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All floors and sub floors should be fitted in accordance with BS 8201, BS 8425 and BS 8204 guidelines.




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Important fitting Info BFCore®️SPC.

Always leave a 5-10mm expansion gap around all edges when the floor is fitted.

Where the flooring run exceeds 15 metres in width or length insert a 5-10mm expansion joint, then repeat every 15 metres thereafter cover this with a matching T Bar.

Do Not Fit BFCore®️SPC Under Cabinets.

If you are installing BFCore®️SPC you should NOT install under cabinets. Since your floor will be floating on the subfloor and connected solely by the locking system, it needs space to expand and contract with temperature changes. If you install heavy cabinetry such as kitchen cabinets on top, it will inhibit the floor from expanding and contracting, and can lead to issues such as buckling and damaged locking systems. As for furniture, it is okay to have furnishings on top of your floor. Invest in felt pads to attach to the bottom of your furnishings so any movements do not damage your vinyl plank flooring.

Fitting BFCore®️ SPC With Under Floor Heating

General Guidelines

All BFCore®️ SPC floors can be used in conjunction with “low temperature” floor heating, under the conditions mentioned below. This is true for floor heating systems with heating components – hot water or electric – embedded in the floor. Heating films or other “new” systems that are placed ON the screed or wooden sub–floor are not suitable for BFCore®️ SPC flooring.

The maximum allowed heat resistance (R) of the floor covering in combination with floor heating is 0.15 m2K/W. In combination with floor cooling the maximum heat resistance is 0,09 m2K/W.

The respective values for BFCore®️ SPC floors are 5mm RIGID (+ acoustic underlay) 5mm + 1.5mm 0,045 m² K/W.

Floor heating and subfloor conditions

The type of cement screed and the installation method, combined with the floor heating, must comply with the instructions of the suppliers of the screed and the floor heating system.

To obtain a homogeneous heat distribution across the entire floor, the distance between the heating elements must not be greater than 30 cm. The depth of the elements is determined by the fitter of the floor heating (> 4 cm).

The subfloor must be sufficiently DRY across its complete thickness when installing the floor covering. This is maximum 1.5% according to the CM method for cement-bound floors and maximum 0.3% for anhydrite-bound screed. This can only be guaranteed, when installed in new buildings, by starting up the floor heating. Start up the floor heating gradually at least two weeks before laying your SPC, and minimum 21 days AFTER laying the screed (max. 5°C per day):

If you can leave the floor heating on for longer, this is even better. For newly spread screed, follow the guidelines of your installer for drying and start up period. A heating protocol should be presented. Ask for it if necessary.

Installation instructions

The temperature for laying BFCore®️ SPC flooring must be minimum 18°C, so if the room temperature is not 18°C, the floor heating has to be switched ON at 50% until 18°C in the room is reached. If the room temperature is 18°C, you can turn off the heating completely.

Of course, the general installation instructions for BFCore®️ SPC flooring without floor heating also apply, unless explicitly mentioned below. For SPC floating installations we strongly recommend to have 8mm expansion gaps and foresee a transition profile from areas with floor heating/cooling towards areas without floor heating/cooling. This because the movement of subfloors with floor heating/cooling is bigger than without.

AFTER installation of the floor, you must wait at least 48 hours before restarting the heating. This should be done gradually (5°C/day). The maximum permitted contact temperature on BFCore®️ SPC floor is 27°C.

ALWAYS change the temperature gradually at the start and end of a heating period.

Preferably the climate conditions in the rooms are kept between 18-30°C:

Floor cooling

To avoid damage to the floor, the supply temperature of the cooling water must not be reduced below a certain temperature, the so-called dew point temperature. Lower temperatures will produce condensation and will damage your flooring construction.

