Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 16
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by elle Home Legend Maple Durham click lock floor
This is a long review, but I read a lot of reviews prior to buying this flooring, and hopefully, this review will help those of you that are concerned about taking on a project such as this and what tools you will need to get the job done right.
I spent a year researching flooring installation methods and viewing flooring samples from various big box stores and flooring stores before I chose the Home Legend Maple Durham to replace 1300 sq. feet of laminate click lock wood “look” flooring on a concrete above grade slab in our home.
Appearance: The flooring is beautiful. A medium colored wood – not too dark, nor too light. As described, the flooring is handscraped, with natural knots and dents which allows you to drop a canned good on the floor and not worry about the newest indentation in the floor – it just adds to the character. I was concerned that the flooring would be too dark and show more dirt than our previous light maple colored floor but have not found this to be the case.
Ease of Installation: I was sold on this floor because click lock was a good option for my husband and I since we were diy'ing this floor. Neither of us had laid a board of flooring in our lives, but thanks to a lot of research and you tube videos of what to do and what not to do - we were prepared. The flooring planks came in random lengths which allowed us to achieve the staggered floor with no problems. A few planks required a tapping with the mallet and block, but just as stated, most planks “clicked and locked” with no problem. Be careful not to tear the mdf biscuits of the planks while laying the flooring – this can cause a “popping” sound when you step on the plank because the little piece of scrap wood is wedged in a place it shouldn’t be under the board.
Waste: Very little - most boards were in excellent shape. There were a few warped boards in the lot, but they were usable under the stove and fridge.
DIY or Professional install?: I was nervous about taking on a project this large and expensive, but I am here to tell you that if you take the time to level & remove debris from your floor, place expansion gaps, undercut your door jams properly, and lay and seal your underlayment properly - you will do fine. On a side note for those who might worry about whether you will do as good a job as “professional installers”…when we pulled out the old click lock laminate flooring that was laid by professionals - there were very few expansion gaps and the moisture underlayment was cut in many places so that it did not cover parts of the concrete slab...and that was a professional job. I promise that as a conscientious diy’er you can and will do this job right.
1. Moisture test. I purchased one on ebay for 15 dollars. This will be your insurance should you ever have concerns of moisture in your slab.
2. Acclimation. Although HL states the engineered flooring needs no acclimation, we allowed the flooring to acclimate for a few weeks in the house prior to beginning.
3. Make sure your flooring is flat and free of debris – the most important step.
1. Rubber mallet, tapping block, pull bar and spacers. You can buy the kit in a box in the flooring section, but for the spacers, we actually utilized scrap pieces of the wood flooring as expansion spacers and this worked very well.
2. Roberts 2 in 1 underlayment. Although I looked at the 3 in 1 product carried by Roberts – the 2 in 1 was just as substantial. For areas where you need to cut special pieces of the underlayment – packing tape will seal the joints for you.
3. Knee pads – get the thickest ones your money will buy.
4. Jamb saw – A manual hand saw might have been ok for most projects, but I cut over 20 jambs for this install and this particular saw was a lifesaver: Bosch 1640VS-46 Finecut 3.5 Amp Power Handsaw. The blades do go bad quickly…I was able to cut about 7 jambs before I needed a new blade, but the blades are only around $10 a piece and well worth the expense. Just take a scap piece of flooring with a piece of your underlayment attached to the bottom side of it and use this as your cutting guide – it will enable you to undercut your jambs smoothly.
5. Mitre saw, table saw and jig saw. If you only have a jig and a mitre, you can do this job, but the table saw does enable those last rows to be laid very quickly.
Wear & tear: The flooring is still beautiful and we completed the install over a month ago. We do not wear shoes in our home, but do have 2 small pets, and the only scratches I have seen are from where I have dropped or dragged something that I should not have.
Concerns: Within the first 2 weeks after the flooring was laid, the flooring creaked and sounded like rice crispies popping as you walked across it. Some areas were so bad that I cringed each time I had to cross the floor. I spent hours researching this issue knowing that our floor was level, flat, had proper expansion joints, and was free of debris. I even spent a day removing some planks, not all planks, but some, and placing a fine dusting of graphite powder in the joints to lubricate the wood to ease the friction. The graphite powder seem to help, and then a few days later the flooring as a whole began to quiet down and the creaking is not as noticeable.
