Underlayment Panels

FlorcoreFLORCORE EXTREME OFB (orientated Fiberboard) Enviro-Green Underlayment Panels are specifically engineered and designed to meet the stringent specifications of an ever changing floor covering market. They are an addition to your structural floor combination system. They are the new and advanced generation of OFB panels and are totally compatible with OSB subfloor products and the best marriage.

FLORCORE EXTREME OFB Enviro-Green Underlayment PANELS are fiber panels that are specifically producted as underlayment and as an economical panel to enhance new home construction and the renovation market.

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Introducing a new improved and revolutionary FLORCORE EXTREME OFB Enviro-Green Underlayment PANELS

FLORCORE EXTREME OFB (ORIENTATED FIBERBOARD) ENVIRO-GREEN UNDERLAYMENT PANELS are specifically engineered and designed to meet the stringent specifications of an ever changing floor covering market. They are an addition to your structural floor combination system. They are the new and advanced generation of OFB panels and are totally compatible with OSB subfloor products and the best marriage.

FLORCORE EXTREME OFB Enviro-Green Underlayment PANELS are fiber panels that are specifically produced as underlayment and as an economical panel to enhance new home construction and the renovation market.

Engineered to Perform

FLORCORE EXTREME OFB Enviro-Green Underlayment PANELS are manufactured with wood fibers and high-performance binders to produce a higher standard grade, composite wood fiber panel that is truly superior to standard floor underlayments. FLORCORE’s standard panel testing has shown the panels meet or exceed plywood tests. FLORCORE’s quality panels are manufactured to exacting specifications, and contain wax emulsion binders and resins much greater than those of typical particleboard underlayments (PBU). These moisture resistant binders combined with New EdgeGreen Sealed technology, prevent excess moisture from penetrating the core.

The FLORCORE EXTREME OFB makes for a much stronger and stiffer panel than those of typical particleboard underlayments (PBU) and provides a new Flooring board specifically designed as wood underlayment under all floor coverings.

FLORCORE EXTREME OFB Enviro-Green Underlayment PANELS have superior smooth, blemish-free faces and fine surface naps to provide maximum adhesion and release of floor coverings. The solid construction combination of long grain and micro wood fibers is layered to a full 6.0mm” for additional strength, stiffness and stability with minimal linear expansion. The panels are stiffer and denser than most underlayments, making them harder to dent and actually help to improve the structural floor system. They are engineered under very controlled fabrication conditions that ensure a solid, one-piece homogeneous panel throughout. They offer high impact-resistance, free from any surface characteristics that would telegraph through, or cause yellowing of the floor coverings. There are no inherent core voids, and no possibility of delamination of fibers. Panels are sanded to fine tolerances providing a uniform thickness, minimizing minor irregularities in primary floors and old floors. These panels can be SCORED AND SNAPPED for the professional installers.

No other product of its thickness can out-perform FLORCORE EXTREME OFB Enviro-Green Underlayment PANELS. They are fiber panels specifically produced as underlayment and as an economical panel to enhance new home construction and the renovation market.

FLORCORE EXTREME OFB Enviro-Green Underlayment PANELS are produced 1/4″ 4’ x 8’ (6.0mm) 1/4′ 4′ x 4′. A nailing guide is printed on every panel and installation recommendations are provided with every unit.

FLORCORE EXTREME OFB Enviro-Green Underlayment PANELS carry a warranty that includes all materials and labor from the floor covering down to the underlayment. The result is a moisture resistant panel that won’t split or crack upon fastening, delaminate or telegraph seams due to underlayment failure with fewer heel indentations, stable pricing and national distribution.

FLORCORE EXTREME OFB Enviro-Green Underlayment PANELS are marketed with an extensive array of merchandising tools that include warranty and installation guides, features & benefit sheets and installation checklists. Complete installer training courses are also provided upon request. – STATUS “ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

“DON’T SETTLE FOR THE ORDINARY CHOOSE THE “FLORCORORDINARY”

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  • ADVANCED ENGINEERING DESIGN
    Manufactured with Advanced Fortified Binders for high humidity environments.
  • PRECISION MANUFACTURING
    Designed for use with today’s expanding floor covering options.
  • HIGH DENSITY
    Impact resistant with strength and flexibility.
  • SOLID CONSTRUCTION
    No core voids and Homogeneous design eliminates squeaks.
  • EXCEPTIONAL ADHESION QUALITIES
    Fine surface nap promotes enhanced bond between floor covering adhesive and panel.
  • LIFETIME TRANSFERABLE LTD. WARRANTY
    Provides coverage for the lifetime of the floor from owner to new owner.
  • FLORECORE OFB MOISTURE RESISTANT
    Additional protection in high moisture areas i.e. kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms.
  • WARRANTED AGAINST STAINING
    Additional insurance for added confidence.
  • INSTALLER FRIENDLY
    Can be scored and snapped for faster and cleaner installation (6.0mm.)
  • SELECTION OF SIZES
    Available in 4’x 4’, 4’x 8’ panels and soon 4’ x 5’ the professional installer size.
  • ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
    Complying with a Green World.
  • Resists Dents and Punctures from Concentrated Loads
  • Smooth Face, Fine Surface Nap – Dense Core, Void Free
  • Stiff, Strong and Durable
  • EdgeGreen for added moisture resistance
  • Structurally Sound
  • Consistent Thickness Tolerances
  • Fully Warranted and Transferable
  • Blemish-Free and Non Staining

