Bamboo Flooring can be installed on concrete slabs, tiles, existing timber floors, plywood or particle board as long as the floor is structurally sound, clean, level and dry. Bamboo Flooring is recommended for internal use only, and should not be installed in wet areas like bathrooms and laundries. The Maganda™ Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring incorporates a glueless and nailless click system and it is designed to be floating floor only and to be floated on a timber underlay. Anchoring the bamboo flooring to the substrate or having furniture anchored to the bamboo flooring will void warranty.
Prior to Installation
Important: Please inspect all flooring materials carefully before installation.
Managua™ Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring comes Pre-finished and should only be installed in the final stages of the construction of the house or renovation of the living spaces. All works involving water or moisture should be completed prior to installation (cement work, plastering, painting, plumbing, and tiling etc) to avoid damage to the surface finish 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 temperature and humidity. Avoid installing Bamboo Floor in very damp or humid conditions. Bamboo floor should be installed in room temperature (15 to 28 degrees Celcius, humidity levels 40-70%) , Note: We make no warranty or guarantee of the quality of the chosen installer's work. We disclaim all liability for any errors or improprieties in the installation of its product by an installer. Preparation Work for Concrete Slab Substrates Prior to installation it is necessary to ensure that the concrete is sufficiently level to accept the system. Where the slab is greater than ± 3 mm out of level over any 1500 mm length, a concrete topping (leveling compound), grinding or packing should be used. Slabs on ground should be constructed with a continuous under slab vapour barrier (e.g. 0.2 mm thick polyethylene). Bamboo floors should not be installed until the concrete slab has a moisture content less than 5½% (generally achieved after slabs have cured for approximately 4-6months). In old slabs, moisture contents should be below this level and if not, care should be exercised. Methods available to test the moisture content of concrete include resistance meters, capacitance meters and hygrometers.
Floating InstallationIf required, remove any skirting, quarter round or doorway thresholds that may be in place. Doorway architraves should be undercut to allow the flooring to fit neatly when installed. This is best done using a hand saw. A piece of underlay and flooring placed against the architrave will act as a guide for height. Unroll the underlay so that all ends and sides fit neatly against the wall. Seams between lengths should also butt together so that no overlap occurs. Tape all ends, sides and seams with waterproof tape to ensure the water vapour barrier properties of the underlay are maintained. The underlay should be laid parallel to the intended direction of the flooring. Start planks square with the room and parallel to the longest dimension but leaving 12-15mm expansion space from all sides of the wall for every 8m span. Start with the groove facing towards you. With the tongue facing the wall, trim off the tongue on the long side.When starting the second row, we suggest the first board be a minimum of 600mm shorter than the original board to achieve a brick or random pattern. The last row will probably need to be cut to the required width. A small crow bar can be used to gain leverage against the wall when trying to ease the last of the boards together. Remember to seal any cut edges of the Bamboo Flooring. Important: Only the click system floor board may be floated. Moisture protection is required over any subfloor when floating the floor. Flooring is usually laid square with the space and parallel to its longest dimension. Place a 12mm spacer against the starting wall or skirting board. Using a 5mm notched trowel spread the adhesive evenly over the prepared surface. Only spread enough glue for 3 or 4 board widths at a time. From the starting wall, place the groove first and lay each board carefully. Place each tongue firmly into the corresponding groove of the next board. Bamboo flooring is laid in a brick pattern. Check every 4-5 boards to ensure that you are square to the starting wall. It is a good idea to mark a line on your underlay or sub-floor to line up the joins. Where you are not nailing boards and are direct sticking to sub floor make sure the floor is adequately weighted. Continue this process until the floor is complete. Remember to leave a 12mm gap at each wall surface or edge over an 8m span. Any greater spans will require an expansion strip to be placed in the middle of the floor. Important Note for Staircase Installations IMPORTANT Do not walk on floor for at least 24 hours to allow adhesive to set. Important: Do not allow glue to penetrate through the tongue in/on to the surface. If this occurs, then wipe off immediately with a turps or methylated spirits covered rag. Always test turps, methylated spirits or other cleaning agents on a test piece before on your floor. Typical Glue usage is sika flex T55J and Sika Primer MB.
Laminate Flooring Installation
- You will need the following items for installation: 0.6mm PE poly moisture barrier, foam underlay barrier, spacer blocks, tapping block, pullbar, saw, hammer (500g min.), pencil, yardstick, some glue (for heating pipes) and a line.
- Laminate flooring must be laid in a floating manner. It must not be glued, nailed or fixed in any other way (e.g door stops) to the floor.
- Timber expands, therefore, always keep a distance of 8-12mm (depending upon the room size) between the panels and the walls or other fixed elements (eg heating pipes, door frames).