Many reviews I found online through other forum websites stated that if you prepped your floor properly and ensured the flatness and expansion gaps were properly done, then the actual milling of the floor can cause this problem. I really cannot say for certain, but if you have this creaking and cracking problem, give it a few weeks, and if the noise does not subside, you can try your luck with the manufacturer and HD. Just make sure you have the moisture test, proper expansion gaps, and flat floor to support your claim as this is what will be required.
In summary, I give this flooring 5 stars for the beauty of it and ease of installation. The creaking noise that came in the weeks after caused a lot of concern though, so assuming it does not return, this flooring gets a firewall 5.
January 20, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Cuchulainn Beautiful and easy to install
We chose this for a variety of reasons, including that we like to remodel every 5-7 years and it would be easy to put down or take back up.
It looks great, and goes down very easy. There were a few culls we had to deal with from every 3rd or 4th carton. There are NO random pieces. Each are a specific length.
The click lock base is HDF, made from wood, paper fiber and resin, and some break or tear off, but this is good for when you need to shave off part of the base to complete in tight spaces and allow for the baseboards or base shoe to complete the floors.
The HL instructions were not very helpful, nor was their website. I poked around on google until I found an actual install document that was helpful, although it did not include info on how to deal with exterior doors.
I wasn't happy with seeing track marks where we rolled the fridge getting it back in place in the kitchen, but that and some couch leg marks have been the only negatives so far.
All said, I am pleased with the product and the installation ease. A few pieces were damaged, bowed, warped, etc... but we cut those and used them elsewhere when possible. It is a good value though. I would use it again.
April 2, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bd11 Home Legend wood flooring
The product was ordered through Home Depot, and then delivered to my house - free (because we ordered over $250). So may say the price is too expensive, but the quality and the ease of laying the floor - makes up for the price.
I had one piece of flooring that was damaged - but I was able to cut it down and use it as a starting piece. The Click lock system on this floating wood floor - is very easy to put down. (No glue necessary).
The pieces can be cut with a chop saw, and their is no splintering of the wood. If you are looking for a product that is easy to install and looks great once it is one the floor....I would highly recommend this product.
January 24, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Twigg New Home, New Floors
My wife found it and was really sold on the value and the look of the floor. Once it was installed, it looked amazing. We have received so many complements and it works wonderfully with our light wall colors.
It feels amazing to walk on and feels very strong and durable.
My only issue at the moment is that we are looking for quarter round for the base boarders and it has limited sizes. We may have to paint or look for a quarter round that matches the floor else where.
June 25, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 Beautiful Flooring
This flooring was an easy lay down. We pulled up carpet, washed the cement slab and sealed it. We have pets (2 dogs & 2 cats). The pets absolutely have no purchase on this flooring as they adjust. No scratches thus far. The floor is gorgeous neighbors and friends absolutely love it. We chose this color to go with our slate porcelain tile in the kitchen and foyer. We also re-did the fireplace in real slate and mosaic. It matches oh so well. I will pick the paint colors for the interior spaces a warm shade of gray. Furniture is leather brown. Yeah HD you really scored on this one.
February 21, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MREHomeskills Really came out nice
We installed 850 sq ft of the hand scraped maple dunham.
We did moisture test first since on slab concrete. passed. we still used sealer. Used Roberts Harmony 3 in 1 underlay.
Few spots are tricky Lays fast after you get going. In a run like hallway with lots of door cuts will take longer. Had it dropped ship to door. They call while on the way. I wish we could post pics. the before and after is stunning.
Just a few bad pieces in the lot of 850 sq ft. all usable in closets.
August 21, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sara beautiful
This product looks fantastic with our butcher block counter tops. Very easy to install. And has a lovely distress look. included a picture of dining area- to help with what future buyers make decision.
February 20, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Debb LEVEL YOUR CEMENT!!!!!
These floors are beautiful but if your cement is not level in your basement they will creak creak creak. We made that mistake the hard way.
December 29, 2011