MEETS ALL CRITERIA SET OUT BY MOST VINYL FLOORING MANUFACTURERS:

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We couldn’t make it look any different than particleboard however; our FLORCORE Extreme OFB Enviro-Green
Underlayment Panels are manufactured with Selected Hardwoods. Fortifying the high performance binders, with a very
advanced highly moisture resistant compound, results in the panels having approximately 30% higher resistance to
moisture than that of standard PBU underlayments. The New Edge Sealed technology helps reduce moisture from entering
the panels. The panels are produced to a higher density, approximately 48-pounds/cubic foot with a minimum of 30%
better strength properties than that of standard floor underlayment’s. FLORCORE Extreme OFB Enviro-Green
Underlayment Panels offer high impact resistance, providing added structural strength and stability while covering minor
irregularities in the old or new floor. The solid, homogeneous 1/4”(6.0mm) construction combination of long-grain and
micro-wood fibers is layered orientated from bottom to the top. The void free core provides added holding power for
mechanical fasteners. This panel provides the flooring mechanic with much less preparation work before any floor
covering is applied. The end result is one of the highest quality flooring panels on the market today.

Features & Benefits:

  • One of the most economical panels on the market today with great benefits & value.
  • High quality selected Hardwood fibers for added physical properties.
  • Indentation Resistant – we orientate long grain hardwood core fibers and micro fibers on the surface.
  • Was levels greater than typical particleboard underlay to ensure superior moisture resistance?
  • High quality fortified binders with a highly moisture resistant compound and EdgeSealed edges for greater moisture resistance.
  • Greater dimensional stability, less linear variation, less edge thickness swell than other ulays.
  • Super Smooth and blemish free surface with a moisture block back.
  • Density +/- 48 # per cubic foot average
  • Sanding tolerance +/- .004” also ensures fine surface nap.
  • Nailing grid for speed and accuracy
  • Meets all the vinyl manufacturers’ requirements
  • Environmentally Friendly Product

When to recommend:

  • For all floor coverings where protection from indentation is critical and sub floor enhancement is required
  • For structural purposes to reduce deflection and vibration in the floor system where acoustical value is needed
  • As an economical panel with added values to old and new floors
  • As a renovation panel directly over solid old flooring
  • Light commercial applications
  • For all floor-covering products i.e. vinyl, carpeting, laminated flooring, hardwood flooring and ceramic tiles

Available in 1/4″(6.0mm) 4’ x 4’, 4’ x8’ and soon 4’x 5’ for professional installers

NOT FOR: gang showers, saunas, hot tub decks or directly over concrete

Note: For use under ceramic tile, follow the installation and associated product recommendations of the Tile Council of America (TCA) –
The Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC) and FLORCORE’s recommended installation instructions for
FLORCORE OFB Enviro-Green Underlayment Panels and ceramics.

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Storage and handling:

For remodeling and new construction applications it is extremely important that Argo Fine plywood underlayment & FLORCORE panels be allowed to acclimate to room conditions. Store panels flat over supports in a dry enclosed area (heated preferably), protected from moisture extremes and temperature before, during and after installation. Use 5 supports for 4′ x 8′ panels and 3 supports for 4′ x 4′ panels. No panels should not be installed until all wood sub floors, concrete; plaster and lumber framing are dried to the approximate conditions that will exist during occupancy.

Proper timing of installation and treatment of flooring products by the Builder is highly critical. It is the Installer’s responsibility to inspect all panels for visible defects prior to cutting and installing. If you think that there is a manufacturing defect in a panel, do not install. Contact your supplier.

