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  • The floor panels should be transported in a lying down position. Floor panels should be stored in this position in theirunopened packages in a dry storage location.

  • Allow the floor panels to acclimatize (in its unopened packaging) with its surrounding for 48 hours prior to installation.

  • Inspect the floor panels before laying. Complaints on materials that have been used will not be entertained. Unused panelsfrom opened packages should be re-sealed in their original packing with adhesive tape.

  • The floor panels should be laid as a floating floor system and should not be fixed, in any way, to the sub-floor or to anyvertical structure. Ensure that proper gaps of at least 10mm (3/8 inches) from the walls and any vertical structures aremaintained during installation. These gaps are to be concealed with suitable skirting or expansion profiles after installation.

  • Suitable expansion profiles should be used at door threshold and if the length and width of the floor exceeds 12m and 7mrespectively.

  • It is recommended that you use felt pads on furniture legs to prevent unintentional scratching on the floor.

 

Step 1
Among the tools that you will need.
  

Step 2.1


Step 2.2
Step 2
The sub-floor surface should be dry (max 60% RH, at 18 deg C), reasonably flat, even (max 3mm/m) and clean before the installation is carried out.
  
Step 3
For a better visual effect, the panels should be laid in a way that in-coming light falls along the length of the planks OR simply install them along the direction of the length of the room.
  
Step 4
First, the polythene sheets, which act as a moisture barrier, should be laid — with 40mm (1.58 inches) extra as skirting around the wall. Joining of the sheets should have an overlapping of at least 200mm (7.87 inches), fastened with adhesive tape. A suitable underlay should be laid on top of the polythene sheet, fastened with adhesive tape.
  
Step 5
It is advised that you begin from the left-hand corner, with the tongue of the board facing the wall. Always ensure that you allow an expansion gap of at least 10mm (3/8 inches) between the panels and the wall (or any vertical structures) by using wooden spacers or cut-outs from some leftover panels. If the wall is not straight, trim the panels according to the contour of the wall.
  
Step 6
To put the second panel into place, join the width side of the second panel with the width side of the first panel, push them together firmly and fasten the joint by pushing the panel down flat onto the sub-floor. If the joining is not tight, use a hammer and a suitable tapping block and tap gently at the other end of the second panel, if necessary. Make sure the alignment of planks is straight.
  

Step 7.1


Step 7.2


Step 7.3
Step 7
Repeat this procedure and complete the first row. At the end of the first row, mark and cut the last panel to obtain the suitable size/shape to fit the remaining space. Cut the panel with the décor side facing up if using a fine-toothed handsaw, and with the décor facing downwards if using a jigsaw.
  
Step 8
This last piece can be fitted with the use of a suitable tensioning tool or heel iron.
  
Step 9
To start the second row, use the leftover piece of the last panel from the first row. This should be longer than 300mm (11.81 inches) for a better effect. If not, saw half of a new panel to start the second row. Ensure that the end joints are spaced at least 300mm apart in consecutive rows.
  

Step 10.1


Step 10.2
Step 10
To install the first panel of the second row, have it slightly tilted with its tongue inserted into the groove of the panel in the first row, and then press it down flat firmly so that the tongue and groove will interlock. The joint should be locked tight. If not, dismantle the panel and repeat the process and simply tap the panels tight with a heel iron(or a suitable tapping block) and a hammer. Start tapping from one end to the other, along the length side.
  
Step 11
Position the width of the subsequent panel close to the exposed width of the first panel, with its tongue on the length side inserted into the groove of the panel of first row. Standing on the panels of the first row, pull this panel inwards and then push it firmly downwards so that the tongue interlocks with groove of the panel in the first row.
  
Step 12
The following is an alternative method to Steps 10 & 11. Position a new panel into the groove of the panels in the first row so that they almost interlock. Then, using a wooden hammering block, fit the new panel into place by knocking on a few positions along the length, while pushing the panel down firm(as shown in the diagram).
  
Step 13
Then use a hammer and tapping block and tap gently at the other end of the panel to tighten the width side. Follow the laying instructions explained earlier, and complete the second row. Subsequent panels / consecutive rows can be installed by repeating these steps.
  
