Clickx® is a revolutionary system
used for installing laminate. This unique rolling system allows you to install laminate in hardly any time at all without using glue. Clickx® ensures seamless, solid laminated surfaces
that will last for years. Besides, the laminate floor can be replaced again and again
The tools you need:
- a fretsaw and a small handsaw;
- a pencil;
- a measuring rod or measuring tape;
- waterproof adhesive tape;
- parquetry installation kit: expansion blocks, buffer block, tension iron;
- sanding block or sanding machine.
- Leave the planks (packed) horizontally in the centre of the room where you are going to install the laminate floor;
- leave the planks to acclimatise for 48 hours depending on the local temperature and air humidity;
- the ideal room temperature is approx. 22°C and the ideal air humidity approx. 55 %;
- check the state of all planks when unpacking them. Laminate planks with visible defects must not be installed.
- Vitality laminate can be installed on any hard surface; soft surfaces (such as wall-to-wall carpets) must first be completely removed.
- Make sure the surface is dry, even and dust-free before installing the subfloor.
- Smoothen all bumps in excess of 2 mm.
Vitality laminate floors can be used without difficulty in combination with water floor heating on condition that the warm water tubes are min. 3 cm underneath the surface and the contact temperature of the floor doesn’t exceed 28°C and the max. warm water temperature is 50°C. Before installing the floor, you should take these aspects into account:
- Before you start, switch off the underfloor heating; the floor should not exceed a temperature of 18°C; before, during and 24h after installation of the laminate.
- Install the dampscreen, the subfloor and the laminate as described in the installation instructions. First check the suitability of the subfloor in combination with underfloor heating.
- After the installation of the floor wait at least 24 hours before you switch on the underfloor heating again. Avoid excessive differences in temperature and turn your heating up or down step-by-step; (max. 5°C / day).
- The moisture content in the concrete floor must not exceed 1.5 % (CM method).
The highest acceptable heat conductivity for any kind of floor covering is 0.15 K.m2/W.
For electrical underfloor heating a value of 60W/m2 must not be exceeded.
When installing a laminate floor a good subfloor is indispensable, as it should be the perfect support of your laminate floor and guarantee a longer life for your floor. No matter what subfloor you are installing, first install a dampscreen.
Installation of the laminate floor.
Once the floor has been cleaned and smoothened, the dampscreen and the subfloor installed, the laminate can be put in. Apply the dampscreen as follows: Lay out the dampscreen in long stretches over the entire floor. Allow the dampscreen to go up the wall approximately 5 cm. If the foil
is applied in different stretches, make sure the pieces overlap by at least 20 cm before taping them together (with waterproof tape).
Clickx® is known as a ‘rolling’
system. This means there is no tension among the planks. The shape of the tongue and grooves are perfectly matched to prevent play. The result is a seamless link and flexible installation options.
The Clickx® system enables you to join the planks in two different ways, either tongue-in-groove or groove-in-tongue. The simplest procedure, however, is tongue-in-groove.
The overall appearance of the finished laminate floor mainly depends on the orientation of the planks, the direction of the light and the line of vision. The orientation may in addition strongly affect the perceived size and perspective of the room. Install the laminate always crosswise over the subfloor.
Apart from the first acclimatisation period of 48 hours before unpacking the planks, laminate floors will remain sensitive to shrinkage and expansion even after installation. This feature can easily be compensated for if you leave an expansion joint of 8 to 10 mm on all sides by using expansion blocks. A similar expansion joint should be left around obstacles, such as piping, doorframes and thresholds.
For larger surfaces a connecting profile should be used for each ten metres (both length or width) to compensate for shrinkage and expansion. If you install laminate in several rooms on the same level, an 8 to 10 mm expansion joint should be provided at each boundary between rooms by using a connecting profile. Placing heavy objects (water beds, clothing cupboards) on laminate is not a problem, provided an 8 to 10 mm expansion joint is planed off around the object; afterwards, you may finish the joint with a skirting or profile.