Pre-Installation Surface Preparation:

Leave panels in the location where they are to be installed and allowed to acclimate to average temperature and humidity for 24 hrs. and up to 48 hrs. in extreme conditions, whether you are installing directly over new sub floors, in new construction or over existing floors in renovation. To allow proper air flow, lay panels flat with supports between each sheet for up to 48 hrs. depending upon local conditions, maintaining a temperature of 21C/70F. before, during and after the installation. This may take as long as 48 hrs. depending on local conditions. Ensure that the moisture content of the subfloor is not above12%. If the differential between the sub floor and the Argo Fine plywood underlayment & FLORCORE panels are within 5% of each other, the panels may be installed. 12% or less is acceptable, 13% -15% are conditions that may cause seam telegraphing. At 15% moisture content in the wood or over, the installation is NOT recommended and more drying time is needed. (A moisture meter is recommended.) Ensure the sub floor free of all foreign matter, projections, securely fastened, structurally sound, dry and level. Sand or grind the joints of the sub floor if necessary. Vacuum and sweep all dust and debris from the subfloor.

NOTE: Seam telegraphing problems are not the result of defective
underlayment panels but can usually be the result of these causes:

  • Improper installation including failure to sand all seams level
  • Using excessive patching compound
  • Not allowing patch to dry 100% prior to installing vinyl.
  • Improper spread of adhesive over seams.
  • Changing site conditions including expansion from moisture penetration
    or movement in sub floor.

Crawl spaces and Vapor Barrier:

Crawl spaces in a home, mobile modular home or building are susceptible to temperature and humidity variations that may cause the underlayment panels and the sub floor structure to expand or contract. These situations may cause unexplainable seam telegraphing with the finished floor. There should be proper cross flow ventilation and well vented under the wood sub floor. A clearance of at least 18” between ground level and the joists is necessary. A vapor barrier ground cover is essential in such areas, completely covering the ground.

Remodeling and Renovations:

Underlayment panels may be installed over most existing flooring that is free of defects and structurally sound – Vinyl is one layer only. Cushioned floors (100+mils) thick, foam backed vinyl or perimeter fastened vinyl is NOT RECOMMENDED. If the old vinyl floor does not meet these criteria, a professional Flooring Installer must strip off the old flooring.

Note: To Prevent the possibility of seam telegraphing, punch holes or cut slits approximately (12” – 16” O.C.) in the existing vinyl prior to installing panels.

Where board subfloors are used in new construction, over concrete, to bridge gaps or applications below grade, 1/4″ panels are not advisable. These are additional sources of moisture and there is excessive shrinkage when dried out. A 3/8” or greater thickness of Argo Fine underlayment & FLORCORE panels are recommended to bridge gaps and irregularities in the floor.

Adhesive Use

If gluing for the best results, we recommend gluing the Argo Fine plywood underlayment & FiberCORE panels to the subfloor. This may prevent squeaks in the subfloor and reduce the possibility of joint telegraphing and other fastening problems. Use a latex based adhesive conforming to AFG.01 standards and is a type of construction or subfloor adhesive. Apply the adhesive in accordance with the adhesive manufacturer’s instructions, trowel size etc…Another procedure and less expensive is the use of a PVA (poly vinyl acetate) type 2 high solid content, white carpenters glue or other non-staining wood adhesive. For this application use a paint roller with a short nap. Glue the panels by covering 100% of the subfloor panel’s surface and then fasten the underlayment panels.

NOTE: Using adhesive helps panels from movement with the subfloor, and also helps prevent the induction of moisture from traveling up a seam edge and possibly releasing the bond of the vinyl adhesive, creating seam telegraphing after completion. Gluing also helps prevent fastener movement and squeaks in the finished floor.

Positioning and Layout of the Panels

Lay panels at 90 degrees or at right angles to the sub floor panels. Offset the underlayment panels to the subfloor panels by at least 12” where joints run at right angles to the joists. Begin laying panels in corner of room. Leave a minimum 1/4”gap at all vertical surfaces, walls and fixtures to allow for any expansion. Place cut edge to the wall and factory edge to factory edge. Butt panel edges to a light contact. Stagger panel joints in each row (Ashlar fashion) so that the four corners of adjacent panels do not meet. Do not leave gaps or force panels together. Position full and custom cut panels on the subfloor to dryfit the room, without any fasteners applied. Avoid pieces less than 12” except where allowing for floor fixtures. Do not tack any panel during layout or tack four corners of any panel.

Fasteners:

Staples – (recommended) Use 1/4″ chisel point staples, with not less than an 18-gauge shank. Staples must be galvanized clear resin coated (also known as ‘coated’ thermal-coated, or polymer-coated’.) DO NOT USE DIVERGENT STAPLES. Staples must be flush or slightly below the surface so that they are visible. The staple length should not penetrate through the bottom of subfloor.
Nails – Underlay flooring nails, ring-grooved, 1 1/4″ length and 3/16” head. Drive nails perpendicular to and countersink slightly below the surface of the panel.
Screws – For use with 3/8” panels only. Use a flat-head #8 lo-root thread wood screw with reaming nibs, not less than 1” long. Use sufficient pressure on the power driver so that screws are flush or countersunk slightly below the surface of the panel. DO NOT USE DRYWALL SCREWS.

