Home Decorators Collection DH83300941 Installation Guide

Home Decorators Collection DH83300941 Installation Guide
ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FLOORING INSTALLATION GUIDELINES
Important Information Before You Begin
It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you read and understand
this information completely prior to starting, since improper
installation can void the warranties.
Installer/Owner Responsibility
Carefully inspect ALL material prior to installation for defects.
Materials installed with visible defects are not covered under
warranty. Remember – Wood is a natural product that can vary in
color, grain, and contains natural characteristics that varies from
plank to plank and is to be expected. We do not warrant against these
natural variations from plank to plank or variations from sample to
plank. Remember – If you are not satisfied with the flooring prior to
installation, contact your dealer – DO NOT INSTALL the flooring.
Accepting or rejecting the material must be done on full shipment of
quantities only, not carton by carton or plank by plank. Material is
manufactured to exceed industry standards (ANSI/HPVA EF 2009).
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We urge you, as the final inspector to inspect for proper
color, finish, style, and quality PRIOR to installation. Verify
that the flooring is the correct material. Care should be
taken at this time to remove or repair particular
characteristics you do not desire. Manufacturer declines
responsibility for any costs incurred when plank(s) with
visible defects have been installed.
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The use of stain, filler, or putty stick for the correction of
minor defects during installation should be accepted as
normal procedure.
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5% cutting allowance, depending on layout, must be added
to the actual square footage amount needed. (Diagonal,
herringbone, or bordered installations will require a higher
percentage)
Broom or
vacuum
Tape Measure
Chalk Line &
Chalk
Hammer
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT NEEDED:
Moisture Meter
Safety Glasses
Hand Saw
Electric Miter
Saw/Table Saw
Pry Bar
Color Wood Filler
Clean Green™ Hardwood
Floor Cleaner/ Shaw R2X
NIOSH designated Dust Mask
CAUTION: WOOD DUST
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified
wood dust as a nasal carcinogen. The sawing, sanding, and/ or
machining of wood products can produce wood dust that can
cause respiratory, eye, and skin irritations. Equipment should be
equipped with a dust collector to reduce airborne wood dust. Wear an
appropriate NIOSH designated dust mask to reduce exposure to
airborne wood dust. Avoid contact with eyes and skin. In case of
irritation, flush eyes or skin with water for at least 15 minutes. In
cases of severe irritation; seek immediate medical attention. For
further technical or installation questions or to request a Product
Specification Data Sheet contact the manufacturer. 1-800-441-7429
Attention California Installers & Consumers
WARNING
Installation of this product and wood product may create wood
dust, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer.
PRE INSTALLATION & JOBSITE CONDITIONS
It is the installer/ owners’ responsibility to ensure that the jobsite
conditions and jobsite subfloor are environmentally and structurally
acceptable prior to the installation of any hardwood flooring. The
manufacturer declines any responsibility for failures or deficiencies
of hardwood flooring resulting from or related to sub-floor, sub-
surface, or job-site environmental conditions. All substrates must be
clean, flat, dry, and structurally sound.
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Subfloors must be clean and free of dirt, curing compounds,
sealers, drywall mud, paint, wax, grease, urethane, or other
materials that may affect the integrity of the flooring material or
adhesives used to install the flooring.
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All subfloors and subfloor systems must be structurally sound
and must be installed following their manufacturer's
recommendations. Local building codes may only establish
minimum requirements of the flooring system and may not
provide adequate rigidity and support for proper installation and
performance of a hardwood floor. Whenever possible install the
planks perpendicular to the floor joists for maximum stability.
Our warranties DO NOT cover any problems caused by
inadequate substructures or improper installation of said
substructures.
 Test wood sub floors and wood flooring for moisture content
using a pin-type moisture meter. Take readings of the subfloor –
minimum of 20 readings per 1000 sq. ft. and average the results.
In most regions, a “dry” subfloor that is ready to work on has a
moisture content of 12% or less and the wood should be within
4% of the subfloor moisture content.
 The moisture content for concrete subfloors registered after a
calcium chloride test should not be greater than 3 pounds per
1000 square feet of area. If it exceeds these limits, DO NOT
install the flooring. Before moisture testing begins, the slab
must be cured for a minimum of 30 days.
 Basements and crawl spaces must be dry. Use of a 6 mil black
polyethylene is required to cover 100% of the crawl space earth.
