Installation instruction for laminate flooring


Installation instructions for wineo laminate flooring / Multi-Layer
wineo  laminate  flooring  /  Multi-Layer  is  a  high-quality,  melamine  resin  /  Multi-Layer  surface  with  a durable design-vinyl- or polyurethane overlay in a wide range of formats and designs. For more details, please see the technical specifications in our product collections.

Important general information
Always store wineo laminate flooring / Multi-Layer in a dry place. The film is not a replacement for a dry
storage location and does not offer lasting protection against moisture. Before starting work, make sure that the delivered goods are in perfect condition; complaints cannot be made once the product has been cut or installed.
The relevant national standards and guidelines, technical documents and generally acknowledged rules
of the trade apply for the installation of wineo laminate flooring / Multi-Layer. In Germany, the following guidelines in particular must be observed:

  • German construction contract procedures (VOB), Part C, DIN 18365 Flooring work
  • Minimum  requirements  for  screeds  DIN  18560  technical  regulations,  particularly  in  Germany  the
  • following:Data sheet from BEB (German Federal Association of Screed and Floor Covering): “Beurteilen undVorbereiten  von  Untergründen,  Verlegen  von  elastischen  und  textilen  Belägen”  (evaluating  and preparing substrates, installing elastic and textile covers, only available in German)
  • DIN 18202 “Tolerances in building construction”
  • Data  sheet  from  the  German  Sanitation,  Heating  and  Air  Conditioning  Association  data  sheet:

“Schnittstellenkoordination  bei  beheizten Fußbodenkonstru ktionen”  (interface  coordination  for heated floor constructions, only available in German) Note: The  floor  layer  must  examine  the  laying  surface  before  installing  the  floor  covering  and,  if necessary, report any issues. Particularly in the case of:

  • Significant unevenness
  • Cracks in the substrate
  • Insufficiently dry substrate
  • A substrate surface which is not solid enough, too porous or too rough
  • A contaminated substrate surface, e.g. due to oil, wax, lacquers, paint residues
  • Incorrect substrate surface elevation with regard to the elevation of subsequent components
  • Unsuitable substrate temperature
  • Unsuitable indoor climate
  • Lack of heating protocol in heated floor constructions
  • Lack of insulation strip protrusion
  • Lack of measurement point markings in heated floor constructions
  • Lack of joint plan

(Source: “Kommentar zur DIN 18365 Bodenbelagsarbeiten” (commentary to DIN 18365 Flooring work,
only available in German)

Underfloor heating
Hot  water  underfloor  heating  systems  with  a  max.  surface  temperature  of  27°C  only.  If  using  other underfloor   heating   systems,   we   ask   that   you   consult   the   application   technology   department   of windmöller  flooring  products  WFP  GmbH.  We  recommend  applying  a  suitable  levelling  compound  to level out unevenness. Please observe the instructions of building material suppliers.


wineo  laminate  flooring  /  Multi-Layer  should  be  left  to  acclimatise  horizontally  for  at  least  24  hours,
unopened in stacks of max. 3 boxes, before installing it in the areas, taking the following requirements
into account:

  • Indoor climate conditions
  • Room air temperature > 18°C
  • Floor temperature should be at least 15°C and no more than 25°C
  • Relative humidity should be between 50% and a maximum of 65%.

Interlayers and impact sound underlays
Depending on the existing subfloor, interlayers could have a significant impact on living comfort. Some collections include an integrated impact sound insulation underlay; for all other collections, please use
an original wineo interlayer.

Condition of the subfloor
Prepare the subfloor according to the contract construction procedures (VOB) Part C for floor covering work, DIN 18365. The subfloor must be flat, load-bearing and permanently dry. According to DIN 18202 “Tolerances in structural engineering” Table 3 Line 4, the maximum height tolerance must not exceed 3 mm  per  meter  or,  for  tile  edges,  1  mm  over  10  cm.  Textile  floor  coverings  and  needlefelt  must  be removed. Removing old floor coverings is recommended as a matter of principle.


wineo laminate flooring / Multi-Layer can be installed as a floating floor on all types of screeds, existing wood flooring, floorboards and chipboard flooring, on PVC, plastic flooring, and linoleum, as well as on stone, ceramic and marble floors (carry out thorough cleaning before installation). Textile floor coverings must be removed!

