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peter1 01-05-2008 09:19 AM

Vinyl Tiles/Planks
 
Anyone has vinyl tiles/planks installed? I've only seen them in stores, but never at someone's home. I've recently seen some with sort of like timber veneer finish in planks, feel and look like laminates except they're soft.

They are easy to cut/install/uninstall/reinstall, no noise, don't mind water. Basically they sound too good to be true, but I wonder are they really that good?

Rehabber 01-05-2008 12:44 PM

It's called Allure available at HD I have done 3 installs, customers are all happy

ron schenker 01-05-2008 01:48 PM

Same here, nice product, easy to install, and priced right. Not as nice as a hardwood floor but a good DIY project. BTW, I believe it's made by TrafficMaster

mike costello 01-06-2008 08:00 AM

There are other brands as well. They dont float like allure but Karndean and Metroflor make an awsom LVT and strip plank floor

peter1 01-07-2008 09:34 AM

Sounds good! May consider when looking for new floor coverings.

MWHITLEY 02-18-2008 11:29 PM

I looked at the alure but didnt like the fact it wasnt glued down and ordered the earthwerks planks that do glue down and am installing now ! a little more money but look twice as good and alot thicker and I think it will last longer ! I have seen them in commercial apps with very little wear so I figured my three boys wont tear it up to fast ! 20 year warranty ! anyone else use these ? how are they workin out ?

ez-e 02-19-2008 08:38 PM

You may want to check this thread out before making any vinyl plank purchases from metrofloor. The other brands may be fine, but i would definitely stay away from Konecto.....

http://www.diychatroom.com/f5/konecto-flooring-failure-dont-recommend-15481/

MWHITLEY 02-19-2008 11:16 PM

Thanks, I had allready seen the thread and countless others on that floor !eeek ! I went with one that installs- glues down it looks good so far !

mngal 03-12-2008 07:18 PM

Trafficemaster Allure Vinyl Flooring--BAD Experience!!
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!!!


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