Crawl space clearance from
ground to underside of joist
to be no less than 18” and
perimeter vent spacing
should be equal to 1.5% of
the total square footage of
the crawl space area to provide cross ventilation. Where
necessary, local regulations prevail.
 The subfloor must be flat, meeting a minimum of 3/16” within
10’ or 1/8” in 6’.
Concrete subfloors - Grind high spots or use a Portland-cementbased leveling material (minimum compressive strength 3000 psi) to
fill all low spots. Follow the leveling compound manufacturer’s
instruction. Leveling compounds must be allowed to thoroughly cure
and dry prior to installation of wood flooring.
Wood subfloors - For staple down application use layers of 15lb.
felt or wooden shims to fill low spots. Staples must be able to
penetrate for holding power.
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All “wet” work – i.e. – paint, drywall, concrete, masonry,
plumbing must be complete and dry well in advance of delivery
of hardwood flooring
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Gutters and downspouts should be in place and the exterior
grade complete to allow for proper drainage of water away from
the building’s exterior perimeter.
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Flooring should not be exposed to extremes of humidity or
moisture.
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Permanent HVAC should be on and operational a minimum of 5
days and maintained between 65 – 75 degrees and a relative
humidity of 35%- 55% prior to delivery, during, and after
installation of the flooring.
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If HVAC is not possible at time of installation the environmental
conditions must be at or near normal living conditions between
60 – 80 degrees and at the average yearly relative humidity for
the area.
It is the Installer/Owner responsibility to ensure that the conditions
are acceptable prior to the installation of the hardwood floors.
The manufacturer declines any and all problems with the hardwood
flooring that are related to or attributed to improper jobsite
conditions.
Recommended Subfloor Surfaces
Concrete Subfloor Guidelines
Concrete slabs should be of high compressive strength and
constructed to prevent groundwater from permeating the concrete.
Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed on, above, or belowgrade. In addition, it can be installed over above-ground, suspended
concrete floors. The suspended concrete must be a minimum of 1 1/2
inches thick and must be structurally sound. The exception to this is
lightweight concrete (which usually contains high amounts of
gypsum) having a density of 100 pounds or less per cubic foot. Test
for lightweight concrete by using a nail to scratch the surface of the
concrete. If the concrete crumbles or turns to powder, it is not sound
and you should NOT install the hardwood flooring. Use the floating
installation method (5 ply products 3” or wider) only for lightweight
concrete subfloors.
Wood Subfloors Guidelines
Subfloor panels should conform to U.S. Voluntary Product Standard
PS1-07, Construction and Industrial Plywood and/or US Voluntary
PS 2-04 and/or Canadian performance standard CAN/CSA 0325.0-92
Construction Sheathing. Other CSA standards also apply.
Acceptable Panel Subfloors: Truss/joist spacing will determine
the minimum acceptable thickness of the panel subflooring.
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On truss/joist spacing of 16” o/c or less the industry standard for
single panel subflooring is minimum 5/8” 19/32”, 15.1 mm) CD
Exposure 1 subfloor panels, 4x8 sheets.
On truss/joist spacing of more than 16”, up to 19.2” (488mm)
o/c, the standard is nominal ¾” (23/32”, 18.3 mm) T&G CD
Exposure 1 Plywood subfloor panels, (Exposure 1) or nominal
¾” 23/32”, (18.3mm) OSB Exposure 1 subfloor panels, 4’x8’
sheets, glued and mechanically fastened.
Truss/joist systems spaced over more than 19.2” (488mm) o/c up
to a maximum of 24” (610mm) require minimum 7/8” T&G CD
Exposure 1 Plywood subfloor panels, (Exposure 1), or minimum
7/8” OSB Exposure 1 subfloor panels, 4’x8’ sheets glued and
mechanically fastened – or two layers of subflooring or brace
between the truss/joist in accordance with the truss/joist
manufacturer’s recommendations and with local building codes.
Some truss/joist systems cannot be cross-braced and still
maintain stability.
For existing wood floors install new flooring at right angles to the
existing flooring.
Do not glue, staple, or nail down hardwood flooring over particle
board, floating application is acceptable (products 3” or wider).
Do not install over existing glue down hardwood floors.
WARNING! DO NOT SAND, DRY SWEEP, DRY SCRAPE,
DRILL, SAW, BEADBLAST OR MECHANICALLY CHIP OR
PULVERIZE EXISTING RESILIENT FLOORING, BACKING,
LINING FELT, ASPHALTIC “CUTBACK” ADHESIVES OR OTHER
ADHESIVES.
