Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 87
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by athomas1469 I just love this flooring!
product was easy to install once you figured out the click-lock system.it really looks like hard wood flooring in my opinion.cuts really easy with laminate cutter and jigsaw. (hint: if using jigsaw to make detailed cuts, cut this laminate face-down to prevent chipping on the finished side). dirt and prints do show up easily on this floor,but I guess that just comes with having a darker floor. you will definitely need a laminate install kit that includes a pull bar,tapping block, and spacers to install this flooring.so far it is holding up to my 8yr old's brutality, but this is a new install so only time will tell. have planned to install this laminate all over the house.
March 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AnnieGodllub Amazing Flooring, Detailed Review
Ordering & Installation
I ordered 36 boxes of this floor to do our living room and dining room. We had it delivered to Home Depot for us to pick up. They helped my husband load it into his truck. Each box is fairly heavy, so if you have problems lifting things, you might need someone else's help. After doing our floors, I'm pleased to say we didn't have a single damaged piece of wood (which was something I was worried about after reading some of the reviews.) Honestly, I think it just has to do with how well Home Depot did with transportation.
My husband installed the floor by himself. He said it was pretty easy to do, but I tried putting some pieces in, and it was more difficult than I expected. It requires some strength and you'll really need a Pull Bar for laminate flooring installation. He was able to get it done fairly quickly though. The only area he had problems with was at the end. We already had our trim in, so we had to put the laminate under the door trim, and it was a tight fit. We actually broke a few pieces trying to get it in because we had to use a rubber mallet and the edges are fragile until they're interlocked. Otherwise, it all went smoothly. Also, the instructions were very helpful.
We've had the floor in for 4-5 months so far, and it's holding up pretty well. As I mentioned above, we did damage it in a few places during installation, but only because we were kind of rough on it and it isn't as sturdy when the pieces aren't interlocked yet. So far, I only have seen one scratch on it. I'm not sure what caused it, but I think it might have been from the dog's toenail. It isn't a high traffic area, we don't wear shoes on it, and we don't have kids, so take that into consideration as well. I do use a vacuum on it, every few days, and that doesn't scratch it. I think the durability is pretty good. If you're nervous, I'd get a sample and try scratching it with your keys.
Another thing, (which I'll note again later) is that there are beveled edges along each piece. I think this is going to make each piece more durable, because a lot of laminate starts to come up along the edges over time, and I think this will prevent that from happening.
I wanted a dark, warm toned realistic looking wood floor, and that's exactly what I got. I'm extremely pleased with the color. It's warm without having a red tint, and dark, but not black. The amount of light you have in the room will really determine how dark it shows up, because it is rather glossy. If you have a lot of light, it will look more like their preview picture, if you have less light, expect it to appear a few shades darker. Mine changes during different parts of the day due to window placement.
There are a lot of details in this laminate to make it look more like real wood. 1. There is the color variation and colored wood grain. 2. There are small indents in the wood to make it look like it has a grain. This looks really nice when the light hits it. Otherwise, you can't see this. 3. There is a wavy effect along the long side of it. You can see this in all pictures where light is hitting it. When I originally looked at the preview online, I didn't like the wavy effect, and I hoped that it wouldn't be visible when I got my floor. Unfortunately, it was. However, now that I've lived with it for a while it doesn't bother me anymore. I think it's supposed to simulate the handscraped look. If you have light hitting your floor, this WILL be visible, so if it's a problem, I'd avoid this floor. 4. Along the edge of each piece is a beveled edge. My husband and I both think that this looks nice, but you can't really tell it's there in any of the pictures.
The specifications for this floor say it is "low gloss." I don't have a "high gloss" floor to compare it to, but I don't think I'd call it "low gloss." Light is pretty reflective off of it. You can see in my attached images, because I feel like they're pretty representative of the glossiness when light is hitting it.
I don't know how many variations of planks are in this pack, but there must be quite a few. I don't see repeats after the floor is in. My husband did notice some repeating, and he told me he accidentally laid them next to each other, but I haven't seen them yet. If you pay attention, you could avoid doing that though if you're worried.
Dirt Visibility & Ease to Clean
This is a dark floor, so any type of lighter matter is going to show up really easily against it. For me, the two big things are dust and dog hair. You'll have this problem with any dark floor though. Honestly, I've decided I like that dust and dog hair show up, because now I know when I need to clean it. :)
This floor is REALLY easy to clean, so that makes the dust and dog hair showing up not such a big deal. As a heads up, this is the process I need to go through to keep my floor looking clean. Every two days I vacuum, which doesn't scratch the floor. This picks up the dog hair (my dog sheds A LOT). On the weekend, I like to dust the floor with a wide, microfiber mop. This gets rid of the dust. If I'm having company or haven't done it in a while, i have a stiffer microfiber head for the mop that I get damp. I scrub the floor with that, but I never use a lot of water. After the floor dries, it looks brand new, and it takes me less than 15 minutes to do all three. As a heads up, so you can compare to your lifestyle, I also don't have kids, we don't wear shoes on the floor, and it isn't a super high traffic area.
