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Old 08-10-2009, 09:20 AM   #271
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Should double-face carpet tape be put all around? If in basement on concrete floor with SLIGHT leaking when it really rains, would this tape keep any water from getting under the floor and creating mold? Should the tape be water proof and is there any such product? Any comments, appreciated.
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Should double-face carpet tape be put all around? If in basement on concrete floor with SLIGHT leaking when it really rains, would this tape keep any water from getting under the floor and creating mold? Should the tape be water proof and is there any such product? Any comments, appreciated.
I wouldn't recommend using this product on ANY floor that gets wet.

As far as the double-sided tape goes...I only used it in one place when I did my kitchen. When I installed the tile I ended up having to use a short piece (36"x3") right up against the back door. I used the tape there and also filled the recommended gap with silicone caulk.
Oh, and I used the Corfu tile. Looks good!

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I assume you mean gets constantly wet as in the quoted response. Kitchens and baths should be more than fine. As long as you dont let water get under it.

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It doesn't get constantly wet ... but does maybe 2-3 times a year. Trying to fix source, of course, to prevent ANY leaking. I guess I am a little confused ... works in the bathroom where it can get wet, but not in basement? What is the difference? Wet is wet. If edges are sealed would that not help?
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It doesn't get constantly wet ... but does maybe 2-3 times a year. Trying to fix source, of course, to prevent ANY leaking. I guess I am a little confused ... works in the bathroom where it can get wet, but not in basement? What is the difference? Wet is wet. If edges are sealed would that not help?
Getting it wet on the top is different from getting it wet on the bottom. On the top you can wipe it off and it can evaporate, on the bottom that can't happen. Trapped moisture can cause mold.
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I understand about getting it wet underneath (as opposed to on top where it can evaporate). So in a bathroom, near a tub ... and with at least a 1/8 inch gap ... how do you prevent water from getting underneath the planks?
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I just found this site looking for a answer to a allure question asked by a client of mine.Great forum !!
I have been in the floor covering industry for 25 years and for the past 14 years I have been a Home Depot In Home Flooring estimator.
I have measured and inspected Allure flooring for the past 1-2 years and have found that it is an excellent value for the money spent. The important thing with installation as with all floor coverings is the substrate and condition.
I prefer to see allure installed over new plywood on a wooden sub floor and a leveling compound applied to any concrete substrate.I always check moisture levels with a meter and do a visual inspection for moisture/dry rot etc.
I must say I have been surprised at the finale result with D.I.Y installs i see on a daily basis.
I would recommend using a resilient vinyl seam roller along the connecting edges and if 2 way tape is applied during an install or repair. Then the edges will remain tight and sealed.

" then all the edges will remain tight and sealed" .. does this tape seal the edges and make it water tight?
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:18 PM   #278
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I understand about getting it wet underneath (as opposed to on top where it can evaporate). So in a bathroom, near a tub ... and with at least a 1/8 inch gap ... how do you prevent water from getting underneath the planks?
Your baseboards will cover the edges along the wall, and a strip of 1/4 molding with some silicone caulk will cover the edge by the tub.
There are a bunch of different ideas as far as sealing the gaps a few pages back in this thread.
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If I were using it in the bathroom I would seal the edges near the tub and shower (and toilet, if you have bad aim) with 100% silicon caulk, the rest I would just cover with the baseboard or shoe molding.
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:36 PM   #280
 
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I have read a lot of the posts going back in 2008. I laid Allure planks in my kitchen about 2 1/2 years ago. We did a complete remodel. I used the sanded hickory. It was so easy to put down, my 9 year old grandson did a lot of the work while I was at work. He did a great job.

Since the kitchen, I have put Allure in the hallway and living room, and I'm getting ready to do two bedrooms.

I have 5 kids, 3 dogs and 2 cats at home and the floor looks about as good as it did when we first put it in.

I do have a suggestion to anyone who is going to put this flooring or any other flooring on a concrete floor in a basement that is below ground, at ground or above ground level. Clean the floor with a mold killer even if you think you do not have mold. Then seal it with Kills primer/sealer with an anti mold agent added or any other concrete sealer. MAKE SURE THE FLOOR IS COMPLETLY DRY BEFORE YOU START. Just a little common sense.

Like any other project, if you skimp on the preperation, you are not going to get a quality long lasting finish.
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:51 PM   #281
 
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How has allure flooring held up to dog accidents. Im considering installing it in a room where my dogs papers are as they are paper trained and i don't want the urine leaking under the flooring.
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How has the allure flooring held up to pet urine
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:03 PM   #283
 
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can you place it over tile?
YES IT WILL GO OVER TILE PUT DOWN ABOUT 300 SQ ONCE YOU GET THE HANG OF IT ITS PRETTY SIMPLE REMEMBER THINK BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR MOVES IF YOU DONT PLAN YOUR LAYOUT YOU WILL HAVE WASTE THE FLOOR LOOKS LIKE WOOD AND ITS QUITE

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Old 08-23-2009, 01:38 PM   #284
 
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I am considering this floor as a cheap alternative to wood/laminate, over my concrete basement floor.

For anyone unfamiliar with this floor, it is a floating vynil floor that comes in planks similar to laminate. On one short and one long side of each plank, there is a piece of vynil sticking out roughly 1" with adhesive on it. The install is similar to a T-n-G type floor in that the pieces have to go in the correct direction. Every piece you install adheres to the previous pieces on 2 edges.

I'm wondering if anyone has installed this and what has been your experience with it? Also, how has it held up over time? Do the seems separate?
We removed a sheet vinyl floor from our lower level that was glued down to concrete. It smelled musty and I assume it was mold in the layer under the vinyl layer. A friend in the building trade suggested we seal the concrete with shellac before we installed a new floor. Shellac is a natural product and I don't detect any odors from it. We then installed the new flooring. That was 12 years ago, and the mold has never reappeared. I have never used the Allure planks but would reccommend sealing the concrete before anything else goes over it. Best Wishes.
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Old 08-23-2009, 03:51 PM   #285
 
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Trafficmaster allure flooring


My wife ran across this product in Home Depot. We have Wilsonart laminate throughout our house in Phoenix. After a few years with wood we hated the carpet in the bedrooms, plus our daughters new puppy wet on the carpet, and it was impossible to get the smell out. We tore out the carpet in two bedrooms, repainted the walls, patched the concrete and bit, and installed the oak planks and new baseboards. Installation was really easy. We got two bedrooms done in two days. The rooms look absolutely fantastic. The seams are seamless and the look has really blown us away. The bottom line is the product was $1.79 a square foot at Home Depot. The only extra cost was a boxcutter and t-square. At this price, I don't see how you can beat it. It looks beautiful and feels great, plus it's a floor, meaning 50% of it will be covered with furniture. Plus I don't think you'll have neighbors getting down on their knees to see if there are some scuffs on the floor. Be careful that if you are going to put it in, buy everything you need and a little extra. Home Depot's supply is pretty poor. Don't take the chance of installing half the floor and running out of stock.
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