These products may contain either asbestos fibers and/or crystalline
silica. Avoid creating dust. Inhalation of such dust is a cancer and
respiratory tract hazard. Smoking by individuals exposed to asbestos
fibers greatly increases the risk of serious bodily harm.
Unless positively certain that the product is a nonasbestos-containing
material, you must presume it contains asbestos. Regulations may require
that the material be tested to determine asbestos content and may govern
the removal and disposal of material.
See current edition of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI)
publication Recommended Work Practices for Removal of Resilient Floor
Coverings for detailed information and instructions on removing all
resilient covering structures. For current information go to www.rfci.com
Ceramic tile and terrazzo: All wax and sealers must be removed
with an appropriate cleaner/stripper. Ceramic tile and terrazzo should
be abraded to allow for proper adhesion. Check for loose tiles by
tapping and re-adhere. Fill grout lines with a cementitious latex
fortified leveling compound.
Resilient tile, resilient sheet vinyl: Material must be full spread
and secured to the subfloor. Do not install over perimeter glued
floors. Do not install over more than one layer that exceeds 1/8” in
thickness.
Nail/ Staple Down Only - If old flooring is unsuitable to install new
flooring then overlay with new underlayment. Test to conclude that
the staples/ cleats are able to properly penetrate and secure the
flooring to the subfloor.
Glue Down Only – Do not install over more than one layer that
exceeds 1/8” in thickness. Clean flooring with an appropriate cleaner
and allow to thoroughly dry. If necessary degloss the floor using an
abrasive pad to enhance the bonding of the adhesive, if wax or other
coatings are present, completely remove the material with a quality
stripper, rinse the floor and allow to dry. Always check for proper
adhesion bond prior to installing.
CAUTION: DO NOT SAND any existing resilient tile, sheet
vinyl flooring, or flooring felt as they may contain asbestos fibers that
are not readily identifiable. Inhalation of asbestos dust can cause
serious bodily harm. Check local, state, and federal laws for handling
hazardous material before attempting the removal of these floors.
Acoustic Cork Underlayment: (Glue Down Only) – Install
the cork underlayment according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
The cork underlayment must be fully adhered to the subfloor. The
cork underlayment should be of pure granulated cork combined with
a polyurethane binder with a minimum density of 11.4 lbs. per cubic
foot and not to exceed 13 lbs. per cubic foot.
Pre installation/ Job Preparation
Inspect the Flooring – Inspect material for color, finish, milling, and
grade. Hold out pieces that may not be acceptable once installed.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept responsibility for any costs
incurred when plank(s) with visible defects have been
permanently installed.
Undercut Door Casings - Undercut all door casings 1/16" higher
than the thickness of the flooring being installed. To do this, use a
scrap piece of flooring as a guide. Lay it on the substrate and cut the
casing with a handsaw or use a power jamb saw set at the correct
height.
Blending of Cartons- To achieve a uniform appearance across the
entire floor, we highly recommend that you open and work from
several cartons at a time and dry-lay the flooring, mixing the planks
from several cartons. This will allow you to blend the planks for
maximum aesthetic appearance. Make certain the room is well lit to
ensure color is consistent and that any visual defects can be seen and
removed.
Match Transition Moldings: For best appearance blend all
transitions and moldings to planks that have similar color and
graining. Set them aside for use as needed.
Layout of Flooring: “Racking the Floor” is essential to achieve a
random appearance. Start by either using random-length planks found
in the carton or by cutting four or five planks in random lengths,
differing by at least six inches. As you continue working across the
floor try to maintain a six-inch minimum between end joints.
Randomly install different lengths to avoid a patterned appearance.
Never waste materials; the end cuts from starter rows should be used
at the opposite side of the room to complete rows or used to start the
next row.
Expansion space: Expansion space around the perimeter is
required and should be equal to the thickness of the flooring material.
For floating installation the minimum is ½” regardless of the
thickness of the material. For commercial installations use a
minimum of ½” expansion.
GLUE DOWN INSTALLATION GUIDELINES
Additional tools & material needed:
Anderson Green Grab™ or 3X Triple Option™ Adhesives
Shaw Ecomade™ Hardwood Adhesive or Shaw Urethane
Hardwood Adhesive
Clean White Rags
Mineral Spirits/ Urethane Adhesive Remover
Adhesive Trowel
Straight Edge
NOTE: REFER TO THE ADHESIVE LABEL FOR PROPER
TROWEL REQUIRED, SPREAD RATES AND
INSTALLATION APPLICATION INFORMATION!
