Vinyl Planks & TilesStep-by-step instructions
HOW TO INSTALL
Our Optimum vinyl flooring is an easy alternative when you want to glue down your floor. Here you can find complete instructions for achieving the perfect result, no matter which type of installation you prefer.
Pergo Optimum glue down flooring materials are delivered with instructions in the form of illustrations. The texts below provide explanations for the illustrations, and are divided in three areas: Preparation, Installation and Cleaning instructions. We recommend that you read through this information carefully, while studying each illustration. We recommend to order all panels for the same flooring project at the same time. Compatibility of panels in repeated orders cannot be guaranteed. The use of Pergo accessories is strongly recommended to benefit from the full Pergo warranty.
Pergo Optimum can be bought in different formats and decors. Make sure you have received the flooring that you ordered before starting the installation. It is always a good idea to store one end label together with your receipt/invoice. After receiving the floor packs these should be acclimatized, unopened and in a flat position. We recommend storing them unopened and next to each other at normal room temperature (between 18-25 degrees C) for a minimum of 48 hours prior to installation. Never store the boxes in an upright position, in a dusty room or with extreme temperatures.
The type of subfloor, it`s quality and preparation will have a big influence on the final installation result. This is why Pergo Optimum floors must be installed on a solid, sound, dry and stabile self-supporting subfloor. Make sure the subfloor is flat, clean (including free from fat, grease, chemical substances, etc.). All soft floor coverings like vinyl, carpet, linoleum, cork etc. and debris must be removed before installation. If the subfloor does not seem appropriate for the installation of Pergo Optimum, then necessary actions must be taken. Most subfloors will have to be primered and leveled, because the slightest unevenness in the subfloor will be visible through the Pergo Vinyl.
The entire subfloor must be carefully checked for any unevenness using a 2 m straight edge. Unevenness more than 2 mm per 2 m must be levelled either by sanding or using an appropriate levelling compound.
An uneven subfloor must always be leveled. Let the levelling compound cure and dry in accordance to prescriptions of the supplier of the compound before the installation. Ask your dealer for advice. All cement based subfloors must be dry (< 2,5 CM / 75% RH Tramex) before installation. When installing on a plank floor, install a tongue and grooved fiber board or plywood to even out the surface. Make sure the plank floor is screwed to avoid squeaking. An appropriate levelling compound can be used on a plank floor as well. Ask your dealer for advice.
A Pergo Optimum floor can be installed in conjunction with “low temperature” floor heating.
Vacuum the surface carefully to make sure no debris is left on the subfloor.
Pergo Optimum floors are easy to install and require no expensive specialty tools except from a heavy roll. You need a folding ruler, pencil, hammer, utility knife, carpenters square and possible power drill and working gloves. In order to glue down the floor, you need the Pergo Vinyl glue and an A-2 trowel. Be sure you have all tools available before starting the installation.
Cutting the plank is easily done by using a utility knife with the décor side up, make a firm cut in the surface. Break off the plank as shown in the illustration.
Every Pergo plank is methodically checked for any imperfections before being packed. Still, packs can be damaged during transportation or when opened. Do not install a plank with a damaged surface or edge. Carefully inspect each plank before and during installation in good light conditions. An installed plank is considered as accepted and cannot be claimed.
Before starting, carefully measure the length and the width of the room to plan a precise layout in order to achieve a balanced appearance of the floor. This is especially important when installing tile decors. Mark the middle of the floor. Check if the row against the wall will not be too small. If this is the case you can still start in the middle, but at some distance from the center. It is preferable to install parallel to the incoming light.
“Dry fit” (without glue) the first row completely. “Dry fit” the next row keeping a staggering of minimum 15 cm between the panel short end. It is not recommended to line up the end joints in a regular pattern but make it random to get a nice and natural final result. The Pergo Optimum tiles should normally be installed in a 50/50 pattern and symmetrical in the room. It is recommended to keep a distance of about 3 mm to the walls in case of floating screeds or anhydrite.
Remove the panels and apply the Pergo vinyl glue on the floor for about the same width as the two first rows. Follow the instructions on the Pergo glue bucket.
Install the first two rows following the starting line. Put firm pressure on each plank to secure absolute bonding. Make sure the panels are perfectly lined up along the row.
Continue the installation, keeping a minimum staggering of 15 cm when installing plank formats. It is recommended to make a variation in the staggering and not to keep a straight line in the end joints. In the case of tile formats, it is recommended to keep a 50/50 staggering. However, you may want to try other patterns to suit your taste. Also mix up the planks from several packs to keep a balanced pattern in the floor.
Use a heavy roll to ensure the best bonding and to flatten the planks. Wait no longer than 30 minutes before rolling on the yet installed area.
The glue must be able to cure 100% before moving in furniture, walking on it or any other stresses. Hence, leave the floor untouched for 24 hours after installation between 18-25°C for the curing process to complete.