Almost every big hardware shop has a store brand whether you shop at Ace, Lowes, Home Depot, or Menards. How those products actually perform has often been the subject of heated debates, and Home Legends is a brand that usually come up in those conversations.
If you’re looking for reviews on Home Legend hardwood flooring, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to take a long look at their collections and tell you what to expect from the Home Legend brand if you’ve been on the fence about their flooring.
Home Legend Review
Home Legend is the store brand of Home Depot although the company itself has only been in business since 2007. While they initially produced rugs, they moved into other areas like hardwood flooring and laminate flooring before expanding their range to become a dual-coast company. They are known for producing affordable flooring for Home Depot although most of it falls into the engineered hardwood category.
Home Legend Hardwood Collections
Unlike some store brands, Home Legend has an official website – although you can’t actually browse their flooring from the site. Unless you’re looking for information on their eco-friendly approach or the company itself, you’ll want to head straight to Home Depot to look at their hardwood flooring.
The Home Legend solid hardwood collection consists of four styles of flooring with your choice of Acacia, Birch, Walnut or Oak. All are hand scraped and ¾” thick with a width of 4 7/8,” but there are five colors to choose from with the Acacia flooring and two colors each with Birch and Oak.
The hand scraped Home Legend Acacia flooring comes with a lifetime warranty, but as Birch isn’t as durable, you’ll only get a 25-year guarantee. The Oak and Walnut planks are warrantied for 55 years, and all these planks can be refinished multiple times.
Things open up considerably from a style standpoint with the Home Legend Engineered Flooring collection. Home Legend has flooring made from Hickory, Acacia, Birch, White Oak, Sapele, and Red Pine. While Acacia is the only exotic wood, there is a nice mixture overall, and there are a few Teak and Walnut options available as well.
The majority of the company’s engineered hardwood flooring is in the 5” range. There are around 30 styles measuring from 3” to 5” however, and the thickness varies from 3/8” to a ½” depending on the style you choose. Warranties range from 25 to 50 years for residential use, and there are a variety of colors to choose from as well.
Texture & Finishes
Home Legend currently uses four types of texturing techniques on their wooden flooring. There are smooth finished planks, hand scraped boards and ones that have been wire brushed. There are also distressed or weathered looking planks. The gloss levels from Home Legend range from high to low.
With solid flooring, all their boards are hand scraped, so you’ll want to turn towards Home Legend engineered flooring if you want another type of textured finish. The finish used both styles of planks is a 7-layer aluminum oxide finish.
Due to the nature of the species, Acacia is the most durable type of flooring available from Home Legend. It has a Janka scale rating of 2,250 in its engineered form. The aluminum oxide finish obviously helps as well when it comes to scratches, scuffs, and light damage.
We couldn’t find any information on how many times their solid hardwood flooring can be sanded, but like all solid wood flooring, it can be generally be refinished at least 2 to 3 times at a minimum. The jury is out on refinishing their engineered flooring although it’s not something we would recommend considering the veneer is only 1.5mm thick.
Home Legend engineered flooring is simple to install if you prefer the DIY method, and the company provides consumers with a wealth of options in this area. Most of their engineered planks fall into the “glue down” category with click-lock coming in second. There are also dozens of styles that can be stapled or nailed down if you aren’t partial to floating floors.
With solid hardwood flooring, nails are an obvious choice which should come as no surprise. Installing solid hardwood flooring can be tricky, however, which means may be better off calling in a pro. Home Depot is actually an option if professional help is required as they offer flooring installation services directly through their stores.
The Green Factor
We’re not going to spend too much time on the eco-factor when it comes to Home Legend flooring. They cover everything nicely on their site and are geared towards producing green flooring with low chemical emissions. They’ve also partnered with Verite to ensure fair work practices, so they are socially and environmentally responsible.
Considering most of their catalog consists of domestic woods, sustainability shouldn’t be an issue. We’re not sure how their wood is sourced or harvested, but all of the flooring we checked was GREENGUARD certified and CARB 2 Complaint. VOC’s won’t be an issue with current styles of flooring from the Home Legend lineup.
Home Legend Hardwood Cost
The only place you can purchase Home Legend flooring is through Home Depot, so your options are a bit limited in that regard. Depending on where you live, there should be a location within reasonable driving distance, and you can rest assured they will have flooring in stock.
$5.49 sq. ft.
$4.49 sq. ft.
$5.97 sq. ft.
$2.99 sq. ft.
$1.98 sq. ft.
Home Legend Hardwood Pros, Cons and Ratings
The Home Legend hardwood flooring lineup is a bit of a mixed bag in regards to verified reviews. Most consumers seemed pleased with their purchase, but there are some styles with too many negative reviews to ignore. That leads us to believe there may be quality control issues with some lines while others are excellent condition.
They have a style and price point to suit almost every consumer. Nice selection of domestic hardwood species and some very affordable engineered products.
Quality can be hit or miss with some lines. Poor selection of solid hardwood flooring compared to other store brands or competitors.