LM Hardwood Flooring | 2020 Engineered Flooring Review

LM Flooring

LM Flooring produces high quality, sustainable, engineered hardwood flooring at competitive, mid-ranged prices, between $2.20 and $7.20 per sq.ft.. Domestic and exotic wood species include white and red oak, maple, hickory and acacia.

Let’s get straight into our LM Flooring review with a look at what engineered flooring options are available. For more engineered hardwood flooring brand reviews click here.

LM FLOORING OPTIONS

LM Flooring is a US-based flooring manufacturer producing engineered hardwood flooring in both domestic and exotic wood species in more than 150 options over their 23 collections. It’s an understatement to say there is much to choose from.

Let’s sample their popular collections to see what’s available.

The Bentley Premier collection is one of their most versatile series featuring European White Oak in 1/2” thick planks that are 7.5” wide and 75” long. It is available in a brushed finish with 14 color choices including Alu Grey, a natural look, Fossil, which is almost white, Pewter, a medium gray, and Glaskow, a medium brown. A few odd names, but gorgeous hardwood flooring.

Big Sky is one of the collections that features LM Floorings largest planking sizes at 9.5” wide and 86” in length. This beefy series is Oak in 7 color choices from a light natural to a very dark brown. This is a big, bold plank flooring for any decorating style.

In terms of wood species, you can find hickory wood flooring in 6 collections including Grand Mesa with planking at 7.5” wide, 75” long, and 1/2” thick. Maple is part of the Grand Mesa collection too, in 7 light-to-dark colors with a brushed finish for visual interest. River Ranch, also Hickory, is available in 8 warm brown tones with 5” wide and 48” long planks, all with a rustic handscraped finish.

Costa Mesa features imported Acacia wood in 6.5” wide and 48” long planking and 8 colors, including a variety of browns and earth tones. The finish is mildly distressed and works in contemporary and traditional homes.

There are 10 collections that feature White Oak in various plank widths and lengths, finishes, and colors. The Westbury collection offers 10 color choices including Oyster, Taup (that’s how LM spells it), and Light Smoked. The brushed finished accentuates the prominent, open grain of the flooring. Westbury planking is available at 7.25” wide and 72” long. It’s just 3/8” thick, so it is affordable, but will probably need replacing after being refinished just once, maybe twice rather than the 3 times 3/4” engineered flooring can be refinished.

LM Flooring also offers collections in Red Oak and finishes include smooth and weathered styles. There are even a few collections that feature planking in various widths throughout the floor, such as the Glenbury collection with planks varying between 4, 5, and 6 inches.

The planking in all of the collections is available with 4-sided beveled edges and multi-ply construction.

In all, the surface treatment options are Brushed, distressed, handscraped, open grain, smooth, variable brush and weathered.

PROS & CONS

Here’s what homeowners like and a few cautionary issues to consider.

ADVANTAGES

Large Selection: LM flooring offers one of the largest selections of woods, plank sizes, colors and stains available in today’s market.

Durability: All LM flooring is treated with aluminum oxide providing a top layer of wear and scratch resistance to the hardwood. Aluminum oxide also helps to slow the process of UV rays fading the floors.

Green Leader: LM Flooring indicates that their forest footprint is 10 times less than other engineered flooring manufactures. They accomplish this by using up to 95% recycled hardwood or rapidly renewable hardwoods. They also recycle 100% of their hardwood waste.

LM Floors are Lacey Act compliant, meaning they follow strict guidelines for growing and importing timber. They are also GreenGuard certified assuring that their flooring has very low chemical emissions or VOC’s.

Excellent Warranty: LM Floors offers a full residential lifetime warranty if the flooring is properly installed and maintained. The warranty covers any wood or manufacturing defects for as long as you own the home. This does not apply to “as is” or “B” grade products which cost less and have more “character,” but come with inherent risks. The finish warranty is 25 years on 3/8” and some 1/2″ flooring. It is 50 years on other 1/2″ products and all 3/4” flooring.

Better for Bathrooms and Kitchens: While wood might never be the best bet where spills and standing water are common, engineered flooring handles moisture better than solid hardwood.

Ditto for Basements: Areas below grade have higher moisture levels, which eliminates solid hardwood as an option. However, engineered hardwood with its multi-ply base is generally OK. Talk to your installer about your specific conditions to know whether engineered flooring is suitable.

DISADVANTAGES

Limited Finishes: While there is much to choose from in plank size, color and stain, there is not as much choice as some other manufacturers offer in finishing treatments.

General Hardwood Problems: All engineered hardwood flooring will have the same kind of disadvantages including the fact that they can be dented and scratched by sharp objects.

PRICING

LM engineered hardwood flooring is reasonably priced and a good option for a mid-priced flooring budget. Products start from as little as $2.20 per sq.ft. and rise to around $7.20.

The comparison table below gives a better idea of LM Flooring cost compared to other solid and engineered flooring brands.

BrandSolid Hardwood, per sq.ft. Engineered Hardwood, per sq.ft.
Bruce$3.30 – $9.00Jasper$1.50 – $5.00
Blue Ridge$3.50 – $5.50Pergo$2.90 – $3.50
LM FlooringN/ALM Flooring$2.20 – $7.20
Mohawk TecWood$3.50 – $7.00Mohawk SolidWood$4.50 – $8.50
Mazama$3.90 – $7.00Heritage Mill$3.50 – $6.25
Mullican$4.30 – $7.40Mullican$4.20 – $5.60
Somerset $4.50 – $8.50Somerset$6.00 – $8.50
Anderson Tuftex$8.00 – $12.00Anderson Tuftex$12.00 – $14.00

INSTALLATION

LM Flooring can be installed on a variety of subfloors including concrete, wood, tile and over radiant heating systems.

The floor can be installed using nails, staples, glue, or floated techniques.

LM Flooring recommends its products be installed by a professional contractor, but can be done as a DIY project by someone with experience.

There are detailed installation instructions available on their website.

CLEANING & MAINTENANCE 

LM engineered hardwood flooring is easily maintained.

First, sweep the floors to remove dirt that could scratch the floor. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar of a rotary brush head which can damage the floor. Use a vacuum that has been tested on hard floors.

Second, apply a cleaner made for use with urethane coated hardwood, directly to a terry cloth mop and mop the floor.

Never wax or wet mop the floors. Clean the floors regularly and wipe up any water or spills as soon as possible.

Use felt protectors under heavy furniture and rugs at entry ways and in high traffic areas. This will help keep the finish from dulling over time. Keep pets nails trimmed and avoid spiked heel shoes which can scratch and dent the flooring.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

Most of the customer reviews for LM Flooring are positive.

Emily writes that she had them installed throughout her main living area, over 2 years ago, and even with 3 boys and 2 dogs, the flooring still looks great. There are no marks from the dog’s nails or scratches from the boy’s toys. She says she would definitely install them again.

A review from Dan indicated that he felt the store sample did not match the color of the installed flooring as well as it should have. Another writer stated that were small nicks on the ends of some of the planks.

We would love to hear your experience of LM hardwood flooring, please leave your reviews below.

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