PLEASE REFER TO THE NWFA INSTALLATION GUIDE LINES!!!
Upon delivery, solid hardwood flooring should be checked for moisture content due to the possible changes in humidity during transport. Moisture content should be 6–9 %. If necessary, acclimatize the flooring for 3-5 days under normal room conditions prior to installation. Inspect each board carefully for defects.
Flooring is recommended to be installed perpendicular to the joists unless the subfloor has been reinforced. All widths should be installed with Fortane LD wood floor adhesive (following the manufacturer's instructions on the adhesive) in conjunction with use of cleats or staples.
We recommend 1 ¾” (4.45 cm) nail cleats or 1 ¾” (4.45 cm) staples be used with a pneumatic or non-pneumatic floor nailing gun. It is recommended that nails should be placed approximately 2” (5.00 cm) away from the end of each board with a nail pattern every 6” (15.24 mm) to 8 (20.32 cm)”.
Do not apply glue to the tongue or groove of the flooring.
In case you decided not to do a full spread glue down and want to do the zic zac pattern of glue on each board, please make sure that you "picture frame" each board, so it can not wobble on the bead of glue which can create squeaks.
All oil-finished floors MUST be cleaned using the Maintenance-Emulsion no sooner than one week following installation and regularly thereafter. Refresh only as needed.
No painting or drywalling should be carried out when flooring is stored on premises as this elevates he humidity levels.
Solid wood flooring should not be installed below grade without consulting professional advice.
Upon delivery, flooring should be checked for moisture content, due to the possible changes in humidity during transport. Moisture content should be 6-9%. If necessary, acclimatize the flooring for 3-5 days under normal room conditions prior to installation. Inspect each board carefuly for defects.
No painting or drywalling should be carried out when flooring is stored on premises as this elevates the humidity levels.
In order to properly install hardwood flooring on concrete, the slab must have cured for a minimum of 30 days. Prior to installation, a concrete moisture test must be performed using a moisture meter, such as a RAPID RH MOISTURE METER. In order to proceed, the moisture content of the concrete must be less than 12%. Alternatively, a poly test could be used to test an area of 1 Square foot (0.092903 m2).
The concrete surface where the flooring is to be installed on should be level and clean (free of any dirt, debris, and sealers). The concrete should be smooth. If concrete surface is not level a levelling compound may be used but you must ensure that this compound is completely dry before installing the flooring. If a levelling compound is used, it is recommended that the moisture content of the concrete is re-checked prior to installation.
Apply Fortane MVS Ultra adhesive onto the concrete. Followed by the application of Fortane LD adhesive (following manufacturer's aplication methods). Apply in sections of no more than 2 or 3 boards wide and avoid pushing the glue up and into the tongue and groove of the flooring. Use clamgs to keep boards tight. Weights may be placed carefully on top of the installed boards to help with adhesion where there is minor uneveness in the concrete. These weights should be removed as soon as possible to avoid damaging the flooring.
Below grade installation of solid wood is not recommended. Engineered is recommended for this application in conjunction with Fortane MVS moisture barrier and full spread Fortane LD adhesive.
All oil-finished floors must be cleaned using the Maintenance-Emulsion no sooner than one week following installation and regularly thereafter. Refresh only as needed.
Relative humidity levels in the home must remain consistent throughout the year, within the range of 40 to 50 %,
otherwise the warranty is void!!!
*In the SUMMER, excessive humidity can cause hardwood boards to swell and cup. Use air conditioning or a dehumidifier to lower the humidity to proper levels
*In the WINTER, excessive dryness can cause wood floors to shrink, creating gaps between the boards and in some cases, cupping as well. Use a humidifier to increase the humidity to proper levels in the colder season.
Maintaining these levels throughout each season is key to keeping your floor in top shape. Use a hygrometer to measure sasonal changes in relative humidity levels.