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Old 06-26-2008, 12:47 AM   #46
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Thoughts and opinions on "Trafficmaster Allure" flooring from Home Depot?


I have two cats and am considering using Allure (the tile-look) in the room where the litter boxes are kept. Occasionally my senior kitty misses the box and wets the floor. Does anyone have any experience with this? Would it damage the appearance of the flooring or seep through the seams?

Secondly, I have my desk and rolling chair in this room. The desk, which contains my computer and a printer, is rather heavy. How would the Allure stand up to this weight? And what kind of protection for the rolling wheels would work???

Thanks for any advice you can give me. JKM

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Old 06-28-2008, 05:45 PM   #47
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Hello! I joined the group today after searching for "vinyl plank flooring" on line. I have the same issue that you do with cats and an office chair - I will post the results. But I am a little nervous. In another post, someone saw a negative review of the flooring in AARP magazine. It gives off cancer-causing agents during production. And the people who had the mold underneath it are also scaring me. Help!!
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Old 07-08-2008, 12:54 PM   #48
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Do you think this flooring would hold up in a kitchen/eating area with chairs being moved across it on a regular basis. We have the 'magic moving' type pads on the bottom of the chairs, but they still get dirt/sand under them. What do you think?
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:50 AM   #49
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We just came back from Home Depot and pretty much have decided on the cherry Allure flooring for our LR,DR, foyer and hall. It looks very nice and oddly enough I feel confident that I can do the install. I was wondering if anyone could speak to its ability to withstand dog traffic. We have an 85 lb lab. Thanks for your response.
i got the cherry cause that was only color left and so happy i did its so warm and so not typical flat brownish i love it changed my whole house around that color mix it with expresso brown u can install it my husband is not handy at all i did it without my contact lenses in and it is so easy u just have to decide whether to lay it vertical or horizontal even diagonal would be nice and if u want to stagger the planks so that the pattern alternates good luck its a great choice did not have one come up yet had them for seven months so easy to use have three pets and six kids no damage at all yet only me scraping chair against floor thats a little warning
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my cat is king i also have dog and six kids no damage at all when installing just take the time to line up seams so there is no space between planks i didnt and it still looks great the dog has accidents all the time on allure and it has not left any damage at all water or plank coming up
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:30 PM   #51
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I have read every comments thanks to you all for sharing your views, but I do have a question that has not been posed. My friend and I plan on installing this flooring before the end of the summer.
1. If your walls are not straight and you start at the wall how do you insure it does not go off kilter when you get to the end piece, on the other side, the last thing I want is a floor that does not look straight, or an itty bitty edge for the last piece.
2. What type of knife would you use for the best in cutting edge?
3. Since it will get glue on the knife what would you suggest to eliminate the glue factor when cutting, one person mentioned room temperature? Has anyone else had a good experience with room temps, I am in Canada where we can get 90 degrees, or should I turn the a/c on to 70 degrees or so for easier cutting.
4. I plan on using a straight edge to cut it. Are there any other tools you think I might require?
5. It is an open concept flooring design and the staircase swirls around the area we want to do, how do I hide any imperfections. For the walls we will be pulling the quarter round off and re-installing new ones so that will eliminate any unsightly imperfections. But how would you suggest the staircase area?
6. I have laid many floors in laminate and it worked so well just click and go, for a better seam would you suggest butting it up on an angle and then drawing it down to the glue I really don't want to see a seam.
7. Lastly, whew (Thank you for reading all these question) If you suggest I start off at the wall do I start with the glue side next to the wall, or cut it off.
I feel like a fool asking so many question since I have done electrical, put my own eaves troughs up, fencing, and other household DIY stuff, but this product is new to me and I feel a little uncertain about it, but I prefer to do it right,
Kudos to the 82 year old woman who did it by herself, I admire her spunk.
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:27 PM   #52
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Traffic master has a 4 mil wearlayer it is a Konecto product but it is so cheap they only sell it to Home Depot.

