Quick-Step Livyn or Quick-Step Laminate. What's the Difference?Written by: Yarl Christie
Quick-Step is one of the most popular flooring brands in the UK. It offers an array of floors from laminate flooring to vinyl flooring.
So what’s the difference between Quick-Step Livyn and Quick-Step Laminate? Quick-Step Laminate is the laminate collection whereas Quick-Step Livyn is a vinyl flooring collection.
Quick-Step’s laminate and vinyl floors are stylish in appearance. They look and feel just like the real thing. These floors are also easy to clean and maintain, which makes them perfect for the modern lifestyle.
It can be tough to choose between Quick-Step Laminate and Livyn floors. Both these floors boast some excellent features. Let’s compare these two flooring collections on an array of aspects to help you make an informed choice.
Quick-Step Livyn floors are completely synthetic in nature. These floors feature a multi-layered structure made of fibreglass and vinyl. A typical Livyn floor consists of:
- A top layer that protects the floor from scratches and stains.
- A vinyl décor layer that gives these floors their authentic looks.
- A vinyl core layer that makes the floors waterproof and silent.
- An additional stabilising layer and an impact-resistant vinyl backing layer.
Quick-Step Laminate floors feature a multi-layered design too, but the difference is that the core layer is a watertight, High Density Fibre (HDF) board. Apart from this layer, these floors have 3 layers, including:
- A top layer made of multiple melamine layers. This layer protects the floors from scratches, stains, wear and tear, impact, household chemicals and even burns. These layers are pressed onto the HDF core board in a high-pressure and high-temperature environment.
- A design layer that gives the floors their authentic wood or stone looks.
- A moisture-resistant backing layer that ensures that floorboards are even and do not bow or cup.
So, if you are looking for a more environment-friendly option, go for Quick-Step laminate floors.
If you are looking for a floor that is as good as wood floors at suppressing noise and echo, then Quick-Step Livyn could be a better choice than Quick-Step laminate floors. Although laminate incredibly replicates the look of solid wood floors, it may not be able to efficiently reproduce the noise-reduction capability of original wood floors.
However, if you still prefer laminate floors, use a foam underlayment when installing the floor to reduce the hollow sounds as well as noises such as those made by high heels and falling dishes.
Livyn floors are better at resisting noise transmission. When you drop a dish, the noise does not echo as much as it can on a Quick-Step laminate floor. Whether it is the noise of high heels or falling objects, Livyn floors can handle them quietly.
The Comfort Level
If you are looking for a thicker floor that allows you to experience the warmth and comfort of solid wood flooring, Quick-Step Laminate may be a better option.
Livyn floors are sleeker, but they can be hard underfoot especially when you install them on ceramic or concrete flooring.