I found out about this company through a blog I follow. Because of the thorough post, I knew exactly what I was getting in this product. There were many, many short boards but, as I said, I knew this going in, and amazingly, it makes absolutely no difference. I wanted a rustic look, so the knots and rare dye marks added to the look I was going for. Once this floor was in, you could not even tell there were short pieces in it. The look was seamless and the subtle differences in the wood tones are gorgeous! This floor is very light colored with some warm tones, so any defects would definitely be more noticeable than in a darker floor and we can't even see any. On the pieces with knots, there were a few that had white centers. This will be easily fixable with either a marker or a dab of stain with a Q-tip. The fact that I could get an entire living room, hallway and kitchen and still have plenty of boards left over is amazing to me. I strongly recommend viewing online tutorials and googling installation tips. Once you do a row or two, you will get in the groove and it goes much faster. The product itself is very high quality. The pieces, even though short, have practically perfect edges. There were only two times when an edge was not cut straight and would not fit. I was able to use some of the boards with splits to cut down for fitting in against the wall on the last run. We did order the 20% overage and we had more than enough. There were grease pencil marks on many of the boards but they rub off with your finger. We have already dropped hammers, pry bars, tape measures, etc., and spilled a drink, and there isn't a single mark on the floor. I am extremely pleased with my beautiful floor and the fact that I got such an expensive material for such a low price makes it all the sweeter. I would recommend this company to anyone. The shipping was fast and free. The packaging was terrific. All the boxes were in perfect condition, stacked on a pallet with the rolls of underlayment on top and everything was so completely wrapped in plastic that I could barely see what was inside; nice and tight and protected. All things considered, I would have to say this place is definitely a steal!
The only downside is that they did not carry the trim pieces to match my floor. They do have unfinished, but this floor is such a unique color, I would not be able to stain anything to truly match it. I had to order the trim from a different company.