On a scale of 1-10 it gets a 3 for quality, wearability.

You will never see these at Home Depot:

The next line that is availabe is the: Country Collection from Konecto.
It has 6 mil wearlayer and a urethane finish.
I rate this a: 5

The second line availble: Sierra Plank from Konecto.
It has a 12 mil wearlayer and urethane finish.
I give this a:7

The best line that is available is: Prestige Plank from Konecto.
This has 12 mil wearlayer and a Aluminum Oxide finish.
This gets a Perfect: 10

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1. If your walls are not straight and you start at the wall how do you insure it does not go off kilter when you get to the end piece, on the other side, the last thing I want is a floor that does not look straight, or an itty bitty edge for the last piece.
Measure the room and find the straightest most visible wall; start here.
The floor will square of itself only, just like laminate after you get the first two rows down remeasure to confirm you are straight as you can be.You can adjust at this point if required.

2. What type of knife would you use for the best in cutting edge?
A simple utility knife, you can score it and break it.( If it is allure you can breathe on it and it will fall apart)

3. Since it will get glue on the knife what would you suggest to eliminate the glue factor when cutting, one person mentioned room temperature? Has anyone else had a good experience with room temps, I am in Canada where we can get 90 degrees, or should I turn the a/c on to 70 degrees or so for easier cutting.
You will not get much glue on the knife it you do some simple mineral spirits will work. These floor must acclimated on the room they will be laid in at 65-85 degrees for 48hours before installation and 48hours post install do not deviate or it could lead to floor failure!

4. I plan on using a straight edge to cut it. Are there any other tools you think I might require?
A speed square, very handy!

5. It is an open concept flooring design and the staircase swirls around the area we want to do, how do I hide any imperfections. For the walls we will be pulling the quarter round off and re-installing new ones so that will eliminate any unsightly imperfections. But how would you suggest the staircase area?
Make a cardboard template for each stair it will be worth the trouble.

6. I have laid many floors in laminate and it worked so well just click and go, for a better seam would you suggest butting it up on an angle and then drawing it down to the glue I really don't want to see a seam.
Work your corner and long side first sometimes the planks ends will be slight uneven but that is very normal and within tolerances.

7. Lastly, whew (Thank you for reading all these question) If you suggest I start off at the wall do I start with the glue side next to the wall, or cut it off.
I feel like a fool asking so many question since I have done electrical, put my own eaves troughs up, fencing, and other household DIY stuff, but this product is new to me and I feel a little uncertain about it, but I prefer to do it right,
Kudos to the 82 year old woman who did it by herself, I admire her spunk.
Always start with the glue side out or you will have issues.you want to lay the plank into the gluestrip.If you try to come from under it will drive you nuts!
Do not feel like fool these are all good questions.

I second the Kudos to her!
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:22 AM   #53
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I am considering Allure for my bathroom. My question is how to work with the existing toilet. Do I install the Allure around the toliet or remove the toilet and set it back on top of the Allure once installed. Second question: How to you prevent water intrusion around the edges of the flooring?
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Remove your toilet for install.

After you reset the toilet caulk around it to prevent intrusion.
While you are setting the shoemold caulk behind it to prevent intrusion.
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:42 PM   #55
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Well, after many months of researching flooring, I am going to do the hall, living room,dining room and kitchen. It seems that this product is best so far. My questions are:
1. My subflloor is concrete and I just feel it needs some padding underneath, like should I or can I keep the carpet padding and install this over it? Home Depot says no. I am on the 3rd floor so moisture is not a problem. But the concrete floor is not perfectly smooth.

