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Old 01-05-2009, 09:47 AM   #121
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They do say that you can use a roller to help they joints adhere, but for most residential installs just walking the floor may be enough. I am not familiar with "konecto" flooring, but I can say that if there is any moisture coming through the sub floor at all, it will cause issues with these floors as they do not require moisture barriers due to the fact that they ARE moisture barriers. I read a comment on here about the seams coming apart and when they removed the floor they had mold under it. I am pretty sure the product didn't introduce the moisture into the floor of the basement room they installed it in, it probably just trapped it as it is claimed to be "waterproof". Also installing in summer may be a better direction to go in as the heat will help lock these seams together. The adhesive on this product will soften when heat is applied, so make sure the seams are tight and the weather is right and it should be ok. It expands and contracts like any other material exposed to temperature changes, so take that into consideration when installing it, and make sure you have a 1/8th inch gap all the way around to allow for expansion.

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Old 01-07-2009, 10:44 AM   #122
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Hey there - Great thread! I'm going to install this stuff in my rec room this week but am wondering about 1 thing....underlay. I know they say you don't need it but if I prefer to use it will I be fine? I just feel the floor will have a softer feel with some laminate padding. Any thoughts?

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Old 01-07-2009, 10:50 AM   #123
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I wouldn't use underlayment, the floor is soft enough on top of concrete, on plywood subfloor it feels even softer.
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:17 PM   #124
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and there are zero scratches from her. She's old and hates getting her nails trimmed so they are just awful. She has taken off on the floor too but I have to admit she's pretty low key as far as running on it. So if your dog is young and likes to blast off I don't know if the floor could suffer scratches- I doubt it. We have the Trafficmaster Allure in our kitchen (country pine style) and so far we love it. No problems with the glue strips. We've had it now for about 3 months. There are a ton of those "clear" scuffs all over- especially where we pushed the stove and fridge back over it after installation. I would use several layers of felt or something under those items before sliding them back if you can. You just see them in daylight as someone else mentioned. I use Swiffer to clean it and that seems to dull the scuffs alittle.
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:36 AM   #125
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Just wanted to share our horrible experience with this product to spare others the heartache and frustration we have had this past year. First the seams lifted, which eventually led to Halstead (the manufacturer) refunding our total amount spent on this product. Then upon removal of the product, we found solid MOLD growing under the flooring!! We had installed it in a "dry" walkout basement which is actually a foot above grade/ground level. We had carpet and padding down for 7 years with no moisture/mold issues. Now our cement subfloor has been compromised, and even after cleaning with bleach and water 3 times, we are still told by professionals to seal it with a mold inhibitor paint to prevent any mold spores that are still in the cement from growing in the future. In my opinion, based on our experience, this product has a flaw in it's application for use. It seems to set up conditions for moisture to be trapped and breed mold. You don't have this issue with carpet as it breathes, and you don't have this issue with traditional vinyl because it is glued completely to the subfloor or sealed around the perimeter. This product doesn't require any floor prep in it's install and it doesn't seal out air with any type of gluing down of the floor. In my opinion this allows air and moisture to be trapped under the vinyl, and presto! you have a science project growing in your home! I feel we were lucky to have the seam lifting issue which led to us removing the flooring from our home after only 8 months....what if we had left it for 5 years...can you imagine the mold levels that might have existed then?! Contact me if you want pictures!!!
before I use this product I'd love to see your photo's
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:27 AM   #126
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first. it could make the flooring too soft therefore cancelling out the "hardwood" experience.
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I am considering installing Trafficmaster Allure tile pattern in my bathroom and have a question regarding how to keep the seam where the material meets the front face of the bathtub "tight". I understand that proper installation requires the specified gap around the perimeter of the room between the material and the wall for expansion and contraction, but is it possible/advisable to secure the material to the underlayment along the length of the seam in front of the tub? I normally seal that area with silicone after installing vinyl flooring, but am I destined to have a 1/8" to 3/8" gap filled with silicone in the most obvious location of the installation? Thanks for all the great info so far!
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Old 01-09-2009, 10:50 AM   #128
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I've just installed TrafficMaster Allure Cherry Plank flooring in my kitchen, diningroom, livingroom and hall. It looks fantastic. I've gotten so many compliments on it! It feels great underfoot. Of course the dogs are having trouble adjusting to the lack of traction(we took up their carpet), they can no longer stop on a dime and there are no more sharp turns. But they're fun to watch!!!!
I bought a Shark Deluxe Steam Mop, because I wanted to be able to clean the floor without using chemicals that wouldn't harm my dogs. I couldn't find any information online, so I called Halstead New England (203-299-3100) and they said that although they recommend heat to reseal any lifting seams/corners, that the steam MAY compromise the adhesive with long term use.
By the way, the Swiffer Wet Jet solution is very harmful for your pets.
Just thought you may want to know.

