• Utilty Knife • Tape Measure• Straight Edge • Spacers
Do not use foamunderlayment under BBL VINYL FLOORS
• Carefully check flooring material for anydefects. Contact your supplierimmediately if any defect is found.
• Room temperature shall be no less than 65°F(18°C) for 24hours before,during and after installation.
• Remove quarter round, baseboard molding orcove base.
• Undercut doorway moldings the thickness ofthe flooring.
• Cartons must be stored horizontally at alltimes.
• Protect carton corners from damage
Wood floors mustbe double construction with a minimum thickness of 1”,free from spring / delection. Top layer of plywood shall be¼” minimum thickness underlayment gradeplywood. BBL recommendedunderlayments include APA UnderlaymentGrade Plywood A-C, B-C or C-C Plugged, ACCU-PLY, SurePly,TECPLY, ULAY, C.S.A. (CanPly) and Proboard.
BBL VINYL FLOORSmay be installed over on grade, above grade or below grade concretesubfloors. Concrete floors shall be con-structed inaccordance with the American Concrete Institute (ACI) 302.1 Guidefor Concrete Floor and Slab Construction. Concrete shall beinished and cured according to ACI and have a minimumcompressive strength of 3500 psi. Installation of moisturevapor barrier is recommended prior to pouring of on orbelow grade slabs. Moisture vapor transmission shall not exceed3 lbs./1000 sq.ft./24 hours per ASTM F-1869 (AnhydrousCalcium Chloride Test). Moisture may also be tested accordingto ASTM F 2170 (Standard Test Method for DeterminingRelative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs Usingin situ Probes).When tested according to this method, the internal relativehumidity shall not exceed 75%.BBL VINYL FLOORSmay be installed over gypsum based underlayments.
BBL VINYL FLOORSmay be installed over most smooth, single layer, hard surface existing flooring.Check flooring for any curled areas
around theperimeter or at seams and repair if necessary. Useof a good qualitycementitious based embossing leveler to smooth and illthe existing floor.
WARNING: Do not sand, dry sweep, dry scrape,drill, saw, beadblast ormechanically chip or pulverize existing resilient ﬂooring,backing, lining felt or asphaltic “cutback” adhesive. These products may contain asbestos ibers or crystallinesilica. Avoid creating dust. Inhalation of such
dust is a cancerand respiratory tract hazard. Smoking byindividualsexposed to asbestos ibers greatly increases the risk ofserious bodily harm. unless positivelycertain that the productis a non-asbestos containing material, you must presumeit contains asbestos. Regulations may require that thematerial be tested to determine asbestos content.
• All substrates must be dry, clean, smooth,level, free from all existingadhesive residues, and free from movement or delection.
• The substrate must be level within 3/16” in10 ft. (4.7 mm in 3 m).
• Fill and level all plywood seams andconcrete cracks, constructionjoints, control joints, depressions, grooves or otherirregularities. Use a latex fortiied, cementitious patchingcompound.
• Sweep and/or vacuum substrate to remove alldust and debris.
1. BBL VINYL FLOORS is a loating floor andshould not be glued or nailedto the substrate.
2. BBLVINYL FLOORS is intended for indoor use only.6.25”
3. Determine in which direction the planks willbe installed. To make the roomappear larger or if installing in very small rooms orhallways, it is preferable to lay the planks parallel to thelongest room dimension.
4. Do not install cabinets on planks.
5. Carefully measure the room to determinesquareness and also to determinethe width of the last row of planks. If the width of thelast row of planks is less than 2” (50mm), excluding thetongue, the width of irst row of planks will have to be cutaccordingly.
6. A minimum 5/16” (8.2mm) expansion space isrequired around theperimeter of the room and all vertical objects.
7. Inspect all planks for visible defects anddamage before and duringinstallation. Do not install damaged planks. BBL will notaccept responsibility for claims on flooring installed withobvious defects. During installation, inspect the groove areaand remove any debris that may prevent proper assemblyof planks.
1. Begin laying planks from the left side ofthe starting wall and work to theright side. The tongue side of the plank shall face thestarting wall.
2. Place 5/16” (8.2mm) spacers between theshort and long side of theplanks and the wall. Always position one spacer between the walland where the planks join.