2. My living room/dining area and kitchen are all open to eachother but I will be going from the concrete flooring to putting this over 40 year old vinyl when I get to the kitchen with a wood 2X4 between the vinyl and concrete. Will this be a problem in heights? I can't remove the vinyl cuz is has asbestos.
3. Home Depot gave me a quick class on Pergo installation in terms of how to set up the planks etc. and measure. Would the directions be the same for this stuff?
4. Are any of you using the 50lb. weight roller after you are done to seal the seams?
ok thats it. I am nervous. Is there a site with easy instrucitons?
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:16 PM   #56
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I am getting ready to put down Trafficmaster vinyl floor planks and I got the carpet and padding (horse hair padding!) up and now I have the tack boards that are original to the 40 yr. old bldg. What tool do I use. These babies are splintering and down real good. also, do I need to remove all the staple nails before putting down the vinyl? Floor prep is a chore.
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:35 PM   #57
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Floor prep is a chore!!! But it is essential to getting a job done right. The actual laying of a floor can be a breeze compared to floor prep at times.

When I remove tackless strip, I just use a very heavy metal chisel and a hammer. I hit the strip at the nail until it pops up.

As for the staples, I use a small sharp scraper for small carpet (9/16") or pad (3/8") staples. However sometimes I come across huge staples, over an inch long. For those I use a roofers scraper.

I wouldn't take the chance of leaving them down, as they may telegraph through eventually, especially as 26yr pointed out, there are variations in quality.
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:55 PM   #58
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thanks Home Depot 23! I have my gorcery list for those tools to remove the tack strips. Yup, the floor prep is tough. What about cracked concrete? do I have to fill that in? Please say no.

Also, I read everybody's comments about the Allure Trafficmaster planks of vinyl but no one mentioned using a weigth roller? Is it not needed?
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I noticed that you know alot about Konecto. I was considering this but online had over 100 bad reviews, all stating that the tiles don't stick and come up, even if using a weight roller. What is the significance of 4 or 5 or 8mm? There are few complaints of Trafficmaster. I am ready to buy Allure.
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It is the same manufacture; Metroflor, same glue,comes from the same mills.
Konecto just offers the better wearlayer to the retailers, you get what you pay for a the box stores you pay thin you get thin. The reason you see less complaints on line is they complain to the Home Depot not the do-it yourself chat rooms.
The online sales promote the complaints.
It is as I told you all from the start. if the floor is installed improperly it will fail.
Allure has only been out for 1 year give a another few months you will see complaints start coming in from improper installation.

90 % of the complaints I have seen are related to the install:
No acclimation is the big one.
Then is no rolling.
Then is no expansion.
After you dribble out the ones related to improper install the complaint level falls expdentially.

It falls to about 2 %, pretty good I would say.

It is your money you can choose what to buy.

It is common knowledge that the box stores get the left overs.

The wood is seconds unless you special order but if you special order the guy down on the corner can beat the price.
I have sent back pallets of wood from Bruce to Home Depot it was the junk left over, no once not twice more times than I can remember.


The Ceramic tile is thinner. I can take a piece of tile from Daltile as sold to Home Depot or Lowes and lay next to piece I bought at the local Daltile, same product and the one from Home Depot or Lowes is thinner.
Why?
Because you get what you pay for. Daltile was around longer than Home Depot., When the buyers from Depot came to Daltile and said;"We want enough tile for 500 stores and we want it cheap" Daltile said" sure we can do that" and they started to thin the tile out. Thinner tile means less clay, less clay means ungauged tile this mean your grout lines will walk all over the floor due to tile size variance. I have installed tile from Home Depot and Lowes and had over 1/6-1/8 vareince within the same box.
Any other manufactures would replace the tile.

I have had to send pallets back due to this same issue.


This applies to most of what you purchase off the floor at Depot. or Lowes.
I know I worked for Home Depot 3 years. Lowes for 2 years.

As you can tell it left a bad taste in my mouth.
They have shut down more Mom and Pop shops than we can count,they have allowed a installer base into thier fold with little to no experience.
I know I tried to teach some of them.
They allow installers with less than 6mths experince out on your jobs, the ones you have paid large sums or will be paying for years with finance charges. Installed by rookies.
Think twice when you pass the local retailer that supports the economy you live in.

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