Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 39
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Lemie Hard (almost impossible) to install, falls apart.
Do not buy this product. Spend the extra $0.11 a square foot and buy the Lake Shore Pecan. The Pecan has an entirely different install procedure. I previously installed 1200 sq ft of the pecan in about 6 hours with one person cutting the other setting. I purchased this for a room we needed flooring in wanted to go as cheap as possible thinking it was the same install procedure. With the pecan you click the long edge in, line up your end and give it a couple taps with the rubber mallet and its in. As long as you keep your edges straight you can put it in faster than they can hand you boards. This Gladstone oak makes you lock in the ends first which causes you to try to lock in a whole row at once (nearly impossible), trying to tap it in only results in it disintegrating. It took me 3 hours to do about 4 rows. I ripped it all back up, returned it and bought the Lake Shore Pecan. I had it all 850 sq ft installed in 5 hours. Trust me on this if you want an inexpensive laminate by the Lake Shore Pecan. The best use for Gladstone Oak is the fire pit. Word of caution, make sure you get all the cases off the same pallet otherwise there can be some extreme color variations.
August 15, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Grego I swear by Traffic Master
I bought A Traffic Master product 9 years ago to replace the carpeting in our basement family room which was formerly my wife's daycare center. Needless to say between that , two dogs and a cat we did not want another carpet. The laminate is still in beautiful condition except where my daughter and her friends decided to hang a piñata and in smashing it they kicked a de- humidifier which splashed a considerable amount of water on the floor. Once I wet-vacced it up and ran the de-humidifier the flooring actually returned to a decent condition. 6 years ago I installed it in my daughters bed room she is rough on flooring, totally wore out a huge circle in the old carpeting from spin dancing. The laminate still looks like the day I installed it. I just bought the Gladstone yesterday, and agree with another reviewer here the web picture does not resemble the color at all, its actually a reddish oak color, the install was easy, although instructions say don't tap the product to install. It is necessary as we have convectors for heat and to get planks under them I used scrap boards with a rubber mallet with no issues. I gave this review a good only because the Gladstone is a couple MM's thinner than the other products I installed and am hoping it will hold up as well as they did.
July 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by hillbilly101 the floor laid down well looks nice. was easy to install
October 25, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Windguy We bought 150 ish square feet for my son's rented home - his bedroom. He's not counting on reimbursement but needed something clean and new and cheap - did I mention cheap?. The price is crazy considering it's made in Germany. Installation was easier than I expected. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. It may appear than a seam doesn't close, but a little lift and wiggle does the trick. No tapping allowed - nor needed.
It took us longer to pull up or otherwise deal with the old staples from carpeting than it did to install the new floor. Some reviews warn about dulling saw blades (circular/skill). Naaah. I brought a new blade just in case, and started out with my oldest throw-away blade. Perfect cuts - no break-out or chipping. I had to rip six pieces and cross cut another dozen or more.
Most important tip - lift and wiggle to fully close the seams. There were three of us and we'd lift an entire row, and lay it down. If there was a spot, lift that span a couple inches (at an angle, using the seam/clicklock as the hinge (per instructions)) and press toward the seam. Easy peasy.
Looks nicer than I thought it would too. Considering I paid $3+ per square foot and needed glue 16 years ago - this was a joy.
October 25, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Zach Good value
I think this floor is more attractive than my more expensive floors. Has a crisp clean look to it. The install wasn't too bad but there's a trick to it. I installed it by myself with no problems. Decent for the price.
October 5, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jvh Beats Carpet Any Day-Easy Cleaning and durable
I have put this product in all my rentals after having to clean and replace carpet. Laminate beats carpet any.day. It is the latest fashion is home flooring. It is durable and easy to clean--a good sweep and damp mop.
September 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Easyfloorman now i know!
After installing a dozen pergo floors, i figured out trafficmaster. I, like everyone else tried tapping in the edges. It doesnt work. On these, you click the two ends first then lock it to the existing row. I did the same thing locking a whole row and then connecting it. Not easy by yourself. lock ends first, then a little tap and it goes right in. actually much easier than the pergos
August 2, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by DrStevens Difficult to install because of end and edge interlocking design
I have installed many laminate floors. This design was very difficult to install. At first I laughed at the other "difficult to install" reviews but having completed my first room with this product, I'm fully on board with the reviewers. The design requires first interlocking plank ends and then persuading the long edge to interlock with the previously installed row. Doing so requires a lot of board wrestling and requires moving neighboring planks from the previous fully installed location. Installing this flooring will likely take 3 times longer than other laminates with the "align the long edge, lower and simply pop the end" design. You WILL have to use a tapping block to install this, be careful not to ruin edges. Because of the design, working around door molding under-cuts, etc. is extremely difficult. Looks great when done.
April 24, 2015