Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 20
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by CTEngineer Easy Installation!
Was a bit nervous about the ease of installation after reading many forums online. HOWEVER, installation was a piece of cake. Follow the directions in the box. Can't get much easier! Installed the first 300 SF with help (70+ year old father), and the remaining 425 SF myself. Took about 12 hours in total to install 750 SF. Only rated 4 stars since I can't say how well it will last over the coming years. BE CAREFUL as it does scratch more easily than I would have thought - use felt furniture pads for furniture legs immediately. Rubbed a bit of dark walnut stain onto scratches and they were gone like magic.
August 5, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Johnny Great looking floor
I laid 650 sq. ft. of this flooring myself over my existing tile floor. The floor looks great and appears to be durable (time will tell). As for installation, the score and snap method of cutting the planks is not the best method in my opinion. I tried it and found it to be difficult and time consuming. I used a jigsaw to make all of my cuts and there were many. The floor locks together just fine as long as you take your time. I plunge cut all of my door jams and casing so that the planks would slide under the jams and casing. A few areas around the doors were a little difficult. A little trick is to place a small amount of soap on one edge of one plank so that the plank will slide. Take your time installing this floor and you will be pleased with the outcome.
October 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CarlB Awesome product!
After the first few rows of flooring, installation got very easy. Scores with a standard utility knife and snaps when you bend it. A single blade will cut about 6 pieces. To check that each piece is installed properly, run your finger nail along the seam. If it catches anywhere, then it's not locked in all the way. Fix before you move on or you will be pulling it all up to fix one seam. Once it's installed, you can't knock the seam together with a rubber mallet, shoes, anything. Ask me how I know. Each piece must be right or the rest of the pieces after will be wrong and you'll be pulling it up to fix. It looked so good in my family room, I decided to go back and buy enough to replace all the cheap old hardwood the builder installed 25 years ago.
November 4, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Keith Would not use this again
I have installed every type of flooring product and this may the worst I have seen for the money. I continually reassembled and assembled sections until they were tight and yet after a few days you can see the joints spreading between quite a few of the planks. This makes it look like cheap vinyl, not real wood as where the planks stayed tight. The product also scratches easily and creates so much static that you receive a shocks when touching objects after walking on it and the static also makes it a dust magnet. For the price, you would be better off using ceramic planks.
January 11, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by HenryJonesJr Very happy with results, not easy to install, be sure to stagger the joints.
I'm thrilled with this product. Like another reviewer said you need a lot of knife blades, but it cuts very easily with a new blade. Maybe 4 cuts and then you need to flip the blade. I have seen this product installed in a lot of places and you really need to make sure the first piece on every row is a random length. It really looks bad if the joints line up near each other. Also, I for the intricate cuts like near doorways, i tried many tools, but ended up with a very large pair of metal snips.
Waiting now to order the zamma transition pieces for the door ways.
Did 983 square foot six room house in 4 days with my wife.
October 27, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by caitiejean07 Get ready to work!!
My husband and I decided on this flooring after debating between cork, bamboo and hardwood for months. We were looking for something durable and as waterproof as possible to replace carpet in our dining and living rooms. I think we made the right choice!
We had previously installed tile through the rest of the downstairs, so we had to raise the subfloor, which was the most labor-intense part of the job. Ripping out the carpet & staples and laying new 3/4 in. subfloor took us 2 days for both rooms.
Laying the flooring was easy once we got the hang of it. We are both college educated people but man- we really struggled at the beginning!! The white strips at the end of the board kept wanting to break! However, after reading other reviews I realized we were at too high of an angle for the white strip to lock into the corner. Once we started lowering our angle, we started moving pretty quickly. Slide it in just high enough to have your fingers underneath! This is definitely a 2 person job, as you need to make sure that there is absolutely NO GRAY showing between rows... Otherwise it's not locked and you need to wiggle it in or pull it out and try again. Cutting around things was easier than expected- just buy lots of blades! We followed the directions in the booklet and did a full board, then a 2/3 board, then a 1/3 board stagger and it turned out beautifully! Laying the floor in both rooms (appx 300 sq ft) took 9-10 hours.
Overall, I am very tired and sore but SO pleased with my new floors and this product!
January 6, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Lori Be prepared for some hard work, but worth it
I can't rate this product a 5 which it does deserve because the ease of cutting with a utility knife and simple snap method was not so simple. If you have never done any type of flooring before, be prepared for some heavy labor. You need to have stock in blades for your utility knife,as this is so thick they dull quickly. You need to press hard about three times to score it. You press the flooring piece up and then have to carefully run your utility knife over the front (like you do when cutting drywall) before it snaps. The way the directions tell you to install it is snap the planks together and then tap the end in.. There is a white tab you see when you do this which to me looked fake. So my husband and I decided to slide the white tab in for a snug fit. You can get so far then you have to use a block of wood and a hammer and gently tap the to pieces together.. You then can press the other piece upward and get a good snap.. It took us 70 hours and 3 days to install. Our kitchen and dining room area is 240 square feet with many angles because of a breakfast bar. Now that the rough work is done, I love this floor. Just wish it was easier to cut and install, but again this is commercial grade. The other thing I would like to point out is even though is says it wont' scratch, I have taken no chances and have placed felt on the bottoms of the counter height chairs, under the stove and on my dining room chairs. It looks like rich wood flooring, not glossy. Take your time and you will be glad you picked this.. We had so many samples before we decided to go with this. Because this is vinyl it is perfect for a household with kids and a dog.
July 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kaja91 Easy to install & GORGEOUS!
I installed this in my master bedroom in about a day. Laying out the 1st & last rows were by far the most time-consuming, but well worth the time spent. I ran it into bothe closets for a seamless look (about 320sf).
It's not difficult to cut if your razor knife is kept sharp & the room is warm. I ran a space heater while installing & used tin snips most of the time for the detailed cuts. I used my miter saw for the straight end cuts. The key for me was NOT force. It was sliding the planks together at a very slight angle, then a little jiggle & the joints would slide into place.
Fantastic finished product.
January 17, 2015