Installation Guide Installation Instructions for Amazone and Beaufort – Express Clic System from Swiss Krono
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 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:
- 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.
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.
Install vapor barrier if subfloor is cement (6 mil polyethylene film).
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.
Install parallel to the 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, below.
Start placing panels so that tongue sides face the wall. Confirm first row is straight.
Remove the tongue on the panels that abut the walls to allow room for spacers and prevent problems from spills.
12” end joint stagger row to row. 16” smallest usable piece.
Engage next plank and slide into overlapping end joints position.
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.
Always allow for 5/16” – 3/8” 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).
To measure and cut last piece in a row, rotate offcut section 180°, mark accordingly, cut, rotate back 180° and slot into space.
Ensure floor is able to expand.
Disengage planks from other rows. Carefully lift plank straight up.
Working with Limited Clearance When Installing Laminate Flooring.
Some long edge joints cannot be installed using a 12° angle.
Remove top part of groove profiles.
Use good quality wood glue to make the connection.
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.