For Ensurance 3X Moisture/Sound Application – Use the
Gundlach Injecta Blade Trowel. Due to Spacer wear, replace
Glide-On™ trowel blade for every pail of Triple Option Adhesive
used. Blade is included within each pail.
¼” Engineered Hardwood Flooring is an ADHERED (gluedown) ONLY product. It is NOT RECOMMENDED for use in
nail, (staple down), or floating installations; or for installations
over radiant-heated sub floor systems of any type.
Using standard (water based) adhesives; some end swell of ¼”
planks can be expected. To avoid plank end swell, a urethane
adhesive is recommended. USE a 1/8”x1/8”x1/8” sq. notch trowel
only.
Before you begin using the following instructions, please refer to
the Pre-Installation Job Prep information above.
Getting Started
1. Select a starter wall. An outside wall is best: it's most likely to be
straight and square with the room. Measure out from this wall, at
each end, the width of two planks including the tongue plus the space
needed (3/8” or ½”) for expansion.
2. Snap a chalk line from these points, parallel to that wall.
3. Prior to installing the flooring, secure a straight edge inside the
chalk line to act as a guide and to prevent the row of planks from
shifting during installation. The straightedge could be a straight piece
of lumber or piece of flooring. Alternatively, the first row can be
face-nailed with finishing nails into the wood subfloor or sprig nailed
into a concrete subfloor.
Spreading the Adhesive
Using the proper trowel, hold the trowel at a 45° angle to ensure
proper spread rate of adhesive. Apply pressure to allow the trowel to
leave ridges of adhesive on the substrate with little adhesive left
between the ridges. This will help to achieve the proper spread rate of
the adhesive. Temperature and air flow across the adhesive can have
an effect on the open time of the adhesive. 3X (or urethanes) will
have a longer open time in areas of low humidity and will have a
shorter open time in areas of high humidity. (See Adhesive label for
further information).
Installing The Floor
4. Spread adhesive from the chalk line/straightedge out to
approximately the width of two planks. Install the first row of starter
planks along the chalk line/straightedge and secure into position with
the tongue facing the starter wall.
NOTE: Proper alignment is critical. Misaligned starter rows can
cause side and end gaps to appear in proceeding rows of flooring.
When you have the starter rows complete, you can begin the next row
5. When you are certain the first two starter rows are straight and
secure, spread adhesive 2 to 3 feet wide across the length of the
room. As a general rule, never spread more adhesive than can be
covered in 30 to 45 minutes. If the adhesive has skinned over remove
dried adhesive and trowel new adhesive.
6. Continue to install planks and push them into place. Place the
tongue of the board into the grooves of installed boards and press into
the adhesive. As you continue working across the floor try to
maintain a six-inch minimum space between end joints. Randomly
install different lengths to avoid a patterned appearance.
NOTE: Never strike a rubber mallet or hammer directly on the
flooring to engage the tongue-and-groove. This practice can damage
the flooring and/or the finish.
7. Remove the adhesive from the surface of the installed flooring as
you work – this will help to save time. A damp rag with water or
mineral spirits will remove adhesive. Frequently change towels to
avoid leaving a haze on the flooring surface. DO NOT use water to
remove Urethane adhesives from the finish.
8. As you approach the end wall it may be necessary to cut the width
of the last row – be sure to allow for the expansion space along the
end wall. Once the final cuts are made set planks into place.
9. After the floor is complete remove the straight edge and glue down
the first two boards.
10. Restrict foot traffic for a minimum of 6-8 hours and wait 24 hours
before permitting moving of furniture onto the floor.
11. Clean any wet adhesive from the flooring with a lightly
dampened clean cloth. If the adhesive has dried, use mineral spirits
on a clean cloth. For Urethane adhesive use the recommended
urethane adhesive remover.
12. Roll and cross roll floor with a 100-150 lbs (45-70 kg) roller at
the end of the installation to ensure proper transfer of adhesive.
When installing unfinished wood flooring, wait a minimum of 72
hours before sanding.
Final Inspection: After the floor has been cleaned, inspect the
floor for nicks, scratches, gaps or planks that may have moved during
installation, as well as any other imperfections that need attention.
