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Shaw Heritage Hickory: Valley Trail 8mm Laminate SL347 946

Shaw Heritage Hickory: Valley Trail 8mm Laminate SL347 946

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Approved Subfloor: Wood or Concrete
Carton Coverage: 25.19 sq ft
Color Name: Valley Trail
Description: 8 mm Laminate
Dimensions: 47.72" L x 5.43" W x 0.32" T
Finish Type: Aluminum Oxide
Finish Warranty: 25 years
Installation Method: Float
Locking: LocNPlace
Manufacturer: Shaw
Manufacturer SKU: SL347 946
Style Name: Heritage Hickory
Thickness: 8mm
Visual: Wood
Where to Install: On, Above or Below Grade

Shaw Glueless Laminate Installation Instructions - Wood Designs
Typical Tools Required
Pull Bar
Tapping Block
1/4" Wall Spacers
Tape Measure
Utility Knife
Electric Saw (Carbide Blade)
6 Foot Straight Edge
Eye and Ear Protection
  • Shaw Glueless Laminate can be installed directly over most existing floor coverings, except for carpet. Wood flooring glued to concrete must be removed before installation.
  • Cartons of flooring must lay flat, unopened, in the room being installed for a minimum of 48 hours before installation. Conditions of 65° F to 85° F and 45% to 65% relative humidity should be maintained during the acclimation and installation periods. Cartons should be stacked no more than 3 high with 4" of airflow around them and away from any heating/cooling ducts or direct sunlight.
  • Fill any low spots in the subfloor greater than 1/8" in 6 feet with a Portland cement leveling compound. Check this by using a 6' straight edge. Remove any high spots by sanding or grinding.
  • Remove any existing floor molding (if any) except for the wall baseboards. (Unless you plan to replace with Shaw color coordinated Wallbase.)
  • Undercut doorframes. Lay a loose plank upside down on top of the underlayment against the frame. This will be your guide for proper height to allow installed planks to float under it. Saw the bottom of the door jamb case molding back to the wall studs, so that 1/4" expansion gap is maintained while laminate is fitted under door jamb case molding.
  • Sweep the subfloor clean.
  • Before installing over concrete, concrete covered with existing ceramic, marble, stone, vinyl tile or linoleum - Test floor for excessive moisture. To do so, cut 3' x 3' squares of polyurethane plastic (one for every 200 sq. ft. of floor space). Spread around different areas of the subfloor for a more accurate evaluation. Tape all edges down firmly sealing them directly to the existing subfloor. Leave down for 24 to 48 hours; if moisture forms under the plastic or if the cement darkens, perform a Calcium Chloride Moisture Emissions Test. The maximum allowable reading is 5 lbs./1000 square feet/24 hours. Call Shaw Information Center at 1-800-441-7429 for more assistance.
  • NOTE: When installing products with preattached acoustical underlayment on a concrete subfloor, use minimum 6-mil polyethylene (plastic) sheeting as a vapor barrier. Roll out the plastic, overlapping the seam area 6 to 8 inches, and tape the seams with a clear plastic sealing tape. When installing products with preattached acoustical underlayment over a wood subfloor, no additional plastic vapor barrier should be installed.
  • On Wood Floors - Use any of Shaw Laminate underlayments. DO NOT tape seams together when going over wood or organic subfloor.
  • On Concrete Floors - Use 2-in-1 or SilentStep™ 3-in-1 underlayments. 2-in-1 should be rolled out overlapping the poly flap only, SilentStep 3-in-1 should be rolled out with the seams pulled together; both should go up the wall at least 2" when used over concrete. Tape underlayment seams using a 2" clear packaging sealing tape. If wood flooring is adhered over concrete, IT MUST BE REMOVED before installing Shaw Laminate Flooring.
  • Unroll one width of underlayment along the longest wall. All work is done from left to right. Planks should run lengthwise against the longest wall, and if possible, parallel to incoming sunlight.
  • Rooms larger than 26 x 40 feet (1,040 sq. ft.) require T-molding for expansion. Floor spans should not exceed 40 feet in any direction.
  • The width of the first row of planks should be approximately the same width as the last row. This may require cutting the first row plank to a smaller width. Measure across the room (inches) and divide by the width of a plank to see how many full width planks will be used and what size widths will be needed for the last row. The last row should never be less than 2" in width.
