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Leather Flooring and Leather Wall Coverings
Leather floor and leather wall coverings, a passion mixed with enthusiasm and technology, to achieve the beauty of the past and charm of modern style, demanded by Architects and Interior Designers.
Each Design represent a mood, our Collection of Contemporary and Classic Forms feature the Rare and Unusual, a timeless beauty that inspired true love for your living space. Available in more than 25 designs, Laser Printed and low reliefs on Leather, custom sizes and colors, upon request; eager to collaborate with Architects and Interior Designers for new design creation.
Our Woven Leather is craft by Master Artisans in our factory in Florence, Italy. It is made for Columns, Wall coverings, and area rugs. It is available in 27 inch width. In our Woven Leather Collection, we currently feature more than 30 original designs, woven in Leather Suede and Linens. Custom designs and colors are our specialty with a minimum order quantity of 32 Linear Ft.
Leather with Hair
Leather with Hair being a natural product, has different variations in color tones and texture. Our products contain characteristics, including wrinkles and veins, that contribute to its beauty. These peculiarities and tonalities are therefore not considered as resons for claims. Leather is a natural material that lives, grows, and changes with us gaining more intensity in color and texture which add to its value.
Important information required prior to installation:
*Once you areassured that site and subfloor conditions are acceptable, and that the inddor environment meets the specified range in temprature and humidity, you can arrange for leather flooring to be delivered. Place the packages flat in the area where they will be installed in A/C climate control location that is: dry, dust free, and out of direct contact with sunlight.
*We recommend to install the leather floor only after all other site construction has been completed.
*prior to installation, select flooring that closely blends so yo can ensure the best transition.
*Let your new leather tiles acclimatized for about a week prior to installation. Do not leave the tiles in their original boxes for an extended period of time. Leather is a natural product and needs to breathe.
*The protective layer of plastic that is on the tiles is only designed to protect during shipping and installation. Do not leave the film on tiles foe an extended period of time.
*Determine the flooring pattern and its direction within the room(s).
Required Tools for Proper Installation:
Festool Plunge-Cut Saw with Rail, Chalk Line, Safety Glasses, Mask, Tape Measure, Straightedge, Carpet Knife, Vinyle Roller, Nail Gun for Concrete, Bondo
Required Glue-Dapweldwood Contact Cement (Red Label) Liquid Formula, Bostiks' Best Hardwood Adhesive (used to adhere plywood subfloor to concrete)
Pre-Installation Job Preparation:
A) Subfloor Cleaning and Removal of Trims, being by sweeping or vacuuming the entire floor to remove all loose dirt, dust and debris. remove all curing agents, sealers, paint, grease, dirt, wax, oil, adhesive, drywall patch, and any other contaminant that will hinder installation. Remove existing wall base, quarter round, door threshold and other transitions.
B) Subfloor Moisture Conditions, while leather flooring doeas not require a moisture test of a wood sub-floor prior to installation, it is strongly recommended you do so to avoid potential failures, and so that remedial measures can be taken to correct any later situation. subfloor can be tested using a quality moisture meter. The subfloor moisture content registered after a calcium chloride test should not be greater than 10% or 3 pounds per 1000 square feet. If it exceeds these limits, DO NOT install leather floo tiles.
C) Cement Preparation, the cement must be smooth, meeting a minimum of 3/16 of an inch within 6 feet. To check, use either a 10 foot straightedge or a level or stretch a 10-foot string across the floor noting any dips or crowns. If these dips or crowns exceed 3/16 inch with in 6 feet, they must be leveled. Use a portland cement base leveling material to fill all low spots and sand all crowns to meet the 3/16 inch, 6 feet requirement.
D) Subfloor requirements, leather is to be adhered to a subfloor consisting of 1/2" or 3/4" thick cabinet grade plywood or birch wood. use Bostik Best hardwood floor glue only to adhere the ply-wood to the concrete and nail down to ensure maximum stability. It is extremely important to cover all seams, nail holes, and any other imperfection with Bondo and then sand down to level the area where the leather tile will be installed. Please note that any seams or imperfections in the subfloor will be mirrored through the leather after it is installed.
