SPC by American Luxury Vinyl is designed to be installed as a “floating” floor. Do not secure the planks to the subfloor. Always undercut wood doorjambs. Check local building code for metal door jamb. If they cannot be cut, then proper expansion must be maintained around door jamb. Do not install cabinets or kitchen islands on top of SPC by American Luxury Vinyl. Use care when installing wall moldings and transition strips to not fasten through the product. SPC by American Luxury Vinyl is a drop and lock product. Please see illustration below on proper install technique.
First plank, first row. Place a spacer of 3/8” thickness to the left and position the plank against the wall. Later, after 3 rows, you can easily position the flooring against the front wall with distances ≈ 3/8”.
Second plank, first row- place this plank gently and tight to the short end of the first one.
Fold the panel down in a single action movement. During the fold down, make sure the panels are tight against each other. Afterwards press down or slightly tap down at the short end just installed till it clicks. No major force is required.
At the end of the first row, put a spacer 3/8” to the wall and measure the length of the last plank to fit.
Cut with a jig saw – hardwood face turned down to eliminate/ reduce damage to the face panel. Or if cutting using a hand saw, chop saw or guillotine cutter, cut it with the hardwood visible face up. Then install it as previous plank. A utility knife can also be used for straight cuts. Score the face several passes using a speed square as a guide. Then snap the flooring- similar to scoring and snapping drywall.
Starting the Second row the first plank should be a min length of 10”. Put a 3/8 spacer against the wall and measure the last piece. If it is shorter than 10” a new starter piece should be used. Insert the plank at an angle into the previous row and tap (on the long side) it in using a tapping block till flat.
General distances between short ends. Minimum distance between short ends of planks in parallel rows should not be less than 6”.
Second plank, second row place the panel at an angle into the groove of the previous row making sure that the end of the panel is tight/flush to the short end of the previous panel.
Fold the panel down in a single action movement with a slight press to the left to the short end of the previous panel. Again, using the tapping block tap it against the long end into the previous row. During the fold down, make sure the panels are tight against each other.
As the board flattens itself to the floor, press or gently tap the top of the short end of the installed panel until it is locked. It is recommended that a soft face rubber mallet be used for tapping. The product is properly locked when the two boards are flush across the top. Finish installing this plank by tapping it with a tapping block on the long side to ensure secure installation.
After 2-3 rows. Adjust the distance to the front wall by placing spacers 3/8” on the side walls and the end wall. Once the adjustment is done against the main wall, continue to install till the last row.
Last row (and perhaps also first row). The Minimum width of the last plank should be NOT LESS than 2” wide. Remember distance to wall is 3/8”. Tip! Put a spacer before measuring Cut the panels lengthwise and glue the short ends. See instructions below.
Special installations – Small panel widths.
Joining at short ends length cut panels. Cut the tongue at the same time you cut the length of the panel and install as shown above. Please note that the smallest width of a panel is 2” at the last row. If it is not, the first row width must be adjusted. This can easily be calculated when measuring the room with before installation. Cut off the locking element with a chisel, push the planks horizontally together. If necessary, place some spacers between the last panel and the wall to keep the planks together during the curing time of the glue.
Radiator pipes, installation at radiators. Drill the holes ¾” larger than the diameter of the pipes. Cut out the panel (with the thinnest blade possible) as per diagram. Install the plank as per normal. Glue the cut out piece back again.
Your floor can very easy be disassembled, which enables replacement during installation and also during use. Fig 11. Separate the whole row by carefully lifting up and slightly knocking just above the joint. Fold up and release the whole long side. Fig 12. Disassemble the panels by sliding horizontally. (Do not fold up!)
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