  • Use 1/4" spacers to maintain the proper expansion gap around the entire perimeter of the floor. Quarter Round molding will cover this expansion gap. IMPORTANT: This 1/4" gap must be maintained around cabinets, pipes, toilet flanges and any other obstacle in the floor.
  • Do not install a damaged plank. If you have any concern about the product fit or finish, call Shaw Information Services at 1-800-441-7429 for information.
  • Check groove on plank to make sure it is clean and free of debris.
  • To lock planks together, insert tongue into the groove at a slight angle, when top edges meet, rotate downward. Planks will click together for a tight fit. If there are any gaps, reconnect the planks. Connect end edges first, then the longer side edges of the planks. Start by building a 2-row rack. To do this, start with 4 planks, plank 1 should be full length, plank 2 should be cut to 1/3 its original length (approximately 16"). This will give the proper amount of stagger to the end joints and thereby make your floor more secure. This 2 row rack can be built either directly against the start wall and the spacers, or away from the wall so that you can kneel on one row and pull the second row toward you.
  • Connect plank 2 to plank 1 by inserting edge tongue into edge groove at a slight angle. When top laminate surfaces touch, rotate downward.
  • Connect plank 3 to plank 1 by inserting end tongue into end groove, keeping the edges perfectly aligned. When the top laminate surfaces touch, rotate downward.
  • Connect plank 4 to planks 2 and 3 by first joining the ends of 4 to 2. To do this, leave a gap where the tongue and groove of planks 3 and 4 are. Once the ends are connected, place a hand under the locked ends, raise the planks slightly upwards (1" - 2"). This angle will now allow you to slide the tongue of plank 4 into the groove of plank 3 (the end joint will slide down into place without releasing) when top laminate edges meet, rotate both planks (4 and 2) downward. Use this method throughout the remainder of the floor.
  • Continue to build these 2 rows until you reach the adjoining wall, leaving your 1/4" expansion space. When door molding or other obstruction won't allow the needed space to rotate the plank downward, align tongue to groove and use pull bar to tap the tongue into the groove until top laminate edges meet.
  • If you built these rows away from the starting wall, go ahead and push them into position now. Be sure to place 1/4" spacers at both ends of each row, and 2' intervals along the start wall.
  • If the starting wall is uneven, you can scribe the contour of the wall onto the first row of planks. Use a 2" square block and a pencil and follow the contour. Disassemble, cut at line and reassemble. To disassemble, kneel on row 1 and carefully raise the edge of row 2 rotating upwards and removing planks in the opposite direction from which you installed them.
  • Begin the third row with a plank cut to 2/3 its original length (approximately 32"). This could be from one of the cut planks from row 1 or 2.
  • Repeat the process of using random length start planks (minimum of 16") to ensure a more natural look.
  • Randomly pull planks from 3 cartons at a time to ensure random appearance. Use cut pieces from the end of each row as starting planks. Always stagger end joints a minimum of 12"; make random so as not to show a repeating pattern.
  • All joints should be a tight fit with no gaps. Stop and reconnect if a joint is not tight or if all edges are not even with adjacent planks. These planks can be engaged and disengaged several times if needed to help make a correct installation. Use the Shaw tap block if necessary.
  • When cutting the last row, place a full row of planks directly on top of the last row installed planks (keeping the tongue in the same direction as the installed planks). Use the full width of scrap pieces of plank, insert a 1/4" spacer between wall and scrap piece of plank. Place a pencil next to the edge and trace a line down the planks following the contour of the wall. Cut planks on the pencil line and connect last row. If space won't allow the downward rotation, lay the plank flat to underlayment and use pull bar and hammer to tap into place, leaving no gaps.
  • A complete line of trims and transition pieces are offered to finish your floor, including T-Molding, Reducers, End Molding/Carpet Transitions, Wallbase, Quarter Round and Stairnosing.
  • The transition pieces (excluding Quarter Round and Wallbase) can be easily secured in place with the Molding Track which can be screwed, nailed or glued with silicon adhesive directly to the subfloor. The use of Molding Track provides a fast, secure transition installation and minimizes the use of screws or nails through the decorative surface of the transition piece.
  • T-Molding is used when two level flooring surfaces meet, like in a doorway or a narrow archway. In a doorway, center the T-Molding under the space that the closed door occupies. Likewise, in an archway, the T-Molding should be centered. To install the T-Molding, first install the molding track by gluing, screwing or nailing it 1/4" from the edge of each adjoining flooring surface (equals about 1 1/8"). Push the T-Molding into the track, working it from left to right.
