Cherry - Bronze
This product is horrible for many reasons. First, it is extremely hard to keep clean. We have it installed in our kitchen and if one drop of water falls on the floor, it leaves a mark that is extremely visable. I am constantly cleaning the floor. You can only use special cleaner on it, so that is a pain too. Our floor is now bubbling up after less than a year. We are going to have to have a bunch of it replaced at our cost because of it and it keeps getting worse. Also, it is very noisy. You walk in different spots and you hear it make popping noises. This flooring also chips extremely easily. The builders dropped a small tool on the floor, chip... I dropped a fork...chip. You get the idea. If anything falls on it, you will have chip marks. It is very sad because it looks beautiful in the showroom, but don't waste your money!
September 30, 2012
This flooring is beautiful
I just bought a brand new house and chose this flooring to go in my entire downstairs. I decided to go with this flooring specifically because it was durable, easy clean up and pet friendly. I absolutely love the warm look and feel it gives my house and it holds up well to my 90 lb lab. The flooring does appear darker once it is put down, than the tiny floor sample that is given in most showcase rooms. It gives the room a very nice, rich feeling with the dark grain woven throughout. The only problem I have had with it is keeping it clean because it shows dirt and dog fur very easily.
September 11, 2012
Grand Illusions Cabreuva is a beautiful floor
Although we had to have the floor installed twice due to installation errors, the floor is beautiful! The wide planks and high gloss finish look as good as any hardwood we looked at, but are even more durable. The high gloss shine does show more dirt and smudges, but that is true with any glossy flooring product.
There is some noise when walking on the flooring (some creaks and crackling), but that is due to either the subfloor having some bounce, as well as being uneven in spots. That just backs up the fact that you must make sure your subfloor is level, and try to get any springiness out of the floor before installation.
Installation of this flooring is very simple, and very fast. I would recommend this product, especially on very level solid subfloors.
August 18, 2012
Beautiful but requires constant cleaning
We've had this floor for over a year and it still looks beautiful. We have two kids and the floor has held up to them very well. We have it installed in our living room, kitchen and foyer.
Definitely be aware of what you are getting into though with the high gloss as it does show everything. It is easy to clean but we are constantly wiping the floors as it shows every footprint - especially in the spring/summer when the humidity is higher.
Again, a beautiful product but just know that you are in for a lot of streaking with the high gloss.
June 2, 2012
Our installed floor looks amazing and many people think it's real hardwood when they first see it!
We installed this product in our living room, dining room, main hallway and entry way in one project - approximately 900 sq. ft. It was our first DIY floor project and it was extremely straight forward. The flooring completely changed the look and feel of our home's interior. We have had it installed for about 3 years and it still looks as good as when the installation was finished. Easy to clean. Due to it being a little on the darker side it will show dust if an area is missed during cleaning. We would use this product again without reservation.
April 14, 2012
After 18 Months, No Regrets
I've waited to review this to give it at least a year. In fact, it's going on 18 months, and the floor still looks like new. I was against getting this floor because I thought the maintenance would be tough; trying to keep the floor clean because of the shine. Well, it's actually quite easy if you simply use a broom and a cordless vac like the Hoover Linx. Just sweep into small piles and let the vac suck the piles up. The floor looks amazing.
Our experience validates Consumer Reports testing of this product. It is super scratch resistant (you'll have a hard time trying to cut a mark into this flooring). According to CR, this was the best product for scratch resistance. However, as CR reported, it doesn't do so well against dent resistance (meaning, you need to be careful of items that are dropped from relatively tall heights).
We did our entire main level and it looks great and has worn just as well. Armstrong did a good job with this product and based on my extensive research, this is the one to get. I had a professional floor installer put our stuff in. He had over 20 years of experience and as much as he tried to talk us out of using a laminate, after installing our floor, it's now what he tries to talk his customers into using. It was obviously his first Armstrong laminate installation.
I highly recommend the Grand Illusions line. They have some very good looking floors. If I had more flooring to cover, I wouldn't hesitate using this again. By the way, I am the type of person that goes quite overboard with researching products. In case you're wondering, I ordered our stuff from 1A Flooring.com. We did receive a few damaged boxes, but, they did replace them with some haggling. There are other on-line retailers as well and that seems to be the way to go.
March 9, 2012
Absolutely love this floor!
We absolutely love our Armstrong Grand Illusions floor!! Two years ago, we installed the laminate flooring - in Cabrueva - throughout our entire apartment.
