Dependable, Durable Style—Guaranteed Shaw Commercial Hard Surface’s installation and maintenance standards ensure a high quality flooring installation with a very long life. Rest assured, Shaw reslient products are engineered to high performance and environmental standards—and we’ve got the proof—our resilients are certified by independent labs.

Installation Overview

The following installation instructions apply to all Shaw resilient products requiring adhesive. Click below to see Quiet Cover installation instructions and demonstration video.

Quiet Cover Demo Video

Job Site Conditions – These Conditions Apply to All Products:

  • The building’s permanent HVAC system must be on and maintained consistently at a range of 65° - 85° F (20° - 29° C) for at least 5 days.
  • All flooring materials and adhesives should be acclimated to the jobsite conditions for a minimum of 48 hours prior to beginning the installation. Store and secure all rolls standing upright. Store cartons at and squarely on top of one another, not on edge.
  • Visually inspect all material before installation. Contact Shaw Commercial Hard Surface Customer Service immediately if any problems exist. Any material installed with visual defects may not qualify as a valid claim.

Floor Prep – These Conditions Apply Equally To All Glue Down Products:

  • Substrates shall be permanently dry, clean, smooth and structurally sound. They shall be free of dust, solvent, paint, wax, oil, grease, residual adhesive, adhesive removers, curing, sealing, hardening, or parting compounds, alkaline salts, excessive carbonation, or laitance, mold, mildew and other foreign material that might prevent adhesive bond.
  • Do not use curing compounds. If present, compound must be removed.
  • It is imperative that moisture testing occur in advance of any installation of any Shaw product on all concrete slabs, no matter the type, age or grade level of the concrete. Testing should be performed according to ASTM F-2170 In-Situ Relative Humidity Test. ASTM F-2170, In-Situ Relative Humidity Test, is the only test accepted for Shaw warranty. ASTM 1869 calcium chloride tests may be performed in addition to RH.

    Required Test Values:
    - Shaw 4100 Adhesive – ASTM 2170 – Maximum 90% RH. ASTM 1869 – maximum 8 lbs. /1000 ft.2 during a 24-h period.
    - S150 Spray- ASTM 2170 – Maximum 90% RH. ASTM 1869 – maximum 10 lbs. /1000 ft.2 during a 24-h period.
    - All - pH must not exceed 10
  • Test concrete surface for pH; pH must not exceed 10. Documented pH test results are required for Shaw warranty.
  • Use only Portland-based cement patching and leveling compounds. Do not install Shaw resilient flooring over gypsum based patching and/or leveling compounds.
  • Responsibility for the suitability of the substrate rests solely with the installer on the job site.

Shaw Adhesives:

  • Shaw recommends the use of Shaw 4100 Adhesive, S150 Universal Aerosol Adhesive or equivalent
  • SHAW 4100 - solvent free sheet, plank, tile, and RexCourt adhesive.
    Shaw 4100 solvent free adhesive is an installer friendly, premium high strength (non-staining) acrylic adhesive, designed to permanently install SHAW flooring. SHAW 4100 may be used on all grades of concrete on above or below grade in the absence of excess moisture, as well as suspended approved wood floors. SHAW 4100 may also be used for installing over existing, non-cushioned resilient flooring that has been prepared according to manufacturer’s recommended methods. SHAW 4100 is non-flammable, water (90% RH) and alkali (10 pH) resistant and freeze-thaw stable. SHAW 4100 has excellent resistance to plasticizer migration and sets to a tough permanent bond. Zero (calculated) VOC’s. CRI Green Label Plus Approved. SHAW 4100 must be used to receive Shaw’s exclusive 10 year under bed warranty.
  • SHAW S150 - universal aerosol spray adhesive.
    Shaw S150 aerosol spray adhesive is a water-based aerosol adhesive recommended for installations of vinyl sheet, plank and tiles, vinyl composition tile or cove base over porous and non-porous substrates. It can be used in occupied buildings and greatly reduces the handling and application requirements associated with conventional adhesives. SHAW S150 demonstrates highly aggressive grab and shear strength, and has outstanding water (90% RH) and plasticizer resistance. The spray application eliminates the need for trowels and rollers. Zero (calculated) VOC’s. CRI Green Label Plus Approved. SHAW S150 must be used to receive Shaw’s exclusive 10 year under bed warranty. Not recommended for use with Rexcourt sheet flooring.

Installing Resilient Sheet Products:

  • Heat welding is the preferred seaming procedure for commercial installations.
  • Chemical welding is optional for Shaw sheet products in low traffic areas.
  • Avoid all foot traffic for 12 hours after installation unless using S150 Spray Adhesive which can be walked on immediately and heat welded within one hour.
  • Avoid rolling load traffic for at least 24 hours. If rolling loads cannot be avoided, protect the new flooring with wood panels.

Installing Dry Back Resilient Tile and Plank Products:

  • Install Shaw tile and plank using conventional tile installation techniques. Make sure you will have at least a half of a tile at all borders.
  • Install tiles running in same direction (arrows are on back of tile).
  • Avoid all foot traffic for 12 hours after installation unless using S150 Spray Adhesive which can be walked on immediately.
  • Avoid rolling load traffic for at least 24 hours. If rolling loads cannot be avoided, protect the new flooring with wood panels.

Installing In*Step Resilient Tile and Plank Products:

  • Complete any necessary floor prep.
  • Square the product in the room leaving a 2-5 mm expansion space against the wall.
  • Start with the tongue side facing the wall (see diagram at left).
  • After the initial starter board, press the end seam of the second plank into the end seam of the first plank, and then lock them together by laying the plank down. Continue working left to right.
  • Install the first plank in the second row by inserting the tongue into the groove of the plank in the first row. This is best done with a low angle of the plank.
  • Insert the long side seam at a slight angle first. As the top surfaces meet, rotate the plank down into the locked position. Engage the end seam, using a rubber mallet if necessary.
  • Planks may be cut with a utility knife using the “score and snap” technique.
  • Continue installing planks removing any gaps using a tapping block and a scrap of flooring to cover the tapping block. Be careful not to damage In*Step tongue and groove.
  • Protect all exposed edges of the In-Step by installing wall moulding and/or transition strips. Make sure that no plank will be secured in any way to the subfloor.

Call Shaw Floors Technical Support at +1-877-502-7429, for information on:

  • Floor-prep and installation recommendations over concrete and other sub-floor types including wood, porous and non-porous surfaces.

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