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Before you start!
• Concrete (or Wooden) subfloors must be clean, dry and structurally sound.
• Concrete (or Wooden) subfloors must be flat and leveled with a scraper and putty knife.
• Concrete subfloor must be fully cured for at least 60 days prior to flooring installation.
• Carpet, cushion vinyl, polish, dirt and paint should be removed from the job surface.
• Maintain the room temperature above 15°C (59°F) before installation.
• Check whether the doors can still be opened or closed after flooring has been installed (minimum 1cm (3/8”).
Key Installation Considerations
• Ensure that all installing products are in the consistent batch numbers.
• Position the plank to be installed at an angle of 15° to 20° to the plank already installed.
• Move the plank gently up and down and at the same time apply forward pressure.
• The planks will automatically click into place.
• You can either insert the tongue into the groove, or the groove into the tongue.
• The tongue in groove method is the most common and the easiest way. Please refer to the installation diagrams for more details.
• Existing subfloor levels must be within an acceptable level with a tolerance of 1mm only. Otherwise, this will result in une-ven undulated effect on the flooring after completion.
• It is advisable to do self-leveling cement before laying planks for uneven subfloors.
• Uneven surface on the wall will result in a gap between wall and planks, it is advisable to do a skim coat for the gap when floor is completed. This can be substituted with wall skirting’s.
• If the floor skirting is excluded, it is advisable for SAFRO flooring to be installed at first before laying any wall panel or parti-tion to avoid visible gaps between wall and flooring. During the period of installation, covering is required to protect the completed flooring.
• If floor skirting is included, it is advisable for SAFRO flooring to be installed last to avoid damage to the flooring.
Follow these 10 steps!
Step 1 - Set Spacers
Create the required expansion space between planks and perimeter walls using ⅜” spacers on short and long ends of the plank.
For rooms wider than 50′, a ½” expansion space is expansion spacers until installation is complete.
Step 2 - Install 1st Plank
Position the first plank against the ⅜” wall spacers along the starting wall beginning at the corner of the room.
Tongue side of plank should be facing the starting wall.
Step 3 - Lock End Joints
Install the next plank of the first row, locking short end of the plank to the first by inserting tongue into the groove at an angle and drop in place. Continue installing each plank until end of the first row is complete.
Cut the last plank of the first row as needed to fit.
Step 4 - Establish Staggering
For random length installations, there must be at least an 8 ” stagger from row to row through-out the entire installation.
For a brick laid pattern for fixed length floors, planks should be offset by 1/2 their length and laid accordingly.
Step 5 - 1st Plank, 2nd Row
For random length installation, cut the first plank for the second row to 1/3 its length and insert the long tongue edge of the plank into the long edge groove of the first-row plank.
Make sure there are no gaps between planks. Use pull bar as needed to close tightly.
Step 6 - 2nd Plank, 2nd Row
Insert the short tongue of a new plank into the short groove of the previously cut plank and then insert the long tongue edge of the two attached pieces at the same time into the groove of the first row.
Use the pull bar as needed to ensure a tight fit.
Step 7 - Continued 2nd Row
Lock long edge of the plank by inserting tongue into the groove at an angle and drop in place. Slide plank toward the end of previously installed plank until the tongue just touches the groove.
Use tapping block gently on short & long edge to ensure a tight fit.
Step 8 - Locking Plank Into Place
Tap ends of the plank with a rubber mallet and tapping block gently to lock ends of planks together. Be sure to tap on short end groove sides of panels to avoid damaging the locking profile.
Use pull bar on the long edge of the plank to ensure a tight fit.
Step 9 - Install Remaining Rows
Insert the short tongue of a new plank into the short groove of the previously cut plank.
Place the short, cut edge against a spacer and insert the long, tongue edge of the two attached pieces at the same time and continue the process until completion.
Step 10 - Finish The Job
Cover expansion space with baseboard, quarter round or other trim as desired. Use flexible caulking to fill expansion gap around bathtubs or showers.
Make sure not to pin down the floor underneath molding.