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Old 03-10-2009, 03:05 PM   #151
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I, too, have been researching the Konecto products, and put the Allure in my basement (concrete floor) bedroom. I plan on putting the Konecto in my dining room. We are going to be building a house soon, so we are using our existing home (which must be re-floored before we move anyway) as a testing ground.

I can answer your question about the 36" planks. They do come in 36" planks, but also come in 48" planks, depending on the style you pick. If I remember right, the "traditional" "Prestige" is 48 inches. If you are asking about the tile pattern, I have a 16" square Konecto tile, but they also have narrow tiles in a 3-tile plank, which may be 36". I didn't like them as well as the square tile, because you'll be able to see the crack of the plank. In other words, you'll see that it's a 3-tile plank, whereas the 16" square tile will look like an individual tile. I hope that makes sense. The Konecto has several "grades" of varying thickness and length. They also have a very new commercial grade plank that looks like bamboo. It is gorgeous. It's about $6.50 a square foot from my local flooring store, so it won't be going everywhere I want to put it.

My husband and I installed the Allure about 2 weeks ago, as a trial run. We wanted to spend a little money to see how it looked. We spent "a little" money, and it looks great. Feels great. And were very surprised at the ease of installation. We didn't argue at all. We did 5 boxes in about an hour. We stopped at 5 boxes because we ran out--our engineering wasn't so great. So we got 3 more boxes, let them acclimate for 3 days, then used superglue on the adhesive that had sat exposed for those 3 days. We've had no problems with lifting, but it's only been down 2 weeks. In addition, our bedroom leaked water with this latest storm, and water puddled on the Allure. Again, no problem with lifting or non-adhesion.

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Old 03-15-2009, 08:21 PM   #152
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i own a mhp with 25 units. i found nothing to be level or stright in an older mh. i have installed this product myself in about 13 of my units. when i show a unit to rent everyone is impressed. the product is priced right, goes down easy and looks great. i have been using it in units for 1.5 years without any problems. i got tired of cleaning carpets or removing them becouse of pet oders. so far no pet oders yet. my units have large temputure changes. this past winter i had a few units open and many dropped below freezing. then warmed up when tenants moved in without any problems.
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Old 03-15-2009, 11:18 PM   #153
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Spanky10....
Thank You so very much fo rletting Me know that! I have been puttig off putting this throughout My Home because I wouldn't be doing just one or two rooms. I was going to do all of the rooms that used to have carpet in them, So obviously, That adds up doing that much sqaure footage. I will definately install it now. I truly appriciate Your honesty!
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Old 03-22-2009, 03:44 PM   #154
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After seeing this stuff at Home Depot, I came home to do a web search on this stuff and found this thread. Lots of good info. So we decided to go ahead and do it. We used the Home Depot Allure Corfu tile pattern for an approximately 10'x20' kitchen/dining room combo. With waste, it took 10 boxes.

The old kitchen floor rolled vinyl put down by previous owners was lifting, so I sliced into all the bubbles and put new flooring adhesive under the floor and let it dry. We had one spot where there was about a 1.5" diameter hole in the vinyl which I filled with a cut piece I was able to liberate from under the stove. While it was drying, we removed the trim from around the room.

Once the floor adhesive set about an hour later, I started putting down the allure (about 2:30 pm in the afternoon). At 11:30 PM I stopped with about one complicated cut row remaining and hit the sack. The next morning I blew my first cuts three times, but was then on my way and finished about an hour later. Replaced the transition moldings and replaced the trim with a little bit of grinding in places to accomodate the new floor height. Ran to Home depot, got a 75 pound seam roller and rolled the seams and returned it at about 5:00 PM. Rolling it squeezed some adhesive out through the seams, but some judicious use of mineral spirits cleaned it right up.

Two days of work start to finish. With a little bit better planning, I could probably have done it all in one day.

10 days later, it still looks great. A VAST improvement over the old rolled vinyl. Well worth the approximately 700.00 for the 10 boxes. Very simple to do. I've put down 2 x 120 sqft rooms worth of click-lock type flooring before using this stuff. This stuff is a lot easier simply because you don't need the saw. Kids spilled about a quart of milk on the floor 3 days after laying it and it wiped right up with no apparent leakage (no rotten milk smell).

There are a few seams that I'm not happy with, but that's apparently only because I know right where they are. Nobody else really notices them, or just accepts them as part of the floor.

The day after it was complete, my hamstrings and glutes were aching from the 150-200 deep knee bends I had done during the laying of the floor. At least I'd been going to the YMCA for the last year and a half, or it would have been WAY worse.

