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Installation Intructions

Installation Instructions – Inovar Floor - Laminates and Engineered Flooring

All installed boards will be considered as accepted by the installer and/or homeowner. Any defects should be reported to the retailer immediately for inspection and/or replacement. We cannot accept responsibility for flooring installed with visible defects.Read completely before starting installation

General precautions

Inovar Floor products are inspected for quality before packaging and shipping. Nevertheless, a final jobsite inspection of your flooring should be performed for grade, colour, finish and quality. Ensure adequate lighting for proper inspection. Room temperature and humidity of the installation area should be consistent with normal, year-round living conditions for at least a week before installation. Room temperature of 15°-30°C and a humidity range of 30-70% is recommended. It is most important that you install the flooring immediately after you open the cartons, without waiting for several hours or days. Do not store directly on concrete or near outside walls.

General installation notes

ALL 8MM LAMINATE FLOORS REACT TO HUMIDITY AND MOISTURE. It is the responsibility of the installer and the owner to install an effective moisture barrier and to maintain correct moisture and humidity percentages.

  • The humidity of a room can vary due to many factors – the change of seasons for example. The floor must be able to expand and contract in all directions.
  • This 8mm Laminate flooring is of natural origin and may have slight variations in shade and grain. It should be installed from several cartons at the same time to ensure good
    colour and shade mixture.
  • When possible, pre-select and set aside boards that blend best with all floor beadings, skirting boards or mounted mouldings used to assure a uniform final appearance. Install these boards adjoining the mouldings.
  • Be attentive to staggering the ends of boards in adjacent rows. They should be staggered at no less than 300mm header to header joint.
  • Any installation requiring the flooring to exceed 8 metres in width or 12 metres in length will require an expansion or T-moulding. All doorways and adjoining rooms should have expansion joints.
  • Always allow a minimum 12-15mm expansion around all vertical obstructions.

Under floor heating

Under floor heating is not necessary with Inovar Floor laminates. However, if wanted, please obtain exact/detailed specifications from your approved flooring dealer.

Subfoor preparation


Ensure that your subfloor is dry, clean, flat, smooth and level. Height differences of not more than 3mm in a metre must be levelled. The slab must also be no more than RH60% or below to be suitable for 8mm Laminate flooring. Correct any changes in height difference and ensure that the levelling compound has cured prior to starting your installation.


Ensure that your subfloor is dry, clean, flat, smooth and level. Height differences of not more than 3mm in a metre must be levelled. Correct any changes in height difference and ensure that the levelling compound has cured prior to starting your installation.

Preparing to install

1) Clean and sweep thoroughly. The vapour barrier must overlap and be taped closed over its entire length.

2) Let the opened packages of flooring lie flat on the floor in the room in which the floor is to be installed.
Boxes must be flat & slightly off the raw concrete +/- 25mm.

3) Check door and door frame clearances to ensure that doors will move freely without contacting the 8mm Laminate surface.

4) Although a Inovar Floor 8mm Laminate floor can be installed in any direction, as a rule, 8mm Laminate floors are usually installed perpendicular to a window. Installing the floor parallel to the longest wall tends to make a room appear larger. You will get better results by laying two or three rows of Inovar Floor 8mm Laminate in advance to get an eye pleasing distribution of the plank.

5) Lay INOVARLAY Underlay (or another approved underlay) taping the edges together using wide adhesive tape, but do not overlap the edges.


1) Measure the room carefully to determine if it is square, and to calculate the width of the last row. For planks less than 50mm in width, re-cutting the first row will be necessary to ensure stability (do not include the tongue of a plank in your measurements, as all exposed tongues must be removed from the perimeter of the floor – i.e. the first row of planks). Should you have an irregular wall for the first row, the plank must be cut to follow the wall’s irregularities.

2) When preparing to saw a plank (use safety glasses), always ensure that the decorative surface of the plank is facing down.

3) Starting in one corner of the room, the flooring should be installed from left to right, with the tongue sides facing the walls. Place spacers between the plank and the wall (spacers provide the necessary space required for expansion around the perimeter of the floor). It is especially important to leave at least 10mm free around the entire floor. To ensure stability, the planks at the end of each row must not be shorter than 300mm. If your last plank is shorter than 300mm, it is advised to re-cut the first plank in the row. The remainder of the plank from your first row can be used as the first plank of the next row. Stagger the joins by cutting the first plank of every row to different lengths IE300mm,600mm,900mm, full board. This will give a random pattern that will then be repeated until the opposite wall is reached.

