Shaw HD81400802 Valentino 6 in. x 48 in. Frontier Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring (23.64 sq. ft. / case) Installation Guide

Shaw HD81400802 Valentino 6 in. x 48 in. Frontier Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring (23.64 sq. ft. / case) Installation Guide
for Floorté™ Fold-n-Tap™ Vinyl Plank
construction adhesives are known to stain vinyl floor coverings. All
responsibility for discoloration problems caused by the use of the
above mentioned products is not the responsibility of Shaw, but rests
with the installer and the underlayment panel manufacture.
The floor covering should be stored and installed in a climate
controlled location with an average temperature between 55°and
85°F - 13°-29°C.
Failure to follow these guidelines may result in an installation
failure. Floorte™ is an interior product and must be installed in
a temperature- controlled environment, maintained between 55
and 85 degrees F or 13°-29°C.
A. Wood Subfloors
1. Do not install material over wood subfloors that lay directly
on concrete or over dimensional lumber or plywood used
over concrete.
These installation guidelines apply to the Floorte™ Fold-n-Tap™
product only. All instructions and recommendations should be
followed for a satisfactory installation.
Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for prolonged periods.
Exposure may result in discoloration. During peak sunlight
hours, the use of the drapes or blinds is recommended.
Regardless of new construction or remodeling projects, keep
flooring stored in rooms that are not being worked in and only
install product after all other trades have completed work that
could damage the flooring.
To minimize shade variation, mix and install planks from
several cartons.
Inspect all planks for damage before installing. If you have any
concerns about the product fit or finish, call Shaw Information
Services at 1-800-441-7429. Claims will not be accepted for
flooring that has been cut to size and/or installed.
All subfloor patching must be done with a Portland based
compound and allowed to dry completely prior to installing
Installation – This product can be installed on, above, or
below grade.
Floorte™ is water/moisture resistant and reliably secures the
flooring panels on all four sides. However, excessive moisture in
the subfloor could promote mold, mildew, and other moisture
related issues like the trapping of moisture emissions under
the flooring, which may contribute to an unhealthy indoor
Shaw Industries does not warrant nor is responsible for damage
to floor covering due to moisture related issues.
Tools: Tape Measure, Utility Knife, Jigsaw, Tapping Block or Rubber
Mallet, Pull Bar, ¼" Spacers, T-Square, Safety Glasses, Broom or
Vacuum and, if necessary, tools for subfloor repair.
All subfloors must be clean, flat, dry and structurally sound. The
correct preparation of the subfloor is a major part of a successful
installation. Subfloor must be flat – 3/16" in 10' or 1/8" in 6'.
CAUTION: Some types of nails, such as common steel nails, may
cause discoloration of the vinyl floor covering. Recommendations
for attaching underlayment panels are not included. Solvent based
Do not apply sheet plastic over wood subfloors.
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
is 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.
All other subfloors – Plywood, OSB, particleboard, chipboard,
wafer board, etc. 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.
Floorte™ resilient flooring is not recommended directly over
fire-retardant treated plywood or preservative treated plywood.
An additional layer of APA rated 1/4" thick underlayment should
be installed.
B. Concrete Subfloors
1. Floors shall be smooth, permanently dry, clean, and free all
foreign material such as dust, wax, solvents, paint, grease, oils,
and old adhesive residue. The surface must be hard and dense,
and free from powder or flaking.
New concrete slabs must be dry. Maximum moisture level per
CaCl test method is 8 lbs. per 1000 in 24 hr. Maximum level for
ASTM 2170 In-situ Relative humidity test method - 85%.
Do no install over concrete with a history of high moisture or
hydrostatic conditions.
Ph level of concrete should be between 5 and 9.
The final responsibility for determining if the concrete is
dry enough for installation of the flooring lies with the floor
covering installer.
Radiant Heat–Hydronic Only: Radiant heat components must have
a minimum of 1/2" separation from the product. This is the only type
of radiant heat system that is approved. Radiant heat system must be
on and operational for at least 2 weeks prior to installation to reduce
residual moisture within the concrete. Three days prior to installation
lower the temperature to 65 degrees, after installation gradually
increase the temperature in increments of 5° F to avoid overheating.
Maximum operating temperature should never exceed 85°F. Use of an
in-floor temperature sensor is recommended to avoid overheating.
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 non-asbestos-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
C. Existing Floor Coverings
• Floorte™ flooring can be installed over most existing hard–
surface floor coverings, provided that the existing floor surface is
clean, flat dry and structurally sound.
Existing sheet vinyl floors should not be heavily cushioned and
not exceed more than one layer in thickness. Soft underlayment
and soft substrates will diminish the products inherent strength
in resisting indentations.
Installation is NOT allowed over any type of carpet.
Never use solvents or citrus adhesive removers to remove old
adhesive residue. Solvent residue left in and on the subfloor may
affect the new floor covering.
Floorte™ plank flooring is designed to be installed utilizing the
floating method only. Never secure the planks to the subfloor. Do
not install cabinets or fixed objects on top of the flooring. Proper
expansion space is required. Undercut all doorjambs. Do not fasten
wall moldings and or transition strips to the planks.
Before you start with the installation, it is important to
determine the layout of the flooring. Proper planning and layout
will prevent having narrow plank widths at wall junctures or
very short length pieces at the end of rows.
As with all plank products, install the planks parallel to the
longest exterior wall.
Determine if the starter row will need to be cut. If the first row of
planks does not need to be trimmed in width, it will be necessary
to cut off the unsupported tongue so that a clean, solid edge
shows towards the wall.
Installation of the product must start from the left side of the
room, working to the right when working in front of the planks
or facing the starting wall. Use spacers along the walls to
maintain proper expansion space (1/4") and align the
first plank.
Install the second plank in the row by aligning and dropping
the end tongue over the end groove of the first plank. Apply light
pressure to join the two planks together.
If needed, use a rubber mallet to fully engage the short side
of the plank by lightly tapping the plank to engage and sit
flush with the adjacent plank. Maintain an expansion gap
of approximately 1/4" from the wall. Repeat this process to
complete the first row.
Start the second row by cutting a plank to the desired length.
Keep in mind that the plank must not be shorter than 6" (15cm)
to achieve the best appearance.
Install the first plank in the second row by inserting the long
side tongue into the groove of the plank in the first row. This is
best done with a low angle of the plank. Maintain light pressure
into the side seam as you rotate the plank to the subfloor.
Repeat the process with additional planks to complete each row.
Very little force is required to seat the tongue into the groove.
You should feel the tongue lock into the groove.
It is critical to keep the first two rows straight and square, as they
are the “foundation” for the rest of the installation. Check for
squareness and straightness often.
10. Continue installing planks and make sure to achieve a random
appearance with end pieces of minimum 6" - 15cm. Check that
all planks are fully engaged; if a slight gapping is found, the gap
can be tapped together by using a tapping block and a scrap of
flooring to cover the tapping block in order to avoid damages on
the planks.
11. When fitting under door casings, if necessary, a flat pull bar may
be used to assist in locking the planks.
12. When fitting around obstacles or into irregular spaces, planks
can be cut easily and cleanly using a utility knife with a sharp
blade. It is often beneficial to make a cardboard template of the
area and transfer this pattern to the plank.
13. Protect all exposed edges of the flooring by installing wall
molding and/or transition strips. Make sure that no plank will be
secured in any way to the sub floor.
14. Protect the finished flooring from exposure to direct sunlight.
© 110314E (5th rev), Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway Company
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