Fastening:

Fasten one panel at a time, individually and completely, before fastening the next panel.
Begin fastening each panel of the first row at center of panel, working up and down to edges in the panel’s width, or sides securing entire panel. Do not tack corners first. Lightly butt next panel to first panel, fastening in similar pattern and direction always starting in the center of the panel in the first row only. Begin second row by fastening at the center of the panel’s seam edge adjacent to the first row, working across the panel width repeating the same pattern for each panel and always nailing away from the seam to the outer edge or wall. Space all fasteners at 2” centers on edges and at 4” centers in the field of the panel. Fasteners should be long enough to reach (but not protrude through the bottom of the subfloor if at all possible.) If applied over existing material, use nails that penetrate subfloor at least 90% but not through subfloor or into the joists. Set fasteners 3/8”- 3/4” from the panels edge. Use sufficient pressure on the staple gun and adjust air pressure so that staples or screws are flush or counter-sunk slightly below the panel’s surface. Stand or kneel and apply your weight on the panels to hold panels securely to subfloor to ensure full contact during fastening.

Important! It is the installer’s responsibility to ensure the equipment is functioning properly. Air guns, pressure and air compressors, correct operation is vital to the success of the fastening operation. You must adjust and maintain a pressure that will seat the fastener flush with the panel’s surface or slightly below. NOTE: If you can’t see the fastener head, chances are you have over shot the fastener and you need to apply more fasteners and possibly less pressure.

Finishing Panels:

Sand all panels’ joints until level and smooth with a heavy-duty power sander running at a 45-degree angle to the joint. Avoid hand sanding, over sanding or the use of levelers. The same applies if the gap is less than 1/16”. Voids or gaps in excess of 1/16” between panels, and any irregularities in the panel surface e.g. gouges, chipped edges, hammer indentations, and recessed nail heads should be filled after sanding with a non-shrinking cementatious patching compound intended for this purpose. Follow patch manufacturer’s instructions and make sure patch is completely dry. This may take 24 hrs. or more depending on the temperature and humidity (more drying time is recommended during high humidity periods.) To be safe, use a moisture meter over the patch to ensure correct dryness. Sand the patch level to the face of the panel, when patch is completely dry. Add a liquid acrylic additive whenever possible for greater flexibility.

Fillers & Patches:

Patch and fillers used unnecessarily, could react with adhesive or pull from the joints, creating tunneling. If not adequately sanded, patch and fillers could cause uneven adhesive soak and affect the bond, which may also create tunneling at the joints. Our experience has been that there are more problems related and associated with the use of patching as opposed to not using a patch at all. Use only as necessary.

  • Light edge contact or panel’s factory edge to factory edge.
  • To level joints, sand with a power sander (do not use patches or fillers.)
  • Do not fill normal level joints unless in excess of 1/16” wide.
  • Vacuum any debris or dust from the joints.
  • If patch is used, once dry, sand patch level, smooth and off the face of the panels if possible.

NOTE: Other recommended practices include the use of an acrylic liquid additive in
the patch for greater flexibility. When this is done, the patch will take longer to dry.
Use only a cementatious polymer modified acrylic patch. Follow the manufacturer’s
recommendation, mixing instructions and drying times very carefully.

Installing your new Floor Covering:

Vacuum the panel’s surface to ensure that it is free of any debris, dirt or dust. Floor covering should be installed immediately after the installation of panels to avoid damage and environmental influences. As specified by the floor-covering manufacturer, the room must be kept dry and well ventilated at a constant temperature of 70 degrees F (21degrees C) for at least 48 hrs. prior, during and after installation. Follow the floor covering manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Use only adhesives recommended by the floor covering manufacturer for use over wood panels. Manufacturers will suggest proper spread rates and trowel size. Do not leave adhesive open too long since the performance could be reduced. In high moisture areas ie: Bathrooms, Kitchens, Entryways and Laundry room, be sure that seams in floor covering are well sealed. Keep traffic and furniture off new floor until sealant is fully cured (min. 24 hrs.) Pay special attention to sealing edges of resilient flooring along doorsills, bathtubs, shower base, toilets, cabinets, vanities and other areas where moisture could be present. Use mildew proof sealant for VCT tile and commercial flooring, follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for gluing, maintenance, installation and other procedures.

