Armstrong Flooring American Personality Pro 12 Installation System

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If properly installed and cared for your new flooring will be easy to maintain and will look great for years to come.

These directions are based on industry standards and best practices. Failure to follow these installation instructions may result in damage to the flooring and void the floor’s warranty

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  • For technical or installation questions, or to request a Safety Data Sheet, please call 1-866-243-2726 or visit www.floorexpert.com, our technical website
  • For general questions or comments, please visit us at www.ahfproducts.com or call 1-866-243-2726.
WARNING: EXISTING IN-PLACE RESILIENT FLOOR COVERING AND ASPHALTIC ADHESIVES. DO NOT SAND, DRY SWEEP, DRY SCRAPE, DRILL, SAW,
BEADBLAST, OR MECHANICALLY CHIP OR PULVERIZE EXISTING RESILIENT FLOORING, BACKING, LINING FELT, ASPHALTIC “CUTBACK” ADHESIVE,
OR OTHER ADHESIVE.
These existing in-place products may contain asbestos fibers and/or crystalline silica. Avoid creating dust. Inhalation of such dust is a cancer and respiratory tract hazard. Smoking by individuals exposed to asbestos fibers greatly increases the risk of serious bodily harm. Unless positively certain that the existing in-place product is a non-asbestos-containing material, you must presume it contains asbestos. Regulations may require that the material be tested to determine asbestos content and may govern removal and disposal of material. See current edition of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) publication Recommended Work Practices for Removal of Resilient Floor Coverings for instructions on removing all resilient floor covering structures or contact your retailer or AHF Products at 866 243 2726.
AHF floor coverings and adhesives do NOT contain asbestos.
AdhesiveTrowelSet-in-WetDry-to-TouchComments
S-2951/32” deep; 1/16” wide; 1/32” apart U-notchN/ADry to TouchFoot Traffic: 24 Hours

Heavy Rolling Loads: 72 Hours
S-319Short nap paint rollerN/ADry to TouchFoot Traffic: Immediately

Heavy Rolling Loads: Immediately
Flip Spray AdhesiveN/AN/ADry to Touch Approximately 30 minutes
(tacky to touch with no transfer to fingers)
Foot Traffic: Immediately

Heavy Rolling Loads: 24 Hours
S-1000*1/32” deep; 1/16” wide; 1/32” apart U-notchSet in Wet Approximately 10-20 minutesN/AFoot Traffic: Immediately

Heavy Rolling Loads: 8 Hours
*Note: When installing LVT in areas subject to direct sunlight, topical moisture,
temperature fluctuations, S-1000 adhesive must be used.


Do not wash or scrub the new flooring for at least 5 days after the installation. This will
allow the tile to become “seated” in the adhesive and prevent excess moisture and
cleaning agents from interfering with the adhesive bond.

Installation: All Grade Levels

Tools: Tape measure, chalk line, utility knife, pencil, straight edge, vacuum or broom optional tile cutter or cutting shear. Subfloor prep supplies. Recommended adhesives.

GENERAL INFORMATION

CHECK RUN NUMBERS AND MANUFACTURE DATE

Upon receipt, immediately check material for damage and that the material is of the correct style, color quantity, and run number. Immediately report any discrepancies.

Locate the run number on the short end of each carton and verify that all the material for your job is from the same run.

KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL GLUE DOWN INSTALLATION

  • Most installations will need approximately a 10% cutting allowance added to the square footage of the room.
  • Proper conditioning of the job site is necessary. Flooring planks should not be exposed to sudden changes in temperature.
  • Store, transport and handle the flooring planks in a manner to prevent any distortions. Distortions will not disappear over time. Store cartons flat, never on edge. Ensure that the flooring planks are lying flat during installation.
  • Installations of carpet, metal strips and other transition moldings should not pinch the flooring against the subfloor and should allow for some slight movement wherever practical.
  • Protect the floor from heavy-rolling loads, other trades, and movement of appliances by using sheets of plywood or similar.
  • Although it is not necessary to acclimate this flooring it is best to store it in the environment in which it is expected to perform prior to installation. Check adhesive label for adhesive storage limitations.

