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Product Review: Quick-Step Laminate Flooring

Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Quick-Step Laminate Flooring

Quick-Step laminate flooring is a great product for those who want the look of hardwood, but need something a little more hard wearing.

Though laminate flooring is a facsimile of actual hardwood and ceramics, and not the "real thing," it's worth a good look. Traditional hardwood flooring, although beautiful, is pretty difficult to maintain. It scratches much more easily than laminate, and rather than simply replacing damaged or scratched planks easily, after lots of traffic and wear, you have to sand and resurface hardwood flooring every few years to keep it looking its best. You might be surprised at how beautiful, functional, and affordable laminate might be to you.

Quick-Step's laminate flooring is constructed primarily of fast-growing southern pine from the U.S. The wood is chipped and molded into high-density fiberboard, which is the foundation, or core, of the laminate planking and tiles. On top of this layer of fiberboard is actually a photograph of wood grain or ceramic tile, which is what provides the realistic look. This photo is printed on paper, dipped in a melamine resin, and then given a protective top, or "wear" layer. This stack of layers is then fused under high heat and pressure to make tough, solid planking sheets or tiles.

Laminate flooring choices number in the hundreds of variations. Quick-Step provides several collections that take price, color, and texture into consideration as well as offer wide, narrow, modern, or traditional styles. There's sure to be a style that will fit your needs.

New technology has been developed that not only captures the wood-grain appearance, but also its texture, so the natural light reflection from varying depths on the surface now give the laminate an even more realistic appearance.

Laminate flooring is a great choice for any residential space or even moderate commercial areas. And installation with UniClic and UniLink systems makes laminate flooring a breeze to install and maintain. Quick-Step laminates are extremely durable and have been rated for general commercial traffic. That means these floors can take a pounding. They are also coated to resist scratches and stains, sustain impact, and hold up to household chemicals and extreme heat.

So even though we're geared for getting the "real thing," in the case of laminates versus hardwoods, maybe the real thing isn't the real choice for you.