Considerations:

Argo Fine plywood underlayment & FLORCORE panels is not a structural panel and will not resolve structural problems or deficiencies in the floor system. They will however contribute to a greater stiffness of the floor, especially older floors. Installation of panels over unstable or irregular floors is not covered by the warranty. Do not install directly over concrete or plank flooring. Telegraphing is used to describe a mirror image that magnifies imperfections under the vinyl flooring or ridges and joints where the panels meet. This problem may exist almost entirely and only under resilient flooring. The thinner and glossier the flooring product, the more susceptible it is to telegraphing. Telegraphing is commonly traced to misuse of patching compounds, moisture induction or penetration from below or above the panels and or improper installation and movement of panels atop the subfloor. Proper installation is essential to the cosmetic appearance of the finished floor.

For Problem Resolutions or Technical Support
Website: www.argofineimports.com
Contact 306-668-4800 /772-219-3911 or email: keep@yourlink.ca

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Almacenamiento y manejo:
Para instalación en remodelaciones y construcciones nuevas es muy importante que los paneles FLORCORE de Argo se aclimaten a las condiciones de la habitación. Almacene los paneles de manera horizontal sobre soportes en un área seca y cerrada (de preferencia con calefacción), protegidos de la humedad extrema y de la temperatura antes, durante y después de la instalación. Use 5 soportes para los paneles de 4′ x 8′ y 3 soportes para los paneles de 4′ x 4′. No se debe instalar ningún panel hasta que todos los contrapisos, el concreto, el yeso y los marcos de madera se hayan secado a las condiciones aproximadas que existirán durante la ocupación de la habitación.El plazo de tiempo adecuado para la instalación y el tratamiento de los productos para pisos por parte del constructor es muy crítico. Es responsabilidad del instalador inspeccionar todos los paneles para encontrar defectos visibles antes de hacer cortes e instalar. Si cree que hay un defecto de fabricación en el panel, no lo instale. Contacte a su proveedor.

Preparación de la superficie antes de la instalación:
Deje los paneles en el lugar donde se van a instalar y dé tiempo para que se aclimaten a la temperatura y humedad promedio durante 24 horas y hasta 48 horas en condiciones extremas, ya sea que la instalación sea directamente sobre contrapisos nuevos, en una construcción nueva o sobre piso existente en una renovación. Para permitir un flujo de aire adecuado, coloque los paneles horizontalmente con soportes entre cada hoja por hasta 48 horas, dependiendo de las condiciones locales, manteniendo una temperatura de 21C/70F antes, durante y después de la instalación. Esto puede tomar hasta 48 horas, dependiendo de las condiciones ambientales locales. Asegúrese de que la humedad en el contrapiso no sea mayor al 12%. Se pueden instalar los paneles si el diferencial entre el contrapiso y los paneles FLORCORE de Argo es de 5%. 12% o menos es aceptable, mientras que 13% a 15% son condiciones que pueden causar defectos en las uniones. NO se recomienda la instalación si se tiene un contenido de humedad de 15% o más en la madera y se necesita más tiempo de secado. (Se recomienda usar un medidor de humedad). Asegúrese de que el contrapiso esté libre de cualquier materia extraña, protuberancias, que esté bien sujetado y que la estructura esté en buen estado, seca y nivelada. Lije o rectifique las uniones del contrapiso si es necesario. Aspire y barra todo el polvo y la basura del contrapiso.

NOTA: La transferencia de los problemas de defectos en las uniones no es el resultado de defectos en los paneles de la base, sino que normalmente pueden ser ocasionados por estas causas:

  • Instalación inadecuada, incluyendo no haber lijado todas las uniones al mismo nivel.
  • Usar el componente para remendar en exceso.
  • No permitir que el remiendo seque al 100% antes de instalar el vinilo.
  • Distribución inadecuada de adhesivo sobre las uniones.
  • Cambios en las condiciones del lugar, incluyendo la expansión porpenetración de humedad o el movimiento en el contrapiso.

Espacios entre pisos y barrera de vapor:
Los espacios entre pisos en una casa, casa móvil, modular o edificio son susceptibles a las variaciones de temperatura y humedad que pueden ocasionar que los paneles de la base y la estructura del contrapiso se expandan o contraigan. Estas situaciones pueden causar defectos en las uniones del piso terminado que no parecen tener explicación. Debe haber ventilación adecuada con flujo cruzado y buena ventilación debajo del contrapiso. Se necesita un espacio libre de al menos 18” entre el nivel del suelo y las vigas, si es necesario. Es esencial tener una cubierta de suelo para barrera de vapor en tales áreas, cubriendo por completo el suelo.

Remodelación y renovaciones:
Se pueden instalar los paneles de base sobre la mayoría de los pisos existentes que están libres de defectos y en buen estado estructural, el vinilo es sólo una capa. NO SE RECOMIENDAN los pisos acolchados (100+mils de espesor), el vinilo con espuma en la parte posterior o el vinilo sujeto al perímetro. Si el piso de vinilo anterior no cumple con estos criterios, un instalador profesional de pisos debe remover el piso anterior.

