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Old 03-10-2014, 09:27 AM   #46
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So, what you are saying is that you have absolutely no experience whatsoever with this particular product, yet you are telling people it is a bad product. Interesting, not sure that is the purpose of these kinds of discussions, trashing a product you have never used.
No, I am saying that I have experience with these products. The products have a history of being defective and the company has a history of not honoring warranties. But I was wishing you luck. I was hoping that you were one of the ones who did not have a problem with these products. And hoping that people who have not already bought these products, will realize the history of them before they buy. If anyone is willing to take a chance, that is their choice, but they need to know about the history of problems with these products so they can make an informed decision. Even though I will no longer install it, I have inspected problems for customers who bought these products and even though the stuff was defective, they were never able to get any satisfaction.

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With respect, you admitted in so many words you did not work with this particular product, yet said specifically that it was a bad product. By comparison, Dominos Pizza has more than a 30 year history of making terrible pizza. But guess what? A couple of years ago they changed and it is actually pretty decent now. You can say that their Tuscan Salami and Roasted Veggie is a terrible pizza based on the sausage pizza of theirs you ate 5 years ago, but that would not be accurate, responsible, useful, or helpful to one deciding what to order tonight.
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:40 PM   #48
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You seem intent on trying to cause a problem. I will let my 40 years installation and inspection experience speak for itself. That is probably 40 years more than you have.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:36 PM   #49
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I WAS WRONG! I thought those people complaining were physically challenged in some way, but it's not them, it's the ALLURE!

I was reading this thread last night as a customer of mine bought this stuff and asked me to install it, I do tile, marble and granite and refinish hardwood floors. I put the Allure Grip (the glued edges) down in my mother and laws rental property and it was as easy as can be. Well I assumed this was the same stuff, after all she (my customer) said it was "Allure" plank flooring. I ended up giving her a price to install it over the phone and she asked if I could fit the install in while I was there refinishing her hardwood floors. I said "sure, no prob" thinking it would take me a couple hours to do her kitchen and hall. The boxes of Allure where sitting there all week while I was working on the hardwood floors. Yesterday I finally got around to taking a closer look and realized it's not the same glue-strips like the planks I put in my mother in laws, but rather the "click" kind. So I ended up doing a google search last night and it took me here. I read all the negative comments about the installation process and figured "they must be doing something wrong, how hard could it be, it's a DYI product!"..


Well let me tell you!

It's a PAIN IN THE "WHERE THE SUN DON'T SHINE!" How can this product be on store shelves? It is INSANELY difficult to install. With the Allure Grip-strip I did a kitchen and bathroom (about 300 s/f all together) in about 3 hours time. Today I spend 5 hours and only got 160 s/f installed in what was mostly open-space in a kitchen. And I'm physically exhausted, my body aches. Tomorrow I have to finish the hall and small bathroom which means tons of cutting. This stuff is HARD to score and HARD to snap, MUCH harder than the Allure Grip-strip and as far as any audible "snap" or "click", good luck with that. Out of the 160 feet I put down I think I heard a semi-snap two or three times. Go to youtube and watch the promotional video for the product and you'll notice, they NEVER actually show a plank being installed completely in close-ups, they tell you how easy it is, show a close up of someone installing the short side (which is easy) but the camera cuts away before they try and lock-in the long side, BUT>>>> later in the video when they are showing you the approved sub-floors you can install it over, up in the left hand corner you can plainly see the installer struggling to get the long side locked-in! and he never does! lol.

To make matters worse, I was explaining to my customer what a PITA it was to install.. and she said "hmm, my son (her son moved out of state now, thus the reason he isn't installing it) installed three bedrooms in one day and said it was easy, you should have seen him go!, but then again he's in his 20's, you know young (I guess at 42 I'm an old fogey?). I was thinking, "lady there's NO WAY he installed the same stuff, not a chance" This stuff is so bad it should not be on the market. I'm going to spend two days installing 200 s/f of this junk! Are you kidding me? I can install 700 feet of tile in two days and make five times as much money!

Anyway, anyone who finds this thread and is considering installing this, if you value your sanity.. DO NOT DO IT! move on and find a better product. I only wish last night while I was reading this thread I took the negative comments more seriously. I should have told my customer to get a different product or charged her at least twice as much as I am.

