What is the difference between a Quick-Step engineered timber floor and a solid wood floor?

Frequently asked questions about timber

What is the difference between a Quick-Step engineered timber floor and a solid wood floor?

Quick-Step Timber flooring is an engineered timber floor. It means it is made up of three layers of real wood, compared to one layer for solid wood floors. Thanks to the careful selection of raw materials and a sophisticated manufacturing process, engineered hardwood is significantly less sensitive to contracting and expanding than solid wood floors.

  Quick-Step engineerd timber floors  Solid wood floors
Ecology More economical use of wood: 1 m³ of wood = 150 m² of Quick-Step Parquet
Hevea wood = recycled rubber wood (a more solid basis)
1 m³ of wood = 50 m² solid wood
Stability Consists of 3 layers = less contracting/expanding A lot of contracting/expanding
Lifespan Top layer = 3 mm: sanding possible up to 3 mm Sanding: only possible down to the tongue of the plank
Installation Possible to install yourself thanks to the Uniclic Multifit system. 
Both floating and glue-down installation possible.
Traditional tongue and groove installation is time consuming.
Only glue-down installation.
Protection No extra protection needed thanks to 7 layers of varnish. Needs to be sanded first: oil, varnish and wax.
Maintenance Thanks to the use of dirt-repelling laquer, Quick-Step Parquet is easy to maintain with a simple cleaning kit. Regular waxing and oiling.
Installation time Product + installation = immediately ready for use. Product + installation + finishing (sanding and oiling, wax or varnish)

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