Touch up nicks and scratches with touch-up products. In typical
climates, the new floor can accept foot traffic within 24 hours. In
areas where additional curing time is required, more time may be
needed.
NAIL OR STAPLE DOWN INSTALLATION
GUIDELINES
Additional Tools and Material Needed:
Drill
Air Hose
Tapping Block
In-line Air Regulator
Compressor
Pneumatic Nailer/
Stapler
15 lb. Roofers Felt
Before you begin using the following instructions, please refer to
the Pre-Installation Job Prep information above.
NOTE: Our products are not warranted against squeaking, popping
or crackling when using staple-down or nail-down installation
methods. Some squeaking, popping or crackling is normal and
possible when using staple-down or nail-down installation methods.
These symptoms may be aggravated in arid areas or during dry
conditions.
SET UP AND USE OF PNEUMATIC STAPLERS AND
NAILERS
Minor occasional noises within the flooring are inherent to all staple/
nail-down installations and can change as environmental changes
occur. This is not a manufacturing defect and is therefore not covered
under our warranties (see warranty brochure for complete warranty
coverage). You can help reduce squeaking, popping, and crackling by
being sure that the subfloor is structurally sound, does not have any
loose decking or joists, and is swept clean prior to installation. You
should also be sure that your stapler or nailer is setting the fastener
properly, not damaging the planks, and that you are using the correct
nailing schedule.
When used improperly, staples or cleats can damage wood flooring.
If the tool is not adjusted properly the staples/ cleats may not be
positioned at the proper angle and cause blistering, peaking,
squeaking, or crackling of the floor. Some models may require the
use of an adapter to adjust for proper thickness. Test the tool on a
piece of scrap material first - set the stapler/ nailer flush on the
tongue side of the plank and install a staple/ cleat. Should the staple/
cleat penetrate too deeply reduce the air pressure; if the staple/ cleat
is not deep enough then increase the air pressure using an in-line
regulator. The crown of the staple/ cleat should sit flush within the
nail pocket to prevent damage to the flooring and to reduce
squeaking. The flooring manufacturer is not responsible for damage
caused by the mechanical fasteners.
8. As you approach the end wall it may be necessary to cut the width
of the last row – be sure to allow for the expansion along the end
wall. Once the final cuts are made set planks into place.
9. The last few rows will need to be fastened by hand. To fasten the
final planks into place, you must either manually blind nail and/or
face-nail through the surface on the final planks. Drill pilot holes at a
45-degree angle to the floor and blind nail using l” finishing nails.
Alternatively, drill pilot holes in the face every 6” (try to drill holes in
darker portion of the wood) and install with 1” finishing nails.
Countersink nails and fill with appropriate colored wood filler –
remove excess filler from surface with a clean rag and proper cleaner.
FLOATING FLOOR INSTALLATION
GUIDELINES
(5 Ply Products 3/8” & ½” thick, 3” or wider only)
Additional tools & material needed:
A.F.B. Floating Floor Adhesive™
Shaw T&G Adhesive
Terry Cloth towels
Foam underlayment
Pry/Pull Bar
IMPORTANT NOTE: Only use manufacturer's recommended
staples or cleats.
For 3/8” thick products the minimum length staple/ cleat is 1”
For ½” thick products the minimum length staple/cleat is 1 ¼”
Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions for complete set-up
and operation of equipment.
Getting Started
1. After the subfloor has been properly cleaned and prepped cover the
subfloor with 15lb. asphalt felt paper. This material will help to keep
the floor clean and help to retard moisture from below (there is no
complete moisture barrier system for staple or nail-down
applications).
2. Select a starter wall. An outside wall is best: it's most likely to be
straight and square with the room. Measure out from this wall, at
each end, the overall width of the plank (board width + tongue + the
space needed (3/8” or ½”) for expansion).
3. Snap a chalk line from these points, parallel to that wall.
4. Install the first row of starter planks along the chalk
line/straightedge and secure into position with the tongue facing
away from the starter wall (toward you). Drill pilot holes through the
face of the plank every 6” (in the dark grain); approximately 1” from
the back edge of the board and secure planks with 1” finishing nails.
Countersink nails and fill with appropriate colored wood filler –
remove excess filler from surface.
5. Blind nail at a 45° angle through the tongue 1”-2” from the end
joints and every 6” in between along the length of the starter boards
(Predrill holes to make this easier). Depending on the width of the
flooring it may be necessary to do this for the first few rows prior to
using a pneumatic stapler/ nailer.