Nota: Para evitar la posibilidad de defectos en las uniones, haga agujeros o ranuras (aproximadamente 12” a 16” O.C.) en el vinilo existente antes de instalar los paneles.

No se recomienda el uso de paneles de ¼” donde se usen contrapisos con tablas en una construcción nueva, sobre concreto, para cerrar aperturas ni para aplicaciones por debajo del nivel de la calle. Éstas son fuentes adicionales de humedad y al secarse se presenta contracción excesiva. Se recomiendan paneles FLORCORE de Argo de 3/8” o más de espesor para cerrar aperturas e irregularidades en el piso.

Uso del adhesivo
Si usa adhesivo para obtener mejores resultados, le recomendamos pegar los paneles FLORCORE de Argo al contrapiso. Esto puede evitar los rechinidos en el contrapiso y reduce la posibilidad de defectos en las uniones y otros problemas de sujeción. Use un adhesivo de látex que cumpla con los estándares de AFG.01 y que sea un tipo de adhesivo para construcción o contrapiso. Aplique el adhesivo según las instrucciones del fabricante del adhesivo, el tamaño de la llana, etc. Otro procedimiento menos costoso es el uso de un PVA (acetato polivinílico) tipo 2 con alto contenido de sólidos, el pegamento blanco de carpintería u otros adhesivos para madera que no dejan manchas. Para esta aplicación, use un rodillo para pintar de pelo corto. Pegue los paneles cubriendo el 100% de la superficie del panel del contrapiso y luego sujete los paneles de la base.NOTA: Usar adhesivos evita que los paneles se muevan con el contrapiso y también ayuda a prevenir que la humedad viaje por un borde de la unión, y que posiblemente libere el pegamento de vinilo, creando defectos en las uniones después de terminar el trabajo. El pegamento también ayuda a evitar movimientos y rechinidos en el piso terminado.

Posición y disposición de los paneles
Acomode los paneles a 90 grados o en ángulos rectos a los paneles del contrapiso. Desfase los paneles de la base en relación a los paneles del contrapiso por al menos 12” donde las uniones están a un ángulo recto con las vigas. Comience acomodando los paneles en la esquina de la habitación. Deje un espacio mínimo de ¼” en todas las superficies verticales, paredes y conexiones para permitir cualquier expansión. Coloque el borde cortado contra el muro y el borde fabricado contra otros bordes fabricados. Junte los bordes del panel hasta que tengan un contacto ligero. Alterne las uniones del panel en cada fila de manera que las cuatro esquinas de los paneles adyacentes no se toquen (tipo Ashlar). No deje espacios ni junte los paneles a la fuerza. Coloque los paneles completos y con cortes en el contrapiso para que se ajusten en seco a la habitación sin aplicar ningún tipo de sujetador. Evite usar piezas que tengan menos de 12”, excepto en los lugares de las conexiones en el suelo. No clave con tachuelas ningún panel durante la disposición ni clave las cuatro esquinas de los paneles.

Sujetadores:
Grapas: (recomendado) use grapas de ¼” con punta biselada, con un calibre mínimo de 18 en el cuerpo. Las grapas deben ser galvanizadas y cubiertas de resina transparente (también conocidas como “recubiertas”, con recubrimiento térmica o recubrimiento de polímero). NO USE GRAPAS DIVERGENTES. Las grapas deben estar a paño o un poco debajo de la superficie, de manera que sean visibles. La longitud de la grapa no debe penetrar hasta el fondo del contrapiso.
Clavos: clavos de contrapiso, estriados, de 1 ¼” de largo y con cabeza de 3/16” Inserte los clavos de manera perpendicular y avellane un poco por debajo de la superficie del panel.
Tornillos: deben usarse sólo para paneles de 3/8” Use tornillos para madera estriados de cabeza plana #8 con rosca en las puntas, no menores de 1” de largo. Use suficiente presión en el desatornillador eléctrico para que los tornillos queden a paño o un poco avellanados por debajo de la superficie del panel. NO USE TORNILLOS PARA TRABLARROCA.

