Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 7
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sbrat Millstead Artisian Hickory Click and Lock
Beautiful look. Easy to install. No creaking like the old thick hardwood. Doing my entire house in this.
December 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rlatham Dual Use Flooring
If you have ever needed to build a few drawers and do not want the expense of a full sheet of cabinet grade hardwood plywood consider using Solid Hardwood Flooring. You will find a choice of 4 1/4 or 5 1/4 planking available. In my case I needed 3 7/8 tall drawers so the wider planking was the choice. You will need to use your table saw to remove the locking edges prior to building your drawer. You will find the flooring planks are built with dense ply's to eliminate soft spots in flooring. This is the same needs you have with building drawers, with the added advantage of having finished interior or exterior sides for your drawer. Assembly is the same as building any drawer using staples, screws, glue or screws with excellent holding powers. I have found the random lengths in the average box can handle multiple narrow drawers for kitchens or baths.
August 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by gettinlakely Love this flooring!
Ok, I am giving this flooring an excellent rating based on the absolute durability of it and the fairly easy install (once I jacked around with some of the boards to figure out my own technique of making them stay put). First of all, once installed, they are absolutely gorgeous. This finish has a rustic feel without feeling like I am walking on a wagon wheel. Also, the finish is light enough that it does not look too dark in a 1400 sq ft house with only 9 windows. I am a directions reader and I spent probably a good 3 hrs watching videos, reading directions, and attempting to install this floor. Other reviewers have been displeased with the difficulty of install. My advice would be to give yourself a few hours to mess around with several boards and figure out how they go together. I was not able to make any boards lay totally flat with just slipping the tongue into the groove. I had to use a tapping block even while the board was still at a little bit of an angle to get it to slide all the way in. After I hit the distal end of the board, it would usually slide into place. I had my wrecking ball type friend come over and install several boards using only a rubber mallet. To my dismay and delight, she beat the tongue in using a sweeping motion from the outer side of the board into the interior portion while you are putting the board in. I say this because, she too less time installing each board than I did by being more delicate, and this flooring is crazy durable because there were absolutely no marks, marring, cracking, or breaking of ANY pieces by this install. I had several extra boards and told her to go to town bashing on them, and no marks showed up on any piece. I am very impressed with the durability and hardness of this product. I am probably going to install it in the rest of the house. I give this product 5 stars because it was installable by a first time floor installer and the durability seems paramount based on the abuse the flooring has already taken. Give yourself some extra time to figure out the jointing methods of this floor (it is more difficult to click together than any video I watched), but once put together, it is totally solid.
July 29, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HappyCustomer whats not to like
this flooring is everything that we wanted. Made in the USA, Hardwood, and a long wear warranty. with the click in. there was a good balance of sizes so we had minimal cutting. Previous review said that it was difficult to install because of the click design, but that was a plus for us. Floor clicked into place with just some light tapping. installation of a 12 x 20 room only took us a few hours. and the floor looks fantastic. Plan to replace all the carpeting and tile in the house with this floor. If you have someone to pre-layout a row, installation goes faster.
December 10, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by remodel10 Lots of warped boards - difficult to install
Floor was difficult to fit - several times boards would not fit or lay flat - we would have to take out a section and find the board causing the problem - we have boards we just could not use from the boxes - seems to be a problem with the longer pieces. Some boxes had all short pieces in them which just does not look as nice on the floor - colors do vary in some boxes so mix at least 3-4 boxes at a time. Finished floor looks nice but we notice some noise when walking on it at times. Decided do do about half of what we planned because of the difficulties and large number of small pieces.
January 31, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by genob Looks good but a nightmare to install
The look and finish of the product is very good. The engineering of the "click strip" is less than desirable. I am angry with myself for not listening to what others who have tried this product have stated.This was impossible to install as instructed. The connecting joints do not fit well and most boards need to be hammered in using a scrap piece. This took an enormous amount of time and got half as much done in a day as I expected. I eventually began using a staple nailer to secure the boards; the portion I first installed was floating and creaking. I have installed other types of laminated flooring with no problems. I am also a general contractor in the business for over 35 years and I have worked with many flooring installers. I know what I am doing and would never use this product again. I now have to spend an additional day to get the job done and am not to happy about it.
May 19, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by clif Decent product
This floor looks great. So far we have had the floor for 6 months with zero appreciable wear (and we have dogs). While it is true that the click lock mechanism is tight, I was very happy with the final result and believe that the tight joints will probably last much longer than a floor with loose joints. In fact, i was impressed by how fine the tolerances are for the click-lock mechanism. We did 1000 sq ft and never came across a board that wouldn't fit. The random lengths were more than adequate- plenty of long pieces and not too many short pieces. We chose to do a floating floor with a cork underlayment and this floor has minimal clickety-clack from walking (at least compared to laminate floors!). The instructions specify strict tolerances for floor flatness. To be honest, we didn't always meet the tolerances outlined in the instructions. Despite this shortcoming on our part, this product has been fairly quiet and not excessively flexible underfoot. In rooms where the tolerances were met, the floor is very quiet and firm. The finish looks great and holds up quite well. I have no significant complaints about this product.
March 4, 2014