SUITABLE SUBSTRATES

All substrates listed below must be properly prepared and meet certain requirements. There may be other exceptions and special conditions (as noted below) for these substrates to be suitable for the glue down installation system

  • Concrete – dry and smooth on all grade levels
  • Suspended wood subfloors with approved wood underlayments – must have minimum of 18˝ well-ventilated crawl space underneath including:
    • – Properly prepared OSB
    • – Lauan Plywood: Use only Type 1 lauan exterior grade “BB” or “CC” for underlayment. The use of lesser grades of lauan plywood is unacceptable and may cause severe problems when used as an underlayment, including discoloration, indentation, loss of bond and delamination.
  • Single-layer, fully-adhered, existing resilient floors – must not be foam-backed or cushion-backed
  • Ceramic tile, Terrazzo, Marble
  • Polymeric Poured (seamless) Floors

DO NOT INSTALL OVER

  • Existing resilient tile floors that are below grade
  • Existing cushion-backed vinyl flooring
  • Carpet
  • Hardwood flooring installed directly over concrete
  • Existing floating floors
  • Particleboard 40lb. density or waferboard

JOB CONDITIONS/PREPARATION

  • Resilient flooring should only be installed in temperature-controlled environments. It is necessary to maintain a constant temperature before, during and after the installation. Therefore, the permanent or temporary HVAC system must be in operation before the installation of resilient flooring. Portable heaters are not recommended as they may not heat the room and subfloor sufficiently. Kerosene heaters should never be used.
  • All substrates must be structurally sound, dry, clean, flat, and smooth with minima deflection. Substrates must be free from excessive moisture or alkali. Remove dirt, paint,varnish, wax, oils, solvents and other foreign matter, and contaminates.
    • Subfloors must be flat within 3/16” in 10’ or 1/8” in 6’
    • For concrete substrates moisture testing should be conducted and moisture vapor emissions. Acceptable levels are determined by the adhesive being used. Check adhesive label for limitations)
  • High spots on the substrate should be leveled and low areas filled with appropriate underlayments.
  • Do not use products containing petroleum, solvents or citrus oils to prepare substrates as they can cause staining and expansion of the new flooring.
  • For renovation or remodel work, remove any existing adhesive residue so that 100% of the overall area of the original substrate is exposed.
  • Ceramic tile floors, ceramic and marble grout joints, and irregularities in concrete should be filled and leveled using a cementitious patch to fill and smooth any embossing in the old floor.
  • The area to receive resilient flooring materials and adhesives should be maintained between 45°F (7°C) and 120°F (49°C) for 24 hours before, during, and 24 hours after installation. Maintain minimum temperatures of 45°F (7°C) thereafter.
  • Radiant heated substrates must not exceed a maximum surface temperature of 85°F (29°C).
  • The subfloor panels must have a smooth, sanded face and show no swelling of edges or surface due to exposure to weather conditions or construction traffic.
  • There are numerous products available for use as floor fills, patches, self-leveling underlayments, and trowelable underlayments. They include proprietary blends of compounds such as portland cement, calcium aluminates, and gypsum-based products. These are recommended by their manufacturers for smoothing rough or uneven subfloors, enhancing acoustical and fire characteristics of structures or as substrates to receive floor covering for otherwise unsuitable subfloor conditions. If the subfloor surface appears to be dusty then apply a primer to the surface.

SAFETY AND CLEAN UP:

Wet adhesive should be cleaned up immediately with soap and water on a clean cloth. Dried adhesive may require the use of a solvent-based adhesive cleaner.

INSTALLATION PREPARATION

Remove baseboard, quarter-round moldings, wall base, appliances and furniture from room. After preparation work, sweep and vacuum the entire work area to remove all dust and debris.