I'm new to this website, and just saw your message now, if you still are viewing/having issues with cleaning, I have just started using the Streak Free cloth on my current hardwood and ceramic floors. It comes in a mop form and you use no other products, none. I put a water based air freshener in water and mop. The floors do not streak, and they feel clean. I used to spend 4 hours washing my floors on my knees, now it takes 15-20 minutes with little effort. I am not a sales person for this product and get nothing by referring this product. I just love it and hope it makes someone else's life easier... Google Streak Free Cloth and their are many websites that sell it.
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Old 01-11-2009, 11:42 AM   #129
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My local Home Depot told me about a local sporting goods retailer who had installed the Allure product in their showroom so we went over and took a look. It's snow season here so the flooring was pretty dirty from customers snowy shoes, but when we first walked in I thought I had been misinformed and that it was actually a wood floor. I had to get down close to be sure it wasn't. If it were mopped it might be easier to tell, but the simulated wood effect is pretty good. The store has had it down for a couple of years and they said it survived a flood from a serious roof leak without separating.
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can you place it over tile?
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:26 AM   #131
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I am considering installing Trafficmaster Allure tile pattern in my bathroom and have a question regarding how to keep the seam where the material meets the front face of the bathtub "tight". I understand that proper installation requires the specified gap around the perimeter of the room between the material and the wall for expansion and contraction, but is it possible/advisable to secure the material to the underlayment along the length of the seam in front of the tub? I normally seal that area with silicone after installing vinyl flooring, but am I destined to have a 1/8" to 3/8" gap filled with silicone in the most obvious location of the installation? Thanks for all the great info so far!
Put a small gap around the tub, a normal bead of silicone can be used and no gap will be visible. 1/8" not 3/8".
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Thanks to everyone for all your posts. DH and I are brand-new homeowners and we are looking for something cheap, quick and easy to spruce up our laundry room (we have other projects that we would rather spend time and money on). The room is a bit uneven (it slopes down to the basement drain) and has been painted. The paint is now chipping, and we see that there are several layers. We would love a new floor, but really want to avoid the mess of removing the paint, etc.

Am I correct in assuming that Allure would be a good option for us since the prep work we'd have to do on the floor is minimal? Is there something that would be better?

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Old 01-24-2009, 10:26 PM   #133
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Mold problems under the flooring. Just for your information, any flooring you put on your concrete floor , especially a vinyl style floor like "trafficmaster allure" or any other type similar to this, is not a good idea unless you know for sure that there is a vapor barrier under your concrete floor. Just because your home is new doesn't mean it has one. In order to test for it, lay a vapor barrier, such as a vinyl tile or a rubber mat, over an area of about 3' by 3' and wait for three days. Then remove and see if there is any moisture on the floor or on the tile or mat. If not, you more than likely have a vapor barrier below the floor. Run a few tests to make sure. If you do have moisture, you should not put one of these products on your floor. They trap moisture between the concrete and the bottom of the product, and the likelyhood of mold developing. Use carpet instead. You can get various types of carpet with a low profile that allow the moisture to evaporate into the room.
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Old 01-25-2009, 07:04 AM   #134
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Just saw this flooring advertised at HD and am led to believe it can be installed on garage floors. Does anyone have any experience in laying this stuff on garage floors give nit will be prone to occasional rain with garage door opening/closing? Any other suggested alternatives for flooring? Tried floor paints, but they always seem to come off with time.
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We are looking at installing Allure flooring in part of our basement. What would we use for the transition between the end of the Allure planks and the painted cement floor? We can't afford to do the whole basement so we are leaving the laundry floor just paint.

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