Some hardwood flooring manufacturers produce a little bit of everything. It’s not uncommon to find companies that make luxury vinyl or carpet alongside their wooden planks, but that is not the case with Mullican. Mullican Flooring specializes in hardwood and provides consumers with beautiful flooring that will last a lifetime while increasing the value of their home.
Mullican Hardwood Review
Mullican is one of the more prolific hardwood flooring manufacturers when it comes to collections. Whereas some companies have a half-dozen series or more, Mullican has over 20 from Aspen Grove to Wexford. While it’s a good way to get an overview of the styles of flooring they carry, there are three types of hardwood flooring you will want to focus on with solid, engineered, and unfinished flooring.
There are well over 100 options to choose from if you are interested in Mullican solid hardwood flooring, but they only come from eight collections. All their planks are ¾” thick with a width of 5” or less including some 2 ¼” boards from the St. Andrews, Oak Point, and Muirfield collections. There are no exotic species available in solid hardwood form, but they do have Hickory, Maple, Red Oak and White Oak.
When it comes to Mullican’s engineered flooring, there are more choices when it comes to style and species. You can find Tigerwood planks from the Meadow Brooke collection, but they also have Amendoim, Cumaru and Brazilian Cherry engineered flooring as well. The thickness on these planks range from a ½” to 9/16” and while there are no boards under 3” wide, there are selections in the 6”, 7” and 9” range. All the domestic species from the solid hardwood lineup are present along with Walnut and Birch.
The company also has a small selection of unfinished boards for consumers that prefer to choose their own stains and finishes. There are Red Oak and White Oak floor boards ranging from modern to rustic in 5” or 7” widths. There’s no texture to these planks, and they are all 5/8” thick.
Textures and Finishes
Unless you choose unfinished hardwood from Mullican, there are a variety of techniques Mullican uses to finish their flooring. If you prefer something simple, you can look for flooring with a smooth finish or choose whitewashed. That’s not an option we come across very often, and definitely one to consider if you are looking for something unique.
Wirebrushed finishes are available as well along with boards that are “hand sculpted” or include saw marks. The type of species used plays a large part in how the finish will look, but they have all the usual alternatives along with a few rarer options. While we did not dig through all of the 200+ styles, aluminum oxide seems to be the most frequently used finish by the company.
As we discussed in our hardwood buying guide, durability depends on a number of factors. The Janka scale is a good way to get an idea of how “hard” your hardwood floors really are, and the scale is simple to figure out. Domestic woods always rank lower than exotic species, so their Hickory flooring has a rating of 1,820, but their Cumaru flooring is rated at a 3,540.
Obviously, Cumaru floors are harder, but as they are engineered, they won’t last as long as solid hardwood flooring. Mullican's solid hardwood flooring can be refinished or sanded multiple times, but your mileage varies on engineered boards of any kind. All of their products carry a Lifetime Finish warranty.
Normally we don’t delve into the installation process in our brand reviews as hardwood is only installed using a handful of methods. In this case, things are a little different due to milling techniques as the company offers boards with a regular beveled edge or ones that are micro-beveled. If you’re not familiar with this term, think of it like a miniature version of a beveled edge but one that’s a bit more forgiving.
Installation methods for Mullican hardwood flooring depend on the style you choose although the usual rules apply. For solid wood, nails and staples are an option along with glue. Floating click-lock flooring is present as well along with guides for each method which walks you through the installation process.
The Green Factor
We’re pleased to report that Mullican flooring is one of the more eco-friendly brands around. They have a forest to floor mentality that ensures no part of a tree goes to waste, and their wood is harvested responsibly through managed forests. They are fully certified as well, even more so than other brands in their class.
Mullican’s solid and engineered hardwood flooring is CARB compliant, and AHMI verified sustainable. They are certified from the Forest Stewardship Council and FloorScore as well. In fact, they take things a step further by actually linking to their certificates on their site, so you won’t have to wonder with Mullican. While over 80% of their flooring is made in the USA, some of their planks are produced in China, Russia, and Indonesia as well.
Mullican Hardwood Cost and Availability
Like Shaw, Bruce, and other leaders in the flooring industry, Mullican is a large brand often found in the showrooms of flooring stores across the United States. Unfortunately, aside from Lowe’s, you won’t be able to pick up their products from other big box retailers. That could make their flooring a little harder to acquire depending on where you reside. With that in mind, here’s what you can expect to pay for their flooring.
$6.85 sq. ft.
$5.39 sq. ft.
$6.60 sq. ft.
$6.98 sq. ft.
$7.08 sq. ft.
$6.84 sq. ft.
Mullican Hardwood Pros, Cons and Ratings
It’s hard to go wrong with Mullican if you’re in the market for eco-friendly flooring and they fit within your budget. They have one of the better selections when it comes to species, and we love the fact it’s almost an even split between solid hardwood and engineered products.
High-quality flooring with a focus on sustainability. Certified products with a style and species to suit almost everyone’s needs. Small, but solid selection of exotic woods.
Price may rule them out for some as they are consider a premium brand from that standpoint. Some complaints on quality control and variance.