Sujeción:
Sujete un panel a la vez, individual y completamente, antes de sujetar el siguiente panel.
Empiece a fijar cada panel de la primera fila en el centro del panel, trabajando de arriba hacia abajo de los bordes en el sentido del ancho o lados del panel, fijando todo el panel. No clave con tachuelas las esquinas primero. Junte ligeramente el siguiente panel con el primer panel, fijando con un patrón y dirección similar, siempre empezando en el centro del panel sólo de la primera fila. Empiece con la segunda fila ajustando el centro del borde del panel adyacente a la primera fila, trabajando en el sentido del ancho de los paneles y repitiendo el mismo patrón para cada panel, siempre clavando alejándose de la unión hacia el borde o muro exterior. Deje un espacio entre los sujetadores de 2” en los centros de los bordes y 4” en los centros en el campo de los paneles. Los sujetadores deben ser suficientemente largos para alcanzar (pero no deben sobresalir del fondo del contrapiso, si es posible). Si se instalan sobre material existente, use clavos que penetren el contrapiso al menos hasta un 90% pero que no traspasen el contrapiso ni que lleguen hasta las vigas. Coloque los sujetadores de 3/8” a ¾” del borde de los paneles. Use suficiente presión en la engrapadora y ajuste la presión de aire de manera que las grapas o los tornillos queden a paño o un poco avellanados debajo de la superficie del panel. Ya sea de pie o de rodillas, apoye todo su peso sobre los paneles para mantener los paneles fijos contra el contrapiso, de manera que estén en completo contacto durante la sujeción.

¡Importante! Es responsabilidad del instalador asegurarse de que su equipo esté funcionando adecuadamente. Las pistolas de aire y los compresores de aire y presión deben funcionar bien, ya que la operación correcta es vital para el éxito de la operación de sujeción. Debe ajustar y mantener una presión que aplique al sujetador a paño con la superficie o un poco más abajo. NOTA: Si no puede ver la cabeza del sujetador, es posible que haya usado demasiada presión y necesite aplicar más sujetadores, posiblemente con menos presión.

Paneles terminados:
Lije todas las uniones de los paneles hasta que estén suaves y niveladas con una lijadora eléctrica de uso rudo, utilizándola a un ángulo de 45 grados sobre la unión. Evite lijar a mano, lijar demasiado o usar niveladoras. Lo mismo aplica si la apertura es menor de 1/16”. Los espacios o aperturas superiores a 1/16” entre los paneles y cualquier irregularidad en la superficie de los paneles, como perforaciones, bordes astillados, abolladuras con el martillo y cabezas de clavos hundidas deben rellenarse después de lijar con un componente para remendar que no se comprima y sea indicado para este propósito. Siga las instrucciones del fabricante del componente y asegúrese de que el remiendo esté completamente seco. Esto puede tardar 24 horas o más, dependiendo de la temperatura y humedad (se recomienda dar más tiempo de secado durante períodos de alta humedad). Para estar seguro, use un medidor de humedad para verificar el nivel correcto de sequedad. Lije para nivelar el remiendo con el panel, una vez que el remiendo esté completamente seco. Agregue un aditivo de acrílico líquido cuando sea posible para tener mayor flexibilidad.Rellenos y remiendos:
Los remiendos y rellenos innecesarios pueden reaccionar con el adhesivo o despegarse de las uniones, creando un túnel. Si no se lijan adecuadamente, los remiendos y rellenos pueden causar que el adhesivo no entre de manera uniforme y afectar la adhesión, lo que también puede crear túneles en las uniones. En nuestra experiencia hemos visto más problemas relacionados y asociados con el uso de remiendos que cuando éstos no se usan. Úselos sólo cuando sea necesario.

  • Contacto ligero entre los bordes o entre los bordes fabricados de los
    paneles.
  • Para nivelar las uniones, lije con una lijadora eléctrica (no use remiendos ni rellenos).
  • No rellene las uniones de nivel normal, a menos que tengan más de 1/16” de ancho.
  • Con una aspiradora, retire cualquier basura o polvo de las uniones.
  • Si se usa un remiendo, una vez seco, lije para nivelar y suavizar el remiendo si es posible sin afectar los paneles.

NOTA: Otras prácticas recomendadas incluyen el uso de un aditivo acrílico líquido en el remiendo para mayor flexibilidad. Cuando esto se hace, el remiendo tarda más tiempo en secarse. Use sólo remiendos de acrílico cementoso modificado con polímero. Siga las recomendaciones del fabricante y las instrucciones para la mezcla y los tiempos de secado con mucho cuidado.

Instalación de su nuevo piso:
Con una aspiradora, limpie la superficie del panel para asegurarse de que esté libre de basura, polvo o tierra. El piso debe instalarse de inmediato después de la instalación de los paneles para evitar que se dañe y lo afecte el ambiente. Como lo especifica el fabricante del piso, la habitación debe mantenerse seca y bien ventilada, con una temperatura constante de 70 grados F (21 grados C) durante al menos 48 horas antes, durante y después de la instalación. Siga con cuidado las instrucciones del fabricante del piso. Uso sólo los adhesivos recomendados por el fabricante del piso para usarlo sobre los paneles de madera. Los fabricantes sugerirán las tasas de dispersión y el tamaño de llana adecuados. No deje los adhesivos abiertos por mucho tiempo, ya que esto puede reducir su desempeño. En áreas con mucha humedad, es decir, baños, cocinas, entradas y lavanderías, asegúrese de que las uniones del piso estén bien selladas. Evite el tráfico o la colocación de muebles en el nuevo piso hasta que el sellador esté totalmente curado (mínimo 24 horas). Ponga atención especial a los bordes de sellado de piso resistente en el umbral de la puerta, tinas de baño, la base de la ducha, el inodoro, los gabinetes, lavamanos y otras áreas donde se puede acumular humedad. Use selladores a prueba de moho para azulejos de VCT y piso comercial; siga las sugerencias del fabricante acerca del pegamento, mantenimiento, instalación y otros procedimientos.