I would like to note that along the edges of each plank, it's beveled down slightly. I think that this looks nice, and helps keep it from peeling up like some laminate floors do, however, I also think this might make it a bit harder to clean if it got a lot of crumbs on it or liquids spilled on it.
Slickness & Sound
This floor is slicker than I expected. I only wear socks on it, and it's not so slick that it ever made me fall down, but if I ran on it, I could slide. I mention the slickness, because my dog has a hard time with it. If she ever tries to run on the floor, she falls down. She hates the floor because of this, and tries to avoid it. I saw other reviews where dogs liked it, but my dog doesn't.
We bough a two-in-one underlayment with sound barrier from home depot. Walking on the floor does sound a bit more hollow than our old wood floors did. I don't love the sound, but it doesn't bother me. I think most laminates would sound like this.
My husband and I are both extremely pleased with the way our floors turned out. This is amazing flooring, and I'm surprised that it is as inexpensive as it was. We love it so much, we've even decided to by more and use this floor in our bedroom when we get around to remodeling it.
August 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Yusi Absolutely beautiful flooring!
I am in LOVE with this flooring! I was hesitant to purchase online without seeing or feeling the product in person, but am overjoyed with the high end appearance and quality of this product. Great value, so glad I chose this flooring!
August 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RosieNS I'm in love with this floor
I bought this 625 sq ft of this material and had it delivered to the store. Out of 35 boxes, I had to return 1 box. I think it got damaged in transit. Then, out of the remaining 34 boxes only 1 plank was damaged. I think that's pretty amazing. The contractor I haired to do my house said the job would take a little longer than expected because these planks had to be connected in two places instead of one (sorry, I do not know the contractor's terminology). But he said that was a very good thing because that meant those planks were better than most. I still need to order 9 more boxes to do my small hall and 3 closets. My three small dogs love the floor as well. It looks absolutely stunning.
October 9, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Budd Beautiful floor
We replaced a light oak colored floor with this much darker floor. Everyone who has seen it tells us how beautiful it is. I am not much of a fan of laminate flooring, but this looks really nice. To me, it looks like real wood planks. I like the wavy texture on the top that is supposed to make it look and feel like hand scraped wood - it you really look at it, you can tell it isn't, but for the casual observer, it looks really convincing. I also like that it isn't flush from one piece to the next - the edges are beveled down so you have a little groove between each piece of flooring. Again, that just makes it look more like real wood planks. I hate how laminate tends to curl up at the edges of each piece and I am hoping the way these have the beveled edge will keep that from happening. Installation was fairly easy. I have installed laminate before so I was familiar in doing it already. As long as you have the proper saws to cut pieces that need to be cut - especially if you need to cut the long edge - then cutting is easy. The pieces are a bit thin so that is why I said the quality was only good, but it was on special when we bought it so the price far outweighed any downside in my mind. My daughter came to visit after we installed it and asked what material the floor was. She was walking on it barefoot and said she loved the way it felt under her feet. Laminate does tend to show spots and with this being such a dark color, it definitely shows them but we are hoping with time that we will figure out how to keep it clean better.
July 1, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jvaldes Good floors--but not perfect. Here's why...
-- The look of this flooring (for the price) is GREAT
-- I ordered about 800 sqft of this flooring and NOT ONE was damaged. ALL in perfect condition. So, I'm very surprised about other reviews.
-- The problem with this floor is that it gets dirty easily especially if you have kids (I have a 2 and 5 year old).
-- It looks like real wood, with the hand scraped look
-- Other issues:
i) powder/Bathroom floats a bit (since it's pinched against the toilet and it doesn't have room to adjust).
ii) It's not impervious to scratches. Doesn't easily scratch, but when it is, I used a black sharpie and smeared it w/ my fingers to help blend.
iii) If possible, don't install in bathrooms or on the stairway. Steps and risers are flat--looks like laminate. While bathrooms float/bubble up because of toilet.
January 27, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by KB It Needs glue to hold it in place
If you use good glue such as Tite Bond, this product stays in place. Otherwise, it comes loose easily. I'm gluing the planks to each other rather than to the floor. It is laid on foam and plastic. I'm not sure if more expensive laminate holds together better. It takes a lot of careful tapping and rechecking to make sure everything is lined up. The Roberts pull bar is a must for near the wall. The laminate cut easily with a jig saw. At first, I used the Husky hand saw and sharpened the teeth often with a three sided file, but then it was too dull. I then scratched a line with a miter box and the hand saw. I went slowly with the jig saw, and then evened out obvious crookedness. The price is right, but it was a challenge to install. I'm a DIY, and this was my first flooring effort.
September 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ussim41 Love the wave like veins to make it look so real..
very easy to install and the price was amazing for what you get....Love it!
August 12, 2015