Thermostats in the room must never be set at a temperature which is 5°C lower than the room temperature. So, at a room temperature of 25°C, the room thermostat must not be set lower than 20°C. The cooling circuit must have a control that prevents the temperature of the cooling liquid dropping below 18 to 22°C. This depends on the climate zone where the floor is installed. In zones with a high relative humidity, the minimum is 22°C; at average humidity and temperature levels, it can go as low as 18°C. If you do not respect these instructions, the warranty on BFCore®️ SPC floor is void.

If you have further questions or problems, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Quick Summary

When first turning on the underfloor heating gradually increase the floor temperature by 5°c per day until you reach the maximum 27°c limit

Max floor temp 27°c never exceed this temperature

ALWAYS change the temperature gradually at the start and end of a heating period

Use an INFRARED NON-CONTACT DIGITAL THERMOMETER to check the floor temperature

Ensure underfloor heating system is fitted to manufacturers guidelines

It is important the underfloor heating is heated evenly throughout the room surface

Ensure expansion gaps are left around all edges of the flooring

Always use a qualified professional to install the heating system

The whole room must have under floor heating not part of it

Check the moisture levels in your sub floor

Use the correct underlay for floating floors and use correct adhesive for glued down installations.

** The surface temperature of the floor should not exceed 27°C

Please contact us for technical advice prior to fitting your new floor


Uniclic Locking Bamboo Flooring with Drop in end joining

All floors and sub floors should be fitted in accordance with BS 8201, BS 8425 and BS 8204 guidelines.

IMPORTANT:

Please read the instructions in their entirety before opening any packaging or starting the installation

  1. It is considered the sole responsibility of the installer to determine if the job site’s sub-floor & environmental conditions are suitable for the installation of the product.
  2. Pre-finished Bamboo Flooring should only be installed in the final stages of completion of a construction project with all trades people having left the site. All work involving water or moisture should be completed prior to installation (cement work, plastering, painting, plumbing, and tiling etc). Should this not be the case, installation should be delayed to avoid damage to the coating of the Bamboo Flooring.
    The building should be roofed and enclosed with the temperature and humidity as close as possible to in-service conditions including the use of air conditioning. Flooring should be delivered at least 2-3 days prior to installation and the boxes opened to allow the Bamboo Floor to adjust to normal room.
  3. Check all floorboards before installation floor visual or structural defects. Any defects in the product should be notified in writing to the supplier of the flooring before installation. Floorboards with visible defects are not to be used. The product manufacturer cannot be held responsible for site conditions.

Bamboo Floor is recommended for internal use only, and should not be installed in wet areas like bathrooms or laundries or in external environments exposed to the elements.

Colour Variation

Bamboo is a natural material and variations in colour and tone are to be expected.  For the optimum finish, mix different colours and tones to create a blended and natural looking floor.

Light Fastness

Bamboo is a natural product and all floorboards should be shielded from exposure to direct sunlight & high UV levels to limit the fading.

Acclimatization

Bamboo FLOORING must be moisture acclimatized as with conventional hardwood flooring (moisture and temperature) for a minimum of 72 hours according to internal relative humidity levels prior to installation, (See below table)

Relative Humidity       35%      40%          45%                50%        55%

Acclimation Time   96 hrs    72 hrs          72 hrs      72 hrs     96 hrs

Temperature and humidity of installation area should be consistent with normal, year-round living conditions for at least a week before installation of the bamboo flooring.  Room temperature of 20 -24C and a humidity range of 35-55% is recommended and this will need to be maintained at all times to ensure a successful installation.  If the RH is not within these parameters, a humidifier/dehumidifier can be used to reach required levels.

Store the flooring in the installation area with all the boxes open and internal plastic wrap cut.   Do not store the cartons directly on concrete or against walls.   When installing bamboo flooring use planks from 2-4 cartons at a time to ensure a good blend of colour.

WARNING: Installing bamboo flooring in temperature/humidity conditions outside of recommended ranges may result in the floor expanding/contracting which may in turn cause warping/cupping in wet/hot conditions or splitting/cracking in dry/cold conditions.  Any sharp increases/decreases in temperature or RH can affect the stability of your product.   To ensure a successful installation, please ensure temperature and humidity levels are controlled within the optimum installation conditions at all times.