Consideraciones:
Los paneles de FLORCORE de Argo no son paneles estructurales y no resolverán problemas de estructura o deficiencias en el sistema del piso. Sin embargo, contribuirán a tener mayor rigidez en el piso, especialmente en pisos de mayor antigüedad. La garantía no cubre la instalación de paneles sobre pisos inestables o irregulares. No instale directamente sobre concreto o piso de tablones. La transferencia de defectos se refiere a una imagen en espejo que amplía las imperfecciones que están debajo del piso de vinilo o en los bordes o uniones donde se unen los paneles. Este problema puede existir casi por completo y sólo bajo piso resistente. Entre más delgado y satinado sea el producto para el piso, más susceptible será a la transferencia de defectos. La transferencia de defectos es común debido al mal uso de los componentes para remiendos, la penetración de humedad desde abajo o sobre los paneles y/o una instalación incorrecta y el movimiento de los paneles sobre el contrapiso. La instalación adecuada es esencial para lograr una apariencia estética en el piso terminado.

Para resolución de problemas o soporte técnico
Sitio Web: www.argofineimports.com
Contacto: 306-668-4800 /772-219-3911 o correo electrónico:
bob@argofineimports.com

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Lifetime Transferable Limited Warranty

The Professional Installer’s Choice “Engineered Underlayment”

Applicable to the original purchaser and any subsequent purchaser/owner.

FLORCORE Extreme OFB Enviro-Green Underlayment panels are warranted not to: delaminate, split or crack when fastened, cause staining or discoloration to the finished floor due to the failure or defect of a FLORCORE Extreme OFB Enviro-Green Underlayment panel.

Argo’s warranty is valid throughout the life of the floor when installed in accordance with Argo Fine Imports Instructions on Installations

Proper installation is essential to the performance of FLORCORE Extreme OFB underlayment panels.

Installation deficiencies or failures will not be covered by this warranty and are the sole responsibility of the installer.

This warranty does not cover defects caused by improper sub floor surface preparation, installation or application. Installers are responsible for inspecting all panels for visible defects prior to cutting and installing. If there is a manufacturer’s defect, the panel is not to be installed.

FLORCORE PANELS MUST BE INSTALLED IN ACCORDANCE TO ARGO’S INSTRUCTION ON INSTALLATION

Should any FLORCORE Extreme OFB Underlayment Panels fail to meet the above conditions, Argo Fine Imports will: ™

  • Refund the full wholesale costs (including installation cost) of the panels, adhesive and the floor covering affected due to panel failure at local reasonable costs of labor (does not include removal or replacement of cabinets) or ™
  • Replace or refund the full purchase price of any defective panels, or ™
  • Repair or replace the flooring panels and floor covering material directly damaged by FLORCORE Xtreme OFB Underlayment panels.

THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDIES FOR THE WARRANTY SET FORTH ABOVE SHALL BE ARGO FINE IMPORTS OPTION ARGO FINE IMPORTS WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.

ACCEPTANCE OF Florcore OFB Complaints or Claims IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: ™

  • That a written notice of claim, accompanied by proof of purchase, is delivered to Argo Fine Imports and that Argo Fine Imports be given an opportunity for 30 days after such notice to inspect the floor in question, prior to any alteration, change or repair thereof. ™
  • Argo Fine Imports does not accept responsibility for inadequate workmanship by the installer, nor for other faults in the construction of the building, nor for standing water, fire, floods, nor for natural disaster’s which may affect the performance of the floor system. ™
  • Any failure due to defects or damage from fillers, levelers, patches compounds, adhesives, seam sealer, and/or improper fasteners or any other products that can affect the finished floor appearance. ™
  • Argo Fine Imports will not be responsible for the performance of other manufacturer’s products recommended or used in conjunction with FLORCORE OFB Underlayment panels.

Argo Fine Imports makes no express or implied warranties except as stated above. Argo Fine Imports specifically disclaims any implied warranty for merchantability and warranty of fitness for a particular purpose beyond those intended by Argo Fine Imports

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