Quick-Step has gone through some changes over the last few years. Not to mention the acquisition of Pergo by Unilin (Quick-Steps primary). Incorporating some of Pergo’s technologies into the mighty Unilin group. However, this isn’t an article by some office based business guru. It’s an article by an installer of Quick-Step products. So to speak, someone on the front line.
So what’s new? As if you didn’t guess..
Quick-Step are still running with their quality products such as Perspective, Largo, Elite etc, not to mention their formidable engineered wood ranges. As well as these unflinching staples that simply don’t skip a beat (which is well documented with there longevity and reputation), we now have two new highly water resistant laminates in the form of Quick-Step Impressive and Impressive Ultra. 8 mm and 12 mm thicknesses respectively.
How have the new Impressive ranges turned out at the final hurdle?
The Impressive name is well justified, it is indeed impressive. Quick-Step have stood fast with their use of the full Unilin locking system on the lengths and headers (short end) of each board. The lesser alternative being the G5 style of ‘drop down’ locking system on the headers. Something I’m more than happy about. The drop down lock being a little gimmicky with more moving parts than is necessary, with the use of a plastic fiddly insert. This may well all sound a little technical, so for the sake of keeping this article readable to the layman, you’ll have no problem fitting the new Impressive ranges with absolute ease. The full strength is there. If you don’t like the placement of a particular board, it can simply be taken out with no ensuing damage to the locking system. Something that is far trickier to do with its G5 counterparts.
The surface strength is nothing short of bullet proof. Okay, so in the world of common sense, everything has its limits, right? However, working in a tradesman’s environment when we’re installing these floors, we get to see just how much of a pounding these things can take. Simply put and from first hand experience, Impressive can take some seriously tough traffic as well as the aftermath of clumsy joiners!
Quick-Step have added a distressed look to some of the Impressive products. Not quite content with the distressed look, they’ve also added depth to the distressed features of the boards. In other words, when you see a defined feature such as a split, mimicking natural aged timber, you can actually feel the split. The same goes for knots and blemishes that are consistent with real timber. Laminate has now come fully alive! You can’t quite beat real aged timber, but with that said, you also can’t beat an extremely good quality representation. Lets face it, the tree that would have been used to get this result is still standing!
There’s one negative point to the new ranges coming through. At this time, Quick-Step are only making nine (at my count) board prints. To explain further, the decorative surface of wood you see is actually a digitized picture or a print. It repeats, in the same way patterned wallpaper does. The lesser number of prints, the easier it is to pick up on matching boards once they’re on the floor. Don’t get me wrong, nine different prints isn’t bad. Many of the cheaper brands out there consistently only produce six prints, which is frankly disgraceful. There’s rumor on the grapevine that QS will be increasing the number of prints in the Impressive range within the next twelve months. However, if you’re reading this now, absolutely do not let this put you off. It’s something that is hard to spot. I’m just a bit of a geek.
Now Quick-Step Impressive has been handed over to us, the installers, and with a little airing time under its belt, how does it stand up? Well, Quick-Step have kept up the legend with this truly impressive Impressive. Drawing from a recent job we’ve just finished, out of near 500 planks of Impressive spanning 130 square metres, we found zero faults. I’ll repeat that, “zero faults”. There aren’t many laminate flooring manufacturers that can match that!
It’s tough, it looks good, it fits well, and it has the best water resistance of a laminate floor to date. I really can’t add much more than that, apart from, enjoy your new floor!
So, what now? Well, you can take a look at Quick-Step Impressive by clicking here.© Copyright 2015 Wes, All rights Reserved. Written For: Fitmywoodfloor