRY: Wood subfloors should be dry. The moisture in wood subfloors should not exceed 12%. If high moisture is present stop installation until the moisture source has been corrected.
Concrete subfloors must be fully cured for at least 60 days. Concrete must be tested for moisture by conducting a Calcium Chloride test (ASTM F 1869) or Relative Humidity In-Situ Probe test (ASTM F 2170). Calcium Chloride test results cannot exceed 3lbs per 1000sqft in 24hrs. Relative Humidity In-Situ probe test should not exceed 75%.
Tape Measure -L square - Utility Knife - Safety Glasses -broom/vacuum, 1/2" Spacers,
Planning: Determine in which direction the planks will be installed. To make the room appear larger or if installing in very small rooms or hallways, it is preferable to lay the planks parallel to the longest room dimension. Use a jamb saw to undercut door casings to allow the flooring to slide freely underneath.
Approved Underlavment Padding: No underlayment padding is required for this product, but the Tranquility underlayment can be used to help smooth out minor subfloor irregularities, add sound control, add moisture reduction, and provide additional R-value.
Expansion Space/T-molding Breaks: A minimum 1/2" expansion space must be place between the flooring and all walls and fixed objects. A T-molding must be installed to break up continuous runs exceeding 30' in width and in length. Gapping and buckling can develop if expansion space, t-moldings, and temperature requirements are not followed. For continuous runs of flooring exceeding 30' in length or width the flooring should be glued down.
(b) (b) or start with a full plank for the first row, a 1/2 plank for the second row and a full plank for the third row, repeat process until completion
The tongue side of the plank shall face the starting wall, grove side facing outwards. Begin laying planks on the left side of the starting wall and work to the right side.
1. Start in the left hand corner placing /" spacers between the wall and the flooring. Install the butt ends of the next plank into the end of the previous plank. Continue this until row is complete.
2. The last plank in the row needs to be cut to fit while still leaving a /" gap between the last plank in each row and the wall. The planks that begin and end a row should be at least 6' long. The remainder of the plank cut to end the first row and be used to start the second row.
SECOND AND CONSECUTIVE ROWS
1. Position the first plank of the second row with short end-side against the wall and the long side along the planks of the first row. Remember to place a 1/2" spacer between the wall and the plank. Fit the long side of the plank into the first row. Insert the tongue side into the groove side at approximately a 45° angle until planks lock together. Gradually lower the plank down flat until the joint closes.
2. Install the second plank in the second row by inserting the short side tongue into the previously installed first plank short side groove.
3. Align the plank so the long side tongue tip is positioned just over the groove lip of the plank in the first row.
4. Using gentle force and at a 20-30 degree angle, push the long side tongue into the groove of the adjoining plank by sliding along the short side seam. You may need to lift the plank to the left of it slightly to allow for the "sliding" action. Repeat steps 1 to 4 until come to the last row.
The last row of planks may need to be cut lengthwise to obtain the proper width. The width of the last row shall not be less than 2". Align a plank that has been cut to the correct length exactly over the first plank in the previous row. Lay a scrap plank over top of the plank to be cut and mark the distance with a pencil. Cut each plank accordingly. When performing this step, remember to allow for proper spacing between the wall and the last row of planks.
CUTTING AROUND PIPES
Glue Down Installation Method:
When gluing down the flooring, install the flooring the same way as you would using the floating installation method. The only difference is that adhesive will be applied to the subfloor, and the flooring will be laid into the adhesive bonding it to the subfloor. Always check the adhesive manufactures guidelines on proper subfloor prep, moisture testing, approved substrates, trowel sizes, cure times, and coverage. A moisture barrier is required over all concrete subfloors.
Recommended Adhesives: We recommend using the Mapei Eco 962 adhesive or the Foam Products Quicklay Spray adhesive. Technical Data Sheets for these adhesive can be found on the adhesive manufactures website, or on Lumber Liquidators Flooring 101 section at www.lumberliquidators.com
Technical data sheets provide the guidelines for approved subfloors, approved floors, subfloor prep, cure times, trowel sizes among other information.
Expansion Space: A minimum 1/2" expansion space is required around all fixed objects and walls. T-molding expansion breaks are not required with glue down installation methods.
Glue down Install: Start the installation parallel to the longest exterior wall in the room. Apply adhesive by following the adhesive manufactures guidelines, leaving a min. 1/2" expansion gap at all walls. A laser level or string line can be used to make sure the first row is straight. Allow the first row to set up before installing additional rows. This helps prevent the first row from moving as the next rows are installed. Discard badly bowed or warped planks. Clean up any glue residue that gets on the finish right away using the adhesive manufactures recommended remover. Avoid walking on the flooring and placing furniture onto the flooring until the adhesive has time to cure.
AFTER INSTALLATION & MAINTENANCE
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Vinyl Click Flooring 4/19/2016