An  additional  vapour  barrier  made  from  a  PE  film  which  is  at  least  0.2  mm  thick  (or  technically equivalent) is generally recommended for mineral subfloors. An overlapping PE or screed film with a thickness of at least 1.2 mm must be used for rooms without a cellar,  vaulted  ceilings  and  passageways.  The  overlaps  must  be  attached  with  a  suitable  sealant  as  a moisture barrier. This also applies to installations in rooms with particularly high levels of humidity and
installations made directly on concrete. The vapour barrier / moisture barrier is laid beneath the interlayer. Then use the reflected walking sound- and impact sound reducing underlay material recommended by windmöller.  The  procedure  described  above  should  also  be  used  for  floor  coverings  with  a  laminated insulating  underlay.  Insulating  underlays  decrease  the  sound  transmission  to  other  rooms,  reduce  the reflected  walking  sound  and  enhance  the  living  comfort  significantly.  Subfloors  which  are  not  listed require approval from windmöller flooring products WFP GmbH.

Using unsuitable underlays can lead to the exclusion of warranty should damage occur.

In order to achieve an ideal installation result with as little material waste as possible, we recommend measuring the corresponding surface and arranging the material format and laying pattern accordingly. Ensure you have a joint offset of at least 30 cm in order to achieve a visually appealing laying pattern. Always  work  from  left  to  right  during  installation.  Ensure  the  panel  tongue  sides  are  facing  the  wall. Install the panels with the front side facing the main source of light in the room. You can improve the inherent stability of the installed floor by installing long, narrow areas in the longitudinal direction. Use suitable spacers to ensure that you have a completely consistent expansion joint with a minimum width of 10 mm. You must also ensure you maintain a 10 mm distance to all fixtures in the room such as pipe openings, door frames, etc. The expansion joint must not be covered with silicone, electric cables, or the like. Place the first element of the second row in the groove of the element which is already situated on the floor. Take the next element, insert it at an angle, head-side first into the element which is already flat on the floor and insert it as tightly as possible into the longitudinal edge of the row which has already been laid. Then place both hands under the element that has already been laid and lift it slightly (this will also lift the adjacent element slightly). Then interlock the longitudinal side by pulling the elements together. It helps to stand on the installed area  at  this  point.  As  long  as  there  is  no  visible  gap  between  the  elements,  the  connection  has  been sealed correctly and the element can be fully laid out flat on the floor. If a gap exists, repeat the previous process but with more pressure and check the row beforehand.
This installation technique should be applied to the rest of the rows.

In  order  to  install  the  final  row,  measure  the  distance  between  the  wall  and  the  installed  row  and
transfer to the panel. The last row to be installed should, if possible, correspond to half a panel width.
Spaces with an uninterrupted surface of 100 mcan have the flooring installed without a joint; however, the double edge distance of approx. 10 mm must be observed. A side length of approx. 10 m should not be  exceeded.  When  it  comes  to  extremely  narrow,  long  rooms,  suitable  movement  profiles  must  be used.  Room  areas which  are  interrupted  by  rising  elements  (pillars,  partitions, doorways  and  the  like) must be separated by expansion joints of at least 10 mm at the element height. When installing skirting boards, transition profiles or end profiles, ensure that the boards or profiles are never fastened to the
floor covering.

Final tasks
Remove all spacing blocks

Seal expansion joints / pipe ducts, etc. with profiles / rosettes or with a suitable filling cord and joint
sealant If  a  stage  of  the  work  is  complete  but  has  not  yet  been  accepted,  please  note  that  the  contractor  is
subject  to  a  duty  of  maintenance  (protecting  the  floor  covering  against  damage  during  subsequent
stages of work).If the stage of work has been partially accepted, the duty of maintenance for those areas that have been
accepted transfers to the customer.