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Important
Please carefully inspect the panels for any possible damage or deviation from standard dimensions before installation. Make sure the planks match with the decorative design that you have selected. No complaints can be accepted in the case where panels have already been installed! In the event you notice visual defects in the panels STOP the installation immediately & contact our customer care department at 1-800-387-8953.

In order to carry out the installation work you will need:

  • •  Underlayment (optional)
  • •  Installation kit (spacers, pull-iron and Tapping block)
  • •  Saw
  • •  Hammer
  • •  Pencil
  • •  Straight edge

For proper acclimation:    Note: Flooring must be at the job site 72 hours prior to installation. Do not open boxes until ready to install.Please use the approved accessories. Under no circumstances may panels be glued, nailed, or otherwise fixed (e.g. door stopper) to the sub-floor.The subfloor must be level, dry, clean, and firm. “High-spots” or “Depressions” found on subfloor of more than 3mm mus­t be sanded down or filled in with an appropriate filling compound.

For installation over sub-floor radiant heating, please comply with special instructions which you can obtain from the manufacturer of your radiant heating systems.

Installation:

  • •  Starting at a corner going from left to right (place the tongue side against the wall) use the tapping-block to lock the short ends together.   Note: for added strength, apply glue to the short side of the first and last rows. For intense traffic areas, it is recommended to apply glue to all short sides.
  • •  Create an expansion space of 3/8″ (10mm) between the wall and first row of the flooring. Use spacers to maintain expansion gaps.
  • •  Start each new row with the leftover pieces from the previous row, provided the plank is 14″ (35cm) or longer.
  • •  Stagger the joints by a minimum of 14″ (35cm).
  • •  Please take particular care to ensure the first three rows are perfectly straight.
  • •  Lock planks with the aid of a tapping-block to ensure planks are properly secured. Note: Never use a hammer directly on the planks as it will damage flooring.Note: While installing a floating floor we recommend maintaining uniform “expansion gaps” around the perimeter of the floor or at any vertical/fixed obstruction. It is also recommended placing a transition moulding when required thus allowing for transitional expansion preserves the structural integrity of the floating floor.
  • •  Repeat all steps until rows are completed.

If the wall is not straight:
Place the first row against the wall, using a spacer and pencil; transfer (mark) the contour of the wall onto the panels. Saw along the markings. Note: the first row of panels must be cut longitudinally if the final row of panels is going to be narrower than 2″ (5cm). Please take particular care to ensure that the first three rows are perfectly straight.

In tight spaces:
Use pull-iron and hammer to ensure planks are properly locked. Note: Never directly hammer planks as it will damage flooring.

To finish:
On the last row you may have to cut along the length of the planks to make them fit in the remaining space (with the aid of the pull-iron and hammer). Finished!

Maintenance:  Care – Cleaning – Climate & Humidity Control
Lay dirt-absorbing mats in high traffic areas, (such as entrance halls and hallways). Apply felt pads underneath furniture. For office chairs, use a chair mat to protect the floor.

Simply clean your floating floor with a soft broom, a lightly dampened mop or a vacuum cleaner. Wipe off footmarks and dirt with a wrung-out (slightly dampened), cloth. Do not attempt to clean your Floating floor with wax, polish, or scouring materials. Stubborn stains can be removed with special stain removers.

Ambient relative humidity must be between 35% and 55%. The temperature must be between 18 – 22ºC (64.4 – 71.6 ºF). These measures must remain constant before (at least a week), during installation and year-round to preserve the life of your floor.

Susceptible to temperature changes in its ambient environment, expansion and contraction is a fact of life. Extreme climate fluctuations indoors may cause slight deformation within the panels and minor separations between the joints of the floo­­r.

Note: While installing a floating floor we recommend maintaining uniform “expansion gaps” around the perimeter of the floor or at any vertical/fixed obstruction. It is also recommended placing a transition moulding when required thus allowing for transitional expansion and preserving the structural integrity of the floating floor.

Avoid direct ultraviolet (UV) exposure / sunlight for prolonged periods of time (especially during peak sun hours) as this may damage your floor (can induce expansion which may cause buckling or delamination if flooring reaches a temperature in excess of 29.4ºC (85ºF) (thermal degradation*); Use UV protective film, blinds, shades, shutters or curtains to assure that the flooring is protected from sun (UV) and is not overheated due to this exposure. (Failure to protect flooring voids all warranties, express or implied and releases the manufacturer from any claims, damages, or liabilities which may arise).

It is vital to ensure that radiant heating systems are kept to a temperature that will not heat the floor above 29.4ºC (85ºF) (please comply with special instructions which you can obtain from your radiant heating systems retailer).

* The initiation of thermal degradation involves the loss of a hydrogen atom from the polymer chain as a result of energy input from heat or light.