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Old 08-12-2010, 05:47 PM   #481
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Trafficmaster Allure Flooring


I just finished my basement remodel project, thanks in part to advice I received here. I read all the posts before installing Trafficmaster Allure flooring from Home Depot. I even asked "the other guys" about this product. Of course, they had nothing good to say about it since they didn't carry it. Interestingly, about a month later, they began to carry a similar product.

Bottom line: the flooring went down so easily, I could not believe how great it looked afterwards. We had about 850 square feet to cover and did it over three days. My wife and I teamed up - I would cut the end pieces and she would lay the full length strips. She was going so fast, I could barely keep up with her.

When it was done, we were amazed at how well it looked. Friends thought it was real wood and commented on the professional look of it. It has been down for about a month now and we are more happy with it than we could imagine.

Total cost was about $1,600 and we have most of a box left. It required almost no prep work and went down super easy. The greatest aspect was the ability to score it with a razor knife and break it cleanly. It gets my hearty recommendation. (Too bad I don't get paid to say that.)
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:16 AM   #482
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put down a 1000 sq in the basement and have no problems with separation. smooth installation.
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Old 09-02-2010, 03:25 PM   #483
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Has anybody installed it in a kitchen? i'm planning to lay it over the existing laminate because no one wants to remove the laminate and I surely dont want to do it myself.
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Old 09-10-2010, 03:23 PM   #484
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Fantastic


I used the Allure in my living room and now in my bedroom. At less than $2.00 per square foot it is generally less than most hardwoods although more than cheaper click in place laminates. The greatest benefit, however, is that it is almost completely resistant to moisture. With a dog and 4 cats, this is VERY important. Pee (or poo) where they will, cleanup is a breeze. Installation is also a breeze. Once you get the hang of it, lining the strips up is simple. Don't press down too hard at first and realigning strips is no problem. Only downside for me is the lack of transition materials.
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:48 PM   #485
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The installation of Allure looks very do it yourself friendly and I'm sure that the finished product is attractive once it is installed. I question whether it will look just as good after two or more years. And the warning not to put it on a basement concrete floor is sound advice. If the material doesn't allow the concrete to breathe the underside of Allure may well look like a lab experiment gone wild.
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:59 PM   #486
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I put this in our kitchen about 5 years ago. It has worn extremely well. We liked it so much, 2 years later, we put it in the hall and bathroom. This year we put it in the dining room and one bedroom. I had to remove a couple of the old tiles in the hall that were cut off in the doorway, and install new ones in order to continue the pattern into the bedroom. There was no problem removing them, just a constant gentle pulling to get them apart. We absolutely love the floor. We have had no issues.
My daughter had them put down in her hair salon. I think the person put them too tight to the walls. They have expanded and puckered up in the middle of the floor. I have cut away the drywall at the bottom of the wall to give the floor room to expand. It hasn't moved in a couple days. I'm wondering if the tile hasn't stretched and now it might not go back. Is that possible? The shop is closed for a week, so I have turned up the air conditioning to try to remove any humidity in the salon. If nothing happens, I'm afraid I will have to remove about half of the tiles and install new ones. They have only been down about 1 1/2 months. I will re-post in the near future.
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:10 AM   #487
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I'm looking at using this flooring in a bedroom in a basement. Has anyone had any problems with heavy furniture on it such as beds or dressers?
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:05 PM   #488
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Allure Resilient Flooring


To Anyone and Everyone (especially Mr. Rusty Baker):

I live in Marietta, GA where temps go below freezing just a few days a year and over 85 a LOT of days. I have a 14 x 20 screened in porch. It has "outdoor" carpeting, which stains easily due to 2 dogs constantly bringing in mud, a few stains and a few spots where the seam is coming up when you vacuum it. It was originally a concrete patio that was built into a screened porch. The handyman that built it put plywood on top of the concrete to level it and put on 3 heavy coats of a high quality waterproof protectant product before gluing down the carpet. I'd like to rip up the carpet and put this Allure thing down. Two questions ... and I'm afraid the answers will NOT be what I want to hear ... can this product be used for a screened porch based on the temps I listed? Will it hold up to 2 dogs and patio chairs that are used and moved around a lot?
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:20 AM   #489
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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?
I just installed this flooring in the bathroom. there is a plastic coating over it that rippled up the next day. It seems as if you pulled on it it would run the whole plank(s). I`ve read alot of articles on Allure and not one had this problem. I also notice a wave like action throughout the floor. Where the clue strips are it seems too be thinner than the rest of the planks. Very noticeable when the lights are not bright light. Home Depot says nothing about this. The floor will have to be taken up & replaced. Too bad it looked like a great alternative.
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Only good things to tell about allure flooring!


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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?
My definitely "unhandy" sister installed this in her whole downstairs on slab. It is beautiful and they love it so much that we are about to use it in our kitchen renovation. They love the watertight features. It's been down for the better part of a year now with absolutely nothing bad to say about it. If you don't tell people it's "the cheap stuff" they go on about your floors forever!
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Old 09-18-2010, 11:20 AM   #491
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Just be aware, as with any vinyl product when placed on a slab, it can produce mold growth, if there is moisture in the slab.
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Odor of Allure flooring


Read through most of the posts and found only a couple that address the smell of the tile. Seems that most people buy the wood look and not the tile look. I took a box of the Sedona tile home last week and left it open in our cathedral ceiling family room and still had a strong odor after about three days. Took it back to the store and lady at the return counter said that she had installed it in her bathroom and the smell dissipated in a couple of days.
I smelled the wood look planks and they have no odor that I could tell. The young man at the flooring department went through the boxes with me and he agreed that there was a definite odor to the tile look (we must have looked like a couple of loons sticking our noses in the boxes and tile planks!).
Just would like to know if anyone has the same experience and if the odor really does go away after a few days. We have totally renovated our kitchen and put a lot of work into it. Hate to ruin the effort with a bad smelling floor.
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:35 AM   #493
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I am considering installing this product in my basement over concrete, I know folks have advised against this but I plan on painting the floor with a "garage floor" paint. Do you think this will work with keeping the moisture from seeping up through the floor?

Or is a typical "fold-n-lock" laminate a better solution?
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I put Allure down on my concrete basement floor 10 months ago and, so far, no problems. But who knows what is underneath. Before doing so, I tape an approximate 2x2 piece of mylar to the floor and let it sit for 3 days. If moisture was going to come up it would wick to the mylar. There was no moisture on the mylar, so I proceeded. Floor looks wonderful. Good luck.
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I put Allure down on my concrete basement floor 10 months ago and, so far, no problems. But who knows what is underneath. Before doing so, I tape an approximate 2x2 piece of mylar to the floor and let it sit for 3 days. If moisture was going to come up it would wick to the mylar. There was no moisture on the mylar, so I proceeded. Floor looks wonderful. Good luck.
Thanks for the advice, I will tape a 6"x6" square of 6mil plastic down and see if any moisture develops over a weeks time. Even if not I still plan on painting the concrete to help deter any moisture from coming up.
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