With the glueless – installation system planks are simply locked together, aligning themselves automatically click by click. This easy handling makes the installation of the parquet floor a snap.
Natural and healthy living with parquet flooring
To keep your exclusive hardwood floor at its best, please pay attention to the following advices before installing:
One of the natural characteristics of wood is that it is hygroscopic, meaning that wood adapts to the moisture content of its environment. This process is commonly known as the swelling and shrinkage of the wood.
Preparing for installation
A careful preparation is the basis for an expertly installed hardwood floor. We strongly recommend to accomplish the following preparatory steps before you start laying your floor:
Make sure that the subfloor, on which you wish to install your parquet floor, is dry, clean and even (3 mm within 1000 mm).
The residual moisture content of the subsurface can be assessed in two ways: a) Measured and logged with a CM meter b) Measured and logged by KRL method (e.g. HM-box).
For limit values for CM measurements and KRL method, please refer to the relevant standards or obtain them from the screed manufacturer or the manufacturer of the measuring device for the KRL method. Tue to the variety of chemical modifications and the innovation of the KRL method, a uniform limit value is not possible.
To protect the parquet flooring of ascending moisture. The foil should be over- lapped by 20 cm and raised along the edges.
The parquet is delivered with a moisture content of 7 % +/- 2 %. These 7 % +/- 2 % are meant for a relative air humidity from 30% to 65 % and a room temperature kept at a constant of 18–24°C. This room climate not only protects your wooden floor but also enhances your comfort and health and is recommended to be kept.
Out of the recommended room climate structural damages can’t be avoided. We recommend using an air humidifier during the heating season and an air dehumidifier or short airing at high air humidity to maintain this optimum climate.
The installation of a Fidbox® relieves compliance of healthy indoor environment. The climate values can be conveniently controlled automatically by Fidbox®-App.
Wood is a natural product and may show differences in colour a structure – for those reasons we will not accept any complaints. You have to make sure that the parquet planks have no defects before installation. For installed floors we will not admit any claims.
In new buildings, windows should be kept slightly open for some weeks prior to installation. We recommend heating and ventilating the room regularly in interseasonal periods and in winter.
All workings involving water or moisture (tiling, painting, wallpapering, plastering) should be completed prior to installation.
Do not store the packaged parquet planks on freshly laid screeds in new buildings! Supporting blocks must be used!
Unpack the parquet planks immediately prior to installation.
Please note that the installation temperature must be at least 18°C and the air humidity below 65 %. Always take planks from different packs and install at the same time to get a harmonious overall view.
Tapping block, wedges, pencil, saw, tape measure and square.
Instructions for floating installation of click-parquet
- Install Scheucher sound-impact insulation mat (PUR foam underlay, 2 mm) on clean subfloor with edges abutting. This will make the floor resilient and quiet to walk on. Parquet floors are installed using the floating installation method; the planks are joined without glue.
- Begin installation in the left-hand corner of the room with the tongued edge towards the wall. The exact expansion gap between flooring and wall can be adjusted later, once the first three rows have been laid.
- Slide the second plank towards the first one at an angle and lower it until you hear an audible click. Make sure that the planks are exactly aligned. Continue in this way for the whole first row –
- – with the exception of the last plank of the first row, which has to be cutted to size and inserted by taking account of the distance required between the floor and the wall (approx. 15 mm). Start the second row of planks with the left-over piece of the first row. Insert the side of the next plank at an angle and push against the plank already installed. The end joints should be staggered by at least 50 cm.
- Rotate the plank downwards applying subtle pressure and ensure a tight fit to the plank already installed. An audible click signals that the joint has been made. Now press down on the end joints again. Continue this way with all subsequent planks.
- Once the first three rows have been laid, the expansion gap between the flooring and the wall can be adjusted. Place spacers between the floor and the wall to ensure an expansion gap of approx. 15 mm.
- Sometimes the first row of planks must be fitted to an uneven wall. Mark the contour of the wall on the planks and cut the planks to the required width while taking the expansion gap into account. The width of the first row must be at least 50 mm. Glue the end joints and then again wedge the first row into position.