Step 14
Completing the last row: Align the panel for the last row exactly on top of the panels of the second last row. Use another panel on top, push it against the wood spacers along the wall, and trace the edges as shown in the illustration, and then cut along the tracing.
  
Step 15
The panels for the last rows can be installed with the help of a suitable tensioning tool or a heel iron.
  
Step 16
Finally, remove all wooden spacers along the walls. Fix the skirting / baseboard to the wall with (i) nails or with (ii) suitable fastening channels, if available. Please remember that the skirting profiles should only be fixed to the walls and are not to be fastened to the laminate floor panels in any way.



Additional points to note:

  • Sub-floors:
    This laminate flooring can be installed on the following sub-floors:
    Wood/timber, tiles and ceramics, marble/stone floors, linoleum/PVC and other solid/hard floor types. It is strongly advised that existing carpeting be removed before installing laminate flooring.

  • Floor heating:
    This laminate floor can be laid over hot-water under floor heating system. However, it is possible that slight gaps might develop between the floor panels when the heating is active, or due to the atmospheric conditions and this does not constitute grounds for complaints.

  • Clearance for door opening:
    Always check the thickness of the floor panels with the underlay beneath to ensure that there is enough clearance for doors to open. If not, necessary modifications should be carried out to ensure that doors open easily after the flooring is installed.

  • Cleaning:
    Do not pour water directly onto the floor during cleaning. The surface of laminate flooring is designed for easy maintenance, and cleaning can simply be done with a slightly damp mop or vacuuming. Laminate floor does not stain easily, and almost all stains can be removed with suitable household cleaning agents. It is advisable to use a doormat at main entrances to protect the floor and to keep it clean.

  • Installation diagrams provided above:
    Please note that these diagrams are meant as reference only. Floorboards, tools and all other items are not drawn according to actual scale.

  • Gaps:
    As wood is a living material (inherent hygroscopic properties), gaps can appear on joints between floorboards due to seasonal variation, underfloor heating (electrical system) not recommended or exposure to excessive water

  • The ease of maintenance has been one of the biggest selling points for Inovar Floor. Due to the composition and construction of the product, as well as the extremely hard-wearing and non-toxic aluminum oxide protection layer on the surface, trouble-free cleaning and maintenance is well within reach. General daily maintenance only requires light vacuuming, sweeping or dust mopping. For slightly dustier floor, light mopping with plain water or common household floor cleaning agent will do the job. While Inovar Floor is highly fade-resistant, stain-resistant, dent-resistant, burn-resistant as well as very scratch-resistant, it is still possible that you may end up with an unintentional scratch when some extremely sharp or very heavy furniture is accidentally dragged across. For peace of mind, please use felt pads on the legs of furniture to prevent such incidents.

Maintenance & Care:

Please follow the simple steps below for proper guidelines

  • Remove dust and dirt with a broom, vacuum cleaner or an absorbent cloth.
  • For a slightly dirty floor, use a moist cloth or a well-wrung mop. Detergent is not to be utilised: a well-wrung mop or damp cloth will do the job just fine. Floor wax or polish are unable to penetrate the surface of the floor (not recommended).
  • Stubborn stains like grease, tar, mud, shoe/nail polish etc can be spot-cleaned. Liquid/water spilled accidentally on the floor should be removed as soon as possible.
  • Frequently accessed areas/entrances should be protected with a doormat to keep away coarse dirt, grit and stones.
  • Furniture legs should be protected by felt pads or plastic caps.
  • The floor should always be installed in an area that corresponds to its intended utility class.
  • When moving heavy furniture, lift it and do not drag it across the floor.
  • Put UV filter/sheer/curtain/blinds on windows in areas where there is direct exposure of sunlight.

