RESIDENTIAL D.I.Y. FLOATING FLOOR
May 2015 Page 1
All instructions and recommendations are based on the most recent information available. They should be followed for
an ideal installation.
1. Install flooring perpendicular to direct sunlight sources, including large windows, door walls, etc.
2. This item should be installed in an indoor, climate-controlled location between 65°—85° F (18°—29° C). It should
NEVER be installed outdoors.
3. This item must be acclimated in climate-controlled locations at 71°F for 24—48 hours before starting installation.
Store cartons lying flat at all times and protect from direct sunlight during acclimation.
4. This item should only be installed after the jobsite has been cleaned and cleared of debris that could potentially
damage a finished plank installation.
5. During the installation, mix and install planks from several different cartons to minimize shade variation.
6. The finished plank installation should be protected from exposure to direct sunlight.
7. This item cannot be installed with adhesives. The use of any sort of adhesive during the installation will void the
** Improper acclimation of floating Luxury vinyl flooring may result in gapping, buckling or joints which are difficult to
engage properly. Improper locking of the mechanism may cause one or more of the following conditions in your flooring:
joints to be distressed resulting in a ‘peaked’ appearance; delamination due to ledging; separation of joints from normal
environmental temperature changes; cupping or side joint failures.
Utility knife with sharp blades
20 ounce white rubber mallet
5/16” spacer blocks (several needed)
Small bristle brush for cleaning debris from locking mechanism
Felt-tip marker (fine point)
Although this floor is designed to be a “floating” floor installation, proper preparation of the subfloor is still a major part of
a successful installation. Roughness of unevenness of the subfloor may telegraph through the new floor resulting in an
unsightly surface, excessive wear on high areas, indentations on low areas, and failure of locking mechanism on high and
low areas. All subfloor and underlayment patching must be done with a non-shrinking, water resistant cement-based
patching or leveling compound.
A. Concrete Subfloors
1. Concrete subfloors must be dry, smooth and free from dust, solvent, paint, wax, grease, oil, asphalt
sealing compounds and other extraneous materials. The surface must be hard, dense and free from
powder or flaking.
2. Floors must be flat to within 3/16” in 10 feet before installing floating flooring.