Vinyl Floor Installation

Beaulieu

Acclimation

Acclimation is a recommended procedure prior to installation of Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring either on the « job site » or in « like job site conditions », as this will make the installation easier. Store the UNOPENED BOXES in the room where the floor is to be installed for at least 48 hours prior to installation. Heating/air conditioning must be on and set between 65° – 85°F (18.3° – 29.5°C).

Tools and materials required

  • Safety glasses
  • Tape measure
  • Spacers
  • Utility knife
  • Straight edge

* Do not use foam underlayment under Beaulieu Canada vinyl floors.

Suitable substrates

Beaulieu Canada LVP flooring can be installed on most existing floors, wooden, PVC and concrete floors. All carpeting and padding needs to be removed. Make sure that the surface is clean, dry and level within 3/16’’ in 10 ft. (4.7 mm in 3 m). Supporting floors must be rigid as too much deflection can result in a failed installation

Wooden substrates

Wood floors must be either 5/8’’ (16 mm) exterior grade tongue and groove plywood or 23/64’’ (9 mm) OSB, free from spring/deflection.

Concrete substrates

Beaulieu Canada LVP flooring may be installed over on grade, above grade or below grade concrete subfloors. Concrete floors shall be constructed in accordance to local construction standards. Concrete shall have a minimum compressive strength of 3500 psi. Installation of a moisture vapour-barrier is recommended prior to pouring of on or below grade slabs. Moisture vapour transmission shall not exceed 3 lbs / 1000 sq.ft. / 24 hours per ASTM F-1869. Moisture may also be tested according to ASTM F 2170; when tested according to this method, the internal relative humidity shall not exceed 75%.

Existing floors

Beaulieu Canada LVP flooring may be installed over most smooth, single layer, hard surface existing flooring. Check flooring for any curled areas around the perimeter or at seams and repair if necessary.

Caution: If you plan to remove old resilient flooring material or any type of old adhesive, please be aware that it may contain asbestos fibres or crystalline silica; therefore, avoid creating dust. Inhalation of such dust is cancer and respiratory tract hazard and local regulations may require professional removal. Instructions for the removal of old flooring materials and adhesives may be found in the RFCI Recommended Work Practices for Removal of Resilient Floor Coverings. You may contact the Resilient floor Covering Institute at 706-882-3833 or www.rfci.com.

Substrate preparation

  • All substrates must be dry, clean, smooth level, free from all existing adhesive residues, and free from movement or deflection.
  • Le substrate must be level within 3/16’’ in 10 ft. (4.7 mm in 3 m).
  • Fill and level all plywood seams and concrete cracks, construction joint, control joints, depressions, grooves or other irregularities using appropriate materials.
  • Sweep and/or vacuum substrate to remove all dust debris.

Prior to installation

  • Carefully check flooring material for any defects. Contact your supplier immediately if any defect is found.
  • Room temperature shall be no less than 65°F (18.3°C) for 24 hours before, during and after installation.
  • ERemove all existing mouldings.
  • Undercut doorway mouldings to the thickness of the flooring.
  • Cartons must be stored horizontally at all times.
  • VProtect carton corners from damage.
  • Beaulieu Canada LVP flooring is a floating floor and should not be glued or nailed to the substrate.
  • Beaulieu LVP flooring is intended for indoor use only.
  • Determine in which direction the planks will be installed. To make the room appear larger or if installing in very small rooms or hallways, it is preferable to lay the planks parallel to the longest room dimensions.
  • Do not install cabinets on planks.
  • Carefully measure the room to determine squareness and also to determine the width of the last row of planks is less than 2’’ (50 mm), excluding the tongue, the width of the first row of planks will have to be cut accordingly.
  • A minimum 5/16’’ (8 mm) expansion space is required around the perimeter of the room and all vertical objects.
  • Inspect all planks for visible defects and damage before and during installation. Do not install damaged planks. Beaulieu Canada will not accept responsibility for claims on flooring installed with obvious defects. During installation, inspect the groove area and remove any debris that may prevent proper assembly of planks.
  • Ensure that all boxes are of the same product and mix planks from different boxes for best results.

Installation

  1. Begun laying planks from the left side of the starting wall and work to the right side. The tongue side of the plank shall face the starting wall.
  2. Place 5/16’’ (8 mm) spacers between the short and long side of the planks and the wall. Always position one spacer between the wall and where the planks join.
  3. The end joints of the planks in the first row are assembled by inserting the tongue side into the groove side of the previous plank at a low angle. Gradually lower the plan down flat until the end joint closes, insuring that the planks are perfectly aligned. Install remaining full planks in the first row.
  4. The last plank in the first row will need to be cut. Measure the distance between the wall and the surface of the last full plank. Subtract 5/16’’ (8 mm) from this measurement to allow for the spacer. If this measurement is less than 8’’ (20 cm), the length of the first plank in the row must be cut. The first and last plank in each row must be at least 8’’ (20 cm) in length. Planks are cut using a sharp utility knife and a square. Score the surface of the plank with a utility knife and the snap the plank at the score line.
  5. The remaining piece cut off from the last plank in the first row may serve as the first plank in the second row provided it is at least 8’’ (20 cm) long. Always stagger end joints from row to row a minimum of 8’’ (20 cm) apart.
  6. Install the long side of the first plank of the second row. Remember to place a 5/16’’ (8 mm) space between the wall and the short side of the plank. Insert the tongue side into the groove side of the previous row at a low angle and lower flat to the substrate.
  7. Install the second plank of the second row. Position the long side of the plank with the tongue side overlapping the groove of the planks in the previous row approximately 1/8’’ (3.2 mm). Then, angle the end joint into the previous plank. Angle the plank up and gently push forward until the plank locks into the previous row. Continue installing remaining planks in second row. It is important to make sure that the first two rows are straight and square as they can affect the entire installation
  8. Continue working from left to right, row by row. Be sure to maintain a 5/16’’ (8 mm) space around all walls and vertical objects and maintain a random appearance. Remember to offset end joints a minimum of 8’’ (20 cm).

Finishing the installation

  • After all planks have been installed, remove spacers from perimeter of room.
  • Install transition mouldings. Do not fasten any mouldings through the flooring.
  • Pre-drill and install quarter round or baseboard moulding. Moulding must be sufficient size to cover the 5/16’’ (8 mm) space and must be fastened to the wall, not to the flooring.
  • Use plywood to cover the top of the flooring when moving heavy furniture or appliances into position.
  • Use proper floor protectors under the legs of furniture.
  • Post installation temperature must be maintained between 65° and 100° F (18.3° – 37.8° C). Relative humidity must be maintained between 40% and 70%.