4) When laying the planks for the first row, place the first plank flat and against the spacers. 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.

5)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. This last piece can be fitted with the use of a suitable tensioning tool or heel iron.

6)To start the second row, use the leftover piece of the last panel from the first row. 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. Position the width(end join) of the subsequent panel close to the exposed width(end join) of the first panel so the lock is almost in place, 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.

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.

7)When you reach the final row, place a loose panel precisely on the last laid panel. Place another panel on top, but with its edge 10mm from the wall. Trace a cutting line along the middle panel and saw it along that line.

8) Lay the panel you cut and ease it into position. Insert spacers between the wall and the last panel laid to be sure there is a 10mm expansion gap.

9) When going from one room to the other, make sure to separate the rooms with a transition moulding. The floor is ready for use as soon as it is laid.






1) Remove the spacers.

2) Cover the expansion joints around the perimeter of the floor with baseboard mouldings and/or quarter rounds. If a vapour barrier was used, do not forget to fold the polyethylene film along the edge of the walls under the baseboards and/or quarter rounds. Fit these products to the walls without attaching them to the floor. Make sure that a 0.15mm feeler gauge is able to slide freely underneath the skirting to ensure the floor is not trapped, thus preventing expansion or contraction.

3) Install the T-mouldings to hide the expansion gaps where needed (doorways, more than 8m wide or 12m long, etc.).

4) Any remaining boards can be kept for several years, stored flat in a moisture-free area. Furniture can be put back in position right away.


Sweep or vacuum as often as necessary to remove any loose dirt or grit.
Use protective mats at all exterior entrances. Do not use rubber-based mats as the rubber may leach into the 8mm Laminate.
Use felt protectors under heavy pieces of furniture.
Never slide or roll furniture or appliances across your floor. Protect the surface if using a trolley to move heavy objects.
Spiked heels or shoes in need of repair can severely damage your floor. In areas of excessive traffic and wear, make use of runners or area rugs.
Damp mop only – avoid excessive amounts of water. If a spill occurs, soak up the bulk of the liquid promptly.
Never use oil, soap, wax or other household products to clean your floor.
Keep animal nails trimmed.
Maintain relative humidity levels between 30% and 70%.


Installation Instructions – Diamond Core SPC

All Subfloors must be:

• Dry
• Clean: Thoroughly swept and free of all debris
• Structurally sound
• Level: Flat to 4.7mm per 3.3 meters radius

Wood sub-floors must be dry and well secured. Nail or screw every 15cm along joists to avoid squeaking. If not level, sand down high spots and fill low spots with a leveling patch. Make sure all crawl space are open & has proper ventilation. Concrete subfloors must be fully cured, at least 60 days old, and should have a painted or 200 micron polyethylene vapour barrier between concrete and ground. Subfloor should be flat and level within 4.7mm per 3.3 meters. If necessary grind high spots down and level low spots with a leveling compound. Ceramic Tile, resilient tile and sheet vinyl must be well bonded to subfloor, in good condition, clean and level. Do not sand existing vinyl floors, as they may contain asbestos.


• Tape measure
• Tapping block (trimmed piece of flooring)
• Pencil
• Heel iron / pry bar / pull bar
• Chalk line
• Crosscut power saw / Guillotine
• 3M Scotch-Blue™ 2080 Tape
• Rubber mallet


Work from several open boxes of flooring and “dry lay” the floor before permanently laying the floor. This will allow you to select the varying grains ∓ colors and to arrange them in a harmonious pattern. Remember, it is the installers’ responsibility to determine the expectations of what the finished floor will look like with the end user first and then to cull out pieces that do not meet those expectations.

Begin installation next to an outside wall. This is usually the straightest and best reference for establishing a straight working line. Establish this line by measuring an equal distance from the wall at both ends and snapping a chalk line. The distance you measure from the wall should be the width of a plank. You may need to scribe cut the first row of planks to match the wall in order to make a straight working line if the wall is not square.

You may want to position a few rows before starting installation to confirm your layout decision and working line. When laying flooring, stagger end joints from row to row by at least 30cm/300mm. When cutting the last plank in a row to fit, you can use the cut-off end to begin the next row. If cut-off end is less than 30cm/300mm in length, discard it and instead cut a new plank at a random length and use it to start the next row. Always begin each row from the same side of the room. When near a wall, you can use a pry bar to pry close the side and end joints.