- Do not install the product below a room temperature of 69ºF and a floor temperature of 59ºF. The relative atmospheric humidity should be 50-70%.
- The underfloor must be thoroughly even, dry, stable, clean and solid. Any floor unevenness of more that 3mm per 1m must be ground or smoothed with filler.
- First lay a poly moisture barrier (0.6mm thick), allowing it to run up the wall. Overlap the sheets 20cm and fix them with adhesive tape. This only applies to concrete floors.
- For sound insulation, use a foam underlay. Lay the sheets in the same direction as the panels, butt together and tape.
- Recommendation: Lay the panels parallel to the main light source.
- Leave expansion joints (at least 2 cm wide) between individual rooms and in rooms which are longer or wider than 8 meters.
- Before beginning your laying work, it is absolutely necessary that you remember to calculate the exact width of the last row of panels. It must not be narrower than 50mm. If your determined value is below, you cannot begin with a full panel in the first row. Just cut the first row of panels to a correspondingly smaller width to obtain the minimum value for the last row. When making our calculation, make absolutely sure the distance from the walls on either side is 12mm.
- Place the first panel with its tongue facing the wall.
- Use spacers to keep the distance from the wall (8-12mm).
- For Skew walls:
- Use a spacer to mark the wall line on the first row of panels.
- Cut the panels to the markings over their entire lengths.
- Lay the panels in the specified sequence.
- Begin the second row with half a panel.
- Click in the long side of the panel and join the short one carefully, using a hammer and a wooden block.
- Turn around the last panel in the row 180º with the décor side up and place it next to the existing row (groove side to groove side).
- Make allowance for the distance from the wall on the short edge. Mark the panel and cut it.
- To avoid chipping of the edges, the pattern side must be down when you use an electric jig or circular saw. Otherwise, cut from the panel top side.
- Use a pullbar to fix the last panel of the row.
- Proceed with the installation from the third row on as shown in the illustration.
- Begin each new row with a remainder (at least 20cm long) of the foregoing row.
- The transverse joint offset from one to the other row of panels should be at least 40cm.
- Use a pullbar to carefully fit in the last panel. That’s it
For heating pipes or room dividers:
- At first, cut the panel to the correct length.
- Then place the piece of panel next to its actual position, use a yardstick to measure the cutouts and mark them. (Figs. 11 and 12)
- Cut out the marked points and keep the necessary distance (12mm) of each side.
- Apply some glue to the piece cut out and closely re-join it behind the heating pipes (use a pullbar).
Timber Floor cleaning and maintenance
- Use a sufficiently wrung out cloth to wipe off any footprints and dirt. Do not use any wet cloths.
- Do not use wax, polish or scouring agents for cleaning.
- Use acetone to remove stubborn soiling.
- For regular cleaning we recommend using as vacuum, a broom or periodically wash your floor. Use warm water with a approved Timber flooring cleaner. Ensure you use only a clean ,well- wrung mop (it is important that the mop has not been used with and other cleaning products or detergents as this will leave smears on the floor).
- Spot clean when necessary with a approved Timber Flooring Cleaner.
- Shelter your floor from direct sunlight using curtains, blinds or similar Window protection.
- Use doormats in particular easily soiled areas (e.g. hall. Front door).
- To avoid scratches, protect furniture feet by felt pads and use soft rubber chair casters. You can walk on your laminate flooring right away.
Lion-king Flooring Quality and standardsLion-king Flooring offers our customers products that is both high in quality and is environmentally friendly. Lion-king Flooring meets ISO9001 quality control standards, ISO14001 environmental management, European CE mark safety requirements and E1 emission control standards.
Warranty15years guarantee, This quality flooring is guaranteed for 15 years not to fade, wear through of stain. This guarantee applies only to the original purchaser and proof of purchase is required for all claims. The guarantee is for replacement or refund of the laminate material only, no labor. The guarantee does not cover chipping (Floor will chip if sharp objects are dropped on it), warping (Floor will warp if excessive moisture gets into the boards) or bridging (which is caused by insufficient expansion spacing). We will not consider any claims for these problems. Claims for wear must show a minimum dime size area. This guarantee is pro-rated based on the amount of time the floor has been installed. So if your have a claim after 10 years, we would refund or replace 1/3 of the Floor value (10 years is 2/3 of 15 years).
Engineered Flooring PROFILE CARD INFORMATION Lion-king Engineered Flooring benefits:
Lion-king flooring offer many benefits making our products a durable, long lasting and a suitable choice for your timber flooring needs.
- Easy to maintain
- Hard wearing
- Resistant to cigarette embers
- Protected against harmful bacteria
- Non-fading and will maintain their colours over many years
- Produced from sustainable raw materials and contains no harmful chemical substances
- Stain resistantin resistant