Rated 4.8 out of 5Â by 12
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Doc1951 Very high quality. Almost no waste. Consistent machining.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this "lower priced' flooring. The dimensioning was very consistent and the boards fit together very well. The finish is very hard and has a consistent sheen. I had trouble scratching it with an awl when trying to scribe in to the wall. I put down 270 sq ft and probably ended up with 1 sq ft of cutoff pieces.
October 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Ripwild Quality engineering, beautiful finished product, minimal waste
We selected this product for the entrance foyer when the house was first built 14 years ago. I then used the same Laurel Oak for our den right off the foyer and installed it myself in 2007. Now, in 2013, I installed the same product in the living room. This is a 15x25 living room, 375 square feet. At 20 square feet per case, the room measures out to needing 18.75 cases. I fully used 19 cases, so there is minimal waste product in the cases. There are possibly one or two boards per case that are a little out of alignment, but you can usually fit them in easily. The pieces lock together beautifully and even if they don't seem to fit with a full tightness after banging them in place with a mallet, once you hit it with the floor nailer, they grab right into place.
Installation is not for the faint of heart, but it can be done by someone with moderate DIY and carpentry skills. You need the right tools. Buy the Flooring Nailer from Harbor Freight. It is a great deal at full price, but keep your eye out for coupons and discounts. I got mine for $120. It beats renting one from your local retailer. Now, I'll sell it on Craig's List for a steep discount so that someone will buy it, and then pocket the savings. For this space, including flooring and trim work it took me about 28 hours. It will go much quicker if you have two people working the install as one can be nailing a row while the next person is racking up the next row.
Regarding finish, we have two dogs and have for all 14 years on that hall foyer and there are no scratches to the finish. I'm not a fanatic about cleaning (!), but the product looks beautiful all the time. We have a Roomba that vacuums on a daily basis to keep the dog hair from flying, but other than that, this Bruce floor just keeps looking wonderful. The variety of tones in each case varies, so you know it's real wood with real grain and color. The varieties blend together in beautiful harmony.
Excellent product; highly recommend.
November 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by jakeparlay Excellent
We installed this stuff in our living room around six weeks ago. It wasn't cheap to do, but we are very very happy with the results. Granted, I had a professional friend alongside me for the entire install, so the craftsmanship was top-notch. From now on, I would feel comfortable installing myself.
You will find one or two odd pieces per box, but that is to be expected. Overall quality is still superb.
Color and luster and fit were superb. HD's pricing matched all the local lumber suppliers prices for 2 1/4" oak, prestained. Honestly, no complaints. We went through 11 boxes and HD let us return the 12th unused box.
We bought a nice area rug a week after we put the hardwood in, but ended up returning it as it covered up too much of this gorgeous floor! Thrilled with it.
March 7, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Dovetonsils HIgh Quality
We picked this flooring for our master bedroom from the dizzying array of flooring choices mostly because it is in stock at our Home Depot and we wanted to avoid the pitfalls of special orders. However, we could not have made a better choice. We had HD install it and it looks a lot more expensive than it was. Lots of long and medium length pieces make the room look longer.
November 3, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Birdjr2 The tongue on a number of pieces of flooring was not there. Doesn't compare to the mullican flooring I previously installed
Product has nice features but the quality is not what I expect from a name brand like Bruce.
February 4, 2014