Installation instructions LVT CLICK (PDF)
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS LVT Click
Please ensure that the products are completely suitable for the planned use before beginning work – claims cannot be made for goods that have been cut or laid.
Our design floorings undergo a strict quality control procedure that guarantees high-quality standards. If, contrary to all expectations, material problems should be identified on site, these are to be notified before cutting to size and laying. Claims for obvious defects (e.g. colour variations, differences in thicknesses, surface defects, insufficient accuracy of fit etc.) cannot be accepted after laying. If a number of packages of design flooring are being used the contents should be checked for batch-to-batch variation before cutting and laying. When ordering it is imperative that reference be made to the need for a consistent colour-matched delivery with no batch variation. For the installation of our design flooring the national standards and guidelines, technical instructions and accepted rules of the field apply:
- The execution of floor-covering work is construction work within the terms of the German Construction Contract Procedures (VOB) in line with VOB Part C DIN 18365 ‘Flooring Work’
- The minimum requirements of the subfloor in line with the technical regulations in DIN 18560, particularly in Germany the following: BEB publication ‘Assessment and preparation of substrates - installation of resilient and textile floor-coverings’ / DIN 18202 ‘Tolerances in building construction’ / Sanitär – Heizung – Klima ZV publication ‘Interface coordination with heated floor constructions’
Before choosing the appropriate floor-covering it is always necessary to know the on-site type of use and existing subfloor in order to select the right and proper flooring. The subfloor must be even, clean, sufficiently dry, free of dust and cracks, and sufficiently load-bearing. The floor layer should, in particular, register concern if these conditions are not met. Further causes for concern are also: insufficiently firm or too porous and rough surface of the subfloor | Lack of cleanliness of the subfloor, e.g. because of oil, wax, varnish, etc. | Incorrect height of the surface in relation to the height of the construction elements | Lack of protrusion of edge insulation strip | Lack of marking of measurement points with heated floor constructions | Lack of joint plan (Source: Commentary to DIN 18365 Flooring work). Furthermore an appropriate subfloor temperature and interior climatic conditions should be assured.
With existing underfloor heating there should be an appropriate heating protocol to ensure the subfloor is ready for the installation of the flooring. Here EN 1264-2 (Underfloor Heating Systems and Components) must also be observed. With underfloor heating floor temperatures of between 18°C and 22°C are to be observed. In the winter months the underfloor heating should be kept at a low temperature for at least 72 hours before the floor-covering is laid, during laying, and for at least 72 hours after laying (see surface temperatures). Rapid or distinct changes in temperature can cause gaps or warping in the flooring.
LAYING THE FLOORING
Priming is always recommended on mineral subfloors in order to bind dust and particle matter. Before laying the click design flooring the room is to be measured and assessed in terms of laying direction and starting point.
We recommend the use of our click underlay, which not only has a noise-mitigating and heat-insulating effect but also compensates for slight subfloor irregularities and impurities without adverse consequences. The use of click underlay is imperative with the following subfloors: parquet, laminate, ceramic tiles (with joints of max. 5 mm width and 2 mm depth), PVC-floorings and flat stone floors. The "sticky" surface significantly reduces vertical movement to the subfloor. The underlay is used transverse to the planks.
Installation of our click design flooring should begin at the longest wall. It should be ensured that the wall is straight in order to allow true and straight laying of the design flooring. Laying then continues row by row. Care should be taken that the elements are closely abutted so that the mechanical interlocking system closes cleanly and tightly. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding unnecessary division of the floor-covering in the areas of the doorways and main circulation flows.
To allow for temperature variations an edge joint (between 5 & 10mm) must always be maintained. This is to avoid warping and buckling caused by expansion of the flooring.
Cut edges of the floor-covering should not be fitted too close to the walls, protruding structures or profiles so as to avoid later deformation of the floor-covering caused by material-specific dimensional movement.
INTERIOR CLIMATIC CONDITIONS
The floor-covering must adapt to the room temperature before laying. This requires at least 24 hours acclimation. For installation the room air temperature must not be less than 18°C and temperature of the subfloor not less than 15°C and not more than 25°C. These climatic conditions are to be maintained for at least 48 hours before laying the flooring, during installation, and also for at least 72 hours after the flooring has been completed. Larger changes in room temperature are to be undertaken gradually in accordance with the usual room climate conditions. In the acclimatisation phase not more than 4-5 packets should be placed on top of one another and gaps should be left to the sides.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
Our floor-coverings are provided with a resilient polyurethane surface treatment. This protective surface is important during transportation, but is also effective against potential damage, soiling or staining by impurities during and after the construction phase. After installation work has been completed, final construction cleaning must be carried out. Routine maintenance can involve sweeping, vacuuming or damp mopping. For heavy soiling please use one of the recommended PU-cleaners from our Cleaning and Maintenance Recommendations.
All staining and aggressive substances must be immediately removed from the surface.
Installation instructions LVT CLICK (PDF)