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Bellawood Wood Flooring Review

Nowadays, Bellawood is Everywhere...But is it Any Good?

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You cannot turn your head anymore without seeing Bellawood hardwood flooring. Only a few years ago, it was the ultimate insider's secret, found at Lumber Liquidator stores in out-of-the-way light industrial zones. Now those stores are spreading everywhere, and it is hardly a secret.

Cost is the Chief Feature

Bellawood is inexpensive. You can shave a buck or two off per square foot--as evidenced by the Lumber Liquidators prices.

For those you have never been there, Lumber Liquidators is the sole retail outlet for Bellawood. Their showrooms are decidedly bare-bones. If you hit a Lumber Liquidators on a Saturday, forget it. The place will be swarming with people, and the small staff will be stretched.

So, try for a weekday. It is worth playing hooky from work for an hour for this. At the time of this writing, Australian Cypress is going for $3/foot, Brazilian Teak for $4-$5, and even an American Walnut for under $8. Prices will change, but you get the general idea.

The Number One Complaint: Defective Boards Abound

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I have heard floor installers complain bitterly about Bellawood flooring. While it is hard to generalize about all Bellawood species, I will say that I have heard this more than once. One exchange went verbatim:

Installer: What brand flooring is it?
Homeowner: Bellawood.
Installer: (Groaning) Bellawood? You realize we get so many defective boards from them. Order up an extra carton right now.

On the other hand, waste is a fact of life with hardwood floor installation. And by "waste," we do not mean just cut-off ends. We mean defective boards that split, break, crack, or otherwise prove themselves unworthy of being installed. So, if you are comfortable hitting the top range of that 17% per square foot overage recommended by Bellawood, this is for you. Here's more on

Tough Surface

Bellawood is pre-finished wood flooring, which means that it comes with multiple coats of urethane-based finish. You avoid the considerable stink of manual finishing within your house by buying prefinished wood flooring. Bellawood's prefinish is tough enough to stand up to usual everyday battering; no complaints there.

Low Pressure, Good Availability

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I like the low pressure of the Lumber Liquidators showrooms. The dark side to this, though: when you need help, you may not get it.

Worse than that: when "help" does arrive, they may not know what they are talking about. Unfortunately, this is what you may find in any kind of discount store.

Availability does depend on the individual Lumber Liquidators store, but reports are favorable here. One reason why you can pick up pretty much whatever you want, whenever you want, is because the Lumber Liquidators stores are essentially warehouses with tiny showrooms stuck in the front. When you go in there and ask for ten cartons of 3/4" x 2-1/4" Brazilian Cherry Lite Flooring Pre-Finished, chances are pretty good that you drive out of there with those ten cartons in your truck. You cannot say that for a lot of flooring stores.

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 5 out of 5
Sorry folks, no negative review here., Member yolandasdaughter

Last summer, I replaced our kitchen floor which was a laminate product with Bellawood Brazilian Cherry hardwood. I love it! Yes I have a scratch or two, as with all hardwoods, but it is barely noticeable. The color and the sheen are absolutely beautiful. It cleans so easily, I use only the Bellawood Floor Cleaner products. I make sure that my furniture has the felt protective pads. My kitchen has tons of traffic, I do not ask my guests to take off their shoes, and I have a dog. The laminate that I had before had so many knick, scratches, and separations, I hated it. The reason I chose Bellawood was because of my oldest daughter, who was with me at Lumber Liquidators, said ""Mom, you live only once, get the best!"" I have never been disappointed with their customer service, they are very helpful, professional, and knowledgable. The installer was neat, on time, and completed the project beautifully. And as of today, I just had Bellawood Brazilian Cherry installed in my living room and hallway. My husband and I are so pleased, eventually our bedrooms will also be updated with BBC.

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