By: Ezra Plank
Last updated: September 23, 2014
While it's not always the case, high quality flooring materials are usually more expensive. This is true of Bruce flooring. Founded in 1884, Bruce Floors is now a division of Armstrong, which is the largest manufacturer of hardwood flooring in the world. Architects, builders, and remodelers all recognize Bruce flooring as the industry standard for hardwood flooring. It can't be over-emphasized - its high prices are matched by its high quality and beauty.
Bruce Hardwood Flooring
This beautiful flooring of oak hardwood is available at Lumber Liquidators for $2.87/sf.
You can find Bruce floors in just about any store that offers flooring materials thoughout North America. They can be installed in any room of your home, and are also often found in offices, as are a symbol of affluence. Bruce floors are easy to maintain, combine great style with durability, and add value to any home.
The selection of wood species, styles, and colors that are available for your Bruce floor is awesome. Woods include cherry, oak, basswood, maple, ash, hickory, pecan, and even some exotic species. You can give a different look to the same type of wood by installing it in parquet, plank, or strip styles. Colors to suit your decor range from light woods like maple to darker varieties such as oak.
You can also choose solid wood ( single pieces ) or engineered wood ( thin layers fused together ). One advantage of engineered wood is that it can be installed directly over concrete or below ground level. But it usually can't be sanded or refinished.
Another choice for your Bruce flooring is whether you want to buy factory-finished pieces or unfinished material that you can sand and stain yourself. You get a better warranty with factory-finished wood, and it's cheaper, but some installers prefer sanding it themselves after it's already in place.
Originally offering only hardwood, Bruce now has laminate flooring as well. The increasing cost of hardwood has caused many people to look for an alternate material. Laminate floors offer realistic designs, and can mimic the characteristics of wood, stone, or just about any other natural material. In some respects it is even tougher and more durable than wood itself, particularly in its resistance to moisture.
Heritage Heights Laminate Flooring by Bruce
Laminated flooring is made by compressing together four layers of materials. The top layer is aluminum oxide for protection, then a layer to display the design of the material being simulated. An inner core made of high density fiberboard is next, and finally a moisture-proof backing on the bottom. There are two alternative methods for fusing the layers, which give rise to two different price ranges for laminated flooring.
Bruce flooring adds a touch of beauty and sophistication, and increases the value of your home. When you choose Bruce floors, you can be confident that you are buying a quality product with a long history of satisfied homeowners.
Ezra says: Here are some links to webpages that show all the cheap Bruce flooring, both hardwood and laminate, available from each of our cooperating merchants. You can easily broaden or narrow your search at each website by using the convenient form in the sidebar.
- Lumber Liquidators Bruce hardwood search page has only 14 items that cost less than $4 / sq ft. This includes the cheapest Bruce flooring advertised on the internet: a birch engineered hardwood flooring for only $1.69 / sq ft. This merchant does not carry Bruce laminated flooring.
- Wayfair Bruce hardward search page has just 8 items under $4 / sq ft, the cheapest being a birch engineered hardwood flooring for $3.04 / sq ft. Their Bruce laminate flooring page carries 21 varieties for under $5 / sq ft. The cheapest laminate sells for $2.34 / sq ft.
- FastFloors has a complete inventory of Bruce flooring. Here are two search pages showing sample squares of their cheapest flooring: The Bruce hardwood search page has 66 items in the $4 - $6 / sq ft range. And the Bruce laminate search page carries 5 items under $2 / sq ft. Their webpages do not have any information or pricing, since they are not allowed by Armstrong to advertise this information - just an 800 number you can call. Or, if you prefer, you can register with FastFloors for free, and get wholesale pricing on all items.
Below are some room views showing four varieties of Bruce laminate flooring. Hover your cursor over each thumbnail to see a larger picture.