It is so easy to clean and take care of - and it looks beautiful all the time!
It is an amazingly resilient floor - we have dropped things, spilled liquids, dragged toys - and it does not scratch or show any wear at all.
It was very easy to install - a friend did it for us.
It looks so much like real hardwood flooring that people do not believe us when we tell them it is a laminate product. We love the way that the color flows through the rooms!
What I love the most is that it gives our home such a warm cozy feeling!!
And family and friends were so jealous of how beautiful our floor looked, that they installed the same floor in their homes too!!
We highly recommend this floor - and we hope you would love it as much as we do!!
February 28, 2012
This flooring turned out amazing. I was a little skeptical in the store because of the woodgrain and the higher price, man was I wrong. I put it down myself and it turned out easy as can be. I had no trouble at all and did it in 2 weekends for 900 sq ft. 1 recommendation though is you really don't need to buy the trim. Get maple quarter inch and stain it with walnut stain, worked perfect and will save a grand. I would do this over again in a heartbeat, people who have hardwood are jealous of my floor. I get asked if these are the original floors to the house and not a single person has been able to tell it is not real hard wood. I have added a photo however it really does not do it justice.
January 11, 2012
Excellent product, good value for the money. The rec room will be next.
We purchase 1100 square feet of Cherry-natural for the living room, dining room, kitchen and hallway. I installed it myself and it could not have been easier. There is one caution, the sub floor must be level. In leveling the floor I missed one spot in the hallway and there is some up and down movement when stepped on. This was my mistake and has nothing to do with the flooring. If you have no experience laying laminate download the guide from Armstrong as it is well written.
The beautiful colour and pattern has drawn many compliments. Soon we will start the process of selecting flooring for the rec room and it will be Armstrong.
December 20, 2011
We are very happy with the new floor.
We got the Grand Illusion, Canadian Maple and had it installed to replace the carpet that was put in by the builder. It makes the rooms look larger and they sure do look a lot cleaner.
December 7, 2011
look of real wood and luxurious
This laminate is almost 1/2 thick which makes it look and feel like real wood. Most people can't believe its a laminate. The color is rich and shines spectacularly. I love it so much that when I can afford it I will do other rooms in my house the same.
November 17, 2011
we purchased 190 square feet of grand illusions l3022 for our kitchen on August 1 2010 from Kenny CARPET in West Seneca,NY. we are very satisfied with the floor and extremely happy with the way it shines and looks at all times. we have received numerous compliments on it.we use Bruce Hardwood laminate cleaner on it. we are always ready to recommend the floor to anyone interested in this type of flooring.Armstrong should be very proud of their product,we are.
October 4, 2011
This product is something I would love to have in my home, for all the great qualities Armstrong laminate flooring is known for!
I trust in the Armstong name, to make great products. The laminate I have chosen has a great texture and color. It is full of rich qualities and comes with a guarantee. Armstrong laminate could spruce up any home, with great quality and durability! I love Armstrong flooring and would recommend it to anyone. My rating 5 stars!
September 14, 2011
This floor looks brand new and is three years old, when we have guest the first thing they say thats beatiful floor.
September 14, 2011
Beautiful floor, high shine
This floor is absolutely beautiful. I could not be more pleased and the color compliments a lot of colors. That being said it has a high gloss shine and you have to clean it constantly. I can't say about the installation as I had it professionally installed. Great alternative to real hardwoods as its more durable. I put it in my living room, dining room and hallway. Wish I'd done the bedrooms as well.
September 13, 2011
Durable and Beautiful Flooring
I have had this flooring installed in my living and dining rooms for almost two years and I love it. The picture doesn't do the color justice, it's much richer in person. The thickness of the planks keeps the floor from sounding "hollow" like some thinner laminates. We don't have any issues with squeaking or anything else. The floor is holding up very well with no scratches / nicks despite the fact that we have two cats and a very active 5 year old. In fact as I was writing this review, my daughter dropped two hard plastic toys onto the floor from about 4 feet in the air and it didn't make a mark on the floor.
One thing to note though is that this floor has a high gloss to it, which makes it look great the majority of the time, but smudges do show and you need to be careful what you clean it with. Some cleaning products will cause streaks in the floor. You need to use something that is made for cleaning laminate flooring and you won't have any issues. I certainly won't win any awards for homemaker of the year and most of the time, my floor looks great anyway.
September 6, 2011
worst floor you could ever buy
this floor is horrible. You can't walk across it without is streaking.
September 4, 2011