Substrate Preparation

Site Conditions

Flooring should be the last item installed for all commercial or domestic applications.  All other trades must be completed before the flooring can be installed.

Ensure site is thoroughly clean and all debris is removed.

The subfloor must be flat (level to maximum variation of 3mm over a 3metre  radius and structurally sound.

All installations require the use of a suitable moisture barrier (200-250micron plastic or equivalent SABS approved) to be installed directly on the substrate.  Ensure joins overlap by at least 200mm are taped securely with waterproof tape and are folded up all walls and vertical obstructions by 50mm

A 2mm cushion underlay or Cork or High density foam is required on top of the vapour barrier.  This would be installed by butting the edges together (no overlap) and then taping again (See sections below for specific requirements).

Alternatively a 2 in 1 Combilay (plastic moisture barrier with attached High density Foam) may be used.

For Wooden Sub floors

Check moisture content of the wood subfloor using a wood moisture meter.  If moisture content is over 10% the manufacturer recommends the bamboo floor should not be installed.

Check subfloor is dry year round, has no mould, contaminants and is well secured.  Nail or screw every 15cm along joists to avoid squeaking.  Rectify if required.

Check subfloor is level if not level, sand down high spots and fill low spots with an underlayment patch.

The subfloor must be flat (level to maximum variation of 3mm over a 3metre radius and structurally sound.

All installations require the use of a suitable moisture barrier (200-250micron plastic or equivalent SABS approved) to be installed directly on the substrate.  Ensure joins overlap by at least 200mm are taped securely with waterproof tape and are folded up all walls and vertical obstructions by 50mm

A 2mm cushion underlay or Cork or High density foam  is required on top of the vapour barrier.  This would be installed by butting the edges together (no overlap) and then taping again (See sections below for specific requirements).

Alternatively a 2 in 1 Combilay (plastic moisture barrier with attached High density Foam) may be used.

Confirm with an industry professional about the suitability of your timber subfloor and crawl space.

For Concrete Subfloors

Ensure concrete slab is fully cured and a minimum of 60 days old.

All uneven areas in the subfloor must be filled with a self levelling compound (refer to manufacturer’s instructions) and ground to conform to minimum requirements of 3mm deflection over a 3m radius.

Check moisture content of concrete using a concrete moisture meter.

If reading is above 5% the manufacturer recommends bamboo flooring should not be installed.

All installations require the use of a suitable moisture barrier (200-250micron plastic or equivalent SABS approved) to be installed directly on the substrate.  Ensure joins overlap by at least 200mm are taped securely with waterproof tape and are folded up all walls and vertical obstructions by 50mm

Important: Do not install on concrete unless you are sure it stays dry year round.

INSTALLATION

Preparation for installation:

Expansion joints

Pipes and other obstacles

 

Joining of Long sides of  boards

Method A: Position the panel to be installed at an angle of 20 to 30 degrees to the panel already installed.  Move the panel gently up and down and at the same time exert forward pressure.  The panels will automatically click into place.  You can either insert the tongue into the groove or the groove into the tongue.  

IMPORTANT

Even though the lock may appear tight, it is mandatory that you secure the lock by gently tapping both the side and end joints.  (Use a Uniclic tapping block and do not secure the lock with one strong tap).  

The tongue in groove method is the most common and easiest way 

Method B: Using Uniclic you can also tap the panels into each other without lifting.  For this method you must use a Uniclic tapping block.

The planks should not be joined with a single tap.  Avoid damaging the panels by gently and repeatedly tapping the boards to secure the lock.

It is recommended after you finish the first row that you use the angle plus tap on the long side of the board.  (Method A).

