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How to Install SPC Designer Strips

SPC is the most recent generation of high-performance, resilient flooring. Millions of ceramic microspheres make up the wear layer, making this an exceptionally durable and resistant flooring alternative. It has a one-of-a-kind interlocking-edge design that makes installation a breeze. If you want to install SPC design strips yourself, follow these guidelines and step-by-step instructions.

How to Install SPC Designer Strips

Prepare For The Installation Of SPC Flooring

One of the most important tasks to do before installing an SPC designer strip floor is to prepare it. This phase, in reality, has a significant impact on creating a long-lasting and professional finish.

1. Sub Floor Condition

  • Make sure your subfloor is clean and dry. Rising bulges or hydrostatic pressure result from a damp surface.
  • Look for any cracks or uneven surfaces. Cement-based patches can be used to fill up fissures.
  • If you're going to place SPC flooring over an existing floor, make sure no nails are poking out above the surface, depending on the type of flooring you have. 
  • To maintain a firm surface, try nailing down any loose parts. 
  • Your installer may charge you more time and money if you need to make minor repairs to your old floor before installing SPC flooring.

2. Remove Any Impediments

  • Takedown and store any stray furniture or appliances.
  • Remove any flooring accessories, such as skirting, trim, or fittings that may obstruct installation.
  • Removing these items before you begin can make your installation go more smoothly and assure a professional result.

3. Acclimatise Your New Flooring

  • It is critical to give your new flooring at least 24 hours to acclimate to the environment where you plan to put it.
  • Avoid storing items at temperatures that are too cold (below 2°C) or too hot (over 40°C).
  • Always store your SPC board horizontally, not vertically.

4. The Tools You Will Need

  • Please don't put off getting the necessary tools until the last minute; they'll come in handy throughout the installation. There is nothing worse than having to stop in the middle of installing your floor to seek any tools you do not have.
  • SPC cutting knife, Bolster chisel, good pair of scissors or knives, measuring tape, pencil, a straight edge, SPC adhesive, lining paper, and a homemade scribing gauge are commonly used for SPC flooring installation.

5. Consult Your SPC Flooring Provider

If you plan to install your SPC designer flooring, always check with your provider if you have any questions, especially about things such as:

  • Types of adhesives that are appropriate for your flooring
  • What's the best method to handle and store new flooring while being installed? (Normally, damage caused by improper handling and storage is not covered by warranty.)
  • Examine your warranty and make sure you've chosen the right flooring for the job.
  • There are different types of underlayment that you can use.
  • Is your current floor adequate for installation, or do you need to replace it?
  • Certain soft and loose-lay flooring types, such as needle felt, carpet, cushion SPC, parquet, and floating laminate, are not suited for SPC installation.

6. Take Note Of Your Layout

  • Prepare your design ahead of time by taking precise measurements and making thorough markings.
  • If you're installing SPC plank flooring, ensure your arrangement is balanced.

7. Create A Secure Working Environment

If you plan on installing SPC flooring yourself, remember to use knee pads to protect your knees because you will be kneeling a lot during the procedure.

Installation

  • Installing the designer SPC strip should start at a corner and work its way up the wall, with the tongue facing away from the wall. 
  • Allow 3/8" (10mm) of space for product expansion. The gap will be filled with transition moldings or baseboards. 
  • When laying the first row in a straight line, interlock the short ends by inserting the tongue at a 15 to 20-degree angle into the grooves. Install the consecutive plank on the short end (5.75"), making sure it is appropriately spaced. Place the first row along the chosen wall using spacers, keeping the minimal gap in mind.
  • Keep the joints between the planks as tight as possible. When locking the planks together to produce a tight seam, you will feel and hear a click. Between planks, there should be no obvious gaps. If the seams do not appear to be tight, immediately pull the boards apart and try again. 
  • We strongly recommend that the rows be staggered when installing the SPC sheets so that the short edge seams are not in a straight uniform line.
  • To begin the second row, measure and mark the board, then score and snap it with a straight edge and utility knife. 
  • Interlock the first board of the second row at a 15-20 degree angle. For the following planks, ensure to interlock the short side first, leaving it slightly apart from the long side, and then slide them into the long side in the same manner. Start the third row with the last plank remaining from the previous row.
  • Fitting around unusual objects is easy with the SPC designer strip. Design a pattern out of heavy paper to fit around pipes or odd things. Trace over the design on the plank. Lay the plank out and cut along the tracing lines with a utility knife or heavy-duty scissors. Allow space along each wall for expansion. Seasonal changes in humidity can cause a room's humidity to fluctuate. As a result, your SPC floor needs to be able to expand and shrink in every direction. 

Finishing SPC Flooring

Maintain the surrounding moisture content and temperature for 48 hours after the installation is complete. This will aid in the stabilisation and durability of the newly laid flooring. If you hire a professional installer, you should do a thorough final inspection to ensure that all corners are securely fastened. 

If you have spare planks or tiles after installation, you can keep them and use them for future repairs.