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Eucalyptus Floating Floor Installation Guidelines.

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Hardwood flooring is a beautiful and unique product of nature, which is characterized by distinctive variations in grain and colour. These natural variations in colour and grain are not flaws, but are a part of the natural beauty and uniqueness of hardwood flooring. These inherent variations should be expected and serve to enhance the natural beauty and enduring charm. Style Plantation floors are manufactured in accordance with accepted industry standards, which permit a defect tolerance not to exceed 5%. The defects may be of a manufacturing or natural type.

All installed boards will be considered as accepted by the installer and/or homeowner. Any defects should be reported to the wholesaler or retailer immediately for inspection and/or replacement. We cannot accept responsibility for flooring installed with visible defects.

General precautions

WOODLAND™ Range - Strandwoven Eucalyptus Flooring products are inspected for quality before packaging and shipping. Nevertheless, a final jobsite inspection of your flooring should be performed for grade, colour, finish and quality. Ensure adequate lighting for proper inspection. Room temperature and humidity of the installation area should be consistent with normal, year-round living conditions for at least a week before installation.

Room temperature of 15°- 30°C and a humidity range of 30-70% is recommended. It is most important that you install the flooring immediately after you open the cartons, without waiting for several hours or days. Do not store directly on concrete or near outside walls.

General installation notes

ALL STRANDWOVEN EUCALYPT AND WOODEN FLOORS REACT TO HUMIDITY AND MOISTURE. It is the responsibility of the installer and the owner to install an effective moisture barrier and to maintain correct moisture and humidity percentages.

  • The humidity of a room can vary due to many factors – the change of seasons for example. The floor must be able to expand and contract in all directions.
  • This Strandwoven Eucalypt flooring is of natural origin and may have slight variations in shade and grain. It should be installed from several cartons at the same time to ensure good colour and shade mixture.
  • When possible, pre-select and set aside boards that blend best with all floor beadings, skirting boards or mounted mouldings used to assure a uniform final appearance. Install these boards adjoining the mouldings.
  • Be attentive to staggering the ends of boards in adjacent rows. They should be staggered at mid point when the boards are of equal length. Any installation requiring the flooring to exceed 8 metres in width or length will require an expansion or T-moulding. All doorways and adjoining rooms should have expansion joints.
  • Always allow a minimum 10-12mm expansion around all vertical obstructions.

Installation Tools

Power Tools: Table Saw, Electric Mitre Saw, Band Saw, Chop Saw, Power Jamb Saw, or Jig Saw

Other Tools & Materials: Broom and dust pan or Vacuum, Tape Measure, Moisture meter (wood, concrete or both), Chalk line & chalk, 3M Blue Tape ,Hand saw, Hammer, Rubber mallet, Tapping bloc, Pry bar, Filler stick and Touch-up marker, Hardwood Floor Cleaner.

Subfloor preparation

CONCRETE

  1. Ensure that your subfloor is clean, flat, smooth and level. Height differences of more than 3mm +/- over 1 metre must be levelled. Correct any changes in height difference and ensure that the levelling compound has cured prior to starting your installation.
  2. Lay Dunlop Thermacoustic Underlay – www.dunlopflooring.com or another approved underlay), taping the edges together using wide adhesive tape.WOOD AND OTHER SURFACES
  1. Ensure that your subfloor is clean, flat, smooth and level. Height differences of more than 3mm +/- over 1 metre must be levelled. Correct any changes in height difference and ensure that the levelling compound has cured prior to starting your installation.
  2. Lay Dunlop Thermacoustic Underlay – www.dunlopflooring.com (or another approved underlay) taping the edges together using wide adhesive tape, but do not overlap the edges.

Preparing to install

  1. Clean and sweep.
  2. Let the opened packages of flooring lie flat on the floor in the room in which the floor is to be installed.
  3. Check door and door frame clearances to ensure that doors will move freely without contacting the Strandwoven Eucalypt surface.
  4. Although a Style Plantation WOODLAND™ Range - Strandwoven Eucalypt Flooring floor can be installed in any direction, as a rule, Strandwoven Eucalypt floors are usually installed perpendicular to a window. Installing the floor parallel to the longest wall tends to make a room appear larger. You will get better results by laying two or three rows of Style Plantation Strandwoven Eucalypt in advance to get an eye pleasing distribution of the floorboard/s.

