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Uniclic Plank Installation Guide

The installer and/or end-user is fully responsible for thoroughly inspecting each plank of flooring prior to installing. If a plank is questionable in any way, such as its structure, color, texture, stability, or any other aspect, do not install it! We cannot be responsible for any defects once the plank has been installed. Due to the detailed curvature of the click-lock mechanism, the subfloor’s levelness needs to be within 3/16” in a 10’ radius for best results. The Manufacturer also requires at least a ¼” expansion space along all edges of the flooring, which includes the outer perimeter of the floor, where the flooring meets obstacles, and against cabinets. Ensure that the floor can freely expand and contract without being pinned down by permanent fixtures, such as cabinets, heavy furniture, or baseboards that are installed too tightly on top of the flooring. And while the luxury vinyl plank is waterproof, it cannot function as a moisture barrier, proper waterproofing should be enacted to protect the home from moisture issues.

 

Preparation & Site Requirements:

  1. Jobsite conditions are beyond the control and responsibility of the Manufacturer.

  2. Inspect each piece before installing and do not install any questionable/objectionable pieces.

  3. Crawl spaces below flooring must be properly ventilated and covered with black polyethylene film

  4. Room temperature in the home, before, during, and after installation needs to be consistent with normal living conditions. (approximately 65-75 degrees and 30 to 50% humidity levels). HVAC systems should be operational and have the temperature maintained between 65°F to 80°F for at least a week prior to flooring being delivered.

  5. Lay boxes flat on the subfloor, no more than six cartons high at all times. Improper storage can result in bowing.

  6. Acclimate the flooring in the boxes for at least 48hrs. Keep away from direct sunlight, heat sources, and in-floor vents during acclimation.

  7. Vinyl flooring can be susceptible to thermal degradation if subjected to long periods of direct exposure to excessive heat and sunlight. Use of shades/blinds/drapes, or other window treatments are suggested to avoid exposing the floor to extreme sunlight conditions.

  8. Subfloor must be clean, structurally sound/tight, and visibly dry.

  9. The floor must be flat to within a 3/16” in 10’ radius tolerance.

  10. Acceptable Substrates include; Concrete Slab, Sheet Vinyl, Ceramic Tile, CDX Grade Plywood, OSB (3/4” Min), Underlayment grade Particleboard, and existing Hardwood or Laminate floors.

  11. Plan your layout to allow for a ¼” expansion space from all vertical obstructions

  12. Dry lay several cartons of flooring to get a feel for color and surface variations and to make sure the floor meets the end-users satisfaction. Claims for color, surface, and grain variations cannot be accepted once the floor is installed.

  13. If color-coordinated molding is to be used, first select panels that best match the available molding and make sure these panels are installed adjacent to the molding.

  14. For floating installations: this flooring cannot be glued, nailed, screwed, or otherwise fixed or attached (e.g. door stopper, closet track) to the subfloor in any way. It must have room to expand and contract freely. Windows and sliding glass doors should have proper cover to prevent intense sunlight from over-heating the flooring resulting in excessive expansion or shock to the floor. T-Moldings are required for large spaces or connected areas greater than 30 feet in any one direction when being installed as a floating floor, typically these "breaks" are placed at doorways or hallway entrances.

  15. A glue-down installation method works best in areas with direct sunlight exposure to prevent curling and seam peaking. Expansion breaks for 30-foot areas are not required when gluing the flooring planks to the subfloor

  16. Do not install in wet areas like patios and showers, or exterior areas. Do not install in boats or other moving vehicles.

  17. Gapping and buckling can develop if expansion space, t-moldings, and temperature requirements are not followed.

  18. Luxury Vinyl Plank is waterproof. However, in the event of a flood or significant water leaks, the planks should be removed to allow the subfloor to thoroughly dry before reinstalling (floating applications).

  19. Caution: Moisture intrusions from concrete hydrostatic pressure, flooding, or plumbing leaks, along with high levels of alkalinity, can affect floor coverings over time. Moisture can also be trapped below the flooring and create mildew or mold. The installer – not the manufacturer – is responsible for making sure that the site conditions are appropriate prior to the installation of flooring materials.

  20. Wood subfloors should be moisture tested with an appropriate wood moisture meter, and the results must be no more than 12% on average. Test the subfloor moisture in several locations. Higher readings indicate a moisture concern that needs to be corrected before installation can begin.

  21. New concrete subflooring should be cured for at least 60 days prior to installation.

    1. A moisture test is strongly recommended. Acceptable tests are ASTM F1869 Calcium Chloride test, or ASTM F2170 using in situ probes, to test the humidity of the slab. Slabs with moisture levels exceeding 3lbs per 1000sqft using the Calcium Chloride test, or over 75% when using the RH test, must have an appropriate moisture barrier installed between the concrete and flooring.

  22. This flooring can be floated over existing clean, flat, dry, and well bonded/secured tile flooring, vinyl flooring, and hardwood flooring that has a “wood” subfloor underneath. *Any existing wood flooring glued to concrete substrates must be removed prior to the installation of this flooring.

    • Do not install this flooring over cushioned vinyl flooring, or any existing floating floor products

    • All carpeting and padding must be removed before laying LVP flooring.

    • Existing sheet vinyl, VCT, LVT, ceramic tile, and terrazzo installed must meet flatness requirements.

  23. This flooring can only be glued down to existing flooring that is properly prepped and approved by the adhesive manufacturer.

  24. Proper acclimation of the room, substrate, flooring material, adhesive, and all installation accessories are critical to the success of long term flooring performance. Installation over cold substrates will interfere with product dimensions by affecting the size of the floor and increase the potential for indentation, joint fracture, or separation. The substrate temperature must be between 65°F and 85ºF (18ºC and 29ºC) at the time of installation

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