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Old 05-05-2011, 11:40 AM   #631
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Thoughts and opinions on "Trafficmaster Allure" flooring from Home Depot?


I usually do real wood flooring but with this economy I am currently taking anything I can get to keep the rent paid. A person called me to install Allure and although I had never installed it I found it very easy to use.



The customer is so happy they now are going to have me do the kitchen floor. Home Depot told them that they don't have the "hidden transition strips". Is there a place where I can order them as I have about 20 feet where I need to reverse direction.. I assume these are like double wide Gripstrips so two "female" edges can be fastened together in much the same way as I use splines for installing wood floors.

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Old 05-13-2011, 10:50 AM   #632
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I felt compelled to write a review on Allure Trafficmaster Vinyl Flooring for the following reasons:
Although the look is great and it is very easy to install the maintenance it requires is not worth it. If you have a dog or young child do not purchase this floor. I have read reviews stating dogs nails will not scratch the floor...that is a false statement. The very day after I installed mine...our dog ran through the room and I noticed multiple scratches. In addition to that...every spill on this floor is noticable. I used the recommended product Allure Cleaner/Polisher...and it will not remove marks or scratches. I have done everything I know to get this floor to look like the day I installed it...and have failed. I regretted my decision to purchase this floor within a month after I installed. I did not experience corners coming up or seams lifting. My complaint is strictly scratches...and marks that cannot be removed. Would not recommend this product unless you are installing in in a room that receives very little traffic.
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:30 PM   #633
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I have installed a little hallway with lots of cuts, a master bedroom, and a masterbath. even did the bath on the diagonal using one of the square tile looks. i never installed a floor of any sort before. and was 7 mo pregnant with twins while doing the bedroom. (talk about nesting urges!) i love them all and will be doing my basement sometime soon to replace carpeting. the wood look planks are easier to manipulate than the tile-look because they are narrower and more flexible. absolutely no leakage, no movement, no separation. i highly recommend this product. sorry no caps...i"m typing onehanded with one of the twins in arms!
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:36 PM   #634
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no leakage???
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:24 AM   #635
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To start off I work in the flooring department at Home Depot. As I read through all the comments posted I have to put in my two cents. Overall this is a great product. I sell this to a customer almost everyday I work. I have worked there for 1 year. And out of that year I have had 3 complaints. All 3 times it was the edges coming up. So you do the math. Any flooring or product, at that, will have somebody that is dissatisfied. In all actuallity the customer that said they installed it in a dry basement and they had a mold problem because the floor wouldn't breath, the basement obviously wasnt a dry basement to start with. I am not trying to bash on that person but they could have install a pergo that you put a plastic vapor barrier and had the same mold problem. All I am trying to say is that there is a risk with and product you buy but I have had more satisfied customers than dissatisfied ones.

PS. this is not a sales pitch, i hate my job. This is a opinion from a person that has it in there house and has seen this product bring satisfaction to many many people.

I agree - Mold does not grow with out moisture..
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:02 PM   #636
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I had this product installed in my private personal training gym. Looks great and held up well until there was some water from the bathroom. Most of the floor buckled and/or bubbled throught-out the entire 700sq ft. I was told it was because of the weight of the equipement on it (allure). Ended up the manufacture would do nothing about it because it was used in a commercial setting. Settled with home depot for about 60% and avoided the lawyer. On the other hand I will be putting it in a condo i have. It is cheap, easy instal, and i think without the weight it should be ok. I have to tell you the look of it is really good.
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My hubby and I put down the Novalis (Lowes) vinyl wood plank flooring in our basement about 3 years ago. Our house was about 3 years old at the time and we have had no moisture issues. It did take quite some time but we have NOT had any issues. It has not come up, it has gotten wet from me washing clothes and the children have jumped and played on it. I love it!