Joining of short sides (or ends) of  boards

On the end of the boards there is a “Drop in end joining system”:

The short side (ends of the plank) have a top hook which is dropped into place into the end low hook of the adjoining board. (Ensure the joint in clean beforehand)

The end of the board to be installed must be butted tightly to the board already installed …The long side is then installed. Once this has been done the board can be pressed down, engaging an end lock by hooking the top hook into the low hook.

STEP BY STEP INSTALLATION

INSTALLATION TIPS

FLOORS WIDER THAN (6metres)

On floors wider than (6m) to minimize expansion, more or less spacing may be required depending on geographical area, interior climate control and the time of year.  In some areas, additional spacing may not be necessary.  For more information contact your local agent or representative.

POST INSTALLATION PRECAUTIONS

MAINTENANCE

Bamboo Flooring  with Tongue & Groove

All floors and sub floors should be fitted in accordance with BS 8201, BS 8425 and BS 8204 guidelines.

IMPORTANT:

Please read the instructions in their entirety before opening any packaging or starting the installation

  1. It is considered the sole responsibility of the installer to determine if the job site’s sub-floor & environmental conditions are suitable for the installation of the product.
  2. Pre-finished Bamboo Flooring should only be installed in the final stages of completion of a construction project with all trades people having left the site. All work involving water or moisture should be completed prior to installation (cement work, plastering, painting, plumbing, and tiling etc). Should this not be the case, installation should be delayed to avoid damage to the coating of the Bamboo Flooring.
    The building should be roofed and enclosed with the temperature and humidity as close as possible to in-service conditions including the use of air conditioning. Flooring should be delivered at least 2-3 days prior to installation and the boxes opened to allow the Bamboo Floor to adjust to normal room.
  3. Check all floorboards before installation floor visual or structural defects. Any defects in the product should be notified in writing to the supplier of the flooring before installation. Floorboards with visible defects are not to be used. The product manufacturer cannot be held responsible for site conditions.

Bamboo Floor is recommended for internal use only, and should not be installed in wet areas like bathrooms or laundries or in external environments exposed to the elements.

COLOUR VARIATION

Bamboo is a natural material and variations in colour and tone are to be expected.  For the optimum finish, mix different colours and tones to create a blended and natural looking floor.

LIGHT FASTNESS

Bamboo is a natural product and all floorboards should be shielded from exposure to direct sunlight & high UV levels to limit the fading.

ACCLIMATIZATION

Bamboo FLOORING must be moisture acclimatized as with conventional hardwood flooring (moisture and temperature) for a minimum of 72 hours according to internal relative humidity levels prior to installation, (See below table)

Relative Humidity       35%      40%          45%                50%        55%

Acclimation Time   96 hrs    72 hrs          72 hrs      72 hrs     96 hrs

Temperature and humidity of installation area should be consistent with normal, year-round living conditions for at least a week before installation of the bamboo flooring.  Room temperature of 20 -24C and a humidity range of 35-55% is recommended and this will need to be maintained at all times to ensure a successful installation.  If the RH is not within these parameters, a humidifier/dehumidifier can be used to reach required levels.

Store the flooring in the installation area with all the boxes open and internal plastic wrap cut.   Do not store the cartons directly on concrete or against walls.   When installing bamboo flooring use planks from 2-4 cartons at a time to ensure a good blend of colour.

WARNING: Installing bamboo flooring in temperature/humidity conditions outside of recommended ranges may result in the floor expanding/contracting which may in turn cause warping/cupping in wet/hot conditions or splitting/cracking in dry/cold conditions.  Any sharp increases/decreases in temperature or RH can affect the stability of your product.   To ensure a successful installation, please ensure temperature and humidity levels are controlled within the optimum installation conditions at all times.

SUBSTRATE PREPARATION

Site Conditions

Flooring should be the last item installed for all commercial or domestic applications.  All other trades must be completed before the flooring can be installed.

Ensure site is thoroughly clean and all debris is removed.