Whenever possible, plan the layout so that the joints in the planks do not fall on top of joints or seams in the existing substrate. The end joints of the planks should be staggered a minimum of 6˝ apart. Do not install over expansion joints.

Determine which direction the plank will run. Find the center of each of the end walls (the walls perpendicular to the long dimension of the planks and place a pencil mark on the floor. Connect these points by striking a chalk line down the center of the room. Do a dry layout of planks from the center line to the wall running parallel to the long direction of the planks to determine the width of the last row of planks (refer to Figure 1).

Figure 1 – Dry layout to determine width of border plank.

Avoid having border pieces less than half with width of the planks. If you find the border planks will be less than 1/2 the width of the plank, the center starting line should be shifted a distance equal to 1/2 the plank width. This will “balance” the room and provide for a larger cut piece at the wall.

NOTE: The subfloor must be thoroughly free from dust and debris. If the subfloor is dusty this may affect the product performance.

NOTE: Stagger end joints by 6”. Cut pieces at the ends of rows should be 8” long or longer.

PROCEDURE – S-295 FLOORING ADHESIVE

  1. Apply a sufficient amount of Armstrong Flooring™ S-295 Flooring Adhesive using the recommended trowel at the starting area ensuring this area can be covered within the working time of the adhesive. Be sure not to spread adhesive too far ahead of your work area. It is important to use the correct trowel notching. Inspect and replace worn trowels frequently. Follow adhesive open time and working time recommendations on the adhesive label.
  2. Allow enough time for the adhesive to dry until tacky with no transfer to the finger (dry to-touch) before placing the material into it. This normally takes 30 minutes or more, depending on temperature and humidity. After the adhesive has reached this condition, there is at least one hour working time in which to install and roll the flooring.

NOTE: Allowing proper open time will help to minimize knee marks, roller marks and trapped blisters. The amount of open time will vary according to job conditions – temperature, humidity, air flow and type of substrate.

  1. Roll Thoroughly. Starting at the center and working toward the edges, roll in two directions using 100-lb roller. Use a hand roller in confined areas where the large floor roller will not reach, such as under toe kicks. Give special attention to cleaning adhesive residue from the seam areas. Clean excess adhesive from the surface of the flooring using a clean, white cloth dampened with detergent and water. Mineral spirits will remove dried adhesive residue.
  2. The planks may be walked on immediately; however, the floor should not be exposed to heavy rolling load traffic for 72 hours after the installation. Use pieces of hardboard or underlayment panels to protect the floor when moving heavy furniture and appliances back into the room.

PROCEDURE – S-319 ROLL STRONG ADHESIVE

  1. A clean substrate is extremely important with the use of S-315 Roll Strong Adhesive. Thoroughly sweep and vacuum the substrate first. Damp mop to remove any remaining dust or debris. Extra attention to substrate preparation is essential for a successful installation. Failure to properly clean the substrate may result in telegraphing of debris.
  2. A roll-on application method is recommended with a medium nap (3/8″ nap) roller to achieve a smooth even full-spread coating. Spread rate and drying time of the adhesive will depend on the porosity and texture of the substrates and the ambient temperature and relative humidity. KEEP PAINT ROLLER WET!! Do not apply pressure to the roller, allow it to freely roll over the substrate. ADHESIVE COVERAGE MUST NOT EXCEED 400 ft2/gal. Overly absorbent or rough substrates will require two coats. Once the coating has dried, it must be kept clean and apart from any contact with other surfaces until ready to begin the bonding process. Do not spread more adhesive than can be covered in 4 hours.
  3. Bond testing prior to the installation will help identify the appropriate application rate, open and working time, and any potential bonding problems to the substrate or flooring. To determine the accurate coverage rate, measure and chalk line the substrate into grids (using the appropriate square feet of area for the adhesive application) and apply adhesive onto each measured grid area.
  4. Allow the adhesive to dry completely with no transfer to fingers when lightly touched. Open time will vary depending on the adhesive coverage, substrate porosity and the ambient conditions.
  5. Once the S-319 Roll Strong adhesive has dried, install LVT as per recommended. LVT can be repositioned as necessary prior to applying pressure. After completion of the installation, roll the entire floor in both directions with 100 lb. roller to achieve a full contact bond. Note: After the flooring has been rolled or pressed into place, repositioning is not possible. Normal traffic and rolling loads may be allowed as soon as the installation, finishing and clean-up are complete.

