Quick Step laminate flooring represents the state of the art in flooring materials, resembling wood but more durable and wear-resistant. It allows today’s homeowner to have a “wood” floor of superior performance without the sacrifice of trees. Quick Step’s product is easy to install and requires less maintenance than real wood does.
As the name implies, laminate flooring is composed of layers, starting with the barrier layer which prevents moisture entering the boards. Additional moisture resistance is supplied by the next layer, composed of waterproof HDF or High Density Fibre board.
The purpose of the next layer is to create the impression of wood or tiles. For this, a highly detailed photograph of wood grain or tile lines is attached to the upper surface of the board using melamine, an extremely hard resin. To enhance the impression of natural material, a structure imitating wood grain or tile lines is also pressed into the top layer so that it exactly matches the visual pattern. Thus the surface of the board not only looks right, but has the texture of the real material and is virtually indistinguishable from it. The uppermost layer of the laminate is a hard, transparent coating for further protection.
Quick Step has devoted a great deal of research to the improvement of their product, and it includes technological developments making it the superior flooring material. Quick Step laminate flooring features ScratchGuard Advanced Finish Protection which makes it four times more resistant to microscopic scratches.
Quick Step is also the inventor of the Uniclic locking design which has completely changed the flooring industry by eliminating the need for glue. Using a sliding or angled motion, the installer can attach Uniclic segments together at the edges, forming a smooth surface that can be walked on immediately. The Uniclic surface is highly wear-resistant and carries a lifetime residential warranty.
Quick Step laminate flooring comes in several colors and designs. For instance, Rustic is so close to real wood planks, it’s hard to tell the difference. Country also has a realistic wood grain that could fool all but the closest observers. In addition to the woodgrain, many of the patterns have realistic grooves in imitation of boards. There are tile patterns such as Arte and the traditional Quadra, while Go has the grain but lacks the grooves. Almost every variation is represented here, providing something for all tastes.
Daily maintenance of Quick Step consists of dry-sweeping loose dust and dirt. There is also the Quick Step maintenance set which uses a dual method, first cleaning dry and then slightly moist. Microfiber tissues are recommended for more intensive cleaning with a Quick Step cleaning product. For those patterns with bevelled grooves, dry cleaning only is recommended.
Prices vary from one pattern to the next. The most basic designs go for around 60 pence per square foot, while others range from one and a half pounds to just over two pounds per square foot. Of course, prices may vary from one outlet to another.