NOTE: Proper alignment is critical. Misaligned starter rows can
cause side and end gaps to appear in proceeding rows of flooring.
Installing the Floor
6. Continue to install the flooring making sure to nail/staple 1”-2”
from the ends and every 3” – 4” thereafter. Make certain the tool is
adjusted properly to ensure that the fastener is at the proper angle and
is flush within the nail pocket. As you continue working across the
floor try to maintain a six-inch minimum space between end joints.
Randomly install different lengths to avoid a patterned appearance.
7. If needed use a tapping block to help engage the boards together
until the tongue-and-groove is flush and tight and no gaps are present
between adjacent planks. NOTE: Never use a rubber mallet or
hammer directly on the flooring to engage the tongue-and-groove.
This can damage the flooring and/or finish.
Clean Green™ Hardwood
Floor Cleaner/ Shaw R2X
6 Mil Poly Plastic Sheeting
Tapping Block & Spacers
2in1 Underlayment
Before you begin using the following instructions, please refer to
the Pre-Installation Job Prep information above.
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6 Mil Polyethylene not required over a vinyl, wood, or a wood
product sub floor.
6 Mil Polyethylene required over concrete type subfloors – on
grade or below grade.
Do not install over carpet.
If installing over vinyl, ensure that the vinyl is secure to the sub
floor. Do not install over perimeter glued vinyl.
If installing over an existing wood floor, install the flooring at
right angles to the wood floor.
Secure creaking and loose floorboards with screws.
Do not install over wood flooring glued to a concrete sub floor.
½” of expansion space required at all vertical surfaces.
Note: Larger rooms require additional expansion space. Add
1/16” to the width of the expansion space for every 3’ the room
extends beyond 25’. Dimensions exceeding 40’in length or
width – it is recommended to use a T-Molding for proper
expansion.
Getting Started
1. Remove all doors and shoe moldings. Undercut all door casings
1/16” higher than the thickness of the flooring and underlayment to
be installed. Place a scrap piece of plank and a sheet of underlayment
against the door casing to act as a guide and cut the door casing with
a hand saw or power jamb saw set to the correct height.
2. After determining the direction to run the planks, measure the
width of the room (the dimension perpendicular to the direction of
the flooring). The last row of the flooring should be no less than 1 ½”
wide; if it is less, cut the width of the starter row to avoid a narrow
last row.
3. Select a starter wall. An outside wall is best: it's most likely to be
straight and square with the room. Measure out from the wall, at each
end, the overall width of the plank plus ½” for expansion. If the first
row requires ripping then measure from the wall the width of the
ripped board plus ½” for expansion.
4. Snap a chalk line using a (brightly colored chalk) from these
points.
5. Install Underlayment: Unroll the 6 mil. Poly sheeting overlapping
edges 4” and seal seams with clear plastic tape. Allow the poly to run
2” up the wall and trim back after installation of flooring. Install 1/8”
foam underlayment.
Note: Use of a floating floor 2 in 1 underlayment may be used.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application installing the
2 in 1 underlayment.
6. Prior to installing the flooring, secure a straight edge (starter
board) inside the chalk line to act as a guide and to prevent the row of
planks from shifting during installation. The straightedge could be a
straight piece of lumber or piece of flooring. This is temporary and
will be replaced as the floor is completed.
Installing the Floor
7. Insert spacers at walls to maintain the expansion space between the
flooring and the wall.
8. Before starting to glue planks, dry lay the first two rows of
flooring. Working from right to left, install planks so that the groove
faces the straight edge (starter board). When reaching the end of the
first row, cut the plank as necessary to fit. On the first 4 rows stagger
end joints a minimum of 16” and then 8” thereafter.
9. Use the remainder of the plank from the first row to start the
second row. If the piece is less than 8” long, cut a new plank in half
and use that piece to start the second row.
10. Lay the remainder of the planks in the second row. Make sure
that the rows are straight and no gapping exists on the sides or ends.
Once you have dry laid the first two rows, remove all the planks in
order. You are ready to begin.
11. Begin gluing the boards; Run a continuous bead of adhesive
along the groove of the short side (width) and the plank’s side groove
(length). Proper alignment is critical. Misaligned starter rows can
cause side and end gaps to appear in proceeding rows of flooring.
