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Old 03-19-2011, 11:51 AM   #616
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Thoughts and opinions on "Trafficmaster Allure" flooring from Home Depot?


I wish to remove the carpeting in my motorhome and replace with a vinyl flooring. So far Allure looks like it would work. Has anyone use Allure for this type of project?

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Old 03-19-2011, 12:28 PM   #617
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I don't think I would use Allure in a place with such temperature changes.
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:53 PM   #618
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wow .. what a posting.. lets talk about a floor that is BASIC.. Allure is it.. yet we have 500,000 viewers..wow.
That product is a floor that doesn't match the floors from a Real Flooring retailer..
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Old 03-26-2011, 05:34 PM   #619
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I just got done laying down Allure flooring Corfu style in a kitchen - so no temperature extremes or damp concrete - simple, on a newly installed underlayment and very level. Cut to the chase I would never install The Traffic Master Allure again.

Pros: Yes it is easy to take from the box, I liked the fact it does NOT adhere to the subfloor simply to itself. That meant I could finish the rest of the kitchen and insatll the cabinets and not have to worry about keeping the subfloor clean enough to install. I did in fact find the flooring fairly beefy and thick with a bit of resilient bounce to it. It is comfortable to walk and stand on.

Cons: (1) The adhesive edges are not covered by anything (no peel-n-stick) so fitting to trim is very problematic as it sticks to itself nearly instantly with out any pressure. This can be over come by using the waxy separator sheets that come as packaging. but you have to be careful with it. (2) Instructions claim 10-15 working time once tiles are "stuck" together. No instant stick if any pressure is applied. And then peeling apart often tears up the adhesive layers even with only 10-30 seconds. I had to completely replace several pieces becasue I had troble getting them to align (See #4) (3) it is very difficult to cut. It takes several forceful passes with a sharp razor, then you snap the tile and then you back trim. Trimming to fit around curves and anything beyond a simple straight edge it trying. (4) VERY poor quality control in the manufacture of the sheets. Sheets are sized to be 1-foot x 3-feet. I had variations of up to 3/16-inch in length, and up to 1/8-inch out of straight on the long sides. and 3/16 mis-match in the "grout" lines. (There are no direction indicators since the two sticky sides require only one direction of installation) And Initially I thought it was simply me being in experienced with the Allure tiles. Unfortunately by the time I had discovered it was not me but in fact the tiles I was over 50% done and had invested over 1.5 days (It should NOT have taken this long). So now I have irregular gaps between the tiles and I have to go back and try to find a matching caulk to fix the problems . . .


I have done four vinyl self-adhesive floors from four different manufactures and ONLY Armstrong tiles (actually my first floor) work exactly as expected. You would think I would have learned by now.
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Old 03-27-2011, 06:54 AM   #620
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Armstrong makes a wood plank floor too, with similar installation. Would that be a better bet? I'm looking to do my kitchen floor in a cost-effective way. My husband is too messy for wood, laminate is clacky and requires a saw (and may be an issue when ice cubes drop and aren't found until they become water), and sheet vinyl isn't really DIY. So the planks are the way I'd like to go, but I'm concerned about both quality and off-gassing.
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:30 PM   #621
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Hackwriter:

Unfortunately I have not worked with the Armstrong wood planks, perhaps someone else can specifically reply. But as a leading manufacturer of flooring products for 150 years I would strongly lean towards them based on the quality of their self-adhesive tiles. (FYI: I have no financial ties, stocks, or relatives with Armstrong).

AND as to off-gassing, the sun came out today and has warmed my new Allure flooring - my Kitchen smells like a petrochemical refinery (Con Number 5).

I have also installed a Harris Tarkett tap-tight wood plank floor, the quality has been great but it does require cutting and the "tap-tight" was a bit of a pain in the neck. The product was as advertised and looks great after 8 winter snows,sand and salt (front entryway).
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I'm sorry...I meant vinyl planks from Armstrong. Here's the thing: I have a fear of electric saws, which really puts limits on my "Gee, I could do that" DIY zeal. That's another reason why the idea of DIY laminate is kind of scary.

We put industrial carpet in our basement (which has only had water twice, and not at all since we put in a sump pump) and the off-gassing had us feeling sick in the house for six months, no matter that we kept the windows down there open and a fan blowing out 24 x 7. I'd like to avoid that in the kitchen. The kitchen is WAY above grade, so some of the moisture and cold problems are not an issue, though the room can get hot in summer.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:19 AM   #623
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I had this floor put down about 2 years ago.. and loved it .... till lately. It started first to pull apart next to my dishwasher and was told it was from the steam or heat that I had NO leaks. Then today I fould 2 cracks in the middle long way on a couple of planks or tiles ... I AM SO MAD. I was fixing to put down on my cement den floor but I am not now..

I do not know what to do.. the flooring was put under my new cabnets so it would be a giant mess to replace. I am 64 and was planning on selling this house in 2 years and now WHAT!

NO, I would not use this ever again.
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It isn't supposed to be installed under cabinets, either. So there may be problems from that at some point.
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My insurance adjuster and installer are the ones that said while my cabnets were out.. go ahead and put all over the floor... But that is not were it is cracking! I do not know who to go after to fix this.. my adjuster, installer or the flooring maker.. And if they would replace it, I am not sure I ever want to go through a kitchen remodel ever in my life again! They had to take out my cabnets and put in storage.. Had to cut my counter top in half to get out the door.. so I got a new top. I was without a kitchen for MONTHS... I am so upset today about all of this.
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[quote=Julie Lagourney;621253]My insurance adjuster and installer are the ones that said while my cabnets were out.. go ahead and put all over the floor... But that is not were it is cracking! I do not know who to go after to fix this.. my adjuster, installer or the flooring maker.. And if they would replace it, I am not sure I ever want to go through a kitchen remodel ever in my life again! They had to take out my cabnets and put in storage.. Had to cut my counter top in half to get out the door.. so I got a new top. I was without a kitchen for MONTHS... I am so upset today about all of this.
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I would call the store, the installer and the adjuster. There was a problem on some of the adhesive strips a couple of years ago. The mill admitted that. Cracking definitely sounds likes a defect.
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Thank you... I called Home Depot where I bought it but they have not called back yet. I also called my insurance company... they would not let us replace the 2 X 6 beams under my kitchen floor even though I argued that I thought they should. What kind of floor would you suggest on my den floor that is cement and not very smooth when I took the old tile off. I do not want carpet.. I have a dog! What a mess.. I never wanted to go thru this again in my life.. I would almost move first! They should have rented us a place ... just for the mold if nothing else.
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I've used this product for the last three years. I was skeptical at first and followed the instructions to the letter to make sure it performed as advertised. Since then, it has worked out well for me in rental and rehab situations. Take a look at my blog (click here) for pros/cons and what I've learned after a dozen installations.
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Live outside of Orlando Florida.

Used in manufactured home 3 years ago. Love it. House is now a rental - tenant loves it. Went down easily in kitchen, diningroom, hall and bathroom. Had no problems at all. Actually used a scissors to make necessary cuts. We had 2 cats and an old dog. Easy to wipe up "accidents". Cats nails did not bother floor. Very easy to keep clean.

Have new older house with concrete floors with yucky rugs. Ordered Ceramique Dawn for one bathroom and African Wood Dark for master bedroom. Special order will be in in about one week. Will pull up rugs this week and then seal the concrete. Friends have similar house and have these Allure floors throughout. Have not had any problems. Their floors have been down at least three years.

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