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canidoit 03-25-2011 01:39 PM

Allure Flooring
Hope I am posting in the proper place...its my first time
I am considering using Allure flooring in a small bathroom and appreciate all the previously posted comments.
I am wondering however, has anyone ever put this over an existing tile floor. Am told by HD that its fine to do so and the backing of the Allure product will adjust itself to the indentations of the grout it you will.

The existing tile bathroom floor is rather old / ugly and this would give the bathroom at definate new just looking for some advise before I begin...don't want to make it any worse in that bathroom.

rusty baker 03-25-2011 05:56 PM

I would think you would need to level the floor(fill all the grout lines) before that would work. I assume you are talking about ceramic tile?

ThatDaveGuy 03-26-2011 07:25 AM

Not to sound dense but why would you need to level the grout lines? Do you think the laminate would actually sag and show lines, ie. it couldn't bridge 1/8"? I am considering doing the same thing to buy a few years/push that project down "the list" to where I can tear out and redo the bathroom floor completely.

rusty baker 03-26-2011 09:24 AM

Allure is not laminate, it is vinyl.

ThatDaveGuy 03-26-2011 10:03 AM

:doh: My mistake, but it isn't stick-on vinyl tile, it is heavier stick-together floating flooring, isn't it? So I'd ask the same thing, it wouldn't bridge a grout line?

Honestly not trying to argumentative here, I love being able to get opinions from pros that have worked in the field. Sometimes the hardest part of any of these projects is sorting through the mind-numbing selections of various products and materials, seems like there is "new" stuff on the market every day and who would know better than the guys that have to make it work for customers? The people selling any of it have a vested interest in convincing us that it is fine, it always works and no one has ever had a problem....:whistling2:

rusty baker 03-26-2011 10:18 AM

All vinyl products need to be installed on a smooth floor. Any uneven or rough area will evenually wear through. And if someone from a big box told me it was sunny outside, I would grab an umbrella. Remember it was HD who told the poster it would be OK. The same person was probably selling lumber the day before.

ThatDaveGuy 03-26-2011 11:38 AM

Thanks, appreciate the followup.........

CMHbob 04-10-2011 08:23 PM

I have used Allure over many surfaces, but not tile. I can tell you that it will bridge 1/8" gaps, hide vinyl tile patterns and not telegraph screw and nail heads through to the surface. It is amazingly forgiving, water proof and durable. It also comes in commercial grade that is thicker than residential grade. If I was concerned about grout lines, I would probably use it. If cost was no object, I would probably remove the tile from a small room first and cover the sub floor with luan or 1/4" plywood. Then lay the Allure on top of that.

missmdh 04-15-2011 11:11 AM

I'm doing it this week
I am putting Allure Corfu in my bathroom next week over tile. I too am looking for a quick economical fix for my bathroom floor which was painted over tile. I have stripped the paint off the walls and am going to take my chances with the grout lines. The tiles on my floor are tiny squares and are the original tile. I am planning on selling my house in the next few years, so it will be someone else's problem if it happens. There are some really great videos on youtube if you want to watch real people installing allure. Good luck!:thumbup:

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