  • When laminate flooring meets a flooring surface that is lower, use a Reducer Strip. Leave 1/2" space between the finished floor and the front edge of the reducer. Install the Molding Track by gluing, screwing or nailing it 1/4" from the edge of the flooring. Push the reducer into the track working from left to right.
  • The End Molding/Carpet Transition works great when finishing the floor in areas that meet vertical objects and is also ideal for transitioning between your laminate flooring and carpet. To finish the flooring in areas that meet vertical objects like exterior doors, sliding glass doors, tubs or shower basins, raised hearths or low sills, leave a 1" space between the floor and the vertical object. Install the Molding Track by gluing, screwing or nailing it 1/4" from the flooring. Push the molding into the track working from left to right.
  • When transitioning from laminate flooring to carpet, leave a 1" space between the finished floor and the front edge of the carpet. Install the Molding Track by gluing or nailing it 1/4" from the edge of the flooring. Push the molding into the track working from left to right. Finish the carpet by tucking it between the molding and the tack strip.
  • Note: In heavy traffic areas, use screw-type fasteners or nails to permanently secure the molding into the Molding Track.
  • The Stairnosing is used to finish stair treads and risers, which have been fully adhered to the floor using a Shaw approved multipurpose flooring adhesive. Stop the flooring about 1 1/2" from the steps edge. Install the Molding Track by gluing, screwing or nailing it 3/4" from the edge of the stair tread. Apply construction grade adhesive to the Stairnosing where the molding makes contact with the stair tread. Push the Stairnose into the track from left to right. You must use either screw-type fasteners or nails through the face of the Stairnose to permanently secure it to the track. Place screws/nails into the Stairnose 2" from the end and 6" to 8" apart. (NOTE: Riser piece should be in place under Stairnosing before screws or nails are used.)
  • To finish the perimeter of the room where the expansion space was left for the seasonal expansion and contraction of the flooring, remove spacers and install Wallbase and/or Quarter Round. Both of these moldings are installed by nailing them directly into the wall. Never allow nails or screws in the Wallbase or Quarter Round to enter into the laminate flooring or the expansion zone around the flooring perimeter, as it will prevent proper expansion and contraction of the flooring. You must pre-drill nail holes in both types of wall moldings before nailing, to eliminate any splitting. Be sure to nail the Quarter Round into the wall or Wallbase and not into the flooring as it will prevent expansion and contraction of the flooring. Use Shaw Color Coordinated putty to fill the countersunk nailheads.
  • Silicone sealant should be used in expansion zones in bathrooms, near kitchen sinks, dishwashers and refrigerators with icemakers.
For any questions, call the Shaw Information Center at 1-800-441-7429.
Installing Shaw Laminate Flooring over Radiant Heated Sub Floors
Shaw Laminate Flooring is approved for installation over water type radiant heated subfloors. "Floating Floor" installation methods, using approved underlayments, are the only approved installation procedures for Laminate Flooring installed over water type radiant heated subfloors. The end consumer should be aware that minor gapping between planks during the heating season is a normal occurrence with laminate over radiant heated subfloor installations. Proper humidity controls within the home or business will help to minimize this type of natural reaction to seasonally changing climate conditions.
Adhere to the following guidelines for a successful installation:
  • Newly installed water type radiant heated flooring systems should be in operational mode with the temperature set between 64° - 72° F, for a minimum of 4 weeks to insure that all subfloor moisture has properly dried.
  • Older water type radiant floor heat systems should be fully pressure tested, properly maintained, and set to a minimum of 64° F, for at least 4 days before flooring delivery; acclimation, or installation processes may begin.
  • Always check wood subfloors to insure that the moisture content is less than 14% using an accurate wood moisture meter.
  • Concrete subfloors must register "dry", using either the mat test or a reliable concrete moisture meter.
  • The pH level of concrete subfloors should register between 6 and 9, on a fourteen-point pH scale.
  • Subfloors must fully comply with all of the above "dry" requirements before proceeding with the delivery, acclimation, or installation of the laminate flooring at the job site.
  • Regulate the job site to insure that the relative humidity is between 35% and 65%, and that temperature is between 60° F and 80° F, throughout the flooring delivery, acclimation, installation and any required curing processes.
  • Deliver and acclimate the laminate flooring, for at least 48 hours before installation begins.
  • Install the laminate flooring according to the instructions that pertain to the product.