 

Technical Specification

Standard

Characteristic / Results

Thickness swelling test

EN 13329

 < 8% Swelling                         

Abrasion Test

EN 13329

AC3

Board Thickness

EN 13329

8mm

Board Density

EN 13329

>850g/m3

Stain Resistance

EN 13329

Rating 5   (No visible change)

Cigarette Test

EN 13329

Degree 5  (No visible change)

Fade Resistance

EN 13329

Level 6 (No discoloration)

Fire Classification

EN 13501 – 1

Cft  s 1

Roller Castor Chair Resistance

EN 13329

No visible change

Simulated Pushing of furniture leg

EN 13329

No visible change

Impact Resistance

EN 13329Annexf

IC 1 , IC 2 and IC 3

Non-staining – Covered under a SOLID Direct Manufacturer’s Warranty

Inovar Floor has a sealed surface, which ensures that dust and dirt simply can’t penetrate or cling on stubbornly. That’s why it’s hygienic, easy to maintain and kind to people with allergy – all for the good of your health! Furthermore, cleaning detergents are practically a thing of the past as the floor cleans well with just plain water. That’s good news for the environment and good news for your shopping bill!

Non Wear-through – Covered under a SOLID Direct Manufacturer’s Warranty

Inovar Floor has a wear-resistant layer on the surface specifically engineered to protect it from being easily-scratched, thus, making it a longer-lasting product, compared to other types of floor covering materials.

Non Fading – Covered under a SOLID Direct Manufacturer’s Warranty

All of our design layers (the layer in the flooring surface that shows the wood pattern) are produced with imported raw material from Europe and US. They are produced under stringent quality control measures according to global industry standards, and therefore, discoloration or fading is a non-existent word when you have Inovar Floor installed.

Superior Water Resistant Core – Less than 8% Thickness Swelling rate

But just being tough is not enough. The core of Inovar Floor is made of hardwood fibers with very good water resistant properties. The result – a tough floor covering material which is very water resistant. So, when you are looking for the best in laminate flooring, choose Inovar Floor, because the advantage is clear.

With over 15 years of solid foundation deeply rooted in Malaysia, Inovar Floor is the pioneer and has been regarded as the market leader in laminate flooring and therefore, we are able to offer you a SOLID Direct Manufacturer’s Warranty against staining, fading and surface wear-through.

Thank you for purchasing Inovar Floor. You can be assured that this product has been manufactured according to international standards and has been subjected to strict Quality Control procedures before it reaches you.
However, in the unlikely event that you discover any defects on the flooring panels upon opening the carton, please DO NOT Install them. Kindly return them to your authorized distributor for a replacement or refund.
This warranty does not cover any defective material that has been installed without prior checking.
WearResistance
For claims on surface wear-through, an area on the floor panel is considered worn-through only if the worn-through area is more than 1 cm²/0.16sq inch and the decorative layer has been exhausted until the core material is visible. Claims for surface wear-through is unacceptable if the surface wear-through occurs at the edges/joints of the panel. Gloss reduction is not surface worn-through.
StainResistance
Inovar Floor is resistant to normal household stains on the decorative surface.
FadeResistance
Inovar Floor is resistant to fading from exposure to indirect sunlight or normal artificial light conforming to EN13329 test method with exception of natural ageing.
LifetimeTermiteWarranty
Inovar Floor now comes with a lifetime warranty against termite. Warranty excludes skirting and accessories. Purchaser must inform the authorized distributor immediately upon discovery of termite in the premise. Purchaser must seek immediate remedial action by engaging a professional pest control company to contain and eliminate the termite colony. Warranty applies only to original buyer and is non-transferable. Warranty does not cover houses that have been left vacant over a period of 6 months.
This warranty does not cover damages caused by the following situations:-

  • Accidents, abuse or misuse of the floor: e.g. surface damage caused by dropping/dragging sharp/heavy objects.
  • Exposure to extreme temperatures, example electrical underfloor heating.
  • Installation of product with visible manufacturing defects.
  • The floor was not installed according to the manufacturer’s recommended instruction. The installation instruction is located on the packaging.
  • The correct underlay and/or vapor barriers have not been used as required for the subfloor in question.
  • The floor was not maintained or used properly according to the recommended usage or maintenance procedures, e.g. floor cleaning with excessive water, industrial solvents, etc.
  • Flooding caused by plumbing failures or natural causes.
  • Fading caused by direct ultra violet radiation from direct sunlight exposure.
  • If an expansion joint profile is not used on doorways between rooms or in area greater than 12m in the direction of length of the individual flooring planks & 7m on width direction of the room.
  • Floor in installed in saunas or bathrooms (areas prone to excessive water exposure).
  • Trapped water underneath the flooring panels or underlay caused by air condition leakage, etc.
  • Office chairs must be fitted with soft wheels / castors or if nylon castors are being used, use protective mats/rubber pads underneath the chair.
  • Flooring panels used in places where the traffic exceeds the utility class that is recommended.
  • Surface defects that can only be seen from an angle source of light.
  • Flooring panels damaged during renovations work by others.
  • Gaps after installation – As wood is a living material (inherent hygroscopic properties), gaps can appear on the joints due to seasonal variation, air conditioning underfloor heating (electrical system not recommended) or exposure to excessive water.