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Old 03-28-2009, 05:50 PM   #155
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Old 03-30-2009, 06:55 PM   #156
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any one used this product lately
the mold thing has me spooked
my install wouldnt be basement but would be on bare slab
the product is supposed to be waterproof and i believe
25 year warranty
you would think they would tell you to seal
or vapor barrier or something
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Has anyone used the new Allure one step cleaner sealer? It comes in gloss and matte finishes, I am afraid the try the stuff because it seems like it would be hard to remove by reading the label.
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Old 04-09-2009, 09:46 AM   #158
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Hello everybody,

I would seriously re-consider putting something on my basement floor that doesn't "breathe". Its doesn't matter how dry you think your basement is. By its nature concrete will act like a wick and draw moisture into the basement. If it can't evaporate into the room because its trapped underneath the flooring mold WILL grow. You can put a vapor barrier down first...but you may still get mold growth underneath the barrrier. Along those same lines more and more building experts are advising against putting vapor barriers on your basement wall for the same reasons. Its better that water vapor enters your basement living area rather then get trapped behind the insulation because of the vapor barrier. Once in the living area it can evaporate or, even better, be removed with the dehumidifier you should be running.

I am in the process of finishing my own basement and am leaning towards carpet.

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Old 04-09-2009, 08:57 PM   #159
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Hello,

I was considering putting down a sheet of vinyl flooring in my kitchen. The reason for this is that I have a dog that sometimes has accidents on the kitchen floor and I thought a sheet of vinyl would be best because it would just puddle on top.

When I went to Home Depot the flooring person there strongly recommended the Allure Trafficmaster because of how well it will hold up. I have no doubt that it will hold very well to the traffic. My concern is when my dogs have an accident will it get between the seams and under the floor? Definitely not a good thing. Opinions please.

Thank you!!
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Old 04-10-2009, 06:45 AM   #160
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Your not gonna find any floor professional to recommend a product that stands up to pee.

Pee is very acidic and will etch itself into any vinyl product.

Talk to your vet and see if there is a medical issue with your pup .

Aside from that you may want to look into a ceramic tile maybe? Something with an epoxy grout
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:33 PM   #161
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Hi, All,
We started laying the Bamboo pattern for the Allure panels on Sat. afternoon in the dining room and kitchen area of a mobile home-lots of curves and the walls were not totally straight. It's being laid over an old linoleum floor. The area will be about 750 sq ft, a vacation home on the coast. We got about 1/2 the project done before leaving. so we'll come back in a few weeks to finish.

Some things we learned: You need lots and lots of patience.... and measure twice if not thrice.

That temperature does make a big difference. Around 68-70 degrees the panels snapped more easily after cutting and the glue was slower in setting up, which was better for positioning the panels. Higher temperatures 75 or higher the glue sets up much faster and its harder to reposition.

We used double back carpet tape (only thing the hardware store had). The non-adhesive backing from the tape was later used to protect the tabs when we had to back fill some areas. We tucked it under while we slide the new panel into place and then pulled it out when the panel was in place.

We used a standard boxcutter utility knife to cut/score the panels. Changed the blades often

When there was a tricky area with smaller angles, smaller pieces were cut, fitted to a larger piece and than laid in place.

The wax paper layers in the box were taped down over the exposed tabs with blue masking tape, to keep them clean. The dog preferred to sit on the sticky tabs over anywhere else in the house.

I love the Bamboo pattern and the new flooring is transforming the whole area. I hope some of this helps someone starting out.
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I posted on here months ago, asking about this Allure flooring. i really appreciate all the help I received. We are in the midst of installing it now, and it goes down so quickly! What we are having an issue with is the cutting. It sure doesn't seem as easy as everyone says. We have tried cutting from the top and the bottom. We have new blades and are changing frequently.

Any suggestions?

Thanks so much!
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Have heard that same complaint regarding installation, but considering it is that tough to cut, it should be that much tougher in daily use. Keep your chin up and it will be done soon enough.
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Thanks for the motivation!

And I have purchased and played with both the gloss and the satin Allure floor care product. Since I haven't actually put in on the floor and walked on it yet, i'm not sure how it will wear. But the shine is gorgeous!

Now that it is later in the evening, we are being a little rougher when we try to snap and it's working better. We may have been too tentative about it.
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Hi there,
I bought Corfu tile style Allure flooring as well. Plan to install next weekend, although finding out it needs to "acclimatize" for 48 hours may delay that. I am installing it in my boyfriend's home, which is four hours away. Anyway, I have a couple questions about this tile style floor. Hope you can answer:

1. Should the tiles be staggered (like the faux wood) or lined up with each other?
2. I am doing a kitchen, short stairway to a landing and then a full stairway....anyone have anytips on how the tile squares should be lined up from floor to stairs then back to floor?
3. I don't understand what everyone is talking about laying the first row (maybe i'll get it when i start but...) Can anyone give a detailed instruction about laying the first row?
4. The Home Depot guy didn't mention renting a hundred pound roller. How essential is this?

Thanks for any and all replies

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