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Installing design flooring

A step-by-step guide to installing floating design flooring 
With the exception of the MeisterDesign design flooring, which is designed exclusively for completely glued installation, all design floorings from MEISTER (just like parquet and laminate) have been designed for floating installation. This means it can be laid directly onto subfloor without any glue or adhesive required. The advantages of this installation type are clear: it’s quick, clean and means the flooring can be removed without any residue if you choose to take it up in the future. Our design flooring comes with three different click system options: Masterclic Plus, Multiclic and Maxiclic. With our simple, step-by-step instructions, it couldn’t be easier to install your new flooring yourself, no matter which click system you choose.  
Unterlagsmaterial und benötigtes Werkzeug für die Verlegung von MEISTER Böden

Preparation

The preparation is the same for all three installation options: the floor must be dry, even, firm and clean. Old coverings such as tiles or a PVC flooring may remain in place if necessary, but be aware that this may make the overall installation too high. Design flooring types with a low installation height are the best option for laying on top of an old floor covering. It is essential to take up old carpets for reasons of stability and hygiene; this material is not suitable as underlay. The new flooring needs time to acclimatise first. To that end, prior to installation, unopened packs must be stored for approximately 48 hours in the room where they are to be laid later.

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Required tools

  • Keyhole or electric saw
  • Hammer
  • Folding rule
  • Spacer wedges
  • Pencil
  • Tension rod
  • Angle or adjustable bevel
  • MEISTER 5 mm tapping block
  • Possibly a drill
Zuschnitt von Trittschallunterlagen vor der Verlegung von MEISTER Boden

Sound-absorbing cushion 

If the product does not already feature a sound-absorbing cushion, use MEISTER-Silence 15 DB, MEISTER-Silence 20 or MEISTER-Silence 25 DB as a cushioning layer (when using MEISTER-Silence 25 DB or MEISTER-Silence 15 DB, additional 0.2 mm PE film is not required).

Video Tutorial
Installing design flooring with Masterclic Plus
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Installation with Masterclic Plus

Start by laying the first complete plank in the left-hand corner of the room with the tongue sides facing the wall.

Schritt 1 Masterclic Plus Verlegung

Step 1 Masterclic Plus 

Remove only the tongues on the long sides of all the other planks you want to lay in the first row. Using wedges, you can easily keep a gap of at least 10 mm or 1.5 mm per metre from the wall (Fig. 1).

Schritt 2 Masterclic Plus

Step 2 Masterclic Plus

Insert the head end of the next complete plank into plank no. 1 (Fig. 2). Lay the other planks in this row in the same way across the entire width of the room.

Schritt 3 Masterclic Plus

Step 3 Masterclic Plus

Cut the last plank in each row so that you leave a gap of at least 10 mm to the wall (Fig. 3). You can use cut-off pieces of planks, as long as they are at least 40 cm long (30 cm for MeisterDesign. comfort DB 600 S), to start subsequent rows.

Schritt 4 Masterclic Plus
Abb. 5 Masterclic Plus

Step 4 Masterclic Plus

Make sure that the planks in the first row are straight. Cut the first plank of the second row down to approx. 80 cm (approx. 50–60 cm for MeisterDesign. flex DB 600 S). Fix this plank upright with the tongue as far as possible into the groove on the groove side of the previous row of planks and press the plank down slowly, using a forward and downward turning motion (Fig. 4). The plank should lock into the previously laid row (Fig. 5).

Abbildung 6 Masterclic Plus

Step 5 Masterclic Plus

Similarly, the next complete plank is turned into the click connection on the long side and the head end pushed tight against the previous plank before it is lowered. Then press the plank down slowly, using a forward and downward turning motion (Fig. 6). The plank must lock into the row previously laid and the end joint must fit tightly into the previous plank.

Abbildung 7 Masterclic Plus Verlegung

Step 6 Masterclic Plus

Install the whole area row by row in this way. Remember that the end joints must be offset by at least 40 cm (25 cm for MeisterDesign. comfort DB 600 S) (Fig. 7).

Step 7 Masterclic Plus

To cut the last row to size, use a spare piece of plank and draw the remaining plank width on it (leaving at least a gap of 10 mm or 1.5 mm per metre to the wall).

Abbildung 8 Masterclic Plus

Step 8 Masterclic Plus 

Taking the plank marked for width, push the plastic end tongue forward out of the end groove with the aid of a spare piece of plank (Fig. 8).

Abbildung 9 Masterclic Plus
Abbildung 10 Masterclic Plus

Step 9 Masterclic Plus

Begin cutting the plank to size at the end of the plastic tongue (Fig. 9). After the plank has been cut to size, push the plastic tongue on the end back into the end groove (Fig. 10).


Video Tutorial
Installing design flooring with Multiclic system
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Installation with Multiclic click system 

Absägen der Feder an der ersten Designboden-Reihe

Step 1 Multiclic

Start by laying the first complete plank in the left-hand corner of the room with the tongue sides facing the wall. Saw the tongues off the first plank, both on the short and the long side (Fig. F). Remove only the tongues on the long sides of all the other planks you want to lay in the first row. Using wedges, you can easily keep a gap of at least 10 mm or 1.5 mm per metre from the wall.

Step 2 Multiclic

Join the next complete plank to the end of plank 1 using the 5 mm tapping block and a hammer.
Lay the other planks in this row in the same way across the entire width of the room. Wherever space is too tight to work with a hammer and tapping block, you can use a tension rod to help click the end joint in place. 