|Length of room (in metres)||Length of room (in feet)||Suggested width of expansion joint|
|3 – 9 m||10 – 30 ft.||8 mm|
|10,6 – 12 m||35 – 40 ft.||10 mm|
|13,7 – 15,2 m||45 – 50 ft.||13 mm|
|16,8 – 19,8 m||55 – 65 ft.||19 mm|
|21,3 – 24,3 m||70 – 80 ft.||22 mm|
|29 – 30,5 m||95 – 100 ft.||25 mm|
|Room surface (in m2)||Room surface (in sq.ft)||Suggested width of expansion joint|
|9 – 93 m²||100 – 1000 sq.ft.||8 mm|
|102 – 167 m²||1100 – 1800 sq.ft||10 mm|
|177 – 242 m²||1900 – 2600 sq.ft||13 mm|
|251 – 279 m²||2700 – 3000 sq.ft||16 mm|
Step 1. Subfloor & surface.
Clean and smoothen the subfloor, remove any grease; install the dampscreen and the subfloor; check the laminate planks for any damage.
Step 2. Height of the doorframe.
To measure the height of the doorframe,
place a laminate plank against the
doorframe, with the décor side down;
mark the height and saw off the door
and doorframe to the height marked. The
laminate plank can then easily be pushed
underneath the doorframe.
Step 3. The first rows.
The advantage of the Clickx® system is that
it allows you to choose your own starting
position. Moreover, you may work either
from right to left or from left to right,
whichever is best in your own specific
situation. Depending on the direction in
which you work you are advised to begin
from either a door or a corner. It is
advisable to begin with the tongue side of
the plank turned towards the wall.
Possibility 1. Starting from a corner.
Place a plank in the corner, with the tongue
side turned towards the wall. Roll the front
edge of the second plank into the first plank
by using the tongue-in-groove method
and continue until the first row is ready.
Remember that an 8 to 10 mm expansion
should be foreseen between the first row
and the wall.
Possibility 2. Starting from a door.
Start installing the row near the door and
then move away from the door. Saw the
plank that is to be placed underneath the
doorway to size while you make sure that
there is an 8 to 10 mm expansion joint and
slide the plank inside the doorframe. Saw the
planks that complete the first row to size.
The final plank.
Measure the length of the final plank in the
row and saw to size. The cut-off part of this
plank may be used for starting the next row,
provided the part is not shorter than
Obstacles. The doorpost.
If there is another door in the facing wall:
position the planks as close as possible to the door;
sand the short edge of the installed panel with a triangular sanding
machine or a wooden block with some sand paper;
sand the lip of the plank in the previous row;
saw the plank to be installed to size and slide it underneath
put the panel in position by knocking its short and long sides gently
into the sanded plank along a horizontal plane;
sand the short lip of the groove of the last installed plank;
next, roll the long side of the second plank of the last but one row and
press as tightly as possible against the installed plank. The plank may
also be pulled tight by means of a tension iron.
Complete the row as in step 5.
Drill an opening with a diameter larger by 10 mm than that of the
pipes at the short edges of the 2 planks that will be installed around
piping. Place the two planks around the pipes and roll them together.
Step 4. Completing the floor.
Take the cut-off part of the final plank
in the previous row and use it to start
the next row. Begin at the same side
where you began the previous row and
once again make sure that there is an
8 to 10 mm expansion joint between
the laminate plank and the wall.
Roll the laminate plank against the
previous row and push it downwards.
Roll the short side of the next laminate
plank into the previous plank and
press down against the groove of the
1. Carefully lift the laminate plank,
together with the previous plank in the
same row, to an angle of 30°.
2. Press it against the previous row.
3. Once the planks are properly joined
they can be pushed downwards.
Continue in this way until the floor is completed. First
roll the short sides of the planks until they connect and
only then role the two combined planks into the completed
To avoid damage to the connecting
system it is strongly recommended
never to roll a complete row in order
to join it to the previous row.
make sure there is an 8 to 10 mm
expansion joint between the laminate
planks and walls or fixed objects.
Step 5. Final row.
Once again, make sure that there is an
8 to 10 mm expansion joint.
Take the joint into account when
measuring and sawing the planks of
the final row lengthwise.
Install the final row. Remove all expansion blocks and
level off the edges of the dampscreen and the subfloor
before you begin finishing (such as installing skirtings).
Finishing and re-installation.
Immediately after the Clickx® floor has been installed the
floor can be walked on and you may begin finishing it.
Mount skirtings directly onto the walls rather than to
the floor to allow the laminate underneath to expand