- Check that the tongue and groove edges are free of damage and debris, DO NOT install planks that are damaged or with debris on the tongue or in the groove. This is an important step to ensure that the panels will fit securely, lay flat and to avoid damaging the planks during and after the installation.
- The flooring must be installed from several boxes to ensure a blend of colour and design, all end joints must be staggered at least 8” (200mm) for strength and stability.
- DURAfusion® can be cut with a fine tooth multipurpose saw blade, a guillotine cutter or it can be scored with a utility knife and snapped, for curved and L-cuts use a fine tooth hand saw or jigsaw.
- Below and on grade concrete installations require a 6mil polyethylene vapour barrier with a 150mm (6”) overlap on all joints, all seams must be sealed with Tuck tape or equivalent.
- The flooring should be installed parallel with the longest wall, since walls are often not straight and rooms are not square, use care in putting down the first row of flooring, use a chalk-line as a guide to ensure the first row is straight and scribe the first row to the wall if necessary. Use blocks or wedges to align the first row to the chalk line. It is very important that the first row is straight, do not fasten the first row to the floor (Fig.1).
- Measure the row before laying the first panel and cut the first panel according to the length required for the last panel, ensure that the last panel is a minimum of 8” (20cm) (Fig.2). Install the first row by laying the first panel in the left-hand corner of the room with the tongue facing the wall allowing a 5.5mm (1/4″) around the perimeter of the room and at all vertical surfaces, ensure to include the tongue in the measurement when allowing for the gap, lock the ends of the panels together until the first row is finished (Fig.3&4).
- Continue to lay each remaining panel by folding the length of the panel first. DO NOT use a hammer or tapping block to install the planks. (Fig.3)
- Fold and place the end joint in the locking position, ensure that the joints are flat and free of damage or debris. (Fig.4).
- Stagger joints so a random pattern is generated, the flooring must be installed from several boxes to ensure a blend of colour and design, all end joints must be staggered at least 8” (200mm) for strength and stability.
- When you have reached the final row, you will need to measure the width of the final planks. You may need to rip the planks to match the width of the remaining space, a minimum of 4” is recommended.
- After the floor has been cleaned, inspect the floor for damage, scratches, gaps, or planks that may have moved during installation, replace or repair any planks that have may been damaged.
CARE & MAINTENACE
DURAfusion® UV cured polyurethane finish does not require coatings and will protect your floor for many years, follow the precautions below.
- Exposure to direct sunlight can result in the product fading and creates excessive heat directly on the finished flooring and surrounding structure, which may result in movement. During peak sunlight exposure, the use of drapes or other window treatments are required.
- Use plywood or other protective material to cover the top of the flooring when moving heavy furniture or appliance into position.
- Use non-staining, flat surface teflon/felt protectors not less than 2” in diameter for legs of heavy appliances and furniture. Use proper floor protectors on all chairs, remove all small diameter buttons from legs of chairs and replace with teflon/felt protectors not less than 1” in diameter. Examine the protectors periodically, check for debris or wear and make sure the surface is smooth, do not drag items across your floor.
- Use only rolling type casters approved for use on hard surface flooring, such as neoprene or urethane castor wheels, these precautions may reduce scratches and indentations from appearing on your floor.
- Use walk off mats at all room entrances, do not use rubber or latex back mats, certain chemicals in the backing can stain vinyl, use non-staining vinyl mats or woven rugs that are colorfast.
- Do not expose floor to frequent standing water as this could damage a plywood or OSB subfloor, wipe up all spills quickly.
- For cleaning, thoroughly sweep, vacuum and damp mop with a neutral cleaner as per the manufacturer recommendations.
- For heavily soiled floors, damp mop with a neutral cleaner as per the manufacturer recommendations, a white scrub brush or a white nylon pad may be used to loosen dirt. For best results, continue to rinse the brush or pad throughout the cleaning process.
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