SUPERCore Angle/Angle 2G Lock
TOOLS & MATERIALS
• Tapping Block
• Pull Bar
• Transitions & Molding Pieces
• Carpenter’s Square
• Tape Measure
• Utility Knife
• Safety Glasses
• Dust Mask
• Saw (see optional tools)
OPTIONAL TOOLS & MATERIALS
• Table Saw
• Miter Saw
• Circular Saw
• Hand Saw
• Undercut Jam Saw
• Chalk Line
Always follow the manufacturer’s recommended safety instructions and practices when using power tools.
Floating Floor Structure
Supercore Flooring is considered a “floating” floor and is installed using a floating floor system. These floors are intended for indoor use only and can be installed over virtually any existing floor structure except carpet.
• Do not attach to the subfloor at any point.
• Do not fit flush against any fixed vertical surfaces like walls, pipes, passageways or staircases.
• A minimum 1/4" (6.35 mm) to 1/2" (12.7 mm) expansion gap is required around the perimeter of the room. This gap accounts for the normal movement of the floor system, the perimeter of the room as well as against any fixed objects or transition moldings must be used to compensate for this movement.
• Temperature changes will have little to no effect on the movement of SUPERCore.
• The number of square feet of SUPERCore required is not equal to the number of square feet needed for the installation. An approximate overage and cutting allowance of 7% for overage and potential errors in cuts.
• Variations in subfloor flatness should not exceed 3/16" over 10' (4.76 mm in 3.05 m) or 1/8" in 6' (3.17 mm in 1.83m). Level floors with a suitable cement-based self-leveling compound following the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines. High areas can be sanded or grinded down to meet this requirement.
• Radiant heated subfloors should not exceed 85°F (29°C).
• SUPERCore Flooring can be installed over any wood, cement or gypsum-based underlayment boards that are installed according to the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines.
• DO NOT USE ADDITIONAL Foam type UNDERLAYMENT – predetermined underlayment is already attached for maximum performance and sound abatement.
- A vapor barrier is required on all slabs or floors where leveling compound is used or any other chemical used to prep the subfloor.
Though SUPERCore floors do not require acclimation, depending on previous storage conditions, it is advised that the product is installed within the same temperature range of room during service conditions.
The room temperature should be at a minimum of 65°F (18°C) for 48 hours before, during, and 48 hours after installation.
1. Removal of existing wall base, millwork or trim is optional.
2. Door trims and doorjambs must be undercut to allow the floor to move freely. Use a scrap piece of floor to support the saw blade at the correct height for undercutting.
3. Sweep the subfloor and remove all dust and debris.
4. If the drywall is slightly elevated at the floor and wall juncture, create a solid wall surface by fastening a 2" to 3" (5 cm to 7.6 cm) wide facing strip (such as 1/4" (6.35 mm) plywood) to the wall at the stud location.
5. New wall base or molding must be installed at the end of the job to cover the 1/4" (6.35 mm) to 1/2" (12.7 mm) expansion gap around the perimeter of the floor.
6. It may be necessary to plane or cut the bottom of the door to accommodate the change in floor height.
7. Handle and unload with care. DO NOT stand boxes on ends or bump against objects.
8. Although it is not necessary to acclimate SUPERCore flooring, prior to the installation it is best to store it in the environment in which it is expected to perform.
Install parallel to incoming light from any windows or, if lighting is not a concern, parallel to the longest wall in the room.
Always check each board for damage before installing. If locks are bent or distorted, cut that portion out and use remainder pieces as starting or ending pieces.
1. Avoid narrow pieces at the finish wall. Measure the distance between the starting wall and the finish wall.
2. Divide this number by the width of the board.
3. If the remainder is less than 2-1/2" (6.35 cm), cut off 2-1/2" (6.35 cm) from the width of the first row or to balance the room add the difference to the plank width and divide by two.
4. Position the cut piece, using the pull bar to tighten the last piece in place.
5. Place a spacer between the end of the board and the side wall.
6. Two tapered spacers can be used as wedges to accommodate irregular walls (Fig. 6).
1. A good quality carbide-tipped cutting blade that has been designed for composition and SUPERCore materials such as melamine, core board or other hard, dense, man-made materials is recommended. When extra clean-cut edges are required- e.g., custom installations- you may need more elaborate cutting equipment.