The subfloor must be flat (level to maximum variation of 3mm over a 3metre  radius and structurally sound.

All installations require the use of a suitable moisture barrier (200-250micron plastic or equivalent SABS approved) to be installed directly on the substrate.  Ensure joins overlap by at least 200mm are taped securely with waterproof tape and are folded up all walls and vertical obstructions by 50mm

A 2mm cushion underlay or Cork or High density foam is required on top of the vapour barrier.  This would be installed by butting the edges together (no overlap) and then taping again (See sections below for specific requirements).

Alternatively a 2 in 1 Combilay (plastic moisture barrier with attached High density Foam) may be used.

For Wooden Subfloors

Check moisture content of the wood subfloor using a wood moisture meter.  If moisture content is over 10% the manufacturer recommends the bamboo floor should not be installed.

Check subfloor is dry year round, has no mould, contaminants and is well secured.  Nail or screw every 15cm along joists to avoid squeaking.  Rectify if required.

Check subfloor is level if not level, sand down high spots and fill low spots with an underlayment patch.

The subfloor must be flat (level to maximum variation of 3mm over a 3metre radius and structurally sound.

All installations require the use of a suitable moisture barrier (200-250micron plastic or equivalent SABS approved) to be installed directly on the substrate.  Ensure joins overlap by at least 200mm are taped securely with waterproof tape and are folded up all walls and vertical obstructions by 50mm

A 2mm cushion underlay or Cork or High density foam  is required on top of the vapour barrier.  This would be installed by butting the edges together (no overlap) and then taping again (See sections below for specific requirements).

Alternatively a 2 in 1 Combilay (plastic moisture barrier with attached High density Foam) may be used.

Confirm with an industry professional about the suitability of your timber subfloor and crawl space.

For Concrete Subfloors

Ensure concrete slab is fully cured and a minimum of 60 days old.

All uneven areas in the subfloor must be filled with a self levelling compound (refer to manufacturer’s instructions) and ground to conform to minimum requirements of 3mm deflection over a 3m radius.

Check moisture content of concrete using a concrete moisture meter.

If reading is above 5% the manufacturer recommends bamboo flooring should not be installed.

All installations require the use of a suitable moisture barrier (200-250micron plastic or equivalent SABS approved) to be installed directly on the substrate.  Ensure joins overlap by at least 200mm are taped securely with waterproof tape and are folded up all walls and vertical obstructions by 50mm

Important: Do not install on concrete unless you are sure it stays dry year round.

INSTALLATION

Preparation for installation:

Expansion joints

Pipes and other obstacles

IMPORTANT

STEP BY STEP INSTALLATION

INSTALLATION TIPS

FLOORS WIDER THAN (6metres)

On floors wider than (6m) to minimize expansion, more or less spacing may be required depending on geographical area, interior climate control and the time of year.  In some areas, additional spacing may not be necessary.  For more information contact your local agent or representative.

To install our bamboo flooring over under floor heating you need to consider a few things.

  1. Ensure the chosen flooring is compatible with UFH.

All our floors are ok to use with UFH to a maximum of 27c floor temperature.

For advice, please contact us.

  1. Ensure the UFH is fully working and installed properly. Always follow the manufacturers guidelines when you first use their system.

Run the system for 14 days prior to fitting the floor and ensure everything is completely dry. The floor must be heated evenly all over the sub floor to allow the floor to expand and contract at the same rate.

  1. How to install bamboo flooring over underfloor heating.

Ensure the underfloor heating system is turned off. Leave expansion gaps around EVERY edge of the flooring when fitting.

If gluing the floor down use a recommended flexible adhesive and follow manufacturers guidelines. For advice contact us.

For floating floor installation use a suitable underlay for UFH. This allows correct heat transfer. Then click and away you go no glue required. For advice contact us.

Never use any nails or screws for installation over an UFH system. They may damage the pipes.

For further advise please contact us.

