As an interior design blogger, Jen knew all the major flooring brands and suppliers. “I had always heard great things about Quick-Step and was impressed with their innovation. I also loved the samples I saw in showrooms and was reassured by the 25-year guarantee. I borrowed multiple samples from the local showroom and I would advise everyone to do the same, as they will look different under normal residential lighting and in natural light, as well as in different parts of your home.
Jen and her husband always knew they wanted an engineered floor rather than solid timber for practical reasons: “It’s water and scratch resistant and very easy to clean. We’ve got a little kid running around and riding trikes and goodness knows what else in the house, so our new floors needed to be able to handle a lot of wear, spills and all kinds of accidents. The remaining question was: should we go for laminate or vinyl?”
Balancing the pros and cons
“From a look and a quality perspective, I found laminate and vinyl to be very competitive”, Jen says. “They both have a lot of design and colour variations, convincingly resembling real wood. They are equally easy to clean and there’s not a big difference in price between the premium quality versions of both. Laminate is more scratch resistant, but not all types are waterproof. Vinyl, on the other hand, is waterproof and softer to walk on.
After a lot of comparing, Jen choose the >Impressive Ultra 'Classic oak beige' laminate, a waterproof and extra durable floor with authentic colour, design and structure – including a super realistic bevel that mimics a genuine timber floor finish. “We absolutely wanted something light to brighten up our home, which doesn’t have great natural light everywhere. Our interior style is quite classic with a modern twist, so a light oak floor complemented this perfectly. It’s light neutral, not too warm or pale, and I really loved the realistic wood grain. I honestly never knew laminate could look and feel this great.”
For the installation, Jen contacted the professionals that were recommended by their local Quick-Step retailer. “We’re both not very handy and there was a lot of levelling to be done, so it was quite an expert job. But I have to say, we’re over the moon with the result. I'm just in love with how it looks and how it has transformed our home. I’m still pinching myself it’s the same house, to be honest! Even months of trike-riding later, it’s still as good as new.”
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