Moisture and Humidity - PLEASE READ BEFORE BEGINNING INSTALLATION Room temperature and humidity of installation area should be consistent with normal, year round living conditions for at least a week before installation of the wood flooring. Room temperature of 55 degrees F to 85 degree F and a humidity range of 35% to 75% should be maintained during acclimatization, installation, and at all times afterwards, Warning - humidity levels below these recommended levels will likely cause movement in the flooring, including gapping between pieces and possible cupping and checking in the face. European Wood Company cannot be held responsible for site conditions. Flooring formats, such as plywood based engineered wood flooring, are particularly susceptible to showing movement such as edge/end shrinking and face checking from relative humidity below the stated minimums on site and/or tip raising and subsequent end shrinking if installed over wet sub floor.
Sub - Floor Preparation
A new concrete slab will usually take 90 to 150 days to dry thoroughly depending on size and weather conditions. The moisture content should be no more than 2% at the time of installation. If plywood is used as a sub-floor, the moisture content difference should be no more than 2% between the engineered wood floor and the plywood sub-floor. The sub-floor must be free from any type of paint, oil, greases, dust and all other types of residues. The sub-floor should be level. The level drop must be no more than 1/4" over a 10 feet distance.
Glue down installation guidelines for European Wood Company (Recommended method of installation for both concrete and plywood sub-floor)
We recommend installing all our engineered hardwood flooring products by only when the difference between sub-floor (if plywood) and moisture and moisture content of the engineered flooring is less than 2%. to ensure these phones a humility Test sub-floor before every installation (please follow Sub-floor preparation instructions listed above). For on-grade and below-grade installations, apply a moisture barrier to the slab. When gluing down the floor, you must use an epoxy or polyester-based moisture barrier. A Urethane based adhesive should be used exclusively. Do not use water-based glues. A two component polyurethane glue is recommended.
Read the glue manufactures instructions, which is always printed in the details of the glue container to choose the correct size trowel, with a minimum of 1 gallon per 40 square feet Create a working line parallel to the starting wall, in multiple of our engineered plank width, to set up the baseline of installation. Fallowing the spread rate, curing time, spread the glue evenly on the sub-floor to cover the area the installer can lay the planks in time for the best results. Lay one row of plank along the entire length of work line. Add each additional row of
flooring and prevent patterns repeat or staggering joints.
Nailing only of floors is not allowed. Fe Suitable to our Floors
Al" expansion space should be left around the perimeter. Of ? each plank?
Nail-down only installation of the European Wood Company hardwood floors is 7 prohibited, as squeaking and movement will appear.
Floating installation guidelines for the European Wood Company
We recommend an acclimation period of 3 days for all our engineered hardwood flooring products. Test sub-floors before every installation (please follow Sub-floor preparation instructions listed above). For on-grade and below-grade installations, it is required to apply a moisture barrier to the sub-floor. Floating floors are probably one of the hardest installations to start, as the boards want to move around on you in the starting area. It is imperative the first few rows be straight and gap free. Create a working line parallel to the starting wall, in multiples of our engineered plank width, to set up the baseline of installation All grooved sides, including the end(s), must be fully glued. 750ml will cover approximately 150 square feet. D3 floor glue must be used Lay one row of plank along the entire length of work line. Add each additional row of flooring, and prevent repeat patterns and setting or staggering the joins at least 10 inches AL" expansion should be left around the perimeter. Taping of the floor is ABSOLUTELY prohibited.
A floating floor installation method requires more cleanup as glue squeezes out of the tongue and groove when the boards are tapped into place. Measure the application along the grove carefully to avoid excess glue spillage. Excessive glue spillage will void the warranty of your European Wood Company floor. Immediate clean-up is required; any glue not cleaned up within minutes will leave stain marks and will not be covered under the European Wood Company
WARNING: Spontaneous combustion danger! Oil soaked material (rags, wool pad, sanding dust, etc.) may spontaneously combust; immerse oil-soaked materials in water.
Regardless of the installation method, it is absolutely prohibited to use adhesive tape on any oil finished floor for any period of time. Failure to comply may result in damage to the finish. Subsequent damage as a result of taping is not covered by the warranty.