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Old 06-27-2014, 09:54 PM   #50
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Just finished laying the click together allure vinyl flooring in the kitchen. My 1st attempt at any kind of flooring and it had to be this. 130 sq. feet and took me a week. Hard to go together and at 53 i was beat. Learned a few tricks along the way and the more i laid the faster it got. It was a real pain so i really took my time.
Yes it looks great and feels great on the feet but would not recommend to faint at heart or someone with very little patience. I did not for the most part stagger my joints. I did leave expansion spaces throughout most of it. If i ever use this flooring again it will be in a small room definitely not a bathroom. As far as wear or trouble with expansion only time will tell.
We purchased new plastic and felt feet for all our kitchen chairs and they glide smoothly over the surface of this product.
In closing, yes its a real pain to lay down and to get all the planks to fit tight together but i did it and glad i stuck to it. By the way, this was a over contractors original linoleum job and the house is on slab 13 years old.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:35 PM   #51
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Just finished laying the click together allure vinyl flooring in the kitchen. My 1st attempt at any kind of flooring and it had to be this. 130 sq. feet and took me a week. Hard to go together and at 53 i was beat. Learned a few tricks along the way and the more i laid the faster it got. It was a real pain so i really took my time.
Yes it looks great and feels great on the feet but would not recommend to faint at heart or someone with very little patience. I did not for the most part stagger my joints. I did leave expansion spaces throughout most of it. If i ever use this flooring again it will be in a small room definitely not a bathroom. As far as wear or trouble with expansion only time will tell.
We purchased new plastic and felt feet for all our kitchen chairs and they glide smoothly over the surface of this product.
In closing, yes its a real pain to lay down and to get all the planks to fit tight together but i did it and glad i stuck to it. By the way, this was a over contractors original linoleum job and the house is on slab 13 years old.
And the complaints about Allure never end. Talked to a friend who does only flooring inspections for a living. He told me he does more failure inspections of Allure than any other product. That is why it has become DIY, most pro installers won't touch it. Too many problems.
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A few things i want to add if anyone is laying this floor for the 1st time. Click in short seam first than start at opposite end of the long seam and push together. To get the seams tight together you will need a block of wood and hammer to tap the seam tight, but, you must have the row you are tapping on firmly blocked to save your expansion gap. I used plastic tile spacers stood up not laying down. If you don't have the rows blocked somehow on the other end and you go to tap your seam together the whole row will shift on you. Hence the term free floating floor.
Also when you are tapping make sure you are not loosening the seams of any of the surrounding planks. I also purchased a tool for tapping when you get next to a wall or cabinet (about 9 bucks).
Always take up your baseboards as these will be laid back down and hide your expansion gaps for you. We reused 90% of what we had and the other we found the same exact baseboard that the homebuilder used at our local chain home improvement store.
Only time will tell if this product is any good seam issues or whatever but if your already committed cost wise to using this product then don't give up. I got it done at age 53 and its the first flooring i have ever laid in my life.
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I've put down several thousand sf of the Allure this year..The Allure with the glue strip is a decent product and has a good wear layer if installed properly.I did about 1000sf of the Allure plank in one home because the HO wanted to sell the place and wanted to spruce it up cheap.I hope to never use this product again.
One thing that others have not mentioned is that this product scratches easily.
If installing the plamk you have to start off 1 wall and ad spacers between the wall and tile to keep the rows straight.Most people when trying to lock the rows together try to hold the row at to high of an angle.You only need to raise the row about 15-20degres.Any more will cause problems.You have to connect a whole row together then lock it in.You can't do this with one person.
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"The Allure with the glue strip is a decent product" but they have had some with bad adhesive, and they admitted it.
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That is correct and something I had forgot about.Glad I didn't run into any of that.
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i installed it in my bedroom and living room. started in the bedroom, it doesnt click together as easy had i thought it would. getting the perfect angle, but did get it in. what i like about it is that you cant see any joint, your not suppose to. now ive seen the stuff installed where you can se every joint, as though it wasnt even clicked in, just laid out. and ive also seen it where it perfect. but it isnt all that easy. thats why i did the Grip-Strip for my kitchen and bathroom. read bad and good about. its like either it will last or it wont. but no sense in looking for buggers that arent there.
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Like many others in this thread I am an experienced floor layer,...tile, hardwood, laminate, and the 'GripTite' glue strip Allure. I recommended that one to one of my customers,...unfortunately she bought this 'click' style instead. Never have I been so frustrated with a product. All the same problems mentioned previously,...doesn't 'click' together at all. Yes, be sure to block the far side of the area you are tapping on. Still like trying to slide to piece of sandpaper past each other. Tip,...I used a bit of dish soap on the sliding tongue edge,...helped a bit. I called the manufacturer/distributor customer service. They tried to be helpful but had obviously never actually tried to install in the field. I will do my best to steer people away from this product,...and I'll turn down jobs that include installing this product.

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