box stores vs a local flooring company

Discussion in 'Flooring Potpourri' started by rimn112, Jun 27, 2015.

  1. rimn112

    rimn112 New Member

    Found your site from a google search on flooring quality.
    Needing info on quality of engineered "click" flooring at the big box stores vs a local flooring company...is there a different "line" sold through the big box stores which is of less quality than a similar line at a flooring store?
     
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  2. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    All I can say is sometimes. Not enough info to say, what products?
     
  3. rimn112

    rimn112 New Member

    Thinking about Bruce Lock&Fold engineered flooring.
     
  4. gamestupid

    gamestupid Pro Member

    Shop around and find something you like. Remember you get what you pay for. Don't buy a ford escort and expect the quality of a caddilac.
     
  5. kylenelson

    kylenelson You'll find me on the floor I Support TFP Senior Member

    The hard part about box stores is sometimes they get products and sell them for cheaper than other stores can even buy the same product for. Other times, they get the lowest grade crap and sell it at around the same price as an okay product from a local store. It's hard to distinguish that and it is hard to make recommendations based on that. They only way to tell is to compare apples to apples, exact products. I think you will find online that the overwhelming majority will say to go with a reputable local company that will stand behind what they sell and install.
     
  6. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Bruce was a good company. I haven't had any experience in a few years with the company.
     
  7. When I clicked on the link, it took me to the Staples website. I didn't know Staples sold flooring...but ok.

    This is a 9.5mm thick engineered hardwood. That is pretty thin by most standards. I like to see a 5/8" (16mm) in engineered hardwood. The thinner the product the lower the quality. I would hazard a guess that Bruce is throwing together a "bottom of the barrel" product just to "catch you coming or going". I'm going to guess this has a maximum of 3 layers (it is too thin to have much more).

    The thicker the product, the more layers you have and the thickness of the wear layer (not documented...which is a concern when they DON'T tell you the most important piece of info) add up to "quality".

    So far I'm not seeing anything that I would call "quality" with this product. If you can purchase it of $0.89/sf...then go for it. If it is higher, look elsewhere...you can find something better.
     
  8. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    Sorry that happened. I use an affiliate link plugin to help pay the bills. It sometimes doesn't link to an appropriate retailer or website. All human links in TFP posts are in bold. The affiliate links are not. When you hover over them, you will see "Link added by VigLink." I'll report the erroneous linkage.
     
  9. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Administwative Asst. Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    3/8" engineered has been the standard for 20 years, the last few years everyone has jumped on the bandwagon that thicker is better. Not always, the veneer layer of most 1/2" and 5/8" floors is the same as the 3/8" they are often hand-scraped which means a thicker veneer, then scrape portions of it down to the same as the thinner veneer. Or they may just add a couple layers of scrap veneer for a 7 ply product.

    The Bruce product is a 5 ply with 1/12" veneer. http://www.floorexpert.com/servlet/fileField?id=0BE30000000TQkJ

    I had to laugh at the $.89 comment, as I found several places that market it for $3.49. A mom and pop may sell it for $2.99 as will a box store, but less than that you are getting "tavern" grade.

    Bruce Flooring Turlington 3" Engineered Oak Flooring in Cherry & Reviews | Wayfair
     
  10. Thanks for clarifying Elmer! I'm not much into thin engineered. I've seen some pretty impressive 5/8" and 1/2"...not much thinner than that has caught my eye.

    Thanks for getting us the specs.
     
  11. RugDog

    RugDog Pro Member

    Price IS an indicator of quality. Both in materials and service, and any warranty claims you might have. You might get what you pay for, but you WON'T get what you don't pay for.
     
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