Installation

  1. Measure the room carefully to determine if it is square, and to calculate the width of the last row. For floorboard/ss less than 50mm in width, re-cutting the first row will be necessary to ensure stability (do not include the tongue of a floorboard/s in your measurements, as all exposed tongues must be removed from the perimeter of the floor – i.e. the first row of floorboard/ss). Should you have an irregular wall for the first row, the floorboard/s must be cut to follow the wall’s irregularities.
  2. When preparing to saw a floorboard/s (use safety glasses), always ensure that the decorative surface of the floorboard/s is facing down.
  3. Starting in one corner of the room, the flooring should be installed from left to right, with the tongue sides facing the walls. Place spacers between the floorboard/s and the wall (spacers provide the necessary space required for expansion around the perimeter of the floor). It is especially important to leave at least 10-12mm free around the entire floor. To ensure stability, the floorboard/ss at the end of each row must not be shorter than 300mm. If your last floorboard/s is shorter than 300mm, it is advised to re-cut the first floorboard/s in the row. The remainder of the floorboard/s from your first row can be used as the first floorboard/s of the next row. Stagger the floorboard/ss by cutting the first floorboard/s of every other row in half. The pattern will then be repeated until the opposite wall is reached.
  4. When laying the floorboard/ss for the first row, place the first floorboard/s flat and against the spacers. The next floorboard/s being laid must be elevated at a slight angle to allow the “click” to slip into the groove of the first floorboard/s. Once flat, push and gently tap the floorboard/ss together using a rubber mallet until they click in tight.
  5. For the second and consecutive rows, elevate the floorboard/s on the long side at a slight angle to allow the “click” to slip into the groove. The next floorboard/s should be laid the same way, this time with the “click” on the left side of the floorboard/s falling just next to the previous floorboard/s. Once flat, you can tap the floorboard/ss together until they click in tight.
  6. When you reach the final row, place a loose panel precisely on the last laid panel. Place another panel on top, but with its edge 10-12mm from the wall. Trace a cutting line along the middle panel and saw it along that line.
  7. Lay the panel you cut and ease it into position. Insert spacers between the wall and the last panel laid to be sure there is a 10-12mm expansion gap.
  8. To pass obstacles through the floor (pipes, radiator mounts), use a pencil to trace the position for drilling. Find the centre and then drill, using a big enough bit to leave 10-12mm peripheral play. Cut the strip in two (saw through the centre of the drilled hole), allowing the strip to be re-assembled around the pipe. If the obstacle is on the long side of a strip, cut it in a trapezoid shape, otherwise a straight cut would be best.
  9. When going from one room to the other, make sure to separate the rooms with a transition moulding. The floor is ready for use as soon as it is laid.

Finishing

  1. Remove the spacers.
  2. Cover the expansion joints around the perimeter of the floor with baseboard mouldings and/or quarter rounds. If a vapour barrier was used, do not forget to fold the polyethylene film along the edge of the walls under the baseboards and/or quarter rounds. Fit these products to the walls without attaching them to the floor.
  3. Install the T-mouldings to hide the expansion gaps where needed (doorways, more than 8 metres, etc.).
  4. Any remaining boards can be kept for several years, stored flat in a moisture-free area. Furniture can be put back in position right away.

Maintenance

Your Strandwoven Eucalypt floor is designed with low maintenance in mind. Follow these simple steps to achieve many years of enjoyment from your floor:

  • Sweep or vacuum as often as necessary to remove any loose dirt or grit.
  • Use protective mats at all exterior entrances. Do not use rubber-based mats as the rubber may leach into the Strandwoven Eucalypt.
  • Use felt protectors under heavy pieces of furniture.
  • Never slide or roll furniture or appliances across your floor. Protect the surface if using a trolley to move heavy objects.
  • Spiked heels or shoes in need of repair can severely damage your floor. In areas of excessive traffic and wear, make use of runners or area rugs.
  • Damp mop only – avoid excessive amounts of water. Steam mops must not be used. If a spill occurs, soak up the bulk liquid promptly.
  • Never use oil, soap, wax or other household products to clean your floor.
  • Keep animal nails trimmed.
  • Maintain relative humidity levels between 30% and 70%.