E) Structural Requirements, the subfloor must be structurally sound. Local building codes may only establish minimum requirements of the flooring system and may not provide adequate rigidity and support for proper installation and performance of a leather floor.
Inspect the Flooring:
A) Leather is a natural product, containing natural variations in color, tone, and grain. Before lether flooring is shipped, each tile goes through many inspection procedures. A slight variation in color from tile to tile is to be expected.
B) We urge you as the final inspector for the consumer, to inspect for color, finish and graining PRIOR to installation. Care should be taken at this time to remove or repair particular characteristics you do not desire.
Undercut Door Casings:
Undercut all door casings 1/16" higher than the thickness of the flooring being installed.
Blending of Cartons:
To achieve a uniform appearance across the entire floor, we recomend that you open several boxes of flooring and dry-lay the floor, mixing the tiles from several boxes. This will allow you to blend the tiles for maximum aesthitic appearance.
*Lether tiles have little expansion or contraction compared to solid hardwood flooring. This unique structural ability permits versatility in selecting the direction the flooring can be installed and increases choices in creating designs. Whenever possible, however, install the tiles perpendicular to joists for maximum strenght. This stability also allows the tiles to be installed against walls or other vertical surfaces such as sliding doors, cabinetry, ad fireplaces. In floors measuring more than 20 feet loong in either directions, leave a 1/4" expansion space on side and end perimetes.
1) Select a starter wall, an outside wall is most likely to be straight and square with the room. Measure out from this wall.
2) Snap a chalk line from these points, parallel to that wall and perpendicular to the adjacent walls. Since most walls are not square, the edge of some tiles may have to be trimmed along the wall. Prior to installing the flooring, It is highly recommended that a straightedge be firmly secured along the chalk line to act as a guide.
3) Spread DAP WELDWOOD Contact Cement adhesive from the chalk line/straightedge out to approximately the width of 5-6 tiles using a paint roll sized for the flooring being installed. Istall the first row of starter tile along the chalk line/straightedge and secure into position.
4) First application, apply the glue to both the substrate and the back of each lether tile. Allow them to dry completely before the second application.
5) Second application, apply the second coat to both the substrate and the back of the leather tile, allow the glue to dry completely on both surfaces, make sure that you don't have any excess glue left on the side of the tiles. When dry, you can lay the tiles.
6) Allow the adhesive to set for approximately 24 hours before performing foot traffic or moving furniture onto the floor.
7) Carefully peel up protection on top of leather tiles 24 to 36 hours after installation is completed.
8) Clean any wet or dried glue adhesive from the flooring by a lightly dampened clean cloth with mineral spirits.
After the floor has been cleaned, inspect the floor for nicks, scratches, gaps or tiles that may have moved during installation, as well as any other imperfections that need attention. Touch up nicks and scratches with touch-up products. In typical climates, the new floor can accept foot traffic with in 24 hours.
Floor Protection during Construction:
Always protect the surface of the new installed lethe flooring during construction by laying a quality rosin paper or other paper that will allow the flooring to breathe. Protection paper must be over the floor and taped and secured to the baseboards. Never use plastic or polyethylene sheeting to cover the floor since they will trap moisture and damage the flooring.
*Structurally sound floors will not have movement or deflection. Improperly installed sufloors can and will eventually cause squeaking. It is the installer's responsibility to be sure the subfloor system is free of movement and deflection, and is installed in accordance with local building codes.
*Never install leather flooring over perimeter-glued resilient flooring.
*When laying lether tiles, ensure that the seams are tight fit, but not so much as to wrinkle or damage the tiles.
*proper alignment is critical in laying leather tiles. Misaligned starter rows can ruin the entire installation and can cause side and end gaps.
*It is important to retain several leftover tiles, in case a repair is required.
Care and Maintenance
* Remove debris with a broom or a vacuum with soft bristle brush attachment.
* Do not wipe spils, absorb them with blotter paper.
* We suggest mopping or gently wiping your leather floor with a damp cloth as needed.
* Use of Leather Cleaner and Leather Wax is recomended on occasion.