I was considering the Allure for the living room because they had more of a variety in colors. After reading many reviews, I am not so sure now. I think I will stick with what I know and just get the Novalis again. Thanks to everyone who posted!

p.s. I also thought about mixing both brands for a more random look, but I wasn't sure how much thicker the Allure was over the Novalis.
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I just installed this and when I used a very small shop vac to vacuum up debris the wheels made lots of scuff marks all across a number of the pieces. I talked to the company and they said..Yep, it scuffs, even from shoes. You have to scrub out the scuffs and apply one of their products to try and eliminate it. It didn't work. Seems like a confounding flaw in something that should be durable...like a floor. Won't use this product again.
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:08 PM   #639
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I have had the Allure for almost 3 years now and it's held up OK. No issues with it coming up however it does have a ton of scuffs, scratches and even some tiny spots where the finish came off (from something sharp hitting it?? We have 2 boys so who knows) leaving white behind. It still looks fabulous and anyone that comes over compliments it every time so the scuffs etc. are not that noticeable but at the same time I don't see this holding up for many more years. Am considering a product called SpreadStone for re-doing my old kitchen counters (stone/resin skim coat) this is also designed for patios, floors etc. so if it works out good for my counters may be using this next on my kitchen floor some day when Allure finally bites the dust. I'll post if I do any of this.
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:13 PM   #640
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For transition strips I used some metal ones from Home Depot with the fake wood finish and though they don't match the floor exactly in my opinion they look fine. They had several wides and sizes so you could buy one and just take it over there and see how it may look???? I too could not find transition strips for my Allure floor. Also, where floor meets carpet I didn't put anything down, looks great and no problems with it in 3 years.
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I usually do real wood flooring but with this economy I am currently taking anything I can get to keep the rent paid. A person called me to install Allure and although I had never installed it I found it very easy to use.

The customer is so happy they now are going to have me do the kitchen floor. Home Depot told them that they don't have the "hidden transition strips". Is there a place where I can order them as I have about 20 feet where I need to reverse direction.. I assume these are like double wide Gripstrips so two "female" edges can be fastened together in much the same way as I use splines for installing wood floors
Dont know if this will help-for transition strips I used some metal ones from Home Depot with the fake wood finish and though they don't match the floor exactly in my opinion they look fine. They had several wides and sizes so you could buy one and just take it over there and see how it may look? I too could not find transition strips for my Allure floor. Also, where floor meets carpet I didn't put anything down, looks great and no problems with it in 3 years.
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Old 05-31-2011, 01:18 PM   #642
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This is a followup from my post in Jan of this year which described widespread and progressive lifting/curling of seams over a concrete slab--similar problems are described by others on this site.
I called the company, emailed photos, talked to several people there. They were friendly and helpful. They arranged for a refund of purchase price from HD. They did not tell me how common this was, or why, but they did not seem surprised. Its very unfortunate the product failed for me, but their prompt and pleasant service helped soften the blow a little. Now I gotta find something that looks as good, is easy to install, but won't fail like this, and do it all over again!
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The majority of failures seem to be on concrete, whether DIY or Pro installed. Not sure why. Could be that concrete is usually colder or that most concrete sweats, so it could be moisture or a combination of the two.
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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
For anyone with cats who miss the litter box, my vet gave me a fantastic idea for a solution. She said the best litter box wasn't even a litter box. She said to get a plastic storage box or tub from a discount store. You know, the kind that comes with a lid (which you can keep on or off). Then, carefully cut an entryway into the side of the tub. (High enough above the litter and possible "miss" by the cat, but low enough that the cat can enter.) The difficulty is in cutting through the plastic to avoiding cracking. If you drill staggered holes, you can then use a saw--I used a hacksaw--to cut between the holes. I lined the edges of the entrance with blue painters tape so that there were no sharp edges that might hurt kitty. Though the process is fairly difficult, I can't tell you what a wonderful solution this is for the pet owner.

As far as the flooring--my nephew installed some and I'd been looking for a solution for my kitchen floor. Have purchased the product and am awaiting the shipment. With the litter box solved (above), I'd rest assured you won't have a problem!
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I wonder if those people having mold issues on concrete floor applications using Allure had a stand-alone DEHUMIDIFIER running in the space?

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