2. When using a hand saw, cut with the decorative side of the board facing down.
3. When using power saws, the direction of blade must cut into the back side of the board to minimize chipping. Slight chipping will be covered by baseboard or quarter round.
4. Use a square to keep your cut line straight.
5. Cut the marked piece in another area to keep the sawdust away from the installation site to avoid constant need of sweeping of debris.
Installing Under a Door Jamb or Toe Kick
Installation of SUPERCore through a door jamb or under a toe kick requires the lip of the groove to be reduced in size.
1. Using a small plane or utility knife, plane off 75% of the ledge of the groove.
2. Be careful not to trim too much. Excessive reduction can weaken the joint.
3. After the groove ledge has been trimmed, place the board in position laterally and lightly pull the board into place using the pull bar. Be sure not to damage lock edge when in contact with pull bar.
4. Sometimes, more than one passing may be necessary in order to trim the ledge of the groove to the correct height.
5. Joint should be tight with no movement; however, a thin small bead of seam sealer on top of tongue only should be used at this juncture to ensure joint integrity. Seam sealer for approved for any vinyl, laminate, or wpc flooring is suitable and can be purchased at your local home builders store.
Installing the First Row
To minimize pattern repeats in the floor, always pull from at least three cartons of flooring while installing. Occasionally, stand back and observe patterns. You may need to reposition pieces, and this is easier handled early on instead of discovering later in the project.
1. Begin on the left side of the room and work right.
2. Lay the first full piece with the small tongue side facing the wall and the longer/deeper tongue facing you.
3. Install second and subsequent full pieces in the first row by aligning short ends of boards and locking into place.
4. Use spacers along all sides that butt up against walls to maintain 1/4" (6.35 mm) to 1/2" (12.7 mm) expansion gap.
5. Continue laying boards in the first row until you need to cut the last piece.
6. Measure the distance between the wall and the face surface of the last board. Subtract 1/4" (6.35 mm) and cut the board.
7. If this distance is less than 8" (20.32 cm) go back to the first full plank and cut approximately 8" (20.32 cm) from the end closest to the starting wall. This will leave a longer piece at the end of the first row.
8. If the tiles are being balanced in the room with equal-sized tile along each wall, measurements and adjustments should be done before proceeding to the second row.
Installing Remaining Rows
9. Begin the second row of planks with the piece cut from the last piece in the first row. If the piece is shorter than 8" (20.32cm), cut a new plank in half and use it to begin the second row. Best practice is to use the piece cut from the preceding row to start the next row. End joints of all boards should be staggered 8" (20.32 cm) or more.
10. Install the long end of the first board at an angle to the board
in the previous row. Keep this board at its natural angle slightly raised off the subfloor. Use a scrap piece of flooring to support the row if needed.
11. Continue installing full boards in the second row by angling the short end of the next board in the row to lock into the previous board. Position the board so that the long side of the board is close to boards in the previous row and overlapping the groove of the boards in the previous row.
12. Angle up and push forward until the boards lock together
13. Continue installing full boards in the second and subsequent rows until you reach the wall on your right.
14. Mark the last piece, cut and install. After all boards in the row are installed, press or walk all boards flat to the subfloor to begin the next row.
15. Use a pull bar when necessary to ensure joints are tight
Installing the Last Row
16. The last row in the installation may need to be cut lengthwise.
17. Place the row of planks to be fit on top of the last row of installed planks. Use a divider or a piece of the plank as a scribe to trace the contour of the wall.
18. Be sure to place a spacer between the marking pen and “scribe” piece of board. This adds the 1/4" (6.35 mm) to 1/2" (12.7 mm) space you need at the finish wall.
19. Mark where the board should be cut.
20. If the fit at the finish wall is simple and straight, just measure for the correct width and cut. If not, see above for instructions on wall irregularities.
21. After the last row is installed, use the pull bar to tighten the joints.
Finishing the Installation
22. Remove spacers and install molding pieces.
23. Always predrill transitions or moldings prior to nailing. To allow the floating floor to move freely, do not fasten the trim to the flooring.
24. For routine cleaning, vacuum or damp mop. To remove excessive dirt buildup, any vinyl floor cleaner is acceptable.
25. DO NOT WAX OR POLISH your floor.
Questions about installing SUPERCore Flooring should be directed to Customer Services at 844-356-6711.