Rated 3.0 out of 5 by 6
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Wolverine Good looking product with flaws perhaps generic to these products
I put the flooring in my foyer, dinette, kitchen, and laundry room - 317 sq ft. That's 9.6 cartons at 33 sq ft/carton. I purchased 11 cartons - 10 plus one for possible unusable/bad/ugly boards.
In my case, I found 290 boards (about 26/carton). Of these 62% were about 3.5 to 4 ft, 17% were 2.5-3.5 ft, and 21% were 1-2+ ft long. I found 17% were bowed (subjective but noticeable bowing) but they were all usable. 3% were starter boards (right or left side cut flat) mostly about 2 ft.
This is described as "rustic" flooring and is wood so describing "blemishes" is very subjective. I found 7% with noticeable markings of which about 2% could be manufacturing errors (in my opinion). All were still useable by judicious use (starter boards usually). I put planks that seemed to me to not be "perfect" in a closet, pantry, hidden areas, and laundry (the floor still looked acceptable to me).
I had 15 3-4 ft good boards remaining plus shorter pieces that could be starter boards - about 1/2+ of a carton. The rest is scrap from fitting the boards (I'm sure a professional would have less).
I knew that water is the bane of wood floors but I still like the look of wood. If you spill water on this floor, wipe it up as soon as possible. You will probably get wrinkling of the surface after 15-30 min and sometimes less if on the edge (see pic). It is not repairable - the board has to be replaced (I tested with water damaging scrap and repairing them and did not get an acceptable fix). If you require water resistance, these type products are probably not suitable (not just this one).
Small scratches can be easily fixed with a stain tube of some sort. Hickory is harder than many other woods but it will still dent if you drop things on it (think of it as being "distressed").
My impression is that the finish on these boards may not be as durable as a 55 year warranty implies (I'll let you know in 55 years!). You should get samples of floors you are considering and soak them in water if water could be a problem in your area and drop things on them.
Installing the floor is not easy esp if you have to do many unusual cuts and get measurements very close but probably a lot easier than a nailed or glued floor. The bowed boards were a bit harder to install but fit well once you get the knack of putting them in.
Even being off a 1/16 inch to meet an adjacent area to click/lock (as I did with a peninsula) will cause you a lot of grief but at worst requiring you to take up part of the floor and start again (a lot easier than with nails or glued floors). Thankfully, in my case, a bit of harder tapping on one side got the boards to fit.
As another reviewer said, it is essential to tap each and every board in place (after it is properly fitted). They fit much better and lay flatter. I had no problems in that respect. But be sure to use the spacer blocks since all those taps could throw off your measurements.
I have not noticed any noise I can attribute to the floor. In fact, some squeaks I couldn't get rid of completely in the subfloor seem quieter with the floor installed.
For me the final look is good (see pic) and what I wanted and most of the boards were usable. I will also be doing the family room and use the excess boards from this project.
February 5, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by newk Photo color & actual is SO different.
I'm bummed because I got a very red floor when I wanted more of a honey color. I wanted the color in the photo on the website & it's so different. I'm even wondering if they sent me the right flooring. I was going thru the flooring again because for my bathroom I wanted to get more of a honey color, like in the picture & then I realized that that was what I had purchased! Lots of product $'s & labor later, I'm definitely disappointed. Not a bad idea in retrospect to order the samples, even though they overcharge for them.
I would not recommend this as it's presented in the picture if you're really looking for a 'golden' color, this ain't it.
May 5, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by awack Beautiful Flooring
We purchased this flooring for our kitchen, dining room and living room. It is absolutely beautiful and quite easy to install. We had to order it online since HD no longer had it in the store. It arrived within the timeframe that was expected and even when a couple of the planks were damaged, HD.com rectified it quickly and fairly. I would recommend this flooring.
September 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by horse Hickory Golden Rustic Flooring.
Good product. I installed in five large rooms no problems after reading the instruction, which you must read. You must also use the tapping block to make these click lock flooring lay flat, there is no short cuts.
October 27, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by HGWXX7 Floating click lock engineered floor NOT recommended for DIY
The click lock design needs much improvement, very difficult to get planks in proper place and lay flat. Some of the planks still do not fit properly or lay flat. The instructions could provide better information and need improvement as well.
December 28, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by csperson This does not click...it does not snap...but it does POP up all the time you try to install it. it comes to you crooked and
This does not click...it does not snap, but it does POP up constantly as you try to install it. Terrible...don't buy it.
March 3, 2013