In the event of a claim, the defect must be reported in writing to the authorized distributor within 14 days of the discovery of the defect. After this time has elapsed, no further complaints will be accepted. A duly dated and stamped invoice & a copy of warranty card must be submitted at the time. Our authorized personnel must be accorded every opportunity to inspect the claimed product in site. In the case where a claim is accepted, it should be at the discretion of the supplier to either repair the claimed material or offer replacement material of the same quality and design/color as fas as possible. The product warranty does not cover any labor cost or accessories associated with replacement of damaged material covered by the warranty. Consequential losses and any other costs whatever are not covered by the warranty.
Note: The services provided as part of this warranty do not extend the original warranty period. The warranty is of diminishing value in the sense that it takes account of loss of value resulting from use: ie. 1/15, 1/20 or 1/5 per annum. It is not transferable and will apply to the first buyer only.
Maintenance & Care: 
Please follow the simple steps below for proper guidelines.

  • If hot water underfloor heating system is used, please consult your distributor on specification and procedures. It is not advisable to use electrical underfloor heating system for Inovar Floors.
  • Remove dust and dirt with a broom, vacuum cleaner or an absorbent cloth.
  • For a slightly dirty floor, use a moist cloth or a well-wrung mop. Detergent is not to be utilised: a well-wrung mop or damp cloth will do the job just fine. Floor wax or polish are unable to penetrate the surface of the floor (not recommended).
  • Stubborn stains like grease, tar, mud, shoe/nail polish etc can be spot-cleaned with Stalheim special cleaning agents. Liquid/water spilled accidentally on the floor should be removed as soon as possible.
  • Frequently accessed areas/entrances should be protected with a doormat to keep away coarse dirt, grit and stones.
  • Furniture legs should be protected by felt pads or plastic caps.
  • The floor should always be installed in an area that corresponds to its intended utility class.
  • When moving heavy furniture, lift it and do not drag it across the floor.
  • Put UV filter/sheer/curtain/blinds on windows in areas where there is direct exposure of sunlight.

Inovar Floor is made of raw materials from renewable resources. The hardwood fibers used in the core come from hardwood forests which are under strict forest management control or what we call ‘plantation’ forests. This eliminates the need to extract wood from natural forests, thus making Inovar Floor a natural product that is also environmentally friendly. The design layer is reproduced from real timber using sophisticated technology. Wood decors are reproduced from original timber, to give you that true-to-life wood look and feel without having to exploit our natural forests.

Inovar Floors’ completely sealed surface does not allow the breeding of dust mites or micro-organisms, unlike other floor covering material such as carpet. This creates a healthier environment for our little ones. All these superb qualities make Inovar Floor the best options available today when it comes to selecting a floor covering material, whether it is for your home sweet home or for your business premise or office. In addition, Inovar Floor has also been recognized by the Singapore Environment Council as a Green Product or Eco-Friendly Productthat meets stringent environmental regulations, proving that a good quality product can also be environmental friendly at the same time. Inovar Floor – Peace of Mind. Allover.

