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Please inspect product for color, finish, quality and style BEFORE installing any material. Lions warranty DOES NOT cover materials with visible defects once they have been installed. Any defects should be reported to the flooring dealer IMMEDIATELY for inspection and/or replacement.
ALL PLANKS, ONCE INSTALLED, ARE CONSIDERED ACCEPTED BY THE INSTALLER AND/OR HOMEOWNER AND THE MANUFACTURER ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ABOVE.
General and Installation Instructions
Standard installation - Angle-Angle
Laminate and other wooden materials react to the surrounding environmental climate, the main factor is the relative humidity (RH, %). High humidity means the laminate - expands; low humidity - it shrinks.
Due to this natural property you must attend to the instructions below.
B. CHECKLIST - TOP 10.
You find additional information to each section further below:
Store the packages in the future room climate and open package after package when you install.
This floor will be floating installed, i.e. keep always a distance (8-10 mm) to all fixed construction parts.
Check your floor construction; it must be dry (measure always!), clean, firm and even.
Choose underlay materials (read carefully below!) according to your own situation - all floors are unique!
Measure the room, decide installation direction Note the limitations as per below - due to natural behavior of wood!
Floor heating - see special advises and requirements – follow the instructions from the system supplier!
Check you floor continuously during the installation Installed defect boards can easily be replaced - cannot be complained!
Keep always the right room climate 45-60 % RH at 18-24 °C.
Maintain/clean your FLOOR correct and you will enjoy the floor.
C. GENERAL INFORMATION
Store your unopened floor packages well spread (not on a pallet) in the same conditions (45-60 % RH at 18- 24 °C), as it must have after installation, for at least 2 days. You can install on all kind of construction floors, if they are dry, flat, fixed and clean, for example on old wood floors, cement/concrete floors, ceramic tiles, PVC etc. If other floor top layers, please contact your distributor. Tools needed: Spacers, hand block, hand saw or an el. jig-saw, pencil, measuring tape, drill, chisel + hammer.
The surface of the subfloor must be flat. The flat requirement is defined as follows: the maximum difference between two high points and Fill excessive voids or low areas using a Portland cement and latex based leveling compound. Allow the leveling compound to dry thoroughly before beginning the flooring installation. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to be sure it is appropriate for the application. High areas can be sanded, ground down or floated over with an approved self-leveling compound. Surface flatness requirement of 1/16 of an inch in a 10-foot radius. The subfloor must not slope more than 1 inch in 6 feet.
Dry: Measure and file always cement screed /concrete/anhydrite with adequate test instruments. Cement screed/Concrete need long time dry - in worst cases up to one year.
Moisture contents limits:
For concrete sub floors: Calcium/Chloride test (US market)
A conservative but generally recommended allowable amount of moisture emission as expressed by the calcium chloride test is 3.0 pounds per 1,000 square feet per 24 hours at the time of the installation of the flooring.
Firm and Clean: Crosscheck old wood floors, nail/screw to eliminate squeaking. Brush or vacuum clean your floor - work clean!
II. Sound insulation
Sound insulation material must be installed (over the PE-plastic film, if so required). Use flooring paper, 2 mm cork, HD-foams (over 30 kg/m3) max 2-3mm or other approved underlay materials.
III. Floor heating
Installation over sub floor heating - some important issues. Max allowed temperature on top of the laminate floor is 85 °F. Important: Follow the heating regulation recommendations given by the system supplier. Please note that a 0,2 mm PE-plastic film always must be placed on top of the construction floor either made of cement screed /concrete, etc. or also over wood.
D. Installation preparations
Measure the area to be installed and define the installation direction. It is recommended to install the length direction of the planks parallel to the main light direction. The board width of last row shall not be less than 35-50 mm, If so, adjust the width of the first row to be installed. When measuring take the free gap (space) requirement of 8-10 mm of the floor perimeter into account. In narrow hallways, install the floor parallel to the length way.
II. Floating installation
Your floor is made to be installed floating without glue: Leave an open expansion gap of min 10 mm around the whole perimeter (use the spacers), i.e. also at pipes, stairs, columns, doorframes and thresholds. In large rooms, calculate 1,5 mm / m floor around. Install maximum 10 m length /width; over this: allow for an expansion gap, to cover with a profile of wood or metal. The floor must be able to move free – do not connect or install tight to any construction part. Rooms with off square areas like for example L-, F-, T-, U- shapes, separate the areas with an expansion joint and especially always in door openings. At any question contact your distributor for further information, installation at doors, glue down, etc.
Claims for visible defective floor panels must be made prior to installation. Each board should be inspected to ensure that the quality is acceptable. No claims relating to surface defects can be accepted after installation.