PROCEDURE – S-1000 ADHESIVE

  1. Apply adhesive to 1/2 of the area at a time so you can start the installation along the center
    starting line.
  2. Begin laying planks along the center starting line and install row by row including the cut
    pieces at the perimeter until 1/2 of the installation is complete. Stagger the end joints
    by at least 6″ (15.24 cm). Apply adhesive to the remaining portion of the room, allow the
    appropriate open time and complete the installation of planks in similar fashion.
  3. After the planks are installed, immediately roll the entire floor with a 100-lb. roller. Use a hand roller in confined areas where the large floor roller will not reach, such as under toe kicks.
  4. The planks may be walked on immediately; however, the floor should not be exposed to heavy rolling load traffic for 8 hours after the installation. Use pieces of hardboard or underlayment panels to protect the floor when moving heavy furniture and appliances back into the room.

SAFETY AND CLEAN UP

Wet adhesive should be cleaned up immediately with soap and water on a clean cloth. Dried adhesive may require the use of a solvent adhesive cleaner.

PROCEDURE – FLIP SPRAY ADHESIVE

  1. A clean substrate is extremely important with the use of Flip Spray Adhesive. Thoroughly sweep and vacuum the substrate first. Damp mop to remove any remaining dust or debris. Extra attention to substrate preparation is essential for a successful installation.Failure to properly clean the substrate may result in telegraphing of debris.
  2. Shake the can well before each use. Point can downwards, press the side of the nozzle tip as you slowly walk back and forth overlapping the spray pattern for an even spray coverage. Do not use a sweeping motion as this may cause uneven coverage. Cleanup any larger drops that may occur. Refer to the provided spray patterns for proper application. The spray patterns for tile and sheet are different. Over application,especially for sheet vinyl may cause adhesive telegraphing.
  3. Bond testing prior to the installation will help identify the appropriate application rate,open and working time, and any potential bonding problems to the substrate or flooring.To determine the accurate coverage rate, measure and chalk line the substrate into grids(using the appropriate square feet of area for the adhesive application) and spray the entire can of adhesive onto each measured grid area.
  4. Allow the adhesive to dry completely with no transfer to fingers when lightly touched.Open time will vary depending on the adhesive coverage, substrate porosity and the ambient conditions.
  5. Working time for the adhesive should not exceed 4 hours.
  6. Install the flooring as per the AHF Products recommendations for that particular material.
  7. Roll the floor immediately after the installation is complete with a 100 lb. roller. Normal traffic may be allowed as soon as the installation, finishing and clean-up are complete. Wait 24 hours for heavy traffic or rolling loads.

SAFETY AND CLEAN UP

  • Wet adhesive overspray or drips should be cleaned up immediately with soap and water on a clean cloth. Dried adhesive may require the use of a solvent adhesive cleaner.Between uses, clean the spray tip immediately with a clean wet cloth to prevent accumulation of dried adhesive.
  • Empty aluminum spray cans should be relieved of excess pressure and recycled or disposed of in accordance with local requirements. Do not expose to temperatures exceeding 115° F. Prolonged exposure to heat or direct sun may cause container to burst.

PRECAUTIONS FOR ALL INSTALLATION METHODS

  • When moving appliances or heavy furniture, lay a plywood panel on the floor and “walk” the item across it. This protects the floor from scuffing and tears.
  • Use floor protectors on furniture to reduce indentation. The heavier the item, the wider the floor protector needed.
Updated on September 18, 2023

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