What are laminate floors and how are they made? 
What is the difference between laminate flooring and hardwood flooring? 
How do laminate floor panels lock together? 
Where can I install laminate wood flooring? 
What are the advantages of laminate flooring over those of solid hardwood flooring? 
What do I need to know before I start installing my laminate floor?
What do I have to do before installation?
Do I have to keep staggering the planks in my laminate flooring installation? 
How do I determine the direction in which to install my laminate flooring? 
Will there be any cutting waste?
What is the reason for the necessary 10mm gap left around the perimeter of the interior and around other obstacles within it? 
I didn’t get my first row straight. Can I continue?
How do I choose the right moldings? 
How should I install moldings?
What is a floating floor?
What is HDF and what is it made of? 
How is the paper applied to the HDF core? 
Why is a moisture barrier used on concrete? 
How can I get the shine of my floor to increase? 
How does laminate flooring from Build Direct compare to other laminate flooring products? 
Can laminate flooring be installed on steps? 
Can laminate flooring be installed in my screened in porch or patio? 
Can we install laminate over carpet? 
How do I clean my laminate flooring? 
How do I care for and maintain my laminate floors? 
How do I repair minor scratches? 
What is the difference between a brown core and a green core in laminate flooring? 
How do I replace one plank of my flooring due to damage? 
What is the wear rating for your product? 
What is a laminate flooring AC rating?

With over 15 years of solid foundation deeply rooted in Malaysia, Inovar Floor is the pioneer and has been regarded as the market leader in laminate flooring and therefore, we are able to offer you a SOLID Direct Manufacturer’s Warranty against staining, fading and surface wear-through.

Q. What are laminate floors and how are they made?

A. Laminate flooring is versatile, durable, attractive flooring with the appearance of a hardwood floor. Although laminate flooring looks like wood flooring, there is actually no solid wood used in its construction. Laminate floors are made up of several materials bonded together under high pressure. Most laminate flooring consists of a moisture resistant layer under a layer of HDF (high density fiberboard). This is topped with a high resolution photographic image of natural wood flooring. It is then finished with an extremely hard, clear coating made from special resin-coated cellulose to protect the laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is perfect for anyone wanting a durable floor for a fraction of the price and installation time of a hardwood floor, but with the attractiveness of real hardwood. This construction also makes laminate flooring more environment-friendly as it uses less wood in its construction and makes more efficient use of the wood fiber that is used.

What is the difference between laminate flooring and hardwood flooring?

A. Both laminate flooring and hardwood flooring can beautify a home. While hardwood is often thought to be a superior choice, there are several advantages to laminate flooring. Distinct differences between the two types of flooring often make laminate a more attractive alternative. Solid hardwood of any thickness (most is 3/8” to 3/4”) should be installed only above grade. Laminate flooring can be installed above or below grade, and over virtually any other flooring surface. Some hardwood flooring is engineered, meaning that instead of solid hardwood, it is made of several wood layers with a hardwood veneer. Laminate flooring, usually 7mm to 8mm (5/16” to 3/8”), is also made of several layers. These are laminated together which makes for stability and strength. The top surface of laminate flooring is a photograph of hardwood. High quality photographs faithfully reproduce the grain and color of natural hardwood, and the surfaces on quality laminate flooring closely resemble real wood. Although many people insist on hardwood flooring, laminates are a long-lasting, durable, affordable option that are quickly becoming one of the most popular types of flooring.

Q.How do laminate floor panels lock together?

A.There are many types of edge joining systems used to connect laminate flooring panels together. Some laminate flooring connections snap together by hand while others require a light tap with a mallet and a tapping block. Still others use a combination of a “snap” click edge and a “bang” or “tap” click at the end of the panels. While most of the various systems work well to secure your laminate floor, it is important to read your laminate flooring installation instructions carefully. Familiarize yourself with how your flooring locks together before starting your installation.

Q. Where can I install laminate wood flooring?

A. Laminate flooring is an extremely versatile flooring product. It can be installed in virtually any room of your home, above or below ground, over wood or concrete. There are several locations that are not recommended for laminate flooring. Because laminate flooring is a wood flooring product it is not recommended that laminates be installed in wet locations such as bathrooms, washrooms,saunas, enclosed porches or verandas, or anywhere that may require wet-mopping. Extended exposure to moisture of this type may cause the core of your laminate flooring to warp or swell. In some instances, with special installation procedures, it is possible to install laminate floors in bathrooms where water will not stand on the floor for any length of time. For bathroom installations, it is recommended you apply a light bead of glue to the tongue on the planks to be used in the areas subject to spills. Also, ensure that all spills are mopped up and dried promptly.

