We had a broken pipe in a kitchen wall, and the old wood floor was removed to dry out the subfloor. In replacing the kitchen floor, I wanted something that did not compete with the heavy grain of the stained oak cabinets, and the color and pattern of these planks is perfect. The floor kind of "grounds" the room now instead of making it too busy looking.
About 10% of the planks were damaged and unusable (usually the top plank was crushed and crumbling on the tongue edge) but because other reviewers noted similar damage, I ordered extra and factored it into the cost for comparison with other floors I was looking at.
I contacted the manufacture with a couple questions because the instructions on their website did not seem to be for this flooring. It turned out that the instructions have not been placed on the web site yet, but were going to be on the boxes of flooring I ordered. They also told me the main difference between this flooring and the instructions on their site were that the flooring would be installed right-to-left rather than left-to-right.
I carefully prepared the subfloor and it was a great opportunity to screw the subfloor to the joists and get rid of the squeaks and areas that did not feel solid.
The flooring went down easily and looks great. Moldings and cabinet toe kicks had been removed to help dry the subfloor, which made it easy to fit the flooring (and expansion gap), yet not need to add 1/4 round to cover any gaps. I took my time and made careful cuts for the door jam and edges, and the flooring cut easily without chipping (taped cut lines and cut with miter saw or jigsaw). I did not use a transition piece at the door where the floor meets carpet (they are butted together, with 3/8" gap like the previous wood floor was), but can go back and add one if needed. I used an unfinished oak transition piece between the floor and the base of the rail that is between the kitchen and the adjacent sunken family room. I had ordered the flooring based on the display at the store and was comfortable ordering on-line, however, I only had the web image for the transition pieces so I just stained the oak transition piece to match. I had refinished and stained the cabinets and previous wood floor so was comfortable finding a match.
The flooring feels great on bare feet and I have received lots of complements on the floor. I will see how well it holds up with time, and hope to install wood flooring throughout the bottom floors of the house.
Easy to Install, Looks Great, Comfortable