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Spacia Click Installation Guide

Spacia Click - Intended Use

  • Not intended for commercial use (warranty invalid)
  • Spacia Click can be installed directly over most existing hard surface floors or sub-floors that are solid, smooth and flat, dry and clean.
  • Spacia Click must always be installed onto “Amtico International Underlay” (purchased separately).
  • Do not install Spacia Click until the sub-floor is properly prepared.
  • Do not install Spacia Click in conservatories, outdoors, in unheated areas or where under floor heating systems are in use.
  • Expansion joints are not required in the floor, provided that the total floor area does not exceed 40 square metres and a continuous run of tiles is less than 8 linear metres. Long narrow installations of 8 linear metres should have expansion joints at 8 metre intervals as a minimum.
  • Expansion gaps of 5 mm are necessary when installing against any permanent fixture, including walls.
  • The installed floor should be maintained at a temperature of 13 – 27°C throughout its service life.

Material Requirements

  • Spacia Click stripwood tiles are 1245 x 178 mm (49 x 7”). There are 9 tiles in each box which covers approximately 2 square metres.
  • Amtico International Underlay comes in rolls of 10 square metres.
  • The table below offers guidance on the amount of floor tiles required for a regular shaped room, and assumes a typical wastage of 10% - but please note that losses may be higher or lower depending on the amount of cutting that is necessary. It is recommended than an allowance for wastage is also made when selecting Amtico International Underlay.

Number of boxes of Spacia Click required

spacis clickRoom Length
3 metres 4 metres 5 metres 6 metres
Room width 3 metres 5 boxes 7 boxes 9 boxes 10 boxes
4 metres 7 boxes 9 boxes 11 boxes 14 boxes
5 metres 9 boxes 11 boxes 14 boxes 17 boxes
6 metres 10 boxes 14 boxes 17 boxes 20 boxes

Spacia Click Installation Tools

Tools - supplied in Spacia Click Installation Kit (purchased separately):

  • Rubber mallet
  • Tapered spacers (5mm at thick end)
  • Pull bar
  • Tapping block

Other useful tools:

  • Utility knife and blades
  • Hacksaw and blades
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape

Preparation for installation

Step 1 - The base must be smooth, flat and fit for purpose

Spacia Click Installation Step 1

  • Spacia Click can be installed over stone, vinyl, linoleum or laminate flooring, but carpeting must be removed. Concrete slabs and stone floors may be uneven and have high levels of moisture, which will require correction. If the subfloor is rough or uneven, this could create an unsightly appearance to the finished floor, and should be corrected using a suitable leveling compound on a concrete base, or by overlaying with plywood on a wooden base.
  • Any loose planks of wood should be nailed down prior to overlaying with plywood which must be suitably screwed down.

In cases of doubt regarding subfloor condition, seek professional help or contact your retailer.

Tiles and subfloor must be allowed to stabilise to a constant temperature between 18°C-25°C for a period of at least 24 hours before and during the installation. If tiles have been stored outside of this temperature range, then it is recommended that this is increased to 48 hours. Spacia Click tiles must be kept away from direct sunlight, heaters or air vents for proper conditioning.

If installation is to take place onto a stone or ceramic floor, then any grout lines should be infilled with a suitable fast-setting mortar which should be allowed to dry before starting installation.

Preparation for installation

Step 2 - Undercutting of door frames (optional)

Spacia Click Installation Step 2

  • Skirting boards may be removed and door frames undercut if required, to allow for possible expansion of the finished floor ensuring there is an allowance for at least 5 mm of tile movement under the door frames.

When laying in more than one room, tiles should not run continuously from one room to another - they must be isolated from one another by using appropriate profiles at the doorways. Your retailer will be able to supply suitable profiles. There should be an expansion gap of at least 5 mm between all fixed objects and the installed floor – this includes pipe feedthroughs, walls and profiles. These mandatory expansion joints may not be backfilled or filled with electrical cables, etc.

Installation

Step 3 - Laying of Underlay. Transparent release film MUST be facing upwards

Spacia Click Installation Step 3

  • Amtico International Underlay must be used for all installations of Spacia Click, which will make the floor quieter underfoot. It is recommended that Underlay is laid at right angles (90 degrees) to the direction of the planks. The product has an adhesive coating on one side, which is protected with a transparent release film. The Underlay should be unrolled with the release film upwards and cut slightly oversize leaving the release film in place - repeat this process until the whole area has been fitted.
  • The Underlay should be laid on to the subfloor making sure that air bubbles and wrinkles are not introduced. Do not stretch the Underlay or force it into position and do not allow adhesive coated surfaces to come into contact with one another, as they will be difficult to separate.
  • The Underlay should be floating – it must not be attached to the subfloor, for example by using double-sided tape. Excess Underlay can be trimmed off when the installation is complete.

