Vinyl Flooring

Technical Instruction

1. Read the complete instruction before starting.
2. A level sub floor is a priority.
3. Test for moisture.
4. Allow for expansion around all permanent structures is necessary.
5. Molding, trim, transition and finish pieces must never prevent the floor from floating.
6. Improper installation will void the warranty.
7. Acclimation is usually not required but may be required in extreme circumstances
When removing the flooring planks from the boxes check for defects such as chips, and color variations under good light conditions. Ensure that the grooves are free of debris dust an foreign particles. Use Planks from various boxes to ensure the random variation of pattern.
The flooring should be stored and installed in a climate-controlled temperature of 55-95 degrees F (13-35 degrees C). If the flooring is exposed to temperatures less than 40 degrees F (5 degrees C) or more than 95 degrees F (35 degrees C) for more than one hour, then the flooring must be acclimatized, preferably without stacking the boxes. If stacking is necessary, then stack the cartons in a crisscross manner. Maxium three high
It is recommended that floor be stored between the temperatures of 65 – 85 degrees F (18-25 degrees Celsius) during the life of the product.
Fooring may be installed in a vacation home, three-seasons rooms, etc. when acclimatized during temperature between 55-95 degrees F (13-35 degrees C) when acclimatized for three days . Thereafter, the temperature can never fall less than 40 degrees F (5 degrees C) or more than 95 degrees F (35 degrees C), and relative humidity must remain between 35 – 70%.Transition moldings must be used in all door way .
As a floating floor product it must never be attached to the sub floor. Never install fixed objects such as cabinets directly on top of the floor but adhere these to the substrate instead. |attach trim/molding/transition pieces to the wall not the floor .
For installation of light commercial and commercial installations, an SPC compatible adhesive may be used while following the directions written in the adhesive guidelines.
Getting started :
A chop saw with a sharp blade
Table saw with sharp blade
Safety glasses
Spacers ¼ or 3/8 inch
Exacto Knife
Straight edge or T-Square
Pencil sharp
Tape measure
Level
Masks

Suitable Types of Subfloors and Floor preparation
The flat subfloor should flat, dry, clean. All previous glue staple underlay must be removed. Wooden subfloors must be structurally sound and installed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. If previous adhesive is present, one must employ SPC Adhesive Compatible Encapsulator.
Use level to verify the flatness. The subfloor must be flat to 1/8” per 6’ (3 mm per 0.92 m). Any areas in excess of these flatness specifications must either be sanded down or be filled in with an appropriate leveling material.
This product may be installed over most existing floors including wood, vinyl, or linoleum (non-cushioned), and ceramic or porcelain tile; provide that the existing flooring is still intact and properly secured to the subfloor. The grout lines of any and ceramic or porcelain tile exceeding 1/16” must be filled in with a Portland based skim coat/floor leveler according to manufacturer specifications.

Warning: Never install over CARPET. Whenever installing in rooms with direct sunlight, the use of blinds, shades, or drapes during the peak hours of sunlight is recommended in order to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
This product is not a moisture-barrier but is water proof. This product can withstand water and water penetrations for up to 16 hours without causing damaged. Water leaking over and around the outer edges can damage a wood subfloor, breeding the growth of molds or mildews on both the subfloor and the walls. This is not considered a defect in the product
Concrete floors can contain high moisture, vapor emissions, hydrostatic pressure and high alkalinity levels. This combination is highly corrosive and will damaging the flooring, over time. To ensure a proper installation proper testing must be done on the concrete.
Allow a minimum of 60 days for new concrete to cure before installing floor materials.
If considering radiant heat, components must have a minimum of 3/8” separation from the product. System must operate for a two weeks prior to the installation. Six days prior to the installation, the temperature should be set to 65 degrees F (18 degrees C). After installation, the temperature should be raised 5 degrees F per hour, to a maximum of 85 degrees F (29 degrees C). A transition and T moulding strips are required.
The installation.

First remove the tongue from the first row of planks.  Using the exactor knife score the along the length of the tongue until the tongue can be easily snapped off. (Figure A Place the first plank with its trimmed side towards the wall.  Use spacers along all walls to maintain a minimum expansion gap of ¼” (7-8 mm) between the wall and the flooring.  (Fig B)

Join the end of the first plank to the second   by lifting the far end of the second plank and sliding the tongue of the second plank into the groove of the first plank, before lowering into place.  Ensure the edges and corner of the two planks line up line up. (Fig C)

Continue laying planks the length of the room connecting as you go. To fit the last plank, turn upside down.  Then place the plank in the corner where the two walls meet, This will show the overlap between this plank and the last plank installed. (Fig D1 & D2)

Use a sharp exacto knife and a straight edge to score the top surface of the last plank marking the excess length.  The excess material should split with little effort. Use the table saw to cut to size.

Ensure that no end piece is smaller than 8”inches.  Room size may dictate cutting the first plank before startind.

Begin the second row with the left-over piece from the end of the first row. Doing so will create the necessary staggering of joints.  The left-over piece must have a minimum length of 8” (20 cm) and the offset of the joints should be at least 10” (26 cm) apart.  This may require cutting a new plank.  To attach, tilt. (Fig E)

Install the second row by inserting the tongue into the end-groove of the previously installed plank.  Aline the plank (Fig F).  Aligning the two end seams, at a low angle, insert the long tongue of the into the groove of the previous row and lower in place.  Very little force is required in order to fit the tongue into the groove (Fig G).  Continue locking each successive piece into place, always aligning first the short end before aligning the long side.

To determine the length of the last plank overlap and mark a line along the length of the plank and cut the plank accordingly ensuring an expansion gap is maintained.  Repeat this procedure individually for each plank, in case the room is not perfectly square. (Fig H)

Maintenance

A dust-mop or broom is sufficient for daily maintenance.  When necessary, clean with a damp  cloth or mop using  a neutral pH cleanser.  Excessive use of detergent cleaners will leave a residue and, over time lead to a  milky or cloudy film

 

Warning: Never Use floor polish of floor cleaning was, oil soaps, etc.  These products can damage and/or leave a film on the flooring.  Such will not be considered a product defect.

Tips:

felt pad protectors are recommended for  all furniture in contact with the floor surface, and regularly clean any gathered dirt/grit from the pads

Never use vinyl/latex/rubber backed protective mats.

Area rugs are recommended.

Sharp shoe-heels (e.g. Ladies’ high heeled shoes) may dent the floors

Keep floors clean

For wet areas such as bathrooms, seal the perimeter of the floor with a flexible silicone caulk.

Warranty

GIT Inc. (GIT) warrants its flooring product to be free from defects in material and workmanship for 25 years for residential applications and 15 years for commercial applications. This applies to a single shit only, 24 hour applications are pro-rated.
This warranty is valid from the date of delivery to the original end user and is not transferable. The end user is defined as the final purchaser of the product from GIT or a GIT authorized reseller.
GIT will conduct an inspection to determine whether the product should be replaced or if not possible, whether a discount is applicable .Warranties are prorate based on delivery time. The warranty applies to the product and does not include installation, transportation and other related costs.
Warranty coverage will be determined based on normal use, proper installation and proper sub floor and GIT cleaning instructions.