Quick-Step laminate flooring is one of those brands that has been around for many years. Along with Pergo, it's one of those brand names that people think of when they think about laminate flooring. But does "original click-and-lock" translate to "quality"? Let's take a look.
What Is Quick-Step?
Quick-Step is a brand of laminate flooring manufactured by Belgian company, Unilin.
Unilin is heavily involved in the manufacture of all the materials that make up laminate flooring: MDF, chipboard, melamine, and so on.
So, you can say that Unilin knows the territory. They employ well over 4,000 people across the world.
Is It Any Different From Other Laminate Floors?
Not really; at least, not anymore. In 1997, they were the first to employ a "click-type" method of joining the boards, called Uniclic. We call this a floating floor because it is not connected to the underlayment. Once it is all connected, it's a single unit "floating" on top of the underlayment.
After developing the click technique, Unilin also worked on improving the texture and patina of the boards to make them look and feel more realistic.
But today, most laminate floors "click-and-lock" together, so there is little that is novel about Quick-Step's method. Other than the historical distinction, Quick-Step isn't much different from other laminate flooring put out by top-tier manufacturers.
Some like Quick-Step's 54" long planks vs. the more typical 48" planks (yes, that's a full half-foot longer).
Seams, in general, are not favorable in any type of flooring. They are more of a problem with laminate flooring, specifically those end-plank seams. Length-wise seams tend to hold well, even in those fair-to-middling brands. But end-plank seams can be tricky. So, the fewer end-plank seams, the better.
Longer planks mean less of these.
But keep in mind that not all Quick-Step is 54"; just their Sculptique, Modello, and Eligna brands.
Since Unilin has been in the business of laminate for eons, they have developed a greater variety and quantity of surfaces than other manufacturers.
Also, laminate flooring can build up static electricity—an uncomfortable shock on those winter mornings. Quick-Step has an anti-static treatment that claims to control the static. Or, you can just undertake measures that reduce laminate flooring static.
Finally, Quick-Step is produced in the United States, if you're interested in buying U.S.-made products.
What's the Warranty Like?
Most laminate flooring has a warranty. But the Quick-Step warranty (like that of other flooring) covers just the materials, not the labor. This is reasonable, since they produced the materials and cannot be responsible for the labor.
But consider this: you've laid down 2,000 square feet of Quick-Step laminate flooring. A year later, you've got problems with wear and tear, moisture, fading, or anything else that seems out of the norm. You decide to call in that warranty.
The Quick-Step warranty, like most warranties of this type, is pro-rated.
So, you're not going to get a full refund: you're going to get a partial refund based on a pro-rated formula. As the Unilin warranty states:
Uniclic® and Unilink® warranty periods are both pro rata 33 years for flooring and 25 years for accessories. A pro rata warranty is one that provides for a refund or credit that decreases according to a set formula as the warranty period progresses.