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Old 06-28-2011, 11:55 AM   #646
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I recently purchased and installed the Allure Hickory flooring in my kitchen. One plank in the corner peeled leaving a white grain spot about an inch in diameter. I need a remedy to this problem, other than taking the whole floor up. The plank is in the center of my kitchen. Any thoughts are cures for this?
Home Depot associate took my Name and number two weeks ago. As of this time,I havent heard a thing. I cannot easily take the plank up beacause of the way it adheres to the other planks.

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Old 06-28-2011, 02:34 PM   #647
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I recently purchased and installed the Allure Hickory flooring in my kitchen. One plank in the corner peeled leaving a white grain spot about an inch in diameter. I need a remedy to this problem, other than taking the whole floor up. The plank is in the center of my kitchen. Any thoughts are cures for this?
Home Depot associate took my Name and number two weeks ago. As of this time,I havent heard a thing. I cannot easily take the plank up beacause of the way it adheres to the other planks.
You could do a plank replacement (actually cut and remove the damaged board) the most simple solution would be a minwax wood putty
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:28 PM   #648
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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!
Can you add a urethane product after installation to make the product more durable? More waterproof, and seal the seams and edges so they don't come up? This would seem to make sense, but don't know if it would damage the product, or stretch and crack with heat/cold.
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:10 PM   #649
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It should be noted, for what it's worth, "26yearsinflooring" is a retailer/wholesaler of vinyl planks.
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:26 AM   #650
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I am going to install my 3rd floor using the allure planking. This time I'm going to install it in a living area on a concrete slab. I was thinking about trying to put a felt paper (light tar paper) down on the slab before installing the floor. Does anyone have any ideas about this, good or bad? Thanks.
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i have put the floor down in my dinning room and it is great so far no problems got it from home depot in pittsburgh pa great sofar would use it again goes down easy stay down
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Here's the deal....

I work at a Home Depot in Columbus Ohio. I've been in flooring for a number of years and I know my stuff but Im always looking for ways to better educate my associates and my customers.

Recently I've been looking into the Allure vinyl flooring. We had a customer that bought around 50 boxes to do their whole first floor then got cold feet when it came time to install. Because this is considered a DIY product, our installers in this market will not install Allure Flooring.

Everything Ive seen on this product looks like it would be simple to install but the cust returned the floor and went with something else. Install aside, Im leery of the claim that the product is truly "water resistant".

What I would like to know is what everyone else thinks about Allure, good and bad. I've read a couple messages on the boards here so far so I know we already have a mixed bag.

Thanks for your time and your thoughts.
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I really like Allure flooring. I have done two rooms with it and will do a third soon. I find the rigid underlayment and the glue locking system and the ease in cutting it as keys to it's success. Compared to vinyl sheet flooring it is much more substantial and durable.
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Old 07-26-2011, 04:17 PM   #653
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I love it. Haven't had any issues with it. Smells a bit, but stop stinks soon enough. I am wanting to see if anyone has images of the transition strips? Or should I buy wood ones and glue the down?

Any how here are a few photos of my new floors. They are in cherry









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Reading feedback on the Allure product was interesting. I have experience with this product and know plenty about it. As for the "heelys" someone mentioned, yep, that is a no-no on Allure. I have even warned people specifically about this too. But as for comments about mold... this is the first complaint I have heard about in several years. There is an "anti-Allure" website though, but then there will always be "nay-sayers" on just about anything. Most people love this flooring, it looks absolutely beautiful and yes, it's waterproof. Best of all, it's easy to maintain. If you call Halstead customer service, maybe they can answer questions or concerns for you? Bottom line, it is pretty, and has a 25 year residential warranty. I'm happy with it and would use it again.
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Reading feedback on the Allure product was interesting. I have experience with this product and know plenty about it. As for the "heelys" someone mentioned, yep, that is a no-no on Allure. I have even warned people specifically about this too. But as for comments about mold... this is the first complaint I have heard about in several years. There is an "anti-Allure" website though, but then there will always be "nay-sayers" on just about anything. Most people love this flooring, it looks absolutely beautiful and yes, it's waterproof. Best of all, it's easy to maintain. If you call Halstead customer service, maybe they can answer questions or concerns for you? Bottom line, it is pretty, and has a 25 year residential warranty. I'm happy with it and would use it again.
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Another endorsement by an HD employee who sells this product.
Rustybaker...I get what you're saying, but, since I am a Home Depot employee, I'm not trying to promote the store, won't mention it again either. Like I said, there will be nay-sayers, everyone has their opinion and experiences. But, I respect that.
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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!
Great idea, the kitty litter box. If I can add something about the Allure product....do not use a rolling chair on it, it will make marks that can not be repaired, if you do decide to use the product, get one of those clear plastic things for under the chair (office supply store?) to protect the flooring.
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That is some unbelievable B.S. there 26. Firstly Bruce does not and never has sold Home Depot stores seconds. To make that many seconds would have put them out of business