Q. What are the advantages of laminate flooring over those of solid hardwood flooring ?

A. One obvious advantage is that of price; laminate flooring is typically half the cost of traditional hardwood flooring. Sometimes the savings are even greater, depending on the types of flooring in question. Additionally, laminate flooring is designed to be easy to install and is generally a good choice for most do-it-yourselfers, where solid hardwood requires a specific level of expertise. Installing laminate doesn’t involve nails, and more recently has done away with glue as well in many cases. Laminate flooring can therefore be installed fairly quickly and inexpensively. Laminate flooring is generally designed to be scratch-resistant and fade resistant, two areas where solid hardwood flooring is known to be more vulnerable.

Q. What do I need to know before I start installing my laminate floor?

A. There are several things to consider before you begin to install a laminate floor. Careful preparation before beginning will make installing your laminate floor a quick and easy process.

Ensure that your sub floor is flat, dry, and smooth. 
Always use underlayment under your laminate floor for soundproofing. 
Laminate flooring and underlayment/vapor barrier can be installed over concrete, wood flooring, vinyl tile, linoleum, tile, or virtually any other hard, flat surface. 
Take extra care when installing laminate flooring over radiant heating. Ensure that you read both the laminate flooring and radiant heat system instructions carefully before beginning. 
Read your laminate flooring manufacturer’s installation instructions carefully. 
Allow you laminate flooring to acclimatize to the room where it will be installed for as long as possible (min. 48 hours) 
Inspect each laminate flooring panel carefully for defects or damage before installing it.

Q. What do I have to do before installation?

A.Laminate flooring boards must be acclimatized for 48 hours in the room where they will be installed. Installation should take place at room temperature of at least 65°F (15°C). A floor surface temperature of 59°F and an overall room temperature of 64°F must be ensured before, during and three days after the installation.

>Q. Do I have to keep staggering the planks in my laminate flooring installation?

A.The first row should be started with a full plank, the second row with a 2/3 plank and the third row with a 1/3 plank. The distance between joints from one row to the next for the remainder of the installation must be 8″ or greater

>Q. How do I determine the direction in which to install my laminate flooring?

A.To decide where to begin the layout of your floor, consider incoming light. It is usually best to install laminate flooring with the planks running parallel to light coming in windows or glass doors. For any installation, the starting wall should be as long and straight as possible.

>Q. Will there be any cutting waste?

A.In an average installation, approximately 5% to 10% of the total area to be covered will be wasted for several reasons, typically cuts, planks damaged during installation, or errors.

>Q. What is the reason for the necessary 10mm gap left around the perimeter of the interior and around other obstacles within it?

A.Because laminate flooring is derived from wood, it is subject to expansion caused by room temperatures and humidity levels. An expansion gap is a necessary part of any successful installation because it allows space for the expansion of the floor as it responds to these external influences of temperature and humidity. When it is exposed to warmer temperatures, or to increased humidity, laminate flooring planks expand outward. Leaving out the essential element of an outside gap can cause the buckling of the individual laminate flooring planks as the planks push outward against walls or other obstacles.

>I didn’t get my first row straight. Can I continue?

A.Do not continue. Getting the first row absolutely straight is the foundation – perhaps the most critical part- to a successful installation. If your first rows are not properly aligned, or the joints are not tightly sealed, the entire installation will be compromised. (The error will magnify as you continue installing.) Along both sides and ends, all planks must be parallel to each other or there will be wedge-shaped gaps between planks. If residue is caught in the grooves, poor alignment can also result. Remember to make sure all grooves are clean before installation.

>I didn’t get my first row straight. Can I continue?

A.Do not continue. Getting the first row absolutely straight is the foundation – perhaps the most critical part- to a successful installation. If your first rows are not properly aligned, or the joints are not tightly sealed, the entire installation will be compromised. (The error will magnify as you continue installing.) Along both sides and ends, all planks must be parallel to each other or there will be wedge-shaped gaps between planks. If residue is caught in the grooves, poor alignment can also result. Remember to make sure all grooves are clean before installation.

>Q. How do I choose the right moldings?

A.Here is a brief guide to moldings and their best uses for a laminate flooring project:

>Q. How do I choose the right moldings?

A.Here is a brief guide to moldings and their best uses for a laminate flooring project:

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