We just finished installing Walton Oak in our spare bedroom and we love the way it looks. The product was easy to install using a utility knife for the majority of cuts, and a jigsaw for the more complex cuts. We can't speak to durability, but a couple of friends have Lifeproof Seasoned Wood in their houses and they love the durability and ease of maintenance.
I love the color of this floor! Unfortunately now I’m trying to match it with a different more durable product. My husband is a contractor so laying the floor was fairly easy. We’ve had the flooring down maybe 2 years and we have several puncture holes, scratches and chips. I know my family is very active but I really expected more from this flooring. Unless you are a very soft footed household, find a different floor!
Good tile, but not consistent in fit and color variation might not meet your expectations.
November 19, 2020
Just finished installing 1200 sq/ft and found several issues with the product.
Poor Fit - The planks come in three widths. The two largest width planks were very consistent in length; however the narrowest planks were not consistent with the next wider plank you pair it with for installation. I found several instances where the narrowest planks were shorter than the wider plank you pair it with, leaving a small gap between one section an the next (see attached image). This gap is small but noticeable and when you're feet drag across the floor, you really feel the gap.
The biggest issue with this, is that it's hard to visually see the difference in plank length until you install the next adjacent plank. Like I said, the gap is very small, but really noticeable after installation both visually and physically.
My take is that this is a manufacturing defect where the narrower planks were cut to length when the product was at a warmer temperature. Once the temperatures equalizes, the warmer planks shrink to a smaller length and you're left with these planks at different lengths than the others.
Color Variation - The manufacture suggests opening several boxes to get better color variation. Even with this, the color variation in the two smaller width planks is not as varied as you might hope. I often had 6 and 7 boxes open trying to match up to get a better color variation between these two planks as they join together to make one large plank. The lack of color variation lead to many being put together and looking as though they were one whole plank and not two.
Take your time and open as many boxes you can to ensure the best color variation.
Grove and Tongue - Be very carful with the corners! There is a small tongue peace in the corner of the planks that can be nocked off very easily (see attached image). If it does get nocked off, there is a weak spot that can be pushed down below the level of the floor.
Other Tips -
- Floor prep!
- You can use a Utility Knife to cut the planks; however, you will go through many blades and it takes several passes to actually cut the planks. Using a metal square helps greatly to keep your lines straight, but it's easy to get off your line and accidently score the plank out side the line you want to cut.
- Use a saw (table, chop, and/or skill saw). It's messy, but so much easier than cutting with a knife when doing large areas.
- Tapping block is a must to use on all planks. If you're not in a well lit area, it easy to think you have a solid connection between the two rows; however, the planks might not have fully locked together.
- If you have round corners in your house, use a drill bit to make rounded corners (I used a 1 1/4" Forstner bit to get nice corners, seem attached image).
My son is a contractor and luckily he installed the flooring for us. It’s absolutely beautiful and I have had SO many people compliment the floor. We also have two dogs who are older. One is made and loves to mark on EVERYTHING! We’ve resorted to doggie pads so far he’s been good. Only had the floor a week but it is wonderful! Need to put the transition strips and baseboard down this weekend. Love this snd would buy it again. Would like to have seen a few more lighter and darker strips but all in all it’s great!!!
Just had these installed today. I live in a Mid-Century Modern home and was skeptical about this choice, however, after reading the reviews and looking at all the pics, I decided to just go with it. The pics were great. Thanks everyone for posting pics. I had someone install these for me and he said this was a great choice. Easy to cut and install.
This flooring is very durable. We have 3 dogs. 2 big, one small and they constantly run on it and haven't scratches it yet. Its also water durable too. Same dogs dribble water from the water dish all over and its still as beautiful as when we installed it almost 2 years ago. Another plus is the the color we chose hides dirt really well.