  • After completing the installation, do not change the radiant heat setting for at least 48 hours.
  • Throughout the life of the installation, the consumer should only increase or decrease temperature settings 2 degrees per day, so that the laminate flooring can adjust to the temperature changes, in a gradual manner.
  • Never raise the flooring surface temperature setting above 82° F.
Laminate Flooring Care & Maintenance
Routine Maintenance
  • Use a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen. Never allow liquids to stand on your floor.
  • For tough spots, such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, ink, or tar, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth, then wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any remaining residue.
  • Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent accumulation of dirt and grit that can scratch or dull the floor finish.
  • Periodically clean the floor with cleaning products made specifically for laminate floor care, such as Shaw's Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner.
  • Do not wash or wet mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.
  • Do not use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, or strong ammoniated or chlorinated type cleaners.
  • Do not use any type of buffing or polishing machine.
  • For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • A more frequent dust-mopping or vacuuming schedule may be required in very sandy areas such as a beach home.
Environmental Protection
  • Entry mats will help collect the dirt, sand, grit and other substances such as oil, asphalt or driveway sealer that might otherwise be tracked onto your floor.
  • To prevent slippage of area rugs, use an approved vinyl rug underlayment.
  • Use floor protectors and wide-load bearing leg bases/rollers to minimize the chance of indentations and scratches from heavy objects. As a rule, the heavier the object, the wider the floor protector.
  • Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 35% and 65% throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of the wood.
    • Heating Season (Dry): A humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage due to low humidity levels. Wood stove and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
    • Non-Heating Season (Wet): An air-conditioner, dehumidifier, or periodically turning on your heating will help to maintain humidity levels during summer months.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to water during periods of inclement weather.
  • Keep your pet's nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching your floor.
  • Never try to slide heavy objects across the floor.
  • A protective mat should be used for furniture and chairs with castors.
Minor Repair Instructions:
In the event that accidental damage occurs to one of the planks, minor scratches or dents can be repaired using a Flooring Touchup or Color-Fill Kit. This special touchup kit is a filler material, color coordinated to the color of your floor that when used properly, the repaired area is invisible. The repaired area will hold up to foot traffic and wear just like the rest of your laminate flooring.
Glueless Laminate Board Replacement Repairs
  • Shaw glueless laminate may be assembled and disassembled several times.
  • Carefully disassembled glueless joints will retain their original locking integrity during re-assembly. New replacement plank(s) should be acclimated in the replacement area for at least 72 hours, to allow them to equalize to the conditions of the flooring int he room where the replacement(s) will take place.
  • Remove baseboard, wall base, or quarter-round as needed to replace the damaged board(s). Take the flooring apart, 1 row at a time, by lifting the rows to detach them; then separating the individual boards.
  • Be sure to stack the individual planks in the proper order for re-installation. This usually eliminates the need to cut planks for start or end of the row lengths.
  • Replace the damaged board with a piece from the edge of the original installation.
  • Insert the properly acclimated new plank(s) along the outer edge of the original flooring installation during re-assembly. This minimizes the chance that a newer plank might stand out from the wear condition of the original installation.
  • Re-install the baseboard, wall base, or quarter round, and the replacement/repair is complete.
Maintaining Laminate or Hardwood Flooring in Heavy Use Areas
The key element in the maintenance of Laminate or Hardwood Flooring in heavy use areas is to keep the flooring surface free from smeared or streaked areas, which then lead to increased maintenance rather than less, since streaked or smeared areas also attract dust and dirt to stick to the flooring surface. Sticky areas of flooring cause trouble in two ways; one, the area attracts dirt; and two, the sticky dirt transfers to shoe traffic and spreads the soil and grit around a wider area.
The use of protective walk-off mats in areas around beverage service, entry doorways, vending areas, etc. will help with everyday tracked in dirt and other spots and spills that once on the flooring surface, attract dirt more readily.
Shaw Hard Surfaces Technical would advise that your maintenance staff adopt "Dry Cleaning" methods for maintaining your Laminate or Hardwood flooring product in heavy use areas. This regimen would involve the following methodology:
1. Once or twice daily dry dust-mopping of the Laminate or Hardwood flooring surface using a premium grade cotton dust mop head. Even shoe scuff marks can be removed from the pre-finished Laminate or Hardwood flooring surface using a dry cotton dust mop. (We do not see optimum results when using synthetic or blended dust mop heads).
