Rated 3.7 out of 5Â by 6
Rated 4 out of 5Â by ElSteveador Nice appearance
It looks good in the store and on the floor. Fairly well made. It is essentially plywood with a thin hardwood veneer. It was however, not that easy to click install. There is no click feed back at all like with the cheaper laminate products. Contrary to what the instructions say, it does have to be forced together before it will lay flat. Out of 300 square feet (12 boxes worth) none of it clicked together by just engaging the long edges at 45 degrees and pressing down. A rubber mallet and standard laminate flooring install tools were required to get it to lay down.
I got unlucky and have a few areas in the floor that make creaking noise. It's more like crackling than creaking. Anyway, hoping it will some day settle down, but in the meantime it looks like we'll be buying some large throw rugs. I think the only way to avoid this crackle creak would have been to lay and glue it directly on the concrete floor and skip the underpayment. (Not such a good idea, too permanent and subject to moisture damage.) The flooring is noisy if there is any cushioning movement at all. It is a floating floor system after all, and it shouldn't make noise when it moves. Unfortunately it does.
I gave it 5 stars for appearance, because it looks good on the floor viewed from eye level. But, some of the boards were not that well finished toward the ends. The clear coat was not consistent. Also a lot of the boards have scaring/bruising from mishandling before they were clear coated. These marks appear as random dark brown lines, and are not part of the natural wood grain. I suppose this is supposed to add character, but it's caused from mishandling the wood before it was planed and sanded. Normally a carpenter or millwright would have removed these marks before cutting the finish veneer, if they noticed them. The manufacturer apparently doesn't think anyone would notice and it does get them some more mileage out of the finish wood. 45 years handling wood, you notice the little things.
I think if you can live with the fact that it doesn't click together like magic and deal with a little creaking here and there, it's the floor for you. It looks good. I was considering using this stuff through out the rest of the house, but not so sure right now. If I did, I would get it in a less flexible thickness dimension, and not get the stuff readily available in the store.
September 15, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Joel A Crackling nightmare - It all needs to be tore out!
The Millstead click-lock flooring installed in our home is complete garbage and all needs to be tore out. An inspector from the installation company has also verified this stuff has major problems. When walking floor, even very lightly with stocking feet, it creates this loud crackling sound. Check out my YouTube video called 'A Crackling Nightmare'
September 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by djwindsor Beautiful Floors!
We just had these floors installed by The Home Depot over the weekend. They look absolutely beautiful! If you like the lighter colored floors, you will not be disappointed with these! Very happy with our purchase!
January 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by muscleup Great flooring system!
This flooring looks great and snaps together easily. I wasnât sure about a floating floor system, but it looks really great and I didnât have any trouble with the installation. It has a great warranty and it can also be refinished. I plan to continue with this product into other bedrooms.
September 7, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5Â by builderbob you get what you pay for
inexpensive for real wood, easy to install, looks good
but does not stand up well -soft backing.
May 6, 2014