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Old 07-29-2012, 07:51 AM   #781
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I've had our Trafficmaster allure floor now for about 4 years in our kitchen. It's held up very well, no problem whatsover with the glue strips coming undone, they are perfectly solid. Our refrigerator has been defrosted and had water pouring out of it, the icemaker was dropping ice all over that was forgotten and melted, dishwasher went through a bad leaking phase, kids spilling drinks,people come in with snowy shoes in the winter (I have a rug but with 3-4 people coming in at once that snow gets everywhere) so this floor stands up to water very well. I do know it seems that people who install this on a basement floor have trouble with the glue strips sticking but for me personally using it on a main floor kitchen I am quite satisfied with this floor. I would follow the directions exactly (I made sure to do that) and did not use silicone, don't know if I would mess with it. Besides doing anything beyond what the directions say will surely void your warranty if you end up needing it. I've posted in the past on the fact that the floor does scuff and get light scratches, that is true esp. around an entryway but in my opinion its hardly noticeable over time, hard to explain but once the floor is "broken in" it all blends well. Good luck!

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Old 07-29-2012, 07:36 PM   #782
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Thanks Annie.. I have read every post in this thread now.. WoW!

I appreciate your answer and review of the product. Sounds just like the way I will install mine!

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Old 07-30-2012, 03:43 PM   #783
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I've not read every post like Randy, I'll go back and pour through (just not when I should be working). But I'm excited that these posts go back several years. Has the experience here been good over time? I'm reading mixed things and would love some reassurance. We put this down in our master bathroom last night as a trial. For $120, we figured it was worth a shot. We're DESPERATE to avoid busting up old tile all over the house, even if just for a relatively short term fix. The expense and MESS of that is just so much more than I can handle right now. But our tile is in awful shape, it's unbearable. This might be our solution.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:05 PM   #784
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I am far from a statistician (did I even spell it correctly?), but I figure it like this:

Basement failures - seem to be rather high a few years back, but not so much over the last couple of years.

Installations in potentially wet/damp areas (not basement) seem to hold up relatively well.

Most people leaving their reviews here and elsewhere I have found the topic, are newcomers.

Most people that seek out internet forums like this are doing so to become informed. Or, they seek out forums like this to post a bad review. Face it - when was the last time you bought a product that did what the mfgr claimed it would do, then go looking for a forum to leave a glowing review? Uh huh.. That's kind of what I thought. To those of you who did just that - THANK YOU!

So - outside of the disgruntled basement installers (I feel badly for them and hope they get resolution), I would estimate that 8 out of 10 people liked the product well enough to rate it high (let's just call that 4+ stars out of 5).
The rest do count - but not so much against the product.

Reality check -
You're buying a product for about a Buck-fifty a square foot. You're probably not in the $4 a square foot camp because of budget - or you wouldn't be reading my post on this thread.

Bottom line -
I have not laid mine down (yet) but will be in the next couple of weeks.
I am not expecting a miraculous transformation and have floors that look like a million bucks. Like you, I am on a budget that means either I use a product like this, or buy something more expensive that would preclude my buying groceries.

Like many others here - I will post my review of the installation and follow up every 90 days for a year or so. If things go well in the kitchen with this, I may well ditch my plans for carpeting in the living room and do that as well. Only issue with the LR is that the almost 100 year old hardwood floors are in rather sorry condition and a bit on the wavy side..

Thanks for the bandwidth and I hope your projects turn out as well as you had hoped!

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Old 07-30-2012, 07:30 PM   #785
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Well said Big Foot. I think you'll be happy with the floor esp. for the price. btw- my kitchen is very old like your LR (wavy, not so hot subfloor) just make sure any pits, deep dips, pieces that stick up etc. are corrected because it will show through the floor. I did quite abit of sanding, pit-filling and can't remember what all else but I know I spent a few days trying to improve the subfloor, it was well worth it! Also make sure it is very clean as you lay the floor. I'm not well versed on what you can put over a subfloor to make it perfectly smooth but I suppose that's something a person could look into if they're worried about it. As far as it not being level- no problem there. That's why I picked this flooring.
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Before you blame all the failures on DIYers. There have been many pro installers who have had failures with this product. The company admitted that there was bad adhesive on some of their products. But it took a long time for them to admit it. Many times the product would fail even when the instructions were followed to the letter. This is not a great product. I hope you are one of the lucky ones and it holds up for you.
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I'm thinking of using this product (glued tabs) in my kitchen and was wondering how it's holding up with the refrigerator on top of it. This is the one and only item that will "pin it down" in that spot. The kitchen is on a concert slab with vinal already in place, I plan to just lay the Allure over that (the current vinal is glued to floor and floor is nice and flat.

Also, since this is a floating floor, are there any problems with mold growth under the floor and strange smells (as its made in China).

I really like the product and think it would work out better in the kitchen under the refrigerator than the Allura ULTRA (snap and lock) .

I know this is a Allure thread but has anyone used the Armstrong Luxe plank, same concept as the Allure Plank, I looked at this a Lowe's and it seems that the "tab" which has the glue is much thinner which is not necessarily bad as the Allure tab is thicker but its somewhat soft and can tear. The Armstrong is more expensive and comes in several grades good, better and best (4.99sq for the best). Don't know if its made in China or if it uses virgin vinyl (don't know if Allure uses virgin vinyl).

So if anyone knows anything about the Armstrong product I'd love to hear about it.




