Composition: HDF vs engineered wood
Both laminate and wood flooring are wood products, meaning their cores consist of wood. For laminate, the body is HDF – a plate of high-pressure compressed, fine, recycled wood fibres. To this HDF core, a balancing layer, design layer and transparent, water-resistant overlay are added.
Quick-Step hardwood floors on the other hand are made from engineered wood, which means that planks consist of 3 layers of solid wood, covered with a protective finish.
Appearance: attention to detail
By paying attention to the smallest details, we ensure that all Quick-Step floors breathe refinement. Subtle surface textures with fine grain structures create a natural wood or stone effect. Quick-Step collection takes this to the next level, offering unmatched levels of realism that make the floor nearly indistinguishable from real wood.
Of course, we also provide the real deal: hardwood floors, which excel in both authenticity and fine detail and are available in a wide range of colours, gradings and wood species – a natural variation that can only be found in real wood floors. The secret? A true passion for design and a rigorous sourcing process that ensures we only work with the highest quality materials.
Performance: a floor that’s built to last
Comfort and sound
Laminate floors are made from wood fiber with a hard melamine surface and tend to make more noise than wooden floors due to their hard surface and light weight. Additionally, they can feel a little hollow underfoot compared to real wood floors and tend to transmit noise, although adding a foam underlay easily helps with both issues.
Engineered wood flooring on the other hand consists of thin layers of solid wood. Therefore it is more weighty, has a resilient surface and tends to be quieter than laminate.
Water-repellent technology, combined with the patented Uniclic click system, prevents water from damaging your laminate floors. Most Quick-Step laminate floors have HydroSeal coating in the grooves, locking water out and making it suitable for use even for the kitchens.
All Quick-Step wood floors have a moisture-repellent layer, protecting and preserving your floor’s attractive and authentic appearance. Quick-Step have gone to great lengths to increase the moisture resistance of Quick-Step hardwood floors by introducing ‘Surface & Edge Protect+’ technology, they are not waterproof and therefore not suitable for use in wet areas like bathrooms.
Wear and tear
Quick-Step laminate floors top the charts in terms of impact resistance, durability and scratch resistance. Smart technologies such as the patented Scratch Guard top layer provide a tenfold increase in scratch resistance.
Hardwood floors are traditionally slightly more sensitive to scratches and scuffs. However, Quick-Step’s lacquered wood floors are treated with 7 layers of UV-cured, water-based lacquer as well as the moisture- and dirt-repelling ‘Surface & Edge Protect+’ layer, making them more robust than other wooden floors. The oiled floors are well-protected too, thanks to two layers of first-rate oil.
Installation: click away!
Both types of floors are easy to install, thanks to our innovative Uniclic click system. When it comes to laminate, we advise a floating installation with an underlay. For hardwood flooring, it’s your call: floating or glued down.
Maintenance: Easy, Easier, Easiest!
Both laminate and wood floors are easy to clean, although wood requires more maintenance. For laminate, regular vacuuming and mopping with a damp cloth along with cleaning products from the Quick-Step cleaning kit will suffice.
A hardwood floor, on the other hand, needs some tender loving care to preserve its beauty. Lacquered wood flooring only requires standard cleaning thanks to the combination of ‘Surface Edge & Protect+’ technology and the layers of lacquer. Oiled wood flooring needs some extra care: it should also be treated regularly with the manufacturer’s cleaning products and maintenance oil.
Budget & warranty: a floor for life
Laminate is hardwood flooring’s more affordable sibling. Because there’s no endless supply of wood, an authentic wood floor comes with a higher price tag.
What’s more, both Quick-Step Laminate & wood flooring come with extremely long warranties, with up to 25 years for Laminate and lifelong coverage for wood flooring.
Check out the wide range of Quick-Step Laminate & Wood Flooring in our showroom today!