Installations

For Rhapsody

PLEASE READ COMPLETELY BEFORE INSTALLATION

 

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

 

A. INTRODUCTION

 

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

 

I. Preparations 

 

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.

 

SUBFLOOR REQUIREMENTS—GENERAL 

 

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 

 

I. General

 

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.

Carefully check planks for any defects before installation. Check that all batch numbers and item numbers are the same and that you have purchased sufficient material to complete the job. Remove any traces of glue or residue from the previous flooring.

New concrete floors need to dry out for at least 60 days prior to installation. Wood plank floors require a plywood sub-floor. All nail heads must be driven down below the surface. Securely nail all loose boards. Scrape, plane or fill uneven boards, holes or cracks using floor-leveling compound if sub-floor is uneven- over 1/8 inch within a span of 4 ft. if installing over existing tile, use a floor leveling compound to skim coat grout lines. Make sure the floors is smooth clean, and free of wax, grease, oil, or dust and sealed as necessary before laying planks. Also with any wood product, there will be natural color variations from piece to piece. So open a few boxes of the planks and distribute and blend the variation before installation would be ideal.

I. Glue Down Instruction for Hardwood

  1. Start with an outside wall if possible. Measure out from the wall, at each end, the width of two planks including the tongue plus the space needed (3/8” or ½”) for expansion.                                     

  2. Spread the Adhesive using the proper trowel, hold the trowel at a 45° angle and spread adhesive evenly by applying pressure.                                                                                                                          

  3. Install the first row of starter planks with the tongue facing the starter wall.                                        

  4. Once completed the first two starter rows, spread adhesive several feet across the length of the room.                                                                                                                                                                  

  5. Continue to install planks and push them into place by placing the tongue of the board into the grooves of installed boards and press into the adhesive. Remember to have a minimum space of 6 inches between end joints. Also, to prevent a patterned appearance, install plank with  random various length.                                                                                                                                                   

  6. To save time, remove the adhesive from the surface of the installed flooring while working using a damp cloth with water or mineral spirits should remove the adhesive. However, DO NOT use water to remove Urethane adhesives from the finish.                                                                               

  7. Once approaching the end wall, remember to leave an expansion space , thus, it may be necessary to cut the width of the ending planks.                                                                                         

  8. Wait at least 8 hours before stepping on the wooden flooring and allow a minimum of one day before moving furniture onto the floor.                                                                                                                   

  9. Clean off any adhesive residues from the flooring using a lightly wet cloth. But, if it is  urethane adhesive, use urethane adhesive remover.                                                                                                    

  10. At the end of the installation, roll and cross roll floor with a 100 to 150 lb roller  to ensure proper transfer of adhesive.                                                                                                                                         

  11. Lastly check the floor for any scratches, gaps, or any other problem that may have occurred during installation. 

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