Frequently Asked Questions – Laminate Floor
+What is Laminated Floor made of?
A typical Laminated floor consists four main layers of different materials laminated together, first layer on top is the transparent abrasive resistant layer usually made of Aluminium Oxide, 2nd layer is the decorative film that provide the wood grain effect and design, 3rd layer is the core layer which usually is high density fibre board (HDF), the 4th or bottom layer is a balancing film to protect the laminated floor from warping.
+How do I know a Laminated floor is of good quality?
The quality of Laminated Floor can only be ascertained through laboratory tests against its stability when subject to moisture, colour fading when exposed to sunlight (ultra-violet light), abrasive resistance when subject to traffic and so on. Each of the four layers in making laminated floor plays important role to make a good quality laminated floor. Most of the critical quality issues cannot be seen through observations, for a product of inferior quality, problems of warping, wear through, staining or fading will only come into picture after a few months or even few years of usage after installation. Therefore, if you are looking for quality laminated floor, buying from reliable sources and branded product like INOVAR will be the best option.
+What is the warranty for Laminate floor?
INOVAR floor is providing the following warranty direct from the factory Inovar Industries Sdn Bhd and not the dealer or distributer on condition that the products are installed and maintained in a manner descripted in the warranty statement.
- Life time warranty against termite attack.
- 15 years warranty against fading for residential application.
- 15 years warranty against wear through for residential application
- 15 years warranty against household stains
For details of warranty, kindly refer to the warranty statement available at our showroom on request.
+Is Laminate floor Termite proof?
Yes, it is for INOVAR laminated floor! INOVAR floor provides lifetime limited warranty against termite attack. However, we recommend that you do a full termite pest control on your property if Inovar floor is found to have been attacked by termites. This is mainly because Inovar Laminated floor is of very High Density and termites would have attacked the other softer wood structure parts of your property before moving onto eating hard wood flooring.
+Is Laminate floor Water Proof?
Like all wood based flooring products, INOVAR laminated floor is not water proof but it is the most stable laminated floor in the market when exposed to excessive moisture. The core HDF board is made from hardwood with core guard technology that assure least expansion when subject to moisture attack.
+Is laminated floor suitable for Ground Floor areas?
Yes, provided that it is laid strictly in accordance with our laying instructions and moisture barrier is provided.
+What is the requirement for the base to receive laminate floor?
The base to receive laminated floor must be reasonably flat! Deflection exceeding 3mm per meter long is considered not suitable for laminated floor to be laid on top. There will be springy feel and occasionally comes with squeaking noise if installed on base that is not flat enough.
+How is laminated floor installed?
Laminated floor must be laid on clean, dry and reasonably flat base of any solid materials such as concrete or plywood. Usually a layer of PVC sheet will be laid first to act as moisture barrier followed by PE foam or rubber underlay to absorb sound and accomodate the uneven surface if any. Laminated floor will be laid on top of the foam underlay.
+How long it will take to install my flooring?
The time required to complete an installation job varies depending on the complexity of work as well as site conditions. Generally, it takes about 5 days to lay a standard double storey house with a set of staircase. Usually it will take 3 days to install 500 sf laminate floor, given that the site is ready and floor area is free from obstructions such as furniture.
+How to maintain Laminate floor?
Maintenance of laminate floor in simple and easy. Vacuum followed by mopping is the most common method, but always avoid excessive moisture when mopping any wood floor. Use a damp but not wet mop to clean your laminate flooring. If taken care of and maintained properly, our Inovar laminate flooring can last you more than 15 years!
+Will the floor get scratched easily?
Inovar Laminate Floor is not scatched easily when compared to other brands of laminated floor. As long as the floor is not deliberately scratched by sharp and hard objects such as iron nails or metal tools. Normal chair castors or shoes will not scratch the floor. To avoid any damage caused by other renovation work, it is strongly recommended that laminate flooring to be installed after all other contractor works is completed such as air-conditioning, ceiling and painting works.
+Can I install laminate floor on my existing floor covering (Carpet, Tiles, solid wood floor, laminate floor)?
Yes you can install Inovar laminate floor onto tiles, and any wooden floor but not carpet, provided that the tiles and wood floor beneath the new laminated floor is still in sound, solid and dry condition. If you are unsure whether the existing floor is suitable, the best option is to remove the existing floor altogether.