For best results review the product specific guidelines and examine the product for any defects prior to indoor installation. Youb Floors will not be responsible for improper installation and installation of visual manufacturing defected tiles. Failure to follow guidelines may result in limiting warranty coverage.
STEP 1- PLAN YOUR INSTALL
Review your specification documents, installation key (if applicable) and details to ensure you have all the required material and the manufacture-approved adhesives. Check your product’s label.
STEP 2- CONFIRM YOUR SITE CONDITIONS MEET ALL SPECIFIED REQUIREMENTS
Temperature, ambient humidity and relative humidity of the subfloor all impact your install. The following conditions must be maintained for 24 hours prior to, during and permanently after installation:
Temperature: The installation site, carpet and adhesive must be between 10° C and 35° C. The adhesive will not function properly when exposed to temperatures outside this range. Do not begin installing if the subfloor temperature is below 10°C.
Humidity: The installation site’s ambient relative humidity must not fall below 40%.
Moisture: Conduct Relative Humidity testing. Results must be below 85% (ASTM F-2170), or the Anhydrous Calcium Chloride results must not exceed 2.3 Kg. per 93 m per 24 hours (ASTM F-1869).
pH: Conduct pH testing in several locations. A reading below 5.0 or above 9.0 (ASTM F-710) requires corrective measures before installation.
Do not begin the installation if an unacceptable moisture level is detected. If excessive moisture is present, the general contractor or building owner must be advised and a decision made if the installation is to begin. Youb Floors will not be responsible for any moisture related installation failures if these guidelines are not strictly followed.
STEP 3- PREPARE THE SUBFLOOR
It all starts here. The substrates must be structurally sound, clean, level and dry and must be free of dust, dirt, oil, grease, paint, curing agents, concrete sealers, loosely bonded toppings, loose particles, old adhesive residues and any other substance or condition that may prevent or reduce adhesion.
CAUTION: Do not allow cutback asphaltic adhesive or any other non-approved adhesive to come into contact with new adhesives, as an installation failure could result.
STEPS 4- LAYOUT YOUR SITE
A good site layout is important to ensure a smooth install. Review your installation key and selected installation methods and lay your site accordingly using chalk lines as your guides. Additional chalk lines are recommended every 3-4 meters to ensure your installation stays square.
STEPS 5- APPLY YOUR ADHESIVE
Using a high quality full spread pressure sensitive adhesive, the adhesive must be allowed to dry completely before installing the carpet tile. Installing into wet adhesive will result in a permanent bond and may cause the carpet to bubble.
- Start the modular installation as near to the center of the room as possible and position it to use the largest perimeter cut tile size.
- Snap a chalk line parallel to one major wall bisecting the starting point. It may be necessary to offset the center chalk line to assure perimeter tiles will be at least half size.
- Snap a second chalk line from the starting point at 90° to the first line. Use a 3-4-5, 6-8-10, or larger triangle depending on the room size. Meters or feet may be used to lay out the triangle in these proportions.
Install modular carpet tiles using conventional installation techniques. Construction ‘type’ expansion joints should not be overlaid with any part of a Youb Floors system. The material should be stopped either side of the joint and an expansion type cover strip should be incorporated into the installation.
To minimize product variation, install each full box and complete an entire pallet before starting another pallet. Each tile has directional arrows on the back. These arrows allow for one-directional or multi-directional installation. Some styles may be large scale or linear in design and may require quarter turning.
Begin installation at the intersection of two chalk lines. Continue until you complete one quadrant. Proceed to an adjoining quadrant until all four quadrants are completed. Larger areas may require chalk lines bisecting the original four quadrants.
Note: Install tiles using the pyramid technique. This gives you multiple alignment checks. If the edges do not align and the misalignment increases with progression of the installation, find and correct the source of the problem.
Modules may be cut by measuring and cutting from the back using a straight edge. Care must be taken to assure the arrows are pointing in the correct direction.
modules may also be cut by letting them cove up the wall and cutting with a cushion back wall trimmer or similar tool. Do not compress.
Post Installation Care
To prevent damage, place plywood over the carpet tiles when heavy objects are being moved across their surface within 24 hours after installation.
To prevent excessive wear to the carpet tiles surface, use protective mats under chairs that include caster type wheels.
Place a non-staining floor protection over the carpet tiles surface to protect it when additional construction activity is to take place. Do not use plastic sheeting as it will trap moisture.