12. Install first row of planks with groove facing the straight edge.
Work from right to left. Complete the first row. Make sure there are
no gaps between the boards. Use a tapping block if need to close the
boards together. Immediately wipe away any excessive adhesive with
a clean, slightly dampened cloth.
CAUTION: Adhesive that is allowed to dry on the finish surface
can be difficult to remove and may leave a haze.
13. At the end wall use an end pry bar, if needed, to pull the ends of
the planks tight.
14. Continue to install the floor working left to right, repeating the
process until the completion of the floor. Continue to use the spacers
on all vertical surfaces to maintain the ½” expansion.
DO NOT USE laminate straps as they may damage the flooring
15. The last row will most likely require cutting to width but it should
be no less than 1 ½” wide. To do this, lay the plank face up on top of
the last full row installed. Trace the wall contour on the last plank
using a scrap piece of plank and a pencil.
16. Install cut planks and pull into place with a pry bar. Install
spacing wedges between planks and wall.
17. Remove the straight edge (starter row) and install the last row
using the pry bar.
Allow floor to dry for a minimum of 12 hours before removing all
spacing wedges and allowing foot traffic.
18. Install trim and moldings the following day.
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Relative humidity of the jobsite must be maintained
between 35-55% relative humidity. Use of humidification
system may be required to maintain the proper humidity
level. Failure to maintain proper humidity level can result
in excessive dryness of flooring.
It is highly recommended that the radiant heat system be
designed specifically to accept a wood floor
Use of an in floor temperature sensor as well as a separate
thermostat for the individual room is required.
An outdoor temperature sensor should be used to adjust
water temperature according to anticipated heat loss.
JOBSITE REQUIREMENTS
Prior to installation of flooring the radiant system must be installed
per manufacturer’s instructions.
Before installation of flooring material the follow conditions are
required
1. Moisture content of concrete must not exceed 2.0 lbs per CaCl
test method (ASTM1869-89) Wood sub floors not to exceed
12% and be within 4% of the wood flooring.
2. Concrete must be allowed to properly cure and dry a minimum
of 4 weeks prior to operation of radiant heat system
3. Operation of radiant heat system should be set to run at 2/3
maximum output for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to installation
of flooring to further allow moisture from concrete to dissipate
and reach a final moisture content. This must be done in both
heating and non heating seasons.
4. Prior to installation (4 days) reduce to a temperature of 65°.
5. Floating Installation - Install flooring according to floating floor
installation guidelines. Use of a 2 in 1 underlayment is required.
6. When gluing planks run a continuous bead of adhesive in the
groove on both the end and length of the board.
7. Remove any excess glue that squeezes out onto surface of the
planks with a clean damp rag. Change rags and water
periodically to avoid leaving a haze on surface.
AFTER INSTALLATION & SEASONAL OPERATION
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48 hours after completion of installation, slowly raise
temperature of the heating system to its preferred operating
level over a period of 5 days. Do not allow the surface
temperature to exceed 80°
Humidity level must be maintained between 35%-55% R.H.
Seasonal gapping should be expected.
Surface checking can be expected if the proper humidity level
is not properly maintained between 35-55% R. H. or if the
floor’s surface temperature exceeds 80°.
Radiant Heated Subfloors
Refer to Website or Sample board to confirm as an approved
product.
Non Approved products are not warranted for use over Radiant
Heat
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Prior to installation of flooring over radiant heat system it is
important that the guidelines are followed in strict
accordance. Failure to follow the guidelines may produce
unsatisfactory results.
Floating installation method only, direct glue down is NOT
recommended.
Sub floor must be flat to 3/16” in 10’ or 1/8” in 6’
Prior to installation moisture testing must be conducted and
documented per ASTM test method 1869-89 for concrete
or using a pin type meter for wood sub floors.
The moisture content for concrete sub floors registered
after a calcium chloride test must not be greater than 2
pounds per 1000 square feet of area. If it exceeds these
limits, DO NOT install the flooring.
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COMPLETING THE JOB – ALL
INSTALLATIONS
Sweep or vacuum floor
Clean the floor with proper hardwood floor cleaner
Install transition pieces -i.e. – thresholds, t-moldings, base
boards and quarter round. Nail moldings to wall, not the floor.
Inspect final floor for nicks and or minor gaps – fill with
appropriate color wood putty.
Unused material should be left with owner and stored in a dry
place in case of future repairs are needed.
Use plywood or hardboard when moving heavy appliances or
furniture across floor.
