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Greenland Prefinished Solid Hardwood Flooring Installation Remark


Installer/Owner Responsibility

Prior to installation of any hardwood flooring product, the installer must determine that the job-site environment and the sub surfaces involved, meet or exceed all requirements as stipulated in Goodfellow's installation instructions. FloorUS.Com declines any responsibility for job failure resulting from or associated with sub surface or job-site environment deficiencies. The installer/Owner of a FloorUS floor has final inspection responsibility as to grade, manufacture and factory finish.

He must use reasonable selectivity and hold out or cut off pieces with glaring defects whatever the cause. Use of stain, filler or putty stick for defect correction during installation should be accepted as normal procedure. When flooring is ordered, 5% must be added to the actual square footage needed as allowance for cutting waste. Should an individual piece be doubtful as to grade, manufacture or factory finish, the installer should not use the piece. If he does, FloorUS's liability is limited to replacing defective material in excess of 5% of material only, i.e. no labor costs.


The following tools will be needed:

  • Tape measure
  • broom
  • chalkline
  • hammer
  • nail punch
  • pry bar
  • circular saw or table saw
  • and power nailer with mallet

Important Pre-Installation Information

3/4" Solid hardwood planks are for on or above grade installation only. Do not install below the outside soil line. Flooring should not be delivered until the building has been closed in and cement work, plastering, painting and other materials are completely dry. Concrete and plaster should be 60 to 90 days old.


Concrete - Do not install over radiant heat.
Plywood - Subfloor should be constructed of 1/2?or thicker plywood be laid with grained outer plies at right angles to joists with 7D or larger nails.When installing directly over an old wood or strip floor, sand any high spots, re-nail old floor to eliminate squeaks or loose boards, and install new plank at right angles to old floor, overlay old floor with 1/2?plywood gaped 1/8?at edges and nailed with 7D or larger nails, every 6?at edges and every 12" in both directions and through the interior of each sheet of plywood. The moisture content of the wood or plywood subfloor should not exceed 14%

Installation Steps

Step 1 Subfloor Preparation

Sweep subfloor clean. Before beginning actual installation, provide proper layout of flooring by distributing shorts and long lengths equally over the areas to be floored (planks should be laid at right angles to floor joists) and establish the desired pattern by distributing the face widths. Be certain to use an equal number of row of each width. Avoid clustering and joints.

Step 2 Laying Out Your Working Lines

Align the first row of planks to be sure you have a good straight line from one side of the room to the other (you may even want to snap a chalk line at the desired distance from the wall to help align the planks). Important : Leave at least 3/4?for expansion at all vertical surfaces; this space will be covered by base board and shoe mold.

Step 3 Border & First Row
Install the first piece in the first row in the following sequence:

A: Form the starting plank cut in Step 1, select the piece with the end tongue. Place in with the side groove and cut end to the walls, allow 3/4?for expansion space.

B: Drive 7D or 8D cut steel type flooring nails into the face of the board every 12?approximately 1/2?3/4?from the edge closest to the starting wall and within 2?- 3?from the ends and in the darker grain of the wood.

C: Edge nail plank by driving the same type nails at a 45?angle through the tongue of the plank, spacing the nails every 10? 12?and within 2?- 3?from the ends. This process should be repeated for each piece in the entire first row. Upon completion of the first row, go back and sink the face nails with a nail punch. If it appears the holes are not to be covered by the baseboard molding, fill the holes with filler, which blends with your floor.

Step 4 Second Row
Begin installing the second row by repeating the edge nailing as described in step 3.(Do Not face nails as in the first row.) Note: Typically the first few rows must be edge nailed by hand rather than with a nailing machine due to vertical wall obstruction. When Clearance allows, an edge nailing machine, which drives 2 fasteners with an appropriate mallet, can be used to simplify and speed the nailing process.

Step 5 Laying the planks
Note: Floor Should be installed from several cartons at the same time to insure good color and shade mixture. Install each succeeding row of planks by edge nailing the tongue side every 10?-12?to within 2?- 3?from board ends. Be attentive to the desired sequence of widths and staggering the ends of boards at least 6?in adjacent rows. Upon reaching the last row to be installed, the planks should be ripped to allow a 3/4 expansion space. The last rows must be fastened by face nailing approximately 1/2?-3/4?from the back edge of the board every 12? The same process of counter sinking the face nails and applying filler should be repeated. Replace baseboard moldings and other finish pieces as necessary.

Installers - Advise Your Customer Of The Following

Care and preservation of your hardwood floors Building interiors are affected by tow distinct humidity seasons - Heating and Non-heating. Recognizing that wood floor dimensions will be slightly affected by varying levels of humidity levels within your building, care should be taken to control humidity levels within the 45-55% range. To protect your investment and to assure that your floors provide lasting satisfaction, we have provided our recommendation below.

Heating season (dry) Humidifier is recommended to prevent excessive shrinkage in wood floors due to low humidity levels. Wood stoves and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.

Non-heating season (humid, wet) Proper humidity levels can be maintained by use of an air conditioner, dehumidifier or by turning on your heating system periodically during the summer months. Avoid excessive exposure to water from tracking during periods of inclement weather. Do not obstruct in any way the expansion joints around the perimeter of your floors.