Installation Guide Installation Instructions for Amazone and Beaufort – Express Clic System from Swiss Krono

Express-Clic-SystemCongratulations 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 advanced Clic 2 Clic glueless locking technology .

Suitable subfloors for Swiss Krono laminate flooring are:

  • Existing floor surfaces including hardwood floors, linoleum, resilient vinyl, PCV (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:

For guidance on how to care for your Swiss Krono laminate floor, please visit our Floor Care Recommendations.

Installation Guide
Installation Instructions for Amazone and Beaufort

IMPORTANT — Do not open immediately. Before opening the packaging, acclimatize planks for 48 hours by laying each box horizontally and individually in the center of the room, in which they are to be installed.

Express Clic, step 1

Install vapor barrier if subfloor is cement (6 mil polyethylene film).

Express Clic, step 2

Always use underlayment padding above the vapor barrier and below the laminate flooring planks. If a pad is pre-attached, no additional underlayment should be used.

Express Clic, step 3

Install parallel to the main light source. If no exterior light source, install parallel to longest wall.

Express Clic, step 4

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, below.

Express Clic, step 5

Start placing panels so that tongue sides face the wall. Confirm first row is straight.

Express Clic, step 6

Remove the tongue on the panels that abut the walls to allow room for spacers and prevent problems from spills.

Express Clic, step 7

12” end joint stagger row to row. 16” smallest usable piece.

Express Clic, step 8

Engage next plank and slide into overlapping end joints position.

Express Clic, step 9

Push down to engage end joint. Long joint of next row holds end joint in place. End joints in first and last rows are held in place by base molding/1/4 round.

Express Clic, step 10

Always allow for 5/16” – 3/8” expansion around fixed objects.

Express Clic, step 11

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.

Express Clic, step 12

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).

Express Clic, step 13

To measure and cut last piece in a row, rotate offcut section 180°, mark accordingly, cut, rotate back 180° and slot into space.

Express Clic, step 14

Ensure floor is able to expand.

Express Clic - how to remove

Disengage planks from other rows. Carefully lift plank straight up.

Working with Limited Clearance When Installing Laminate Flooring.

Express Clic, limited clearance step 1
Some long edge joints cannot be installed using a 12° angle.
Express Clic, limited clearance step 2
Remove top part of groove profiles.
Express Clic, limited clearance step 3
Use good quality wood glue to make the connection.
Express Clic, limited clearance step 4
Slide panel into place horizontally and slot in profile. Use these modified planks under doorframes, radiators, cabinet fronts, etc. Use the pull bar to slide the planks where needed.