I4F, a group of companies in Belgium that provide patents and technologies to the flooring industry, has launched a water-resistant one-piece drop-lock flooring installation system. Focused on the installation of laminate and engineered wood flooring, I4F’s system,
i-Click4U (impermeable-Click4U), is said to complement the company’s Click4U technology. I4F says that the product ‘has exceeded all NALFA (North American Laminate Flooring Association) requirements relating to water-resistant flooring’ including the requirement that panels must withstand water for a minimum of 24 hours.
I4F also says that the system has been independently tested and approved by German and French test institutes.
I4F distinguishes its product, i-Click4U, from others through technology that it says eliminates the need for any chemical sprays or additional sealing substances, such as wax or paraffin, normally required to prevent water leaking into flooring panel joints.
Eddy Boucké, I4F’s chief technology officer said, ‘Our new i-Click4U technology, suitable for all types of materials, is especially focused on laminate and engineered flooring. It means the best of both worlds: proven water-resistant flooring combined with the world’s easiest and fastest installation system. Additionally, manufacturers can use their existing machinery to produce the new profile.’
John Rietveldt, I4F’s ceo, commented that, ‘water-resistant flooring is a ‘must’ for consumers in the hard and modular flooring sectors.’ He also said that ‘i-Click4U is a real game changer for laminate and engineered wood flooring manufacturers as they can now accelerate their offerings in this fast-growing sector without incurring costly changes to their existing production lines.’
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