Rated 4 out of 5 by 3
Rated 5 out of 5
by Loveit Gorgeous color!
This is my first wood floor purchase. I'm so happy with the color choice. It was featured in the model home and I feel in love with it. Yes, it is a darker color (browns & grays) so it will show dust & pet hair. I don't mind because its a reminder to clean. :) You will not be disappointed!
November 23, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5
by JulieDFW Beautiful floor but way too susceptible to deep scratches
I love my flooring (installed by the home builder) and I love the shade, but as in the other review I just read, it does show a lot of dust and dog hair - not the fault of the manufacturer - but any dark flooring will do this. However, if you are looking for something with a slight gray tint to it, this works excellent. My main problem is the softness of the wood/product. We moved in during November and immediately started unboxing Christmas ornaments to decorate. Some of the ornaments lost their colorful crystals and ended up on the floor underfoot, or under chair legs, etc. I have deep, through the wood, scratches down to the light untreated surface color of the wood. Wow. I was surprised. I have over 2500 sf of this wood and every room has deep scratches. My kids are even grown and out of the house now so there's little traffic. I'm sending Armstrong an inquiry about what type of filler product I can buy to take care of this. After living here 7 months, I also have hundreds of light scuff marks that won't come off with regular cleaner (mop style or hand rag) that were created by table and chair legs - so I am inquiring about a different product for that as well. Prior to this house, I came from a house with 3000 sf of genuine handscraped hardwoods and never once had a scratch in the ten years I lived there - including big dogs and multiple growing kids. Big difference in wood hardness. However, I absolutely love the color and it is hard to find in the genuine hardwoods.
June 18, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
by marcluca42 Recommended, but with caution
I’ve had the floor installed for one month now (January 2013). As background, I used about 1,000 sq. ft of product on a concrete slab, covering the first floor (foyer, office, living room, kitchen, pantry, closets and powder room).
I was looking for a fine grain product with a grey color. I also wanted some natural warmth from brown hues to come through the stain. It seems that many producers are attempting to make this color, although many tend toward a deep brown or an industrial grey. The Armstrong product was the only I found (after four months of research) that seemed to balance the grey/brown mix. The small sample board looked good in my space.
After I received the product and inspected individual boards, I thought that the product might be too brownish. As it was installed, I began to see the considerable grey come through, as well as how deep and dark the color is overall. It is a decidedly dark floor. After a month, I can tell you that it looks graphite or nearly black at night or dim lighting, but in the sun, warm browns come through, along with a wonderfully rich grey. It is a wonderful color and changes in the light. The maple is characteristically smooth, with fine grain. That said, it has whorls and knots that add color, variety and character (in addition to the rural living distressed feature).
Overall, I am pleased with the floor, but have some reservations. Everyone that visits comments on how beautiful the floor is, but the dark color means that every speck of lint or carpet fuzz shows. I've noticed that dust also is visible in the daylight and I might soon adopt a routine of wiping it each week to address the dust build-up, especially in low traffic areas (like corners and near walls and furniture). The product is also ribbed, which creates a regular wavy pattern at even intervals across the floor. Not sure if I am a fan of this characteristic, but I have gotten used to it. I did not notice this feature at all on the sample boards, but I should have. As another reviewer mentioned, the boards have knots which are not wholly smooth and can snag socks if not careful.
My biggest issue/fear is the scratch resistance of the product. I live alone, but have my 4 year old son often. Moving furniture back onto the floor created some light-colored scratches that are visible (to me) on the dark finish. I wonder how long it will be before I see scrapes and marks on the high traffic areas. Again, there are very few people walking on it every day.
The main question is would I buy it again. I would. It is a beautifully-colored floor that will require more maintenance than a lighter colored floor. But when clean, it is stunning.
January 28, 2013