Installing Mimicri and AVQT

What you will need:

You will need most of the following general tools and materials for your installation:

  • Carpenters Square
  • Gloves
  • Masking tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil/ felt tipped pent
  • Shears
  • Utility knife
  • Chalk line
  • Adhesive
  • Vinyl tile cutter

Where you can install:

  1. Concrete

    Vinyl can be installed over concrete if the surface of the concrete is clean, smooth and dry. Repair any holes or cracks. You can lower high spots with a grinder. Any minor bumps can be removed with a masonry chisel and small sledgehammer. (Be sure to wear safety glasses.)

  2. Resilient Flooring

    Resilient flooring can be laid over old linoleum or vinyl flooring if the existing floor is in good condition. If the old floor has a rough texture or some indentations, use a coat of embossing leveler. Applied with a straight edge trowel, the embosser will create a smooth surface to support the new floor. Damaged or loose vinyl flooring should be removed.

  3. Floors requiring underlayment

    Embossed, cushioned, buckled or uneven floor will require an underlayment. Bumps or dips in an old floor eventually will show through the new floor. As time passes, the new floor will acquire the texture of the floor below. If removal of the old floor is impractical or the rough area is too severe to use an embossing leveler, cover it with a new layer of plywood underlayment. Another alternative to underlayment solution for uneven floors is a self leveling compound, which can eliminate bumps and dips of concrete subfloors, thus providing significant improvement in the finished look of resilient flooring.

How many tiles/planks you will need:

To determine how many tiles to buy:

  1. Measure the length and width of the room in meters.
  2. Compute for the floor area by multiplying these two dimensions.
  3. Then use the estimated number of resilient floor tiles or planks per square meter and multiply it with the floor area of the room to determine the number of required resilient floor tiles or planks to cover the area.
  4. Enumerated below are the number of resilient floor tiles or planks per square meter:
    • 300mmx300mm - 11.11 pieces per square meter
    • 450mmx450mm - 4.94 pieces per square meter
    • 4in x 36in - 10.76 pieces per square meter
    • 6in x 36in - 7.172 pieces per square meter

TIP: Buy 5% more than you need. The extra flooring will cover any miscalculations or mistakes, and it's a good idea to keep extra tiles on hand in case you need replacements.

What to do before installation:

  1. Check the box to make sure all batch numbers are the same and that you have purchased the sufficient number of pieces to complete the job.
  2. Floor surface must be clean, plane smooth, completely dry and free from oil, grease, paint, wax, dust and other foreign matter.
  3. Stack tiles and adhesives near the laying area to acclimatize the products to the room's ambient temperature at least 48 hours before installation. (Note: This is very important otherwise subsequent movement of floor underlay and tile may occur.)
  4. Installation should not begin until the work of all other trades has been completed, especially overhead trades.
  5. Rough uneven surface should be leveled off using a suitable or shrinking underlayment compound made from high quality organic latex, portland cement and aggregate. Allow the underlayment to cure and dry completely for at least 10 days.
  6. To protect concrete floors from rising moisture, install water proofing membrane such as 0.10mm to 0.15 mm polythene film of heavy asphalt-saturated felt paper between the concrete floor and ground.
  7. Where sealing is required (for damp floor), apply an aqueous acrylic sealer and allow it to dry for at least 24 hours.
  8. Sweep/ Vacuum the floor to remove dust.

You are now ready to install

  1. Spread the adhesive evenly using only the adhesive specifically produced for resilient flooring at the rate of coverage recommended by the adhesive manufacturer. Recommended adhesive is Water-Based Acrylic Adhesive. For best results, use APO Powerbond Water-Based acrylic flooring adhesive. Use of any other types of adhesive renders warranty against manufacturing defect void. Use of solvent based adhesive is not recommended as this may affect dimensional stability of the resilient flooring.
  2. Spread Water-Based Acrylic such as APO Powerbond evenly over the floor surface with a notched trowel in long sweeping motion. Allow the adhesive on the floor covering firmly. (Note a touch tacky is usually reached in 15 to 30 minutes after application of the adhesive depending on the weather condition and porosity of the surface.) To ensure good overall contact between the floor covering and the adhesive, the installed area may be pressed with a roller of other suitable means. Do not allow heavy traffic for 24 hours.
  3. Installing Tiles:

    • Place the tile starting at the center of the room working towards the walls according to the desired pattern and direction of the grain. The starting point may be adjusted as required to provide a border width equal to at least a half tile width. Cut border tile to the wall and it into place after field tile has been laid and before the wall base has been installed.
    • Brush clean the installed floor covering surface and protect all exposed edges of the installed floor coverings by means of demising strips or other suitable moldings.
    • When finished installing, roll the floor to make sure tiles are firmly stuck down. During this time do not move anything back into the room and keep foot traffic to a minimum.
    • Do not strip the floor for 5 days.

    Installing Planks:

    The only difference in installing planks from is the lay-out and orientation of the planks.

    Orientation:

    • Parallel to the door
    • Perpendicular to the door
    • Lay-out
    • Brick type - Draw a reference line for the long side of the planks. Then draw two perpendicular lines. The spacing in between the two is half the length of the plank. This will be the reference line for the short side of the planks. Install the first plank on the first perpendicular line then install the next plank on the second reference line.
    • Random type - Same with the brick type but instead of two perpendicular line this uses three perpendicular, the spacing in between is 1/3 the length of the plank.