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Old 02-11-2011, 09:37 PM   #601
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Being an overly cautious person I called the company in New England and was told that they now recommend the polyethylene. In fact, they said "any underlayment suitable to be placed under wood laminate flooring would be okay and would not void the warranty".

I will be going ahead with this job in the next couple of weeks. Wish me luck. I will post how I make out.
It is great to know this, thank you. I wonder how difficult it would be to seal the concrete now in problem areas, if we pull back the flooring.

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Old 02-13-2011, 02:36 PM   #602
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I am a 40 year old woman and I have laid this floor in my bathroom, my Mom's bathroom, my kitchen, and my sisters foyer. I love love love this stuff... and I'm getting ready to help my girlfriend put it down in her kitchen. It's easy to use, and it lasts. I've had no problems at all with this product. You have to make sure once you lay the floor that you seal the edges with caulking. If you do that, then no mold and no lifting. I've had the flooring in my bathroom for 3 years now and no problems. It does get scuff marks from time to time... but I've taken a light sandpaper and rubbed grainlength on the scuff and they disappear! I treat it just like wood flooring, and everyone who sees it swears it can't be vinyl... hope this helps!
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:06 PM   #603
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It is great to know this, thank you. I wonder how difficult it would be to seal the concrete now in problem areas, if we pull back the flooring.
Sounds like it might be quite a job to pull the flooring back unless it's just a small area. Actually I have been giving a lot of thought to sealing the cement, here is my ideas after careful consideration:
First of all, if your cement floor already has paint or some other type of finish on it, it is probably already sealed. Technical information from the sealant manufacturer states that a test should be done by placing some droplets of water on the surface of the cement. If this water is absorbed then the cement would be sealable using the sealant. If it just lays on top then no sealant should be used.
The cement on my floor absorbs the water so it has never been sealed. My fear now is that if I go ahead and seal the cement and then put down the underlay that I mentioned before that if I ever somehow get moisture under the flooring and the underlay (example- condensation, a leak) the moisture would definitely have nowhere to go and I would have the potential for mold. I still believe the underlay is a good idea, in fact, the company now recommends it over cement. The product I plan to use, Airguard premiun underlayment, has a mold and mildew inhibitor built into it that is supposed to last the lifetime of the underlayment.
If anyone has any further ideas regarding sealing the cement or not sealing I would sure like to hear it.
Good luck with what you decide to do.
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:06 PM   #604
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I just installed Allure flooring in my mobile home. The trickiest part was getting the first two rows straight as I had a run of 55 ft from one end to the other. After that it went quickly, as long as we kept a fresh blade. I think one of the most important things is to acclimatize it for 48 hours and make sure the room temperature is 20 degrees Celsius. My dogs seem to be doing great on it and it is quieter than Lino for clicking nails. So far I am very impressed.
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:15 PM   #605
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Hi
I am new here but I was searching for answers about this floor.
Feb 2010 my husband and I installed this floor in our prefab home in Florida.
we took extra care to start with a clean level plywood sub floor.
as instructed we left the floor floating ,in fact we did not have time to install the quarter round
after the job was done it looked fantastic, could hardly see where the joints were and we were very pleased.
returning to the north in April we left the air conditioner set at 85 degrees. what a dissapointment when we returned here in November to see the tiles had shifted and some joints are now one sixteenth of an inch apart, enough to catch dirt and are very visible.

does anyone have advise for me here?

thanks , Joanne
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:31 PM   #606
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Was the floor moisture tested? Is it wood or concrete?
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:09 PM   #607
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it was perfectly dry ply wood which had been covered with carpet for the last 5 years, but no, we did not test it, that was not in the instructions either .
it bragged about how you did not even have to prepare the sub floor , it would go over any thing but we did take care to have it perfectly level and dust free and clean....
and not all seams opened ,,,,, but the ones that did are an eye sore....
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:32 AM   #608
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I have noticed one small area about 3'X3' that my seams are lifting a bit. Should I just put some super glue on the seams and lay something heavy down?
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:18 AM   #609
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Me and my wife just purchased the 1sqft tiles of TrafficMaster Vinyl and are going to try the install ourselves. We plan on laying it down over the subflooring tiles that run in are kitchen and hallway. Im in the construction business but Ive never done flooring before. Im a little weary about it, with all the cuts around the cabinets, stairs, and door frame. Is there any helpful info that I could use?
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One thing I found very helpful re: cutting around doors, etc., was to use an undercut saw and as much as possible, run the flooring under the jamb. This eliminates the need to cut as carefully and gives a much nicer finished appearance. If you do need to cut around something, either take careful measurements or make a paper pattern first. A really sharp blade is also helpful. Change it or snap it off frequently.
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thanx Rayma. Well I think I am going to take up the old vinyl flooring, that way I will be able to slide the tiles under the jams instead of trying to make fine cuts.
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Good:
  1. Easy to lay and piece together (lay at 45deg. to edge)
  2. large number of colors (At Home Depot)
  3. Almost completely waterproof
  4. More durable than standard linoleum
Cons:
  1. VERY sensitive to cold (Why?- only linoleum truly free floating- free to move, so free to flex when room is REALLY Cold- below 40Deg F. Why should this matter- also becomes brittle in cold temps.)
  2. ONLY Soft floor that is sensitive to scratching from furniture and LARGE pets' nails. (use felt pads for furn. and blunt pets' nails)
  3. Glue on edge is VERY strong- less than 30 seconds to rearrange before permanent.
These are the only problems I have noticed with this product. You can try a flexible adhesive like Loctite's flexible adhesive to reattach strips. Ordinary glue is unsuitable because the material moves with themperatures and flexes when walked on. Unlike laminates, you can't break up this material and re-lay it in another room. Other than that, the cost is one of the lowest, and there is little or no prep-work.

I should know- I work at Home Depot, and I would not sell a product I didn't like, such as Durock Cement Board.
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:31 PM   #613
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I laid down Allure from TafficMaster in our laundry room after a pipe burst and ruined the floor. I like it because it's water resistant. Then we had another leak so I pulled up the Allure which was stuck to the luan. I (with difficulty) removed the waterlogged luan and re-laid down the Allure being careful to make the surface more flat. The only problem has been that a few corners need to be glued down a little better.

While my laundry is small, I plan to install much more Allure in our finished basement later this year. We've had in the far past some water leakage on the basement floor because of a high water table but now that we have two sump pumps and french drains, I have more peace of mind and I can't wait to pull out the carpet we put in the basement since the stains either won't come out or are extraordinarily difficult to remove.
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Has anyone found Allure bullnose for going around the edges of steps? I want to put Allure on steps but would like to have it wrap around at the step's edge.
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I am looking at installing new flooring into my motorhome. The Allure flooring looks and sounds good, is this product good for this application? I have looked at Pergo flooring also. Any other suggestions I can look at? Not into trying to put a sheet of linoleum in.

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