Home Depot mostly special orders their hardwoods and NEVER sell cabin grades or lower grades, even when builders and contractors ask us to.

In stock Bruce was never seconds either. They did once try a peel and stick plank, which must have failed, although the complaints we got were that we had stopped selling it.

Again for tile, Home Depot deals with Dal-Tile and it does not buy anything different from any other retailer. we send customers to Dal, to look at product in their showroom. Sometimes they find a way of buying it direct or through another retailer. It is the same.

The boxes of tile are marked. They have a number on them. Grade 1. Less than honest dealers try to tell their clients that HD's grade 1 means they are crap, that they should be looking at grade 4 or 5. There is no grade 4 or 5 tiles. There is PEI 4 or 5.

Again, Home Depot were accused by contractors of selling seconds. They asked their vendors to mark their boxes grade 1 to prove they were not selling seconds.

Home Depot has special buy tiles. Yes, I am sure these are thinned out and made cheap. But hell, they charge anywhere from .79 cents to $1.10 per sq ft. How good are they going to be? Now, even Home Depot cannot compete with the retail stores who are charging .58 cents to .79 cents. How good are those going to be?

Home Depot, didn't put anybody out of business that didn't deserve it. My store included. Are they perfect? No. I will say if I think something is wrong. I don't like the way they have promoted polyester carpets so much, for example.

As far as the Allure. 26 is right. It is new. I have been in my new position just over a year, and Allure came out in my store less than 6 months before that, so I am sure I will get complaints. (That is my job) I have had 1 complaint on Allure. It had markings on it, that the customer didn't see before installing, but were on all of the pieces. Halstead replaced the floor with no problem.

My father put in Allure about a year ago. It looks great. My father in laws, so far so good.
Hey Homedepot23: I too work there, in 23/59. I concur with everything you say, the good and the bad about our store. Great stuff, have commented the same myself. Halstead, I have mentioned in comments here a few times, has a good customer service line, helpful if you use it. I had a customer install all rooms in his home with that product. The bamboo, he installed, in one room, completely wrong, voiding the warranty, yet, I gave him the phone number (for Halstead) and they reimbursed him 100% of his money on that project. Are there many other vendors that would do this?
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I have just purchased the Allure flooring system to be installed in our basement tomorrow. While talking to the sales person at HD, I asked if there was any prep or barriers necessary; moisture barrier, etc. I was told no, no underlayment was required. Just install directly aiop of the exisitng clean flooring. Based on what I have just read, I am wondering if infact something should be applied to the floor prior to the instal. He mentioned that this is considered a floating floor, so talking to others in other stores, some say yes floating floors should have an underlay while others say no. Can someone help me out as the install is scheduled for tomorrow? My floor is tiled over the concrete floor. Did I mention, this will be my first attempt at floor installation? Thanks in advance.
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do not install this in the basement. allure is having problems with basement installations. the seams keep popping. a inspector was sent out to house and said everything was done correctly. allure refunded the price the of the flooring,but lots of other cost are involved that i don't think they are going to help with. also after reading other blogs on the internet looks like many people are having a mold problem. we have tried everything to keep it from popping,rolling, glueing,ironing, nothing seems to help. our basement is a walkout with 7 large windows and a patio door. water is not a issue.

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