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Old 11-19-2011, 10:28 AM   #736
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I installed this flooring in a guest bedroom this past March. Installation was easy enough, over luan underlayment in a second floor corner room, but within a day I noticed the stench. I hoped it would go away, and shut the door. The stench is still there 8 months later. It gives me a headache if I leave the door open or if I stay in the room for more than a few minutes. This is a corner room and I keep it around 55F. Here is the weird thing: there were always a few spiders in the corner by the ceiling, which I would vacuum from time to time, but in the fall and winter, the ladybugs would overwinter there and would clean up the remaining spiders. This year, the ladybugs are in another guest room. In the room with the Allure flooring, no spiders, no ladybugs, it's quiet, like a tomb. If spiders are the most resilient creature on earth, we have found a product to exterminate them with... Of course, I'm ready to rip this stuff out. I must contact Halstead to get a refund and damages. Who has had success dealing with them on this? Thank you.

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Old 11-28-2011, 10:18 PM   #737
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I installed it in my kitchen about 3 years ago and LOVET it. Much more quiet and scratch resistant than teh laminate it replaced. neighbor still thinks it's wood.
FWWI, not as impressed with the alure ultra though. Has a chalky look and is much more dificult to lay.
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:01 PM   #738
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My sister put Allure planks in her basement about 2 years ago and it looks awesome. However, a few of the planks are separating at the seams and I don't know what she's done about that. We just installed the Traffic Master "tile" planks and had several problems. Several of the corners are lifting, some of the tiles weren't square and therefore show thick lines between tiles. They are very difficult to separate, especially if you heat them like suggested with a blow dryer if you live in a cold climate and it's winter. I think they are best suited to a new room, with nothing in it (we installed it in the kitchen), so there isn't so much cutting. Use a good quality utilily knife and score it at least 3 times before attempting to "snap" it. Make sure you have each seam lined up exactly. We have decided against using it in our living room, and are going with laminate.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:06 AM   #739
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Hi to all,

First post here.

I purchased 33 boxes of the Allure in Cherry this weekend. I am going to start ripping up the carpet next week and start my job.

I have the moisture barrier, duck tape to tape the moisture barrier to the floor (it is concrete), I bought a hand roller from Home Depot and was explained how to apply my full body weight to pressure (I am 130lbs so should be good).

I also purchased a piece of plywood to use as a starting point to keep the flooring the 1/8 inch away from the wall.

The Home Depot guy also sold me two tubes of silicone and said it would be a great idea to go around that gap with this silicone once it is all laid. What is everyone's opinon on this. I agree for bathrooms etc, think it is a safe bet for bedroom/living space too?

I will take many pics and give some updates as I go.

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Hi Wendy,

At least you got some advice from the Home Depot. I checked with HD in the last couple of days and the guy I spoke with told me unless the floor is absolutly flat, there will be cracks. Our is flat, but the tiles aren't all square. The cracks are separating even more and I was sold some silicone II to use for the cracks and Super Glue for the lifting corners. As far as I'm concerned, the flooring isn't what it's advertised to be and I won't be recommending it to anyone. Every one has to decide for themselves, Check out utube videos on the product as you may get some installment help there as well as other help.
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Hi to all,

First post here.

I purchased 33 boxes of the Allure in Cherry this weekend. I am going to start ripping up the carpet next week and start my job.

I have the moisture barrier, duck tape to tape the moisture barrier to the floor (it is concrete), I bought a hand roller from Home Depot and was explained how to apply my full body weight to pressure (I am 130lbs so should be good).

I also purchased a piece of plywood to use as a starting point to keep the flooring the 1/8 inch away from the wall.

The Home Depot guy also sold me two tubes of silicone and said it would be a great idea to go around that gap with this silicone once it is all laid. What is everyone's opinon on this. I agree for bathrooms etc, think it is a safe bet for bedroom/living space too?

I will take many pics and give some updates as I go.

Wendy
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:37 AM   #741
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Hi Wendy,

At least you got some advice from the Home Depot. I checked with HD in the last couple of days and the guy I spoke with told me unless the floor is absolutly flat, there will be cracks. Our is flat, but the tiles aren't all square. The cracks are separating even more and I was sold some silicone II to use for the cracks and Super Glue for the lifting corners. As far as I'm concerned, the flooring isn't what it's advertised to be and I won't be recommending it to anyone. Every one has to decide for themselves, Check out utube videos on the product as you may get some installment help there as well as other help.
Hi Canadagoose,

So you purchased the tiles, not the vinyl planks? I purchased the planks.

