Bruce produces high quality pre-finished oak flooring, but when it comes to oak hardwood flooring, there are a lot of options out there. We actually have a traditional site finished oak floor on the main level of our home. But, when it came time extend our wood flooring into the rest of our home, a site finished product just wasn’t practical for our lifestyle. With two small kids and a home office, we just couldn’t stay off our floors for long enough to have them sanded and finished in place. With that in mind, we selected Bruce hardwood flooring by Armstrong to complete the floors in our home. We wet with a Bruce pre-finished solid oak product like the Bruce Bristol Low Gloss Butter Rum White Oak Hardwood Flooring because we were confident that a floor from Bruce would give us the level of quality and finish durability we wanted, while still being beautiful and coordinating nicely with our existing floors
Oak Flooring Facts
- Varieties: Red Oak (Quercus rubra), White Oak (Quercus alba)
- Native Habitat: North America, Central America
- Janka Hardness Rating: Red Oak – 1290, White Oak – 1360
- Grades: No. 1 Common, No. 2 Common, Clear, Select
Finish Quality of Bruce Hardwood Floors
The finish on our Bruce floors has proven to be more durable than the oil based finish on our site-finished floors. It has a beautiful gloss that has held up very well against our three kids, a dog, and ongoing home improvements. While any hardwood floor can scratch or dent, we’ve been impressed with how resilient the Bruce finish has been. After almost three years, we haven’t had any problems with the finish like peeling, flaking or discoloration. For the most part, it looks just as good as the day we installed it.
Installation of Bruce Pre-Finished Floors
The quality and consistent milling on the individual boards of our Bruce solid oak flooring made installation simple. Boards fit together quickly and easily, and didn’t need to be forced into place, which can sometimes be a problem with poorly milled products whose tongues and grooves don’t match up well.
Overall Appearance of Bruce Hardwood Floors
Our Bruce pre-finished floors have a warm look that blends nicely with our oak site-finished floors. While we can definitely tell a difference between the two, most visitors to our home who aren’t in the flooring industry don’t even notice that we have two different types of wood flooring. While we specifically chose a floor that would look as close as possible to our existing floors, Bruce also carries a variety of different styles, colors and species to accent or coordinate with your current interior design style. In addition to solid wood products, they also carry engineered flooring like Bruce Balance Red Oak Plank Flooring. Overall, we’ve been extremely pleased with the Bruce floors we installed in our own home, and we also have many satisfied flooring customers that also love their Bruce pre-finished floors. Get free shipping on qualifying Bruce pre-finished flooring purchases.