                 

POST INSTALLATION PRECAUTIONS

MAINTENANCE

Fitting Bamboo Family Bamboo®️ With Under Floor Heating

General Guidelines

Bamboo flooring over under-floor heating: guidelines and requirements Installing a bamboo floor (or any other natural material) on top of under-floor heating is likely to cause the floor to dry out more than in normal circumstances, which can lead to more shrinkage than may be otherwise expected.

To minimise this, optimal room conditions need to be maintained: a temperature of approximately 18-21 degrees Celsius and 40-65% relative air humidity (use a hygrometer + thermometer to monitor this). In the installation instructions of your bamboo flooring, you will find whether it is suitable for installation on floor heating or not. Pre-conditions:

Please make sure the following conditions are met:

• Bamboo flooring can only be installed on electrical floor heating systems when the capacity is lower than 80 W/m2. On top of the electrical heating elements there should be a heat distributing layer of at least 4-6 mm (for example levelling compound).

• Installation is possible on most warm water floor heating systems. This is the preferred underfloor heating method with bamboo flooring, as the direct heat is less concentrated on the flooring.

• The installation can only take place after determining the moisture content of the sub-floor by means of an acceptable concrete moisture test (Calcium-carbide method test). Excessive humidity has a detrimental effect on the flooring. The maximum permitted humidity levels for sub floors are: sand cement 1.8%, chipboard 7-9%, anhydrite floors 0.3%.

• The underfloor heating system should be placed throughout the whole room (at least 95% coverage of floor area), unless there is a break (expansion/contraction break) in the floor, to compartmentalise the heated/non-heated areas.

• The slab should be at least 50mm thick (minimal distance to the tubes 35mm).

• It is recommended to glue the bamboo flooring to the sub-floor. However, bamboo flooring may be installed as a “floating floor” over a suitable underlay (appropriate for underfloor heating); ensuring all other installation instructions are carried out – with particular attention to expansion/contraction gaps. Underfloor heating may cause the bamboo flooring to dry and contract more than other heating methods.

• If direct fixing the bamboo flooring: it should be professionally fitted to the sub-floor with a glue which is suitable for using on a floor heating system and must be applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

• Temperature measurement ‘probes’ should be built-into the floor via a thermostat to ensure that floor temperature can be managed and does not exceed 27°C

• During installation of the flooring the heating system should be turned off and the sub floor should be cooled off.

• For both cooling off and heating up we advise to do so in small steps of approx. 3°C per 48 hours.

• The heating system should not be used until 2 weeks after installation. The system should be warmed up slowly and the temperature of the flooring should never exceed 27°C.

• Bamboo flooring can only be installed on floor cooling systems when they are equipped with an anticondensation device. When installing bamboo flooring over floor heating, it is always possible that seams between the boards and cupping can develop. To minimise this, you need to create optimal room conditions: a temperature of approx. 21°C and a 40-65% relative air humidity. Whilst all due care is taken to ensure the accuracy of these instructions, individual circumstances (location, sub-floor and installation procedures) may vary and are beyond the manufacturer‘s control.

If you have further questions or problems, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Quick Summary

When first turning on the underfloor heating gradually increase the floor temperature by 5°c per day until you reach the maximum 27°c limit

Max floor temp 27°c never exceed this temperature

ALWAYS change the temperature gradually at the start and end of a heating period

Use an INFRARED NON-CONTACT DIGITAL THERMOMETER to check the floor temperature

Ensure underfloor heating system is fitted to manufacturers guidelines

It is important the underfloor heating is heated evenly throughout the room surface

Ensure expansion gaps are left around all edges of the flooring

Always use a qualified professional to install the heating system

The whole room must have under floor heating not part of it

Check the moisture levels in your sub floor

Use the correct underlay for floating floors and use correct adhesive for glued down installations.

** The surface temperature of the floor should not exceed 27°C

Please contact us for technical advice prior to fitting your new floor