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Old 12-22-2011, 01:08 PM   #742
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I recently put down Allure Ultra planks. the click together planks, not stick together. If that's what we're talking about I have some advice.
as you get going, make absolute sure each seam is locked in completely 100% without a doubt. no gray area showing and the two planks are flush and flat against each other. take you time and check every seam as you go. i used a tapping block to make sure each seam was locked in. if seams are not fully locked in you'll wake up the next morning and regret it. overall i give the product thumbs up. looks great, very durable. but take your time installing it. check , double check, and then check again before moving on to the next plank.
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:39 PM   #743
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I have installed trafficmaster allure on 6 different occasions. The problem with the latest install is scuffing. It seems the last batch was more friendly to this scuffing problem. Some around three barstools with felt pads and other areas with just minor shoe traffic. Has anyone else experienced this issue?
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I put this in my office, it was easy enough to put in but shows wear patterns pretty quick, i ended up removing it and having a product put in call Karndean Luxury Vinyl Plank and it's fantastic shows no wear at all
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not as good as Karndean but cheap and easy
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:47 PM   #746
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Yes, I've had trafficmaster allure in country pine in my large (and well used) kitchen for 3 years now about. Right away scuffs showed up big time, but I have to say its holding up well overall. Seems the scuffs multiple to the point where its not so noticable if that makes sense. I know shortly after installing it though I was like WOW not good! There are a few tiny gouges here and there that I imagine is from my kid's metal toy farm tractors etc. but the gouges do not seem to start the surface "fake wood" peeling or anything like that and they are not at all noticeable unless you really look. I do love the country pine because it does not show dirt, dust, marks, its sort of rugged and earthy and perfect for our busy kitchen. At this point it is a product I would definitely re-purchase in the future. I spent about $500 and two days of easy labor installing it. I haven't had any problems with the glue. I can say make sure your subfloor is fairly smooth and clean because once you lay the planks you can see any imperfections through it. I had a smallish hole of missing wood in the subfloor (how did I not notice that?!) and you can see it through the flooring. Luckily it is under an area rug under the dining table. But yes it does scuff alot but it all seems to even out nicely once its broken in.
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I think my floors turned out AMAZING!!

So easy to install. The hardest part was the prep work after pulling up the carpet to make sure that my concrete was clean and my moisture barrier laid well.

I see no scuffs. I do notice they are dirty quick because they are Cherry colored but I love them so much I don't mind the work.

Only issue I have now is that I did this in a condo before understanding HOA rules and I am in violation of the rules and they are trying to get me to rip it out and put carpet down (they worry about noise for the person under me).

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I think my floors turned out AMAZING!!

So easy to install. The hardest part was the prep work after pulling up the carpet to make sure that my concrete was clean and my moisture barrier laid well.

I see no scuffs. I do notice they are dirty quick because they are Cherry colored but I love them so much I don't mind the work.

Only issue I have now is that I did this in a condo before understanding HOA rules and I am in violation of the rules and they are trying to get me to rip it out and put carpet down (they worry about noise for the person under me).

Wendy

@Wendy, it looks great!! We ordered the Barnwood color, and I am waiting on it to be delivered today. We plan to lay it down this weekend.

Question for you- how long did it take, once you got all the prep work done, to lay 33 boxes? That is the EXACT same amount we have ordered to lay in our 720 sq ft condo. I figured you could give me an idea of how long it's going to take us

Also, any other tips or tricks? We have snips, a blade to score with, and a straight edge. We plan to use our body weight to secure it by sliding over it in socks- I figure my husband's 225 pounds will work just as well or better than a 100 pound roller!


And for everyone else- any tips on laying it underneath appliances like washer/dryer, oven, and fridge?

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It really only too me about 4 hours total for the bedroom, maybe 6 hours for my living room. What slows you down is cutting around edges etc. Make sure you have PLENTY of blades for you utility knife and change them OFTEN!!

I REALLY suggest you do get a roller. You can get one that is a hand roller from the flooring department of home depot and what you can have your husband do is push his body weight on it and you have your 100lb roller (this is what I did). It is $19.95. It is well worth it but yes, then walk all over it in socks for hours and hours. I did this too. No lifting at all so far.

Just make sure your seems are nice and tight. Do it in as bright a light as you can it will help you make sure your seems are tight. Honestly, it is as easy as you think it is.

GOOD LUCK!!!

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I installed the ceramic tile lookalike style in the front entryway and did try that plastic hand roller from HD but hated it and returned it. So when we did the kitchen I took a dumb bell bar from an old weight set of mine (see, they do have uses!) and two 25lb weights together tight on the bar. I'd hold the bar with 2 hands and roll that across the seams along with some of my body weight. It did the trick and waaay easier to have some with weight behind it to do the work.

I've had no issues whatsoever in my entryway (been almost 1 year) and the kitchen (5 months).

I found getting all seams completely tight wasnt possible for me. I have since taken a thin scraper to spread grey latex (not silicone!) caulking into the seams that have small gaps and then wipe away excess with a damp cloth. The grey colour matches the tiles perfectly and you cant see it. So far seems to be wearing just fine and you cant see any cracks.

Have I mentioned I hate silicone caulking? The stuff should be banned!

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