- Drill holes into the planks for the installation around heating pipes. The holes must be at least 20 mm larger than the pipe diameter. Saw plank as shown in the illustration. After the plank is installed, glue the sawn-off piece in place and cover the hole with a pipe collar. If you have to undercut a door frame, use a piece of plank to measure the required spacing.
- The last row of planks is cutted into size by taking account of the expansion gap required between the flooring and the wall and is joined to the previous row. The width of the last row must be at least 50 mm. You can now install the skirting boards and finish doorways and thresholds with mouldings and transition strips.
- If necessary, the planks can be laid from both directions and are also easy to remove, which makes it very simple to install in difficult places. If you cannot rotate a plank, e.g. under door frames or radiators, proceed as follows: remove the locking edge using a chisel (10a). Then apply white glue and slide the plank in place horizontally (10b).
- The floor can be disassembled by lifting (11a) the entire row and slightly tapping the side joint to unlock it. The end joints can be unlocked by sliding the two planks horizontally (11b) in opposite directions (DO NOT LIFT).
We recommend leaving glue-down installation to an expert. If you decide to lay the floor yourself please note the preparation instructions and our installation tips!
Depending on the condition of the subfloor, a pretreatment (primers, coatings) according to manufacturer‘s instructions are necessary. The firmness of the screed has to be high enough. Use only adhesives that are specifically recommended for glue-down installation of prefinished hardwood floors. We recommend low emission, water- and solvent free glue. Please follow the instructions of the adhesive manufacturer.
- Start the installation in the left hand corner of the room. The first row of planks is aligned with the grooved edge towards the wall. Check by using a string line for long distances.
- Leave an expansion space of approx. 10 mm between the floor and the wall.
- Use a notched trowel to spread adhesive only on the area where the next planks are to be laid according to manufacturer‘s instructions. Do not exceed the working time of the adhesive.
- Place the floor planks onto the adhesive bed. Ensure optimum adhesive transfer by pressing the planks against the subfloor. Do H- gluing for tongue and groove at the ends of the planks. Glue is applied on the upper lip of the groove. Take care that no adhesive gets on the floor surface.
- Once the first three rows have been laid, leave the adhesive to cure over night, and continue the installation on the following day.
- Do not walk on the parquet floor for 48 hours after installation in order to allow the adhesive to dry and cure sufficiently. We recommend placing weights around the perimeter of the floor.
Installation on heated subfloors
Parquet can also be installed over underfloor heatings, if done properly. Hardwood floors have favorable thermal resistance values that are neither too high nor too low. Wooden floors generally feel warm, even if the underfloor heating is turned off. Engineered hardwood floors are subject to far less swelling and shrinkage than solid hardwood floors. Wood species like beech and maple react very quickly to unfavorable climatic conditions, which may cause gaps to form between the planks. We recommend using wood species with low swelling and shrinking characteristics, e.g. oak, for installation over radiant heated floors. The surface temperature must not exceed 29 °C. EN 15251:2015 “Input parameters for the indoor climate for the design and evaluation of the energy efficiency of buildings – indoor air quality, temperature, light and acoustics” recommends for a healthy room climate a seasonal relative humidity of about 30% to about 65%. In this area, the natural wood-typical appearances such as joints, cracks, or keyings show a moderate form. The installation of a FIDBOX is recommended per dwelling unit, but at least once every 100 m2, the FIDBOX registers the indoor climate under and in the parquet floor for years. An action record for heated screeds is essential.
Different types of installation offer additional customization options. Classic ship floors, English style or timelessly modern, which include „parallel“ and „offset in parallel“, are just a few types of installation that are suitable for Sun Wood parquet.
Basically, we offer on Sun Wood parquet the statutory warranty under Austrian law. In addition, we offer uppon request, if we record this in writing, a 10-year warranty on the multi-layer parquet.
The warranty exclusivley refers to the fact that the parquet in the composite remains functional and does not dissolve. The prerequisite for this is that the floor has been laid according to our installation instructions and maintend according to our care instructions.
For scratches and other damages to the surface and their consequences we grant no guarantee or warranty.