3. The end joints of the planks in the irst roware assembled by inserting thetongue side into the groove side of the previous plank ata low angle. Gradually lower the plankdown lat untilthe end joint closes, insuring that the planks areperfectly aligned. Install remaining full planks
in the irst row.
4. The last plank in the irst row will need tobe cut. Measure the distancebetween the wall and the surface of the last full plank.Subtract 5/16” (8.2mm) from this measurement to allow for thespacer. If this measurement is less than 8” (20.3cm), thelength of irst plank in the row must be
cut. This willallow for a longer plank at the end of the row. The irst andlast plank in each row must be at least 8” (20.3cm) inlength. Planks are cut using a sharp utility knife andstraight edge/carpenters square. Score the surface of theplank with a utility knife, and then snap the
plank at thescore line.
5. The remaining piece cut off from the lastplank in the irst row may serve asthe irst plank in the second row provided it is at least 8”(20.3cm) long. Always stagger end joints from row to row aminimum of 8” (20.3cm).
6. Install the long side of the irst plank of the second row. Remember to placea 5/16” (8.2mm) spacer between the wall and theshort side of the plank. Insert the tongue side into thegroove side of the previous row at a low angle and lowerlat to the substrate.
7. Install the second plank in the second.Position the long side of the plankwith the tongue side overlapping the groove of theplanks in the previous row approximately 1/8”. Then, anglethe end joint into the previous plank. Angle the plankup and gently push forward until the plank
locks into theprevious row. Continue installing remaining planks in second row.It is important to make sure that the irst two rows arestraight and square as they can effect the entireinstallation.
8. Continue working from left to right, row byrow. Be sure to maintain a5/16” space around all walls and vertical objects andmaintain a random appearance. Offset end joints a minimumof 8” (20.3cm).
• After all planks have been installed, removespacers from perimeter ofroom.
• Install transition moldings. Do not fastenany moldings through the flooring.
• Predrill and install quarter round orbaseboard molding. Molding must besuficient size to cover the 5/16” (8.2mm) space. Do notfasten moldings through the flooring. Fasten into the wall.
• Use plywood to cover the top of the flooringwhen moving heavy furnitureor appliances into position.
• Use proper floor protectors under the legsof furniture.
• Post installation temperature must bemaintained between 65º F and 100º F.Relative humidity must be maintained between 40% and70%.
Please follow therecommendations in this guide to retain the fresh look and protect the finish.After installing the floor, we recommend a first cleaning to remove and loosedirt or debris that may have been introduced during the installation process.Also, in order to protect the flooring surface from abrasive dirt and debris werecommend installing an effective barrier system to limit the amount ofmoisture, dirt, and grit that may enter the flooring area. Please check any newcleaning agents on a small test patch of the floor in an inconspicuous area,and avoid using harsh cleaners or ammonia based cleaning products.
1. First, sweepand vacuum the floor surface to ensure removal of all loose dust, dirt, anddebris.Using a mop scrub the flooring surface. Use warm, clean water, ringseveral times or as needed, the use a dry mop or wet vacuum to remove the waterand allow to dry.
2. Do not allowpets with unclipped nails to damage your vinyl flooring. It may result insevere scratching to the surface. The same is true for any high‐heeledshoes that do not have proper tips on the heels.
3. Avoid exposureto direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. During peak sunlight hours,use drapes or blinds to minimize the direct sunlight on the vinyl flooring.Most types of flooring will be affected by continuous strong sunlight. Inaddition, excessive temperatures are not good for resilient floors. Somenatural ventilation or intermittent air conditioning in vacant homes should beconsidered. Long term continuous inside temperatures over 95 F combined withstrong direct sunlight will damage the flooring and cause the installation tofail.
4. Do not waxyour vinyl flooring. The surface of your floor is very dense and nonporous,which prevents wax from penetrating and thus builds up a bed for yellowing anddirt collection. The same non‐porous feature also provides all theprotection against wear and staining that you will need.
5. If your floorhas been exposed to excessive amounts of water due to flooding, do not panic,BBL Vinyl Floor is waterproof. Simply remove the water as quickly as possible.
A dehumidifier should bepromptly turned on in the room to reduce the moisture levels back to normal. Donot dry the room below the normal moisture level that existed previously.