I4F®, a group of companies providing patents and technologies to the flooring industry, has launched the world’s first water-resistant one piece drop-lock flooring installation system. Focused on the installation of laminate and engineered wood flooring, I4F’s new system, i-Click4U (impermeable-Click4U), complements the company’s successful Click4U® technology and has exceeded all North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) requirements relating to water-resistant flooring. The system has also been independently tested and approved by renowned German and French test institutes.

Unlike other one-piece floor locking systems, I4F’s i-Click4U technology eliminates the need for any chemical sprays or additional sealing substances like wax or paraffin normally required to prevent water leaking into flooring panel joints. The new system has exceeded all NALFA tests, including the requirement that panels must withstand water for a minimum of 24 hours.

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.”

“Water resistant flooring is a ‘must’ for consumers in the hard and modular flooring sectors! 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,” added John Rietveldt, I4F Chief Executive Officer.