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I'm thinking of using this product (glued tabs) in my kitchen and was wondering how it's holding up with the refrigerator on top of it. This is the one and only item that will "pin it down" in that spot. The kitchen is on a concert slab with vinal already in place, I plan to just lay the Allure over that (the current vinal is glued to floor and floor is nice and flat.

Also, since this is a floating floor, are there any problems with mold growth under the floor and strange smells (as its made in China).

I really like the product and think it would work out better in the kitchen under the refrigerator than the Allura ULTRA (snap and lock) .

I know this is a Allure thread but has anyone used the Armstrong Luxe plank, same concept as the Allure Plank, I looked at this a Lowe's and it seems that the "tab" which has the glue is much thinner which is not necessarily bad as the Allure tab is thicker but its somewhat soft and can tear. The Armstrong is more expensive and comes in several grades good, better and best (4.99sq for the best). Don't know if its made in China or if it uses virgin vinyl (don't know if Allure uses virgin vinyl).

So if anyone knows anything about the Armstrong product I'd love to hear about it.




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We've had Trafficmaster Allure in our kitchen for about 4 years, no problems around the fridge. Its not over concrete just regular plywood subfloor. I always tell people read all of the directions and tips that come with the flooring. Its esp. important to have it 1/8" from the walls or it will buckle up. You may want to read more on this post because its seems people laying this over concrete are having problems. May want to spend some time finding those people on here and finding out more. Good Luck!
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Does anyone know if the TrafficMaster Allure Plank flooring (glue tab) carry the “FloorScore Certification” seal. This means that they meet or exceed low emission levels of specific volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for better indoor air quality.

I'm still doing some research and I see that the Armstromg vinyl product carry that. (no I'm not pushing Armstrong, in fact lot of bad reviews with it scratching a lot).

I really like the Allure Plank vinal flooring system but I want to make sure I'm not breathing toxic fumes all day coming from my kitchen floor.


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Just installed it to replace living room carpet damaged by water.

The living room that had an exterior door leading outside and tracking rain water and dirt was always a problem. Also, with dogs and their occasional "mishaps", water resistance vinyl seemed the logical choice, especially since the carpet was 20+ years old.

I chose the "Blonde Maple" style from Home Depot and it looks really good and was not too dark. I wanted to open the room up with light and a dark color (although rich looking) would have made the room look smaller.

I looked at another house brand manufacturer at Lowe's but thought the Allure product was a little more durable and the adhesive sections were more substantial.

I experienced some lifting in certain areas and went to the internet to find out if others were experiencing the same problem and some were; however, the negative comments were from full time whiners and complainers who advised everyone to sue the company and start class action lawsuits (they must have been Democrats!)

Allure customer service "express" delivered two FREE small bottles of Allure Adhesive with instructions. Later, I misplaced the instructions and called customer service and the person walked me through the process that weren't specifically written in the instruction sent out with the adhesive.

I followed her instructions and it worked great because I haven't seen
any more lifting.

There is a strong chemical smell as the new vinyl was "outgassing" but after a few weeks, that smell disappeared. (Impatient internet complainers and whiners talked about complaining to Allure, getting factory reps to visit them, getting Home Depot reps out, asking for refunds, ripping it all out, and then filling the internet with negative complaints. Doesn't anyone take responsibility for their choices anymore?)

Subsequently, I ran across customers at Home Depot who bragged about putting it in their rental properties to cut down on maintenance and upkeep and how it was a great product.

Advise getting the end seams tight. My first 4-5 feet of depth was "practice" because I noticed two separation gaps at the end joints of two rows. It was real obvious to me after I moved further into the room, so I can't see how I could have made the obvious errors. I was probably stressed about doing it the first time and making mistakes that I didn't see everything I needed to be doing until it was laid down and too late to adjust.

Advice .... keep the seems tight and inspect the side and end joints after each piece is installed. I got smarter as I got more experienced placing the planks.

Also, keep any dirt and debris off the adhesive sections so they won't lift up later because of poor contact. They will lay and hold when you first install them, but my lift later because the contact wasn't sufficient.

If you see lifting later, simple call Allure and get the special adhesive they offer.

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There are tons of replies here, but thought I'd throw in my two cents...we installed the Allure floor in our kitchen 3 yrs ago...it's held up great!!
No problems with any of it trying to come free of the floor, it's solid as a rock.
Easy to care for...damp mop and use the Allure floor cleaner& finish all in one...I love this floor for ease of care and the number one thing...it stands up to heavy traffic...we are on a farm, much mud gets tracked in, and we have two big dogs and they have run across this floor, made tight turns, chasing toys they will skid across the floor with nials like a Grizzly Bear...not a mark on the floor...
love it!!
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We decided to start with a hallway to see how it would do.. we installed it over subfloor
Hubby installed it on a Monday ... It looks great !!
then on Tuesday... we found this ... Bummer !!
Not sure the best way to fix it either.
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Just curious if you rolled the floor with a heavy roller?

Is this a basement floor?

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One solution, actually the simplist is to simply cut a small strip off the end of one piece (looks like 1/4 inch approx.) and glue it into the space. I would not take the floor apart even though I read that a misaligned piece can be lifted and then put down again.
Do you know how this happenned? Installation error?
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Bummer...me thinks you guys made some sort of error when you put it down...is that a space or did it lift up...kinda hard to tell in the photo. The Allure we laid down is the kind that looks like slate tiles, it's in the kitchen...like I said, so far it's great.
Maybe the tiles are different than the wood look flooring...they did come in 3' pieces that snapped together with the sticky edges. We didn't roll anything heavy on it after we laid it down...

Hope you find a solution to this...keep us posted and good luck.

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