Step 4 - Removal of release film from underlay

Spacia Click Installation Step 4

  • The release film should be progressively removed as the installation of planks proceeds - working from one end, sufficient release film can then be removed to allow fitting of the first two rows of planks - Check the long edges of the first plank – the narrower machined profile (approximately 2 mm wide) is the tongue and the wider 4 mm profile is the groove.

Step 5 - Laying of first plank with tongue side facing wall using 5mm spacers

Spacia Click Installation Step 5

  • It is recommended that long side of the tiles are laid parallel to the longest wall; this is particularly true in long, narrow rooms. To give a professional look it is recommended that the installation is balanced, such that the tiles that are cut in against this wall are approximately the same width as those cut in against the opposite wall.

Simply measure the width of the room and calculate how many full rows or tiles will fit – the space remaining should be halved to indicate the width of the first and last row of tiles. If the space is calculated to be less than 6" (152 mm) it is recommended that the number of full rows is reduced by one and the width of the cut tiles in the first and last rows is increased accordingly.

Tiles can be cut to size using a metal ruler and sharp blade. This can be achieved by scoring several times through the upper part of the tile, and then snapping the tile in two – check the cut for any loose edges which should be removed.

When installing tiles, always work from left to right in the laying area, with the tile’s tongue side facing the wall. Make sure that there’s a continuous expansion joint of at least 5 mm in width all around by using appropriate spacers.

NOTE: 5 mm spacers are supplied in the Spacia Click Installation Kit. These are tapered and must be used with the thicker end against the floor. Alternatively, Spacia Click tiles are 5 mm in thickness, so small offcuts of tile are ideal for use as spacers.

Step 6 - Fitting of second tile

Spacia Click Installation Step 6

  • Attach the second plank by laying the end connection at an angle accurately on top of the first plank and drop into position ensuring that the long edges of both planks are aligned.

Continue this process across the room until the maximum number of full length planks can be fitted together.

Measure the remaining space, cut a plank to suit and fit into place, allowing for the required expansion gap.

Step 7 - Cutting and fitting of final plank in first row

Spacia Click Installation Step 7

TIP: if the last plank is less than 200 mm in length, it is recommended that a small section be cut from the other end of the row, which can then be slid across the room to create space for a larger infill of plank.

To install the next row, again starting from the left hand side, set the tongue of the first plank into the groove of the already fitted row at an angle of about 30° and lower it into place.

Step 8 - Use of offcut from previous row (optional)

Spacia Click Installation Step 8

TIP: the offcut from the first row can be used as the first plank in the second row if the joints are well separated.

  • The second tile in this row should be located against the short edge of the first tile and the tongue of the long edge gently pushed into the exposed groove section of the tiles in the first row.

It may be necessary to lift both tiles slightly from the floor to get a good fit.

The tapping block and mallet can be used if necessary to complete the final locking of the tiles together. Do not tap the groove directly with the mallet and any force that is applied should be kept to a minimum.

Step 9 - Fitting of additional planks in second row

Spacia Click Installation Step 9

  • Continue across the room until the second row is completed. Repeat this procedure for all subsequent rows until all full width tiles have been fitted.

Step 10 - Measure and cut final row of planks allowing for 5 mm expansion gap

Spacia Click Installation Step 10

  • To lay the last row the distance between wall is measured and planks can be cut to size, again allowing for expansion gaps.

Step 11 - Pullbar and rubber mallet can be used for final row of planks, ensuring a 5 mm expansion gap

Spacia Click Installation Step 11

  • The use of a pullbar in conjunction with a rubber mallet is recommended for ensuring the tongues and grooves of the final two rows are well connected.

Finishing

Step 12 - Refitting of skirting board with hidden 5 mm expansion gap

Spacia Click Installation Step 12

  • Remove all spacers. When replacing skirting boards or fitting edge trims and any other items, for example furniture or shelving, these should never be fixed to the tiles, or through the tiles to the base – the floor must remain as a floating installation.

Step 13 - Fixing edge trim

Spacia Click Installation Step 13

  • A suitable edge trim of your choice can be used to cover expansion gaps. These should be fixed to the skirting or wall and not to the flooring.

Dispose of all waste, including tile offcuts, in accordance with any national or local regulations

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