Established in 1985, Mullican Flooring offer a fairly large selection of solid and engineered hardwood flooring, in the middle price bracket and sourced within the United States. This flooring company has a reputation for being environmentally friendly and offering value for money, though not always offering the best quality.
In this Mullican flooring review we dig deep to uncover whether Mullican hardwood is a good choice for your flooring project.
OPTIONS, SPECS, & STYLES
If you’ve settled on hardwood flooring, then Mullican is certainly a good place to start your research as they have several different styles, colors and finishes to give you a real choice.
They offer three types of hardwood flooring: solid hardwood, engineered hardwood and unfinished engineered hardwood. Each type then divides into various styles (which they confusingly call collections) and colors.
Plank sizes are dependent on the type of hardwood.
The unfinished engineered hardwood – basically red or white oak with smooth texture, ready to be tinted or stained on site – comes in plank widths of 3 1/4” to 7” wide, and random lengths up to 7 feet.
The finished engineered hardwood has a larger width range from 3 to 9“; random lengths of up to 7 feet; and a wide selection of species, both exotic and domestic.
Mullican’s finished engineered hardwood also offers a large choice of colors, including deep black stains, grays and whitewashed looks as well as the classic browns and tans. There is also a wider range of styles here.
The solid hardwoods – exclusively domestic Hickory, Maple, and Oak flooring – come in classic colors and styles, and range in width from 2 1/4” to 5” and also in random lengths up to 7 feet.
PROS & CONS
The advantages of Mullican Harwood flooring are:
- a value range of solid and engineered hardwood options, in the middle price bracket
- a good range of species, colors and styles available
- variety of installation methods to suit most types of subfloor
- the unfinished engineered hardwood can be stained on site to suit your tastes and your home.
The disadvantages of Mullican Harwood flooring are:
- cannot be installed in bathrooms
- cannot be installed over radiant heating
- the solid hardwood version cannot be installed in basements
- consumers report dissatisfaction over quality control, see below.
There are several different installation methods; the Mullican website gives extensive notes and details regarding all the different methods.
The unfinished and finished engineered floors can be installed as a floating floor using a click-lock method; or the glue down method, or the staple down method.
Mullican solid hardwood flooring should be installed using the nail down or staple down installation method.
WHERE CAN I INSTALL MULLICAN FLOORING?
Mullican engineered hardwood can be installed below, on and above grade; Mullican solid hardwood should not be installed below grade, therefore not in basements.
Mullican flooring, of any type, should never be installed in bathrooms! They are simply not designed to deal with the added level of moisture.
Mullican hardwood is not recommended for installation above radiant heating!
HOW DO I PREPARE AHEAD OF INSTALLATION?
As with all flooring projects, you need to ensure you have a clean, flat subfloor.
You should acclimate your Mullican flooring to your space for several days before installation, ensuring constant temperature and humidity control during, before and after installation.
There are very detailed instructions for room and subfloor prep depending on the installation method.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Mullican has a bit of a hit and miss reputation regarding quality so one thing to remember is to check the planks thoroughly during installation.
Do not install any boards that are not up to the quality standard you expect.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
Mullican offer detailed information on their website about cleaning. The main take away is that you absolutely want to avoid getting these hardwood floors soaking wet!
Mullican say you should vacuum your hardwood flooring regularly, as opposed to sweeping, so that debris collected between the planks gets picked up. It is essential to use a vacuum cleaner with a hard surface floor attachment.
In an ideal world, Mullican suggest that you leave off mopping your floor entirely – at most do it once a month with an approved hardwood flooring cleaner. Again, it is essential that if you do mop, to keep the mop thoroughly wrung out or squeezed, to avoid excess water.
If you have to deal with a spill or sticky mess, use a damp cloth and then dry the area immediately afterwards with a dry cloth.
The usual rules apply, as with all hardwood flooring, to place rugs and doormats in high traffic areas; use felt and caster wheels or flat glides under movable furniture.
Mullican also recommend going shoe-less when indoors, and keeping pets claws trimmed.
Finally, moisture levels need to be kept in check and all efforts made to reduce the risk of water damage.
PRICES AND COMPARISONS
We have seen Mullican hardwood flooring retailing anywhere between $4.20 to $7.40 per square foot, but the vast majority of their range retails around $4 to $6 per sq ft.
|Brand||Solid Hardwood, per sq.ft.||Engineered Hardwood, per sq.ft.|
|Bruce||$3.30 – $9.00||Jasper||$1.50 – $5.00|
|Blue Ridge||$3.50 – $5.50||Pergo||$2.90 – $3.50|
|Jasper||$3.50 – $6.30||Blue Ridge||$2.90 – $7.70|
|Pergo||$3.80 – $5.00||Bruce||$3.20 – $7.70|
|Mazama||$3.90 – $7.00||Heritage Mill||$3.50 – $6.25|
|Mullican||$4.30 – $7.40||Mullican||$4.20 – $5.60|
|Heritage Mill||$5.50 – $8.50||Kahrs||$5.70 – $11.70|
|Independent Mills||$5.50 – $12.00||Americana||$6.45 – $8.00|
You can buy Mullican hardwood from local flooring stores and Lowes.
There are very mixed reviews for Mullican hardwood flooring. On the whole consumers were happy with the overall look and finish.
However, what they were less happy about was the fact that the quality control of boards was inconsistent, and that this increased their budget.
Another concern is that Mullican hardwood flooring reacts very badly to humid conditions. However, Mullican do point out that their products are not suitable for areas of high humidity!
“I have installed Mullican engineered flooring in two rooms in my house: one was floated, the was glue down. Both floors were easy to install and look great.” – Michael
“Good looking floors, but there were too many short pieces in the boxes, which had to be scraped; and reordering more ate into my budget” – Natasha
“We installed wood floors made by Mullican. The quality is not acceptable – there was a lot of waste (about 30%), lots of splinters, and we found a lot of inconsistency in the width and thickness dimensions.” – Lainey