Subfloor Flatness Tolerances                                                               Flat to 4.7mm per 3.3meter radius

Vapor Barrier recommended                                                                 Painted or 200 micron

Is underlayment (pad) required                                                            No – IXPE underlay pad attached

Acclimation Requirements                                                                    24 Hours recommended

Transition Requirements (T-Mold) for Large Spaces                          Required when in excess of recommended floor coverage.

                                                                                                                N.B. Recommended coverage in an uncontrolled environment is 20lin.m x 15lin.m
Transition Requirements (T-Mold) Doorways/Thresholds                 Required if outside of recommended floor coverage 20 lin.m x 15 lin.m

Installation over existing ceramic tile floor                                         Filling in grout lines wider than 5mm/deeper than 5mm is required

Glue Down Installation                                                                          Not recommended/Except for staircases.  

Subfloor RH/MVER (Moisture vapour emission rate)
recommendations                                                                                 85% RH/8 lbs MVER (Moisture vapour emission rate)

Radiant Heat                                                                                          Not to exceed 28° C

Perimeter Expansion requirements                                                     Expansion gap must be 10mm within the total floor coverage.Expansion gap to be covered with a 1⁄4 round
                                                                                                                or skirting on perimeter walls & around heavy fixed objects

Optimal Interior Environmental Conditions                                        18°– 30°C 60% – 80% RH

Fitted Cabinets                                                                                      Do not install cabinets on floor planks/panels

Extreme temperature                                                                            Should be maintained between 3°C and 50°C

Definition of “Waterproof”                                                                    Structural integrity of flooring will not degrade due to contact with moisture/water

Prior to installation, inspect planks in daylight for visible faults/damage. Check if subfloor/site conditions comply with the specifications described in these instructions. If you are not satisfied do not install, and contact your supplier.
Before laying: 
Measure the room at right angle to the direction of the planks. For best visual effect, planks in the final row should be at least 50mm wide (minimum), or half width of plank. For this purpose, planks in the first row can be cut to smaller size. Shuffle planks in order to obtain a pleasant blend of shades. Lay planks preferably following the
direction of the main source of light. We recommend laying on wooden floors crossways (ensure there is sufficient cross ventilation running under the existing wooden floor) to the existing floorboard. Planks must not be nailed or screwed to the subfloor. Baseboards and molding must not be fixed in a way which restricts the movement of the floor.


    1. Starting from the left with the tongue facing the wall, carefully place the first board in place. (Figure1)
    1. Place 10mm spacers between the short and long side of the planks and the wall.
    1. Always position one spacer between the wall and where the planks join.
    1. The end joints of the planks in the first row are assembled by inserting the tongue side into the groove side of the previous plank at a low angle. Gradually lower the plank down flat until the end joint closes, insuring that the planks are perfectly aligned. Install the remaining full planks in the first row.
    1. Cut the final board piece to length, never less than 30cm/300mm. (figure 2)
    1. The remaining piece cut off from the last plank in the first row may serve as the first plank in the second row
      provided it is at least 30cm/300mm long. Always stagger the end joints from row to row to a minimum of 30cm/300mm


1. Begin the second row with the cut piece from the first row. (figure 3) If the cut piece is shorter than
30cm/300mm, do not use it. Instead, begin with a new board that is at least 30cm/300mm in length and
allows 30cm/300mm between the end joints on the adjacent planks.
2. Position the long side of the first board in place overlapping the groove of the planks in the previous row by approximately 3mm. Then angle the end joint into the previous plank. Angle the plank up and gently push forward until the plank locks into the previous row. (figure 2) Slide the board to the left/right as necessary to align the edges of the end joint.
3. Carefully push the board down until the tongue & groove lock together on the side and ends.
4. It is important to make sure that the first three rows are straight and square as they can affect the entire installation.
5. Install the remaining boards and rows in the same manner. (figure 3 and 4)
6. Cut the last board to size. If necessary, complete the tight fit by tapping the board into place with a pull bar.
7. Whenever practical, use cut pieces from previous rows as the starter board to reduce waste. (figure 2)
8. Maintain 30cm/300mm spacing between end joints after the first four rows for best appearance. (figure 2)


  • After all the planks have been installed, remove all the spacers from the perimeter of the room.
  • Install transition/reducer/end moldings. Do not fasten any floor finishing moldings through/to/on the floor.
  • Predrill and install quarter round or skirting. Moldings must be sufficient to cover the 10mm expansion gap.
    Always fasten these to the wall and not the floor planks.