11:05AM | 07/13/03
Member Since: 07/12/03
3 lifetime posts
I looked at the floating wood/engineered floors (Bruce) in Home Depot and was disappointed by what I saw. I am willing to pay a couple extra dollars a square foot to get something that is sold in planks, and that looks like a solid, hardwood floor. Does anyone know who in the Boston area carries/installs these? I live in Watertown. Thanks.


07:18PM | 07/13/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
it's hard to advise you without more information on where you plan to install the wood floor,but the first thing i would do if you came in to my store is to show the 3 basic type's of wood (1) 3/4" solid,a nail down floor.(2) engineered,a glue down.(3) floating.
why you would use one over another,once you know that,visit a few stores that sell hardwood.i'm a big fan of bruce , i see it as a high value product,and have never had a problem with it over the last 30 years,i also carry some very high end products from africa , austraila & brazil. so what i would suggest is look around, see what your budget will allow,and buy the one that meets all your needs...good luck

Graham Flooring

10:50PM | 07/13/03
Just in addition to carpetmans reply, and just for a FYI if you need to find a bruce dealer, and I do agree that bruce make fine flooring, ***** carries it.

KD Fisher

03:29AM | 07/15/03
Member Since: 03/17/03
49 lifetime posts
You guys are definately a minority when it comes to Bruce. I know I've said it before..but there's more in this world than Bruce. I can't think of one retailer that specializes in hardwood flooring in my area of SW Florida that even has a Bruce display rack. The same is true of others I have visited over the country. Does that say anything?

Sure the carpet stores have the stuff...why not? It's the most recognized name in hardwood flooring. Bruce had their glory days when it came to quality but no longer. It's been a few years since I've personally worked with the stuff but I still have installers griping about the quality and how much time they have to spend using their really lousy filler and explaining to customers "this is what you get."

Definately try the better brands out there. For solid 3/4" material you could start with Luazon or Mirage. Engineered the same along with Harris-Tarkett, Margaratelli, Mannington and Anderson. Floating floors; Kahrs and Harris-Tarkett.

Bruce is out of the loop when it comes to quality hardwood flooring. They don't even bother to make the National Wood Flooring Association trade show. Anyway, I wish continued success with you Bruce fans.

Hardwood Installer.Com

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