Floor Protection During Construction
After installation, if you choose to protectively cover the floor, cover
the floor completely, since some species are light-sensitive and
uncovered areas may change color. Use a covering material with a
vapor permeance (perm rating) of 1 perm or more (tested I
accordance with ASTM E-96) to avoid trapping moisture/vapor on or
within the floor. Any covering should be taped, using a low-adhesion
tape, to base or shoe moldings. Avoid taping to finished flooring.
When taping paper or sheets together, tape them to each other, not to
the floor.
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Moldings Help You Make Easy Transitions
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T-Moldings: Used to create a transition between floor coverings of
similar heights or to cover an expansion gap.
Stair Nosing: Used in conjunction with flooring installed on steps or
provide a finished edge. Secure by gluing and nailing/ screwing down
into place. Predrill holes to avoid splitting.
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Reducer Strips: Used to transition floor coverings of differing
heights- wood floor to vinyl, vinyl composition tile, or low-pile
carpet. Can also be used to border a fireplace.
Thresholds: Used to transition floor coverings or to create a break
between floor coverings – wood to carpet, can be used as a trim
molding around fireplaces or sliding glass doors.
Shoe Base Moldings: Used to cover the expansion space between the
floor and vertical surfaces. Can be used as a substitute for Quarter
Round moldings when space is a limitation.
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other such products will harm the long-term performance of
your floor and may also affect its recoat ability.
Do not use 2 in 1 cleaners with polish that may contain acrylics
or urethane polish to restore gloss – the use of these products
will void the finish warranty and may produce unsatisfactory
results when not applied properly.
Keep pets’ nails trimmed, and paws clean and free of dirt,
gravel, grease, oil, and stains.
Place protective felt pads beneath furniture legs and feet to
reduce scratches and dents. Replace pads as needed.
Use a dolly and protective sheets of plywood when moving
heavy objects, furniture, or appliances.
Make certain furniture casters are clean and operate properly (a
minimum 1” wide vinyl surface where it comes in contact with
wood is recommended). Clean wheels periodically to remove
dirt and debris.
Remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on
floor.
Exposure to the sun and its UV rays accelerates the oxidation
and aging of wood. This can cause the stain and/or wood to fade
and/or to change color. We recommend that you rearrange rugs
and furniture periodically so the floor ages evenly. Exotic
species such as Brazilian Cherry are more susceptible to color
change during the aging process. These warranties do not cover
damage from the sun and its UV rays.
Use area rugs in high traffic areas and pivot points (e.g., stair
landings, room entries, etc.), especially if you have a large
family or indoor pets.
Maintain the proper Relative Humidity in your home between
35% - 55%. The use of a humidifier during heating seasons may
help reduce shrinkage of the wood due to low humidity.
Quarter Round Moldings: Used to cover the expansion space between
the Wall Base and your hardwood floor. You can also use them
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make smooth transitions between the floor and cabinetry.
Wall Base Moldings: Can be stained and finished to the color of the
flooring to be used an alternative to painted baseboards.
Floor Care and Maintenance
Remember, like any floor covering, our factory finished wood floors
will show signs of wear over time, depending on the size and lifestyle
of your family. By observing a few precautions and setting up a
regular cleaning routine and maintenance program, you can expect
years of beauty from your floor. The following are examples of the
reasonable and necessary maintenance you are expected to perform.
They are not intended to be an exclusive list.
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Sweep or vacuum regularly since built-up grit can damage the
surface of the wood. The vacuum head must be a brush or felt
type. Be certain the wheels of the vacuum are clean and do not
damage the finish. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar
head.
Remove spills promptly using a soft cloth and cleaning products
recommended by the manufacturer.
Never wet-mop, damp-mop, or clean your floor with water or
other products. This can severely damage the flooring and will
void the warranties. Do not use hardwood floor cleaning
machines or steam cleaners. See section on Improper
Maintenance.
Use the manufacturer’s recommended Hardwood floor cleaners
with a clean terry cloth mop. Always sweep or vacuum the
floors prior to using wood floor cleaners. Do not allow excess
cleaner to remain on the floors surface as this may permanently
damage the wood fiber.
Important: Do not use oil soaps, liquid or paste wax products
or other household cleaners that contain citrus oils, lemon oil,
tung oil, silicon, or ammonia since these warranties do not cover
damage caused by non-recommended products. Use of these and
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