Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Plank

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I’ve seen a lot of home renovations before and they all involve similar upgrades: stainless steel appliances, modern cabinetry, central heating/cooling, and of course, hard wood floors. But flooring can get pretty expensive. Thankfully Costco carries a few options when it comes to hard wood floors or at least flooring to simulate wood like the Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Plank. But unlike real wood, the Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Plank is scratch resistant and thanks to its interlocking design, provides a tight water resistant seam. The locking system also makes this floor a glueless floating floor that can be installed over most floor surfaces. It may not be real wood but with the strength, ease of installation, resistance to moisture, and the look of the real thing, the Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Plank may be just what you need to give your home or office that classy, professional look.


Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Plank – Perfect for the home or office
Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Plank – Perfect for the home or office

Here are the specs:

Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Plank Product Info

Costco Item#: 917931
Costco Price: $36.99
Found at: Costco in Redwood City, CA (2300 Middlefield Rd)
(price and availability may vary per Costco location)

Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Plank – Waterproof performance and the look of real wood
Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Plank – waterproof performance and the look of real wood

Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Plank: cost-effective alternative to hardwood floors
Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Plank: cost-effective alternative to hardwood floors

Deal for the Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Plank at Costco
Deal for the Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Plank at Costco

Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring

    Key Features:
  • Natural wood appearance
  • Scratch resistant
  • Waterproof performance
  • Uniclic system floats over existing floors
  • Rough-sawn embossed surface texture for added realism

11 comments:

Ara Nubar Kerestedjian said...

Hi,
I started getting hives after 2 weeks that we installed them. Just waned to see if anyone has any issues with this product.
Called my local Costco and they advised me to check with the manufacturer (Madewell) to see if they have any reported problems, talked to a person called Don and he was very nice and caring in the beginning, of course he said that I'm the first one who complained about this product.

Then I asked him for a refund and I never heard back from him. It's been about 10 months and I'm still dealing with hives! Any feedback is highly appreciated!
Thank you!
Ara

ExecMemberMike said...

Hello @Ara, I've never heard of anyone getting hives from flooring, but it's a good guess that the Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Planks that you installed in your home is made of or has some sort of material that is causing an allergic reaction. It's unfortunate that this is happening to you and it sucks even more that the manufacturer isn't doing anything. Sorry, but I can't really say what you can do at this point moving forward unless you want to consult a doctor and/or a lawyer. I hope your situation gets better. Good luck!

Kristi said...

I'm considering buying this, does it scratch easily of have problems? Has it held up well with spills? I'm not worried about about the hives, I imagine you are allergic to something and that's not the manufacturers fault. If I bought milk and broke out in hives because I'm allergic to it I wouldn't expect the store to refund me. If it's not because of an allergy they should do something but I haven't seen anyone else have this problem.

Ara Nubar Kerestedjian said...

Hi Krisit,

It does scratch easily. We had some water spills here and there but as it is vinyl it doesn't get affected. It does smell a bit plastic every time we cleaned it with Luke water.

We spent $180 for VOC, Mold and Formaldehyde testing using Home Air Check Indoor Air Quality Test, you can buy it from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Home-Air-Check-Indoor-Quality/dp/B005SV5EIO/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Results came back with elevated VoC and Moderate Formaldehyde levels.
Also hired professional inspection services company that also found high VOC and formaldehyde levels.

I disagree with your milk and allergy comment. When you buy any food product, they CLEARLY state the content and put a warning label for people with allergies.
You don't change your flooring every day and it's a big investment + labor cost + hassle.
Costco (with their great customer service and return policy) refunded our money. THANK YOU Costco!

p.s. I've researched and even called the vendor (MadeWell) to find out that they import the flooring from China. They provided me their low VoC certificate, which didn’t mean anything because it still emits VoC. I also checked the 3rd party company that issued their certification and found out their certification procedure is very basic. They clearly did their VoC level testing within room temperature 70-74 F degree... Temperatures in South California easily get over 85 F during summer.

I highly suggest you check online for flooring that were imported from China and high VoC & Formaldehyde issues that many people complained about.

The $4,000 DIY project turned to over $25,000 in medical bill for the last year only!

Anonymous said...

I installed this flooring in my living room, dining room and two bedrooms thinking it would be more durable than regular wood laminate. The manufacturer claims it is scratch resistant, but we found out the hard way that it's not. We installed felt pads on all our furniture and still ended up with scratches everywhere. When I contacted Costco they told me "No problem, just bring it back in and we will give you a full refund". I contacted the vendor (Not-So)WellMade and they told me that the 30 year warranty doesn't cover scratches. I would rip it out and start over just to spite them but I don't have the time. I was hoping to get more than one year out of the floor before replacing it. In the meantime we bought some new rugs to hide the damage.

ExecMemberMike said...

Hello @Anonymous, thank you for sharing your thoughts on the Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Plank. I'm sorry to hear about your awful experience with it in your home. The 30 year warranty probably doesn't cover scratches because I'm sure the manufacturer considers scratches as part of wear and tear as opposed to being defective even though it appears that it scratches rather easily. At least Costco is willing to refund your money even if it's a hassle and not very practical to have to return it.

Unknown said...

I am installing this product in my home now. So far, installation has been fairly easy (I'm a diy'er). No issues with odors or scratches. So far, I am pleased with the product. It looks great.

ExecMemberMike said...

Hi @Unknown, I'm glad to hear that the Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Planks is working out great for you and your home. And with no problems either which makes it all the more better!

Anonymous said...

Worst vinyl I've ever purchased. I own 100+ rentals and put this in. When my electrician pulled the new stove out to install the cord, it scratched the floor very bad. I checked to make sure leveler was correct to make sure nothing was on it (looked like a screw mark) but there was nothing. I've never seen a GE leg leveler scratch so bad. Tenants moved in and before they were done, its basically ruined from just normal wear and tear but it only took 2 days!! I was looking for something to use to cover scratches when I came across this site. Its Labor day weekend so we shall see what happens Tuesday when I start contacting Manufacture. I'm sure Costco will refund but that's not the point. Its installed and tenants on it. It will be a pain in the a.. that shouldn't have to be dealt with in such a short period of time.

ExecMemberMike said...

Hello @Anonymous, that's just terrible that the Golden Arowana Reclaimed Walnut Luxury Vinyl Planks easily gets scratched up. It's a good thing Costco has a good return policy when it comes to these kind of things. I guess you get what you pay when installing these instead of real hardwood floors.

Ara Nubar Kerestedjian said...

Agree with ExecMemberMike. You get what you pay for!
Don't waste your time contacting the manufacturer, they won't get back to you anyways, just remove the planks and return it to Costco (I know it's a PAIN).
Costco didn't even ask for boxes, not even the receipt. They can always pull that up using your membership card.

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