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Foresta Flooring > Installation Instructions

Installation Instructions
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS & SPECIFICATIONS
FORESTA™ WATERPROOF FLOORING

MATERIALS & PLANNING:

Lay packages on flat surface near an area with same temperature as area where floor is to be installed.
•    Be sure you have sufficient flooring and underlayment to complete installation.
•    Examine all packages to check for damage.


MATERIAL SPECIFICATIONS:

The E-ZEE ClickSystem® provides for a quick and easy installation.
Each plank has a male end & side connection to match the female end & side connection.

•    PVC Laminate flooring with no wood fillers
•    Planks measure 47.2” long x 7.5” wide x .334” thick
•    8 Planks per box, 65 boxes per skid
•    Weight per plank is  ± 4LBS
•    Formaldehyde Free
•    AC4 Wear abrasion coating
•    UV Protective coating
•    Abrasion resistance testing IP3 4,000 cycles
•    Brightness degree 28±3 points
•    Scratch resistance 3 N
•    Stain resistance class 4/5 Degrees
•    Light fastness  6
•    Bullet Test (BULLET 5MM) 27 N
•    Impervious to water
•    Does not support combustion
•    Application temperature range 5º F TO 95ºF
•    No shipping restrictions
•    MOLD Resistant
•    STAIN resistant
•    Use of underlayment is optional

PROPER TOOLS FOR INSTALLATION:
 
Foresta™ Tapping Block              Safety Glass            Tapping  Hammer
Foresta™ Lam-o-hammer             Square                    Standard pull bar
Marking Pencil                            Utility Knife              Chalk Line               
Tape Measure                              Level                      Jig Saw         
Table Saw W/ Fine Tooth Blade  

FLOOR PREPARATION:

Foresta™ flooring should not be installed over wood floors that are below grade and subject to warping or lifting. Hardwood and plywood floors that are subject to warping and lifting should be removed. If installed over wood flooring (I.E. Plywood, etc) make sure floor is properly secured. Floors should be clean and free of all debris. Floors should be level to  3/16” Per 10 ft. Low spots should be filled with any quality dash patch. High spots should be removed. Foresta™ flooring can withstand heat & cold, however it is recommended that floor surface temperature should not exceed 95ºF OR 5ºF

INSTALLATION PROCEDURE:

Remove all furniture from room prior to starting installation.

Remove all molding and base trim as well as floor transition trim.

Do not move heavy appliances such as refrigerator, stove, or dishwasher over floor; use the proper lifting equipment to prevent damage to floor after installation.

Install Foresta™ underlayment only over portion of floor area to immediately receive Foresta™ Flooring.

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR FORESTA:

Install only one strip of underlayment at a time. Do not overlap edges, butt edges and tape with a good quality tape.

Measure entire area to get the most effective plank layout.

Know where your last plank will be installed; adjust layout so you have as close to a plank width as practical. Start the first plank trimmed along the length if necessary. The first plank should be a full width if possible depending on your layout. The second row will start with a width of 31 1/2 inches and the next row will start with a width of 15 3/4 inches then back to a full continue this pattern until you reach end of the room. DO NOT include end connections when measuring starting width. 

During installation it is advisable to leave (1) section of flooring on edge between the floor and wall to get started or any solid object to allow for any expansion that might occur. Consider through pipe locations when setting first plank. Remember to remove spacer pieces when job is completed.

Install the flooring planks preferably in the same direction as the longest wall and the way the light falls.

Start installing the flooring in one corner of the area. You should work from left to right, putting the male side into the female side. You may work in the other direction to achieve certain cut-out's. Always remember that the easiest way of installing the floor is inserting the tongue into the groove.

Be sure to cut door bottoms so plank will fit under doors when opened or closed.        

After you have determined layout, lay first planks along starting wall leaving a ¼” space, keeping tongue side towards wall.

If plank is too long you may cut it and use it for starter of next row. This will provide the offset to the next planks you will be installing. Starting planks should be at least 10” in length. Always inspect each plank prior to installation. Planks must be cut with a saw that has a fine tooth blade.

Planks have a tongue and groove along the length of plank and at the ends of each plank. To connect planks it is necessary to hold the plank at 30˚ to 45˚ angle, pointing the tongue toward the groove edge.

Carefully slide the planks together using minimum force. If necessary you may have to push down on plank to level it on floor. Be sure that the tongue is evenly and securely locked into the groove section prior to pushing down planks on floor. After plank is placed, use tapping block or Lam-o-hammer on ends to tap board ends together.
 
When laying planks be sure to keep ends as close together as possible, since you will have to use your tapping block or Lam-o-hammer to lock the sections together as you install the floor.

When you have reached the wall along the long edge of planks it will be necessary to use the extended bar of Lam-o-hammer to drive these last sections home. There will be no room for the tapping block. Use of Lam-o-hammer will prevent damage to cabinet bases and sheetrock. You may install spacers at long end of each row to keep floor locked in place. When installation is completed, these spacers MUST be removed.

Make sure that in the row where there is a through pipe, this pipe comes exactly at the cross joint of two panels. Take pipe positions into consideration when measuring floor for starter planks. Take a drill bit with a diameter similar to the diameter of the pipe + 1/16” for expansion. Click the panels together on the short edge and drill the hole with its center on the joint between the tow panels. Now install the panels as part of the floor.

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR DECORA

Please follow the instructions on the side of the box.


MAINTENANCE
 
Slightly chipped or scratched panels may be touched up with any available color matching pencil or wax stick.
Dirt, sand, rock salt and other debris should be swept with a soft bristle broom or vacuumed to prevent scratches.
Furniture should be moved on dollies or hand truck with soft rubber wheels in order not to damage floor.
Furniture legs should be placed on protective pads to prevent denting of floor.
Excessive heat or sunlight should be avoided as well as petroleum products.
Do NOT use rubber mats as they may cause discoloration over time.
NEVER use a wax or varnish coating on the floor.
For dry maintenance, use a duster or a vacuum cleaner. DO NOT use a vacuum with beater bars.
For damp maintenance, wipe over with clean water or mild detergent.
Pencil, ink, crayon and magic marker can be removed using a mild detergent or Purell hand cleaner.

 


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