2. Spot clean any sticky areas on the flooring using a three step method of applying a mild, neutral pH cleaner like Shaw's Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner, to a cotton cloth; using that cloth to clean the sticky spill area, and then buff-drying the sticky spill area with a dry cotton cloth to prevent residue from the cleaning process to remain on the surface. (This "buff-dry" anti-residue step is very important to keeping the flooring appearance clean [not smeared], and uniform!) There is no need to wet mop the entire flooring area for one or two spills. Spot clean and thoroughly dry the spill areas, and continue dry cleaning the rest of the flooring using the dust mop.
3. Small, slightly sticky areas can also be removed using the dry dust mop; but remember, when the dust mop head begins to tack or grab to the floor, (does not glide easily), it is time to switch out for a replacement one.
4. The cotton dust mop heads used for daily cleaning should be routinely removed from service, laundered, (hot water washed and thoroughly rinsed and dried), and then placed back into service. Purchasing several cotton dust mop heads and setting up a rotating use schedule is easiest on the maintenance team, and provides additional back up equipment so you are prepared for those heavy traffic or inclement weather days.
Remember: Frequent routing dry dust-mopping and spot cleaning/buff drying of problem areas can be accomplished more quickly, and with much less risk of slippery surface areas, than wet or damp mopping of the entire flooring surface.

VersaLock® Laminate Flooring
by Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
Residential Limited Warranty
Effective as of May 22, 2003
The following is the Residential Limited Warranty issued by Shaw Industries Group, Inc. ("Shaw") for our VersaLock Laminate Flooring.
What this Residential Limited Warranty Covers:
Shaw warrants that for 25 years from the date of original purchase, your VersaLock Floor:
  • Will not stain
  • Will not wear through
  • Will not fade as a result of direct sunlight or artificial light
  • Will resist water damage under normal use conditions
Lifetime Structural Integrity Warranty: Shaw warrants to the original purchaser that this laminate product, in its manufactured condition, will be free from defects in material or workmanship including milling, assembly, and dimension. Shaw additionally warrants that this laminate product will not warp, cup , buckle or delaminate when properly installed and maintained according to Shaw's installation instruction procedures and care guide. This warranty includes installation over a radiant heated concrete subfloor for approved floating installation methods.
What you should do if any of the above listed problems occur and you need warranty service:
You (the original purchaser) should notify the authorized flooring dealer from which the original purchase was made of any defect no later than 30 days after discovering the defect but within the time period of this limited warranty. You (the original purchaser) must present to that authorized flooring dealer the following items for a warranty claim to be considered:
  • A valid proof of purchase in the form of a sales receipt or other documents which establish proof of purchase.
  • A detailed description of the problem and/or a photograph/sample that clearly shows the warranty problem.
What Shaw will do should you need warranty service:
If Shaw honors a claim under this limited warranty, it will repair or replace, at its option, the cost of the affected flooring material. If professionally installed, Shaw will pay the reasonable labor costs to perform the replacement or repair during the first two (2) years from the date of the original purchase. In the event that the color installed is no longer available, Shaw will authorize your dealer to replace the affected floor with another Shaw product of equal value. The above described remedy is the purchaser's sole and exclusive remedy for claims under this warranty.
This Residential Limited Warranty is subject to the following conditions:
This limited warranty is valid only in North America. The warranty is not transferable. It extends only to the original purchaser. This limited warranty applies only where the affected area is visible and covers an area greater than one square inch. This limited warranty shall not apply to damage arising from any of the following:
  • Accidents, abuse or misuse
  • Scratch, impact or cutting
  • Improper care and maintenance
  • Exposure to extreme heat
  • Improper installation
  • Freight damage
  • Modification, alterations, repair or service by a non authorized floor covering dealer
  • Water damage resulting from improper installation or flooding caused by natural disaster, plumbing failures or other means
  • Damage resulting from or in connection with subfloor conditions
Please Note:
Shaw does not grant to any person or entity the authority to create for it any obligation or liability in connection with this product. Shaw shall not be liable to the consumer or any other person or entity for any incidental, special or consequential damages, arising out of breach of this limited warranty or any implied limited warranty (excluding merchantability). All implied warranties are hereby limited to the duration of this limited warranty. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties or the limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to the purchaser. This warranty gives the purchaser specific legal rights, such rights may vary from State to State.
VersaLock is a registered trademark of Columbia Insurance Company.