Vinyl plank: HD Allure vs. Lowes Armstrong Exquisite
I installed the Allure Planks from HD in two rooms over a year ago and they're still standing. Last week we special-ordered the Armstrong Exquisite brand because we liked one of the designs they had. I just tried installing the first box, and I'm very disappointed by it. The strip where the glue is, is paper-thin and there's only glue on one side of the two parts that stick when you put together the two planks. On a lot of the planks, the sticky strips came bent in different ways because they are so thin, which makes it harder to install. The Allure flooring has a much better sticking method, and is sturdier. Also, after installing the first box of the Armstrong planks, I noticed that the wood-texture layer was peeling off, right out of the box. I'm calling Lowes first thing in the morning to return the product.