Congratulations on your choice of Swiss Krono flooring. To help you achieve years and years of enjoyment from your new floor, we’ve put together this instructional guide to help you with proper installation and maintenance. To make installation even easier, Swiss Krono flooring features Angle-to-Angle locking technology.
Suitable subfloors for Swiss Krono flooring are:
- Existing floor surfaces including hardwood floors, linoleum, resilient vinyl, PVC (plastic floor surfaces must be permanently attached to the subfloor), needle felt, (dry) ceramic flooring.
- Cement floors on all grades/elevations (maximum residual moisture 2.0 CM%). With a calcium chloride test, the maximum acceptable reading is 3.0 lbs/24 hours/1000 sq. ft.
- Anhydrite and Anhydrite tiles (max residual moisture 0.3 CM%)
- Magnesium Cement (max residual moisture 0.3 CM%)
Attention! Without a documented measurement of residual moisture content, a claim against the manufacturer for damages cannot be considered. Moisture content of wood subfloor must be less than 14%. Concrete subfloors must always be covered with a 6 mil vapor barrier even if linoleum, PVC or resilient vinyl is firmly attached to the concrete.
Be sure to visit these resource before you get started:
- Tools and Accessories Needed for Installation
- Acclimating Laminate Flooring
- Frequently Asked Questions About Laminate Flooring
For guidance on how to care for your Swiss Krono laminate floor, please visit our Floor Care Recommendations.
IMPORTANT – Do not open immediately. Before opening, acclimatize planks for 48 hours by laying each box horizontally and individually in center of room where they will be installed. Make sure subfloor is clean, dry and flat. Always use safety glasses and a mask. Visit our website for more help.
Install vapor barrier if subfloor is cement (6 mil polyethylene film).
Always use an underlayment padding above the vapor barrier and below the laminate flooring planks. If pad is pre-attached, no additional underlayment should be used.
Install parallel to main light source; if no exterior light source, install parallel to longest wall.
If possible, start to lay panels under the door jam and finish installing planks on a wall without a door jam. See Working with Limited Clearance section.
Remove the tongue on the panels that abut the walls to allow room for spacers and prevent problems from spills.
Start placing panels so that tongue sides face the wall.
Observe 3/8″ clearances for expansion and 16″ minimum for smallest usable piece.
Place the first plank of the first row into place. Insert the second plank into the short end of the groove of the first plank at a 25º, then lower and lock into place. Continue this process for the rest of the first row.
Position the first plank of the second row on top of the long end lip of the first row, but do not yet lift and lock into place. Allow 12″ minimum end-joint stagger row to row.
Connect the second and remaining planks of the second row by lifting and locking the short ends together as described in illustration 8.
Proceeding from left to right, lift the second row planks on their long end, and push into first row, then lower and lock. This procedure is like using
Continue the process for the rest of the floor.
To measure and cut last piece in a row, rotate off-cut section 180º, mark accordingly, cut, rotate back 180º and slot into space.
Always allow for expansion around fixed objects.
An expansion gap T-strip is required when length of planks measures 40′ max and when width of planks measures 25′ max. Transition strips should be placed in all doorways directly under the door when the door is closed.
Cut the row along the wall to account for the unevenness of the wall while leaving 3/8″ expansion room (2.5″ minimum plank width).
Ensure floor is able to expand.
Working with Limited Clearance
Some long edge joints cannot be installed using a 20° angle.
Remove top part of the tongue and groove profiles.
Use good quality wood glue to make the connection.
Slide panel into space horizontally and slot into profile. Use these modified planks under door frames, radiators, cabinet fronts, etc. Use the pull bar to slide the planks where needed.