When installing this hardwood flooring system, it is very important to allow for expansion and contraction of the product. Our product utilizes solid hardwood in the manufacturing process, which provides the end users with something unique versus the plywood systems offered by other companies. Since the product is comprised of solid hardwood, it is critical to evaluate the environment in which the product will be installed and anticipate the reaction the floor will have to that environment. We specify ¼” for every ten foot of width on both sides of the floor (minimum ½”). The different clip sizes will allow our customers to anticipate the reaction of the floor based on the geographic location of the installation.
It takes approx. 4 people to install 1,500 sq. ft. in a 10 hour day.
Before laying, doors and windows should be installed. Heating and ventilation system should be in operational conditions. Do not unwrap boards until laying is ready to commence!
Ensure that concrete subfloors contain less than 5lbs moisture content. All subfloor should be clean and level to 1/8” deviation in 10 feet.
Inspect each piece of flooring prior to installation. When possible, use any substandard planks as cut pieces along walls.
Moisture barrier - 6 mil plastic liner is required for installing the flooring on an on grade concrete slab. This will protect the wood from any slab moisture. Lay the plastic directly on the concrete.
Laying a foam pad is recommended. The pad must be 1/2" thick, 2 lb. density foam. The foam gives a cushion affect and allows dance instructors to teach longer hours.
Expansion gaps must be left along the wall. Leave proper expansion gaps at perimeter of room. ¼” for every 10’ in width, 1/8” per 10’ in length.
Always start the installation along a long straight wall and lead with the tongue and the long end of the clip.
Use an average of 8 clips 12’ plank. The clips should be approx. 18 inches apart. Clips must be placed a maximum of 5” away from sidewalls.
When laying a new row of boards, begin with the offcut from the end of the previous row so the boards are placed in an irregular pattern. Stagger all plank head joints by at least 18” to create random pattern.
The end of the clip with a hole/holes is hammered (use a mallet) into the groove on the back of the board.
The free end of the clip should point in the direction of the tongue, which is also the laying direction.
The next board (with clips already fixed) is tipped into its place. The boards are glued in end joints but NEVER in longitudinal joints.
When the first 2-3 boards have been laid, you may stand on the flooring during the continuing laying process.
When the last board is laid it must be glued to the adjacent full board along its length. This board is the only exception to the rule of never applying glue in the longitudinal joints.
The last board is fitted with a small crowbar or joint puller. Carefully tap the joint with a hammer and the two boards will push together. Take care not to damage the wall.
Now you can lay the reducer or skirting if necessary to finish the job.
Now, you have a beautiful new dance floor. Enjoy!
*All this information is intended to be helpful. We are not responsible for any losses due to installation problems.