Flooring

Hardwood Flooring – all installations

  • Install flooring in normal proper Lighting.
  • Save a box of flooring for future repairs.
  • Do not install in full bathrooms or areas with steam.
  • Inspect subfloor for flatness, squeaks, and moisture.
  • Do not install this product over radiant heat systems.
  • Do not install this product below-grade or in basements.
  • Avoid board grouping, board sizes should be intermingled.
  • Use breathable materials like paper when protecting a newly installed floor.
  • Inspect flooring during installation, select out boards have milling and finish defects.
  • The customer is advised to be home during the installation for consultation/direction.
  • Customer and installer should discuss installation and layout to maximize satisfaction.
  • It is helpful to save the item number found on the packaging box ends for future references.
  • Jobsite subfloors can be dry today and wet tomorrow the use of moisture barriers is highly recommended.
  • Floor should be installed from several cartons at the same time to ensure good color, shade and appearance.
  • Do not install flooring under permanent or fixed cabinetry (should the cabinetry or flooring need to be removed in the future)
  • An expansion space must be left around the perimeter and at all vertical obstructions. This space is normally the same as the thickness of the new flooring. For example; 1/2″ flooring requires 1/2″ expansion.

Installation Tips

Prefinished solid wood domestic products are typically installed using standard flooring nailers or staplers. While Professional installers may have their own personal preferences, both types work well. The harder, denser exotics tend to nail more efficiently using thinner 18ga cleat nails. Some species will tend to be very hard while others can be somewhat brittle during nailing. These are natural variations and characteristics within species that can affect time and workability, not considered a manufacture defect. Solid wood floors can be glued down to concrete using a recommended Bostik or Mapei moisture barrier adhesive. Flooring can also be installed as a floating floor over concrete when using the Elastilon Underlayment Installation System and a 6mil plastic moisture barrier, This flooring is not intended for below-grade or radiant heat applications, engineered or laminate floating floors (flooring not attached to the substrate) are most recommended. Approved underlayments can be applied under this flooring to meet the needs of customers, building specifiers and condominium associations desiring a quieter and warmer floor.

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