Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 6
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by texasroots2 Beautiful flooring with rich color.
I chose this floor because of the color and texture of the wood. And also for the hardness level, which is 5. I picked up several samples at Home Depot and I hit each of them with a hammer. This flooring didn't dent at all! I needed it quickly and HD delivered it quickly. My sons laid the 16' X 20' floor in 1 1/2 days. Since it was just put in a week ago, I don't know how it will wear in the long run. If it gets too scratched, it can be sanded and refinished twice. Definitely worth the money!
May 23, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JLDM Durable flooring & beautiful-1 downside
We installed this flooring 7 months ago. (5/12) We love the color, the ease of installation and durability. I say durability as in-strength. We have an old (huge) upright piano that we placed an additional layer under to (with leftovers) to avoid damage by denting from the weight of the piano. So far, there is no weight damage-denting- in this flooring from the piano or the wheels.
However, this flooring does scratch. It's odd in the way what will scratch it. We have dogs and cats, who's claws do not injure the flooring, but furniture, especially wood, if slid across the floor will scratch the surface, or a box-with a sharp corner or staple. We put felt padding on all furniture feet or place small soft rugs under chairs to protect from scratching. The instructions explain how to 'rub out' scratches using some kind of compound.
The dogs only have trouble walking over the floor if they are young and inexperienced with hardwood.
To clean, I use an electric Swifer to avoid scratching, but have not yet determined what to use to 'wipe clean' since no moisture should be used on this floor. The instructions in the box say to just wipe off with a damp cloth, which I have done in spots as needed.
FYI-So far some moisture (snow on shoes/dog licks) has not hurt the finish any. So, if you don't mind a little extra care and planning to avoid scratching, it's a great floor.
Also, make sure to mix your boxes well...the patterns/color depths do vary greatly from box to box.
December 30, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by pval experiences after 800 sq ft
Here are my experiences after 800 sqft (500 more to go).
Be prepared that this product will require a bead of pva glue to avoid squeaking/creaking sound. Even on close to perfect flat concrete subfloor it does creak a bit as I found by test-driving it in my unfinished basement on underlayment. I was installing on the second floor of 30-yo townhouse over plywood subfloor. Even after leveling with compound it still squeaks/creaks a bit. Then found in some diy newsboards that if you put a bead of glue in the tongue and grove the squeaking stops. I got Roberts tongue and groove adhesive (#1406) in HD for this and there now no noise even in high traffic area of stair landing. The installation this way does take considerably longer though and you need to constantly wipe out excess glue with wet paper towel. But with experience (by the end of 1 bedroom for me) you will be able to use just enough to avoid any excess glue at all. The floor does scratch if you drag anything sharp on it (like small stones/drywall pieces) when pressed against heavy objects so watch out. You may want to consider lighter color for less visible scratches but the dark colors do look rich. Hope it helps.
November 23, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Waveuf Looks Great!
We just had home depot install the sapelli in our living room. It looks better than I expected. It has a nice dark shade, throughout. Everyone thinks it's a wood floor.
April 20, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYer Great choice
Although a pricey choice for flooring, this stuff was super easy to install and I've never done a floor before. The extra hard wood wore my saw blade out, but worth it.
March 22, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Chiquita Nice Looking floors but...
they scratch way to easily. I already have numerous and it is two weeks old.
March 6, 2012