Installation Instructions

Vinyl Floor:

Read Completely Before Starting Installation

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

These floating floor products are inspected for quality before being packed and shipped.

Nevertheless, a final job site inspection of your flooring must be preformed 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 150-300C and a humidity range of 30-70% is recommended.

VINYL should never be exposed to surface temperatures greater than 420C. It is

most important that you install the flooring once you open the cartons, recommended within 2-3

hours. Do not leave cartons opened nor store directly on concrete or near outside walls.

The Effect of Moisture, Humidity and Extreme Weather Conditions LAMINATE

Laminate flooring will expand when exposed to moisture and humidity, and contract if subject to

prolonged dry heat.

  • It is the responsibility of the installer and the owner to ensure an effective moisture barrier

is installed to prevent moisture ingress from below.

  • 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 all directions.

While VINYL floors are waterproof, they will still contract and expand according

to extreme weather conditions. Therefore, appropriate expansion gaps must be installed.

General Installation Notes

  • When possible, pre-select and set aside boards that blend best with all floor beadings,

skirting boards or mounted mouldings used, to ensure a uniform final appearance of the


  • Be attentive to staggering the ends of boards in adjacent rows. They should be staggered

at mid point when the boards are equal length. When installing boards of random length,

ensure that the staggered length is at least 20cm. This will help ensure a more favourable

overall appearance of the floor.

The Importance of Expansion Gaps

Expansion Gaps are essential as a floating floor must be allowed to move as a “raft”. If the raft

is too big for the space in which it is laid, the floor has nowhere to move and will potentially result

in cupping, peaking and gapping. Floors laid without an appropriate expansion gap will not be

covered under warranty.

  • Internal expansion gaps – Installations exceeding 30Mx15M

in width or length will require an internal expansion gap using a Z-Profile or T-moulding.

If the floor is bigger than this, it will have too much weight and not be able to move as


  • Perimeter expansion gaps – Should be a minimum of 10mm for VINYL floors around the perimeter of the floating floor to allow it to move naturally. Scotia and beading will adequately cover perimeter expansion gaps. In the case of larger raft sizes for VINYL floors, the expansion gap should be at least 12-15mm.
  • Always allow a minimum 10-15mm expansion gap around all vertical obstructions such as

kitchen islands. 5mm is acceptable for VINYL and can be caulked with a flexible filler.

  • All doorways and adjoining rooms should have expansion joints. Door frames need to be undercut to allow movement of the floating floor raft.

Subfloor Preparation


Ensure 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.


Ensure that your subfloor is clean, flat, smooth and level. 3mm+/- over 1 meter must be levelled.

Correct any changes in height difference and ensure that the levelling compound has cured prior

to starting your installation.

Underlay Requirements

Underlays thicker than 1.5mm are unsuitable for these products as it will cause too much deflection,

potentially weakening the locking system

Preparing to Install

  1. Clean and sweep.
  2. Let the opened packages of flooring lie flat on the floor for at least 24-48 hours in the room

in which the floor is to be installed.

  1. Check door and door frame clearances to ensure that doors will move freely without

contacting the floor surface.

  1. Although floating floors can be installed in any direction, as a rule, they are usually installed

perpendicular to a window. Installing the floor parallel to the longest wall tends to make a

room appears larger. You will get better results by laying two or three rows in advance to get

an eye pleasing distribution of the plank.

Vinyl flooring is not recommended for use outdoors, in saunas or solariums. Do not install in room that will not be in a controlled environment all year round. Vinyl flooring exposed

to sunrays for long periods will be damaged. Protect your vinyl floor by adding curtains or blinds.

Please note that light color variations and minor gloss level differences are considered to be normal

from one production to another, and therefore cannot be considered as a defect.

  1. First plank, first row. Place a spacer 10-15mm thickness to the left and position the

plank against the wall with spacers of 10-15mm.

  1. Second plank, first row. Press the short end of the next floorboard at an angle to the

first one, then lay down. Complete the first row. The boards can also be lightly tapped

up without lifting.

  1. At the end of the first row, place a spacer 10-15mm to the wall and cut the length of

the last plank to fit.

  1. Cut with a Saw, Knife, or Guillotine for vinyls with the

decor turned down.

  1. Second row, First plank. Minimum length 300mm. Place a spacer against the wall.
  2. Minimum distance between the short ends of planks in parallel shall not be less than


  1. Place a floorboard at an angle against the floorboard in the previous row, press

forward and fold down at the same time. A rubber mallet and tapping block may

be necessary.

  1. Second plank, second row. Place the short end of the floorboard at an angle against

the previously installed floorboard. Fold down. The boards can also be tapped up

without lifting.

  1. Lift floorboard (together with the previously installed floorboard in the same row)

lightly up (about 30mm) and push it against the row in front. Push down when the

floorboards are positioned tightly together.

  1. After 2-3rows adjust the distance to the front wall by placing spacers 10-15mm.
  2. If the wall is uneven the floorboards must be adapted to its contours. Mark the

floorboards with the contour of the wall. Do not forget to leave a 10-15mm space

to the wall.

  1. To remove the first row, lift the floorboards a few centimeters and tap along the joint.

Cut the floorboards as required.

  1. Reinstall the first row from left to right. Press the boards against the edges of the floorboards that are already in position, with the first strip.
  2. Last row. Minimum width 30mm. Remember, the space to the wall is 10-15mm.

TIP! Place a spacer before measuring. Cut the panels lengthwise and install.