1.The floorboards are installed as floating floor.
2.Laying does not take much time or require special skills.
3.”Floor in a day” is not a sales gimmick, but the real thing – the floor may be used immediately after it has been laid.
How can you make it? The floorboards can be laid on any a dry, clean, stable and flat surface. Any unevenness of more than 2 mm per metre (found by taking measurement with a measuring staff) must be levelled before floorlaying. Subfloor humidity must be checked as well; it should be as follows for different subfloor types: concrete – 2%, wood – 8%, anhydrite – 0.5%. Floorboards should be stored in packaging for at least 48 hours in a room, in which the flooring will be laid. Before installation, unpack the boards and take notice of the natural grain and colour of the boards, which will allow you to figure out the appearance of the whole floor.
The following tools are necessary to lay flooring from the board:
1.hammer (500 g),
3.wooden rule or measuring tape,
4.fine-toothed hand or electric saw,
Natural materials are recommended for underlay:
Firstly, you should choose the direction, in which floorboards will be laid, taking consideration of the shape of the room and its insolation. We recommend laying the floor along the longer side of a room. When the direction is chosen, measure the width of the room. Deduct the width of expansion gaps (usually 2 x 10 mm) from the measured width and divide the resulting value by 207 mm, i.e. the width of one board. It will allow you to calculate how many rows of board must be install and how to cut off the last row of boards. If the last row of boards is to be narrower than 70 mm, you should also cut off the first row.
Begin installation of the floor with laying of mats, with edges in contact with each other.
The first row of floorboards should be laid with tongues pointing to the wall. Floorboards are to be joined starting from the front, sliding them into one another in parallel; you can use a hammer and floorboard press. After the first row of boards is installed, place wooden wedges between floorboards and the wall to maintain an expansion joint.
Start laying another row of floorboards with a floorboard section that is a leftover from the first row unless it is shorter than 50 cm. Insert the tongue of a lifted floorboard section into a groove and
press it down with the hand in the floor direction. To finish, slightly hammer down the installed board with the hitting block to the previously laid row of floorboards. Install another board in much the same way, maintaining a 2-3 cm distance between the fronts. Hammer down the board from its shorter side with the hammer and floorboard press, joining the fronts of floorboards.
Use the floorboard press to press lengthwise every subsequent row of boards from the front – to remove gaps on front joints. Insert pressing wedges into gaps along walls.
A t t e n t i o n : Do not use clamping belts when installing the floor.
If there is an obstacle to be surrounded by floorboards (central heating piping, for example), mark a fragment on the floorboard that is to be removed, cut it out properly and install the floorboard. Remember to leave an expansion gap.
Measure precisely the last row of floorboards before installation. If it is too wide, floorboards must be cut narrow; cut off a part of the floorboard with the tongue. After it is fitted to the other floorboards, press it with the use of the floorboard press to remove the gap between the laid floorboards. Leave an expansion gap, at least 10 mm wide, along the walls. Put the blocking wedges into the expansion gap.
After the floor has been laid, remove the blocking wedges and cover the gap with a decorative skirting board.
The newly laid floor may be used immediately after skirting boards are installed.
When installing floorboards, remember that the maximum floor area with expansion gaps left exclusively along the walls is approx. 50 sq m (8 m lengthwise and 7 m crosswise) – additional expansion gaps are required for larger areas. Noises audible when using the floor are a natural characteristic of wooden floors and cannot be taken as ground for claims. Varied colouring is a natural characteristic of wood and cannot be taken as ground for claims.
The floor must not be laid in unheated rooms or in open air. The greatest threat to a wooden floor is posed by water and sand. To protect the floor against these destructive forces, doormats should be laid at the entrance to a flat or house. Furniture pedestals and other furniture parts exerting pressure onto the floor should be protected with felt pads (they should not be fixed with nails). When using office furniture, for example castor chairs, remember to provide roll-stop protective mats.
Wooden boards must be checked (before and during installation of the floor) for any possible defects. Laying a floor from defective boards will void any guarantee-covered claims. Boards with defects discovered before installation may be claimed. Claims are processed by a point of sale.