Abbildung A Designboden verlegen mit Multiclic
Abbildung B 1 und B 2 Designboden verlegen mit Multiclic

Step 3 Multiclic

Make sure the planks in the first row are straight (Fig. A). Cut the first plank of the second row down to approx. 80 cm (approx. 50–60 cm for MeisterDesign. flex DB 400). To install the second row, insert the long tongue into the groove of the first row of planks (Fig. B, 1).

By moving the plank slightly up and down, angle it completely into the already laid row of planks (Fig. B, 2).

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Step 4 Multiclic

Again, angle the next complete plank of the second row first on its long edge against the previously laid plank. Always make sure the long joint is tight. Once you have angled in the planks (Fig. C, 1 and 2) so they lie flat on the subfloor, start by installing the first plank in the third row. As soon as you have angled in and laid this plank (Fig. D, 1 and 2), click the second plank in the previous row together at the ends using the 5 mm tapping block and light taps with the hammer (Fig. D, 3). 

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Step 5 Multiclic

Install the whole area row by row in this way. Install the planks row by row until you have covered the whole room – always first fitting the long tongue into the groove and then joining the plank ends together. Before you click the plank together at the ends using the hammer and tapping block, a plank should already be angled into the next row (guide plank, Fig. D). Remember that the end joints must be offset by at least 40 cm (approx. 25 cm for MeisterDesign. flex DB 400) to ensure the overall area is more stable (Fig. E).

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Step 6

Cut the last plank in each row so that you leave a gap of at least 10 mm or 1.5 mm per metre to the wall. To cut the last row to size, use a spare piece of plank and draw the remaining plank width on it (leaving at least a gap of 10 mm or 1.5 mm per metre to the wall). After you have laid the last planks, you can walk on the floor straight away and start attaching the skirting boards.


Video Tutorial
Installing MeisterDesign. life with Maxiclic technology
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Preparation for the installation with Maxiclic technology

  • You need the following additional tools for installing MEISTER design flooring: Rubber hammer with a white head (non-marking), installation knife with trapezoidal blade
  • If the floor area is longer or wider than 15 m, you must provide an expansion joint. Cover this with a transition profile. It is also important to provide these joints between two adjacent rooms, in doorways, passageways and rooms with many angles.
  • You can score the planks with an installation knife (trapezoidal blade) once or twice and then fold them down
  • If you use a bench saw, keep the decorative side facing up, if you use a keyhole or portable circular saw, keep the decorative side down.
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Installation with Maxiclic technology

The specially designed Maxiclic click connection is a feature of the fold-down systems and allows quick and easy installation. The long edge of the plank is angled with the tongue side into the groove of the previous row (Fig. A) and lowered into the previous plank at the end (Fig. B). The Maxiclic connection at the end is then locked by blows with a white rubber hammer (Fig. B).

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Step 1 Maxiclic

Start by laying the first complete plank in the left-hand corner of the room with the tongue sides facing the wall. Remove the tongues only on the long sides of all the planks you want to lay in the first row (Fig. 1). Using the wedges, you can easily maintain a gap of at least 5 mm to the wall (Fig. 2).

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Step 2 Maxiclic

Insert the next complete plank into the head end of plank 1 and lock them in place by hitting with a white rubber hammer (Fig. 3). Lay the other planks in this row in the same way across the entire width of the room.
 

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Step 3 Maxiclic

Make sure that the planks in the first row are straight. Cut the first plank of the second row down to approx. 80 cm (approx. 50–60 cm in the case of DB 800). Angle this plank with the tongue into the groove side of the previous row of planks and slowly press the plank down using a forwards and downwards twisting movement (Fig. 4).

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Step 4 Maxiclic

Again, angle the next complete plank of the second row first on its long edge against the previously laid plank and press it tight to the head end of the previous plank before lowering it. Then press the plank down slowly, using a forward and downward turning motion (Fig. 5). The head end is locked by hitting it with a white rubber hammer (Fig. 6).

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Step 5 Maxiclic

Install the whole area row by row in this way. Remember that the end joints must be offset by at least 30 cm (Fig. 7) (approx. 20 cm in the case of DB 800).

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Step 6 Maxiclic

Cut the last plank in each row so that you leave a gap of at least 5 mm to the wall. To cut the last row to size, use a spare piece of plank and draw the remaining plank width on it (leaving at least a 5 mm gap to the wall). Start installing the last row in the right-hand corner of the room and angle the long side of the plank into the last-but-one row (Fig. 8). The next plank is turned in on the long side as before and lowered at the head end into the previous plank. Again, the head end is locked by hitting it with a white rubber hammer.

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Step 7 Maxiclic

Finally, remove the spacer wedges from around the walls. To cover the all-round expansion joints, use MEISTER skirting boards with colour-matching decorative surfaces. Please avoid bringing any silicon products into contact with the mouldings. To take a plank row back out again, lift the entire row, levering it at the side out of the last row (Fig. 9). Afterwards you can slide the ends of the planks apart (Fig. 10). This way, the locking system remains intact and the planks can be refitted.

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Step 8 Installation in humid rooms

MeisterDesign. life is suitable for humid rooms. The following aspects must be taken into consideration for installation in humid rooms:

For installation in humid rooms (Class W1-I), the wall ends and edge areas must be sealed; for example, with plasticiser-free silicone or natural stone silicone in the case of completely glued, full-surface bonding. For floating installation, use the waterproof MEISTER skirting board 20 PK Aqua profile or an aluminium profile in combination with plasticiser-free, permanently elastic silicone or natural stone silicone (Fig. C + D). In areas where no skirting boards or aluminium profiles can be used, a PE joint filling cord (plasticiser-free) must be used in combination with plasticiser-free, permanently elastic silicone or natural stone silicone (Fig. E). Permanently elastic sealed joints must be considered as maintenance joints and require permanent maintenance and care to avoid subsequent damage.