Rated 4.9 out of 5Â by 7
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Kathleen Good Looking, Lots of Work--Well Worth It!
Installing this floor took the typical amount of work one might expect for solid hardwood flooring: Your only choice is to nail it. No gluing. We rented a floor nailer, although I know you can purchase these at Home Depot (worth it if you are reflooring your entire house; we were only doing about 9 hours of work). A nail needs to go in about every 6 inches, so for 150sqft room we used about 400 nails.
We used the Standard 100 sq. ft. Rolls 25 ft. x 4 ft. x .080 in. Polyethylene Foam 2-in-1 Underlayment available at Home Depot. You don't need underlayment for this type of flooring, but I find it really helps with noise reduction and insulation.
The price is right--rather, the price is more than fair. I have seen the same exact thing at other stores for at least a dollar more per square foot. For solid hardwood flooring, this price is absolutely irresistible. The wood is of good quality, too: We purchased six boxes, and out of the boxes there were in total about half a dozen boards that had quality-compromising wormholes and knots (these can be cut for edges though) and we only found one small board that was completely unusable. If you have purchased natural flooring before, you should be aware that having compromised boards is always the case. For the price, these boards were no more common than would have been in more expensive woods.
The boxes: They weigh 75lbs each. They are 7 feet long. This is to accommodate the random length boards. The shortest boards I found were about 6 inches (these are abundant) and the longest boards I found were about 6.5 feet (these were few and far between). Removing boards from the box, I was able to fit all of them in a 5 foot covered truck bed. No two boards are exactly the same length. Pull from multiple boxes when laying the floor, as there is a variety of colors and patterns. The random length makes it easy to avoid cutting edges; we were able produce several rows using combinations of existing boards. Towards the end, we needed to cut more.
Things you will need:
--48 hours for the boards to acclimate. Remove them from boxes and have them sit in the intended installation environment.
--Floor nails (these are usually 1000 per pack, which will do about 350 sqft)
--Drill and 7/64th drill bit, for the edges where the floor nailer won't fit.
--8D nails, for where floor nailer won't fit (1 pound does about 108 feet of board). Pre drill holes for these nails (there are instructions for how to do this in the package)
--Mallet and block of scrap wood to tap the boards into place prior to nailing
--Wall spacers; we used blocks of scrap wood. The floor is recommended to leave 1 inch space from the wall; we left 3/4 inch.
--Saw (we used a table saw): hand saw, miter saw, radial arm saw, table saw, circular saw. Anything that can cut straight. The wood is hard so I recommend a power saw, although it can be done with a hand saw. If you need to cut around vent registries or corners, a scroll saw, jigsaw, or band saw would work. We actually used a Dremel attachment for these.
Plan on getting: Mouldings and threshhold(s). Mouldings will need to be thicker towards the bottom to accommodate the additional spacing from wall required for this floor.
Recommend two people for this project: One person to nail, one person to cut and lay boards. It goes much faster this way.
November 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Sarah Happy with purchase
We were hesitant to buy this only because they do not offer a very good picture on the HD website of what the floor actually looks like. We bought over 2000 sq ft to cover our entire house. We are very pleased with it, looks great. Great price too. We wouldn't have been able to afford a solid wood floor having to buy as much as we did if the price wasnt as good.
August 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Happyhappy Love It!!
We had the floor installed. It was more time consuming due to size of boards, but it looks beautiful!! So glad we did this!
Great value!! Easy to clean!
September 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Anne Quality product affordable price
We ordered a box of this to see if it would work for us since the price was so low ($2.80 sq ft) and thought maybe it was too good to be true. But this solid oak, not engineered wood and although a few boards were a little bowed, we could cut them for ends and we found average or below the expected number of knots, which again, we can work around. We ended up ordering and laying forty boxes total, and had very little waist. The finish is slightly matte, and not like too shine y (which we didn't want). It matches are high-end honey oak cabinets great, finish and all. Great price for solid oak.
August 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by HAW6 Picture on web does not do floor finish justice
I had a pro install about 300 sqft.Their were very few bad pieces in the total of 12 boxes .Most pieces were smaller to med sizes.The floor turned out beautiful.Their were some pieces with knots and worm holes.Most of the boards with the worm holes were used for the ends or ripped for the final edges ( their were not too many with worm holes or many knots).The installer thought the flooring was of similar quality to #1 instead of #2.The picture on the web does not do the floor justice.
November 18, 2014