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Old 07-09-2009, 10:16 PM   #226
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Thoughts and opinions on "Trafficmaster Allure" flooring from Home Depot?


Excellent job with the kitchen BB! It looks fantastic!

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Old 07-11-2009, 10:42 AM   #227
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We are looking for the right product to install. I've read the postings regarding Allure and think I'd like a product with a thicker wear layer. Went to konecto and find that regardless of product, "large" cracks in the subflooring must be filled. Our subflooring is 2x6s (upstairs floors) and not tongue in groove. So I'm wondering how large is "large" enough to require filling?
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Old 07-12-2009, 12:40 PM   #228
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I've used the Allure Oak to finish two rooms in my house. My daughters room was done last year and the floor still looks like new. Also did an office 6 months ago and working on the craft room today. The product is very easy to work with and goes done quickly. It's very easy to cut and work around even difficult angles. It can be a bit tricky to pull back up when you make a mistake and requires some strength here. I would recommend the product highly.
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Old 07-12-2009, 02:18 PM   #229
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Was watching HGTV today, The house that wouldn't sell I think. They used Allure in the kitchen to cover some 60's flooring.
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Old 07-16-2009, 03:43 PM   #230
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I am a few weeks away from starting my laydown of Allure on my concrete basement floor ... and am still researching some issues. I have found differing thoughts on laying down the second row: cut off 1/3 laying down remaining 2/3 of plank OR simply using the resulting cut-off end piece from the end of the first row to start the second, the same with the next row and continue on. The first way is a lot more predictable: full plank, 2/3 plank, 1/3 plank ... then full plank, etc. This is a staggered look, but some posts imply that it provides a "pattern" that is unacceptable. The other way gives a very "random" look. Any thoughts on the preferred method of staggering?
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Old 07-16-2009, 05:38 PM   #231
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The important thing is to stagger the rows so that the ends do not line up even 2 or 3 rows out. Also make sure that you open all boxes to make sure the color is the same, better to mix them all. Also there is about 8 patterns 4 one way and the same 4 reversed. So make sure you don't put 2 of the same ones close to each other. Find the like patterns and make piles and pull from different piles but don't pull the same, like pile 1, pile 2, pile 3, pile 4, etc then maybe pile 2, pile 1 etc. Try to keep them mixed so they are random.
IMO I think the more randomness the better. Look at a real wood floor, the pieces are usually different lengths, maybe 1 board, 1/2 board, 1/4 board, etc.
You can not use the cut pieces at the start of the next row, only the end of a row or the glue strip would be on the wrong side. So make sure you will have a place for the cut off piece. If your not careful you may end up with a lot of ends that you cant use because there too short. A dry run is advisable. You can cut twice but you can lengthen.

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Old 07-17-2009, 12:40 AM   #232
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We had an issue with water leakage and were in need of a fix as we had to tear up carpeting. We saw this product and thought that it was the way to go. We have to do it in sections though because we couldn't afford all we needed at once, hopefully that won't screw things up. Our biggest concern is that our subfloor is not totally even due to the water damage-and the rest of it probably isn't either, to be honest(mobile home). Is this going to cause a problem? If so, what is the workaround? I browsed through this entire thread and if this was addressed I overlooked it. Just don't want to start installing it and then run into a problem.

I have to say I am also concerned with this thing about regulating the temperature and humidity. We have no real way to do that.
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:53 AM   #233
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It depends on how uneven. Since the whole Allure floor is attached to only itself it will float over unevenness but if there are lumps and bumps you will feel some of them. Its thicker than 12" tiles about 3x thicker. I did not finish mine either as I stopped at the living room untill I install hardwood or laminate. So I stuck a piece of the paper that comes on the strips over the sticky side and put a cut piece under it so it wouldnt bend. I will remove it when Im ready.
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It depends on how uneven. Since the whole Allure floor is attached to only itself it will float over unevenness but if there are lumps and bumps you will feel some of them. Its thicker than 12" tiles about 3x thicker. I did not finish mine either as I stopped at the living room untill I install hardwood or laminate. So I stuck a piece of the paper that comes on the strips over the sticky side and put a cut piece under it so it wouldnt bend. I will remove it when Im ready.
It's not too bad I don't think. Not mountains and valleys or anything like that. The damaged area is against the wall in a low traffic area so I'm not worried too much about feeling the spots, I was more concerned about the panels going together-and staying together.

Thanks for the quick response.
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Old 07-17-2009, 01:13 AM   #235
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I put mine over cement board that had tile on it. I pried up all I could get and about 1000 nails, I scraped it as good as I could but there was places where the thickness varied because the cement board was glued and screwed down. I nailed some Masonite, rough side up as a new sub floor and put the allure over that. You can not feel anything abnormal by walking on it. Once the Allure is put down its like laying a rug. It is not attached to anything but itself. I think you will be fine.
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:30 AM   #236
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Larrylwill:

Thanks for the response to my post. I have a few other things to consider, but let me first question your comment about "you cannot use the cut pieces at the start of the next row". If you are cutting off the right hand part of the plank as you meet the wall, on all cut pieces EXCEPT one from the first row, you would have glue strips on all sides EXCEPT the cut end. This piece could then start the next row, butting the short cut end (with no glue strip) against the wall. Am I missing something? (Maybe so.)
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:34 PM   #237
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You are right, if you always start from the same wall it will work.
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Old 07-17-2009, 02:50 PM   #238
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One other minor concern. I understand you are supposed to leave a small gap between the first row of planks and the wall. Won't that look stupid? I think I saw something about it being hidden by the baseboard, but there is no gap between my baseboard and the floor.
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Old 07-17-2009, 02:56 PM   #239
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Leaving the gap, I am told, allows the floor to "float". Leaving this gap allows for expansion of the floor and will prevent buckling. You could add quarter round to hide the gap.
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Old 07-17-2009, 03:02 PM   #240
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Has anyone heard about using carpet tape on the first row? I have read this but I would think that doesn't allow the floor to float.

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