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Old 11-30-2010, 10:02 AM   #556
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Well I got my 25 boxes delivered yesterday and I am going to start putting my allure flooring down this weekend. Do you cut the top of the first row so there is no glue strip touching the floor against the wall or do you just leave it on?
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:20 AM   #557
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Well I got my 25 boxes delivered yesterday and I am going to start putting my allure flooring down this weekend. Do you cut the top of the first row so there is no glue strip touching the floor against the wall or do you just leave it on?
Leave it on. It is on the underside anyways. Instructions are in the boxes.
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:57 PM   #558
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I will NEVER use the product again, and I'll do anything I can to discourage anyone else from using it. I'm an experience installer with a variety of different products from different manufacturers.

In a nutshell, I installed Traffic Master Allure over a concrete slab in a 1500sq ft event room. The material couldn't handle the moisture wicking up through the concrete, or the temperature swings in this room. The seams began to pop, basically the adhesive was failing, throughout the entire floor. A 1500 sq ft install, down the tubes.

One of the selling points of the product was not needing a moisture barrier. There was NO literature in any one of the boxes explaining any kind of temperature limitations either.

Long story short, Traffic Master was not going to cover the claim, even though the independent inspector that ALLURE sent out reported back to them that the adhesive failed. In other words PRODUCT FAILURE, not installer error, etc. They flat out denied the claim. It was only because Home Dept insisted that they cover the refund, and talked with them for 45 minutes that they gave in.

The fact that Traffic Master was going to deny the claim, (more than the defective product, and a lost install time and labor) is what really gets me. If you have a failure, if you have a defect, and even if the independent inspector that ALLURE SENDS OUT determined that the product failed, you still might be up a creek. All turned out well for me, I got the refund, and Home Depot covered the materials for a tile install since they sold me the defective product. Home Depot is to be commended here.

Traffic Master proved to be a company with ZERO integrity.

End of the day, I wouldn't do business with this company, and would discourage anyone else from buying their product. There are plenty of options out there, I'd strongly suggest going with something else.
Just my experience.

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Old 12-06-2010, 01:42 PM   #559
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I put down about 560 sq/ft over the weekend and I have to say I am impressed with the products look and feel. I got a bit of a headache from the smell after installing it over 2 days but I am very pleased with the way it turned out. I will post some photos up after I get my baseboard up.
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Old 12-06-2010, 02:17 PM   #560
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can you put the foam underlay from click flooring under Allure flooring?
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:59 PM   #561
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It is not recommended by the manufacturer.
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:19 AM   #562
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Couple of questions: I'm thinking of putting this down in my laundry room in my basement - concrete floor, untreated, relatively clean. Specifically thinking of using the 12x36 vinyl planking. Room size is about 144 sq (12 x 12). House is 40+ years old, concrete well established. New sump crock recently installed - within the past week so there is a small new channel for piping that was poured last week. I'm concerned with the following:

-- since water is present (washer, hot water heater, laundry sink, etc) I want to rim the edges at the wall and basement door with caulk - which is what was recommend I do in the kitchen when I installed harmonics glueless laminate. So, where the tiles meet the walls I want to lay down a bead of caulk to keep any moisture from potentially penetrating - good idea or not?

-- I want to do the same thing where the tile will meet the door threshold.

-- the washer can have a tendency to 'walk' a few inches if off balance (washer to be replaced within the next 6 months). I want to anchor those tiles with a dot or two of adhesive to ensure that the tiles don't move - good idea or not and if OK what the best product to use - liquid nails or something else.

(note - I understand that this is supposed to be a floating floor, also know the dynamics of the room and believe that this may be the best solution)

Candidly I'm looking for a relatively cheap solution to a ugly basement floor that will provide an 'instant' clean environment for a laundry and general purpose area. I'm looking for something low maintenance, e.g. dealing with popping seams and oder is not what I consider low maintenance. I'm also looking for ease of installation - in other words I have no interest in scrubbing the concrete and treating with TSP and then drylocking. If I wanted to go through that hassle I would just paint with floor paint. So, any helpful suggestions regarding this product would be greatly appreciated. I'm completely skilled with the install so working with the product would not be an issue. Thanks.
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:32 AM   #563
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I don't see any issues with caulking around the perimeter unless you have a bit of moisture coming from the concrete. If you wanted to glue the thresholds I would use Liquid Nails Heavy Duty adhesive and put a wooden threshold over the edge. The only issue would be if you have a good amount of moisture coming up through the concrete and you seal it off you have a potential mold issue.

I put a 3'x3' piece of like 6mil plastic sealed around all edges with duct tape on my floor for a few weeks to see if any moisture developed and nothing did.
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:21 AM   #564
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I would be concerned with the washer. Even if it doesn't "walk", the weight will tie down the floor and could cause it to buckle.
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Old 12-26-2010, 12:25 PM   #565
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JamesM...I can't agree more. Your scenario sounds exactly like ours. We put it down over concrete in the basement, following the limited directions. It began popping up at the seams within a very short period of time. Allure sent out an "independent" inspector.....that was over a month ago. We've yet to hear back from the company. I've called 3 times....placed on hold each time....then disconnected. We are now going back to Home Depot. I'm hoping they will stand behind the product they sell.
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Old 12-29-2010, 02:41 PM   #566
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I installed this flooring in my moms house and it looked great it wears about as well as any prefinished floor. All was great until one plank started to delam so I emailed their tech support in nov. and have yet to recive a reply as to how to repair the problem..........I think I allready know it's going to involve pry bars and a dumpster
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:24 PM   #567
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My wife and I bought our home a little over 5 years ago. The previous owners were the type of DIYers that you wish just wouldn't do it themselves. I'm sure they meant well and thought they were doing great things but they have caused us more work. I difinetly know what to look for if we ever buy another house. Anyway, that said we decided to pull up their poorly laid tile job last March. Yes, my wife has had a concrete kitchen floor for 9 months. We were disheartened yet not surprised to find a nasty thick layer of old vinyl clue underneath the tile. Most likely the reason the tile came up so easy. We toiled every free weekend for months trying to get this old, hard, petrified glue up. Every trick in the book, scrapers, solvents, heat, grinders, sanders, etc. I would say 50-60% of the floor is now clear leaving humps and valleys 1/16" -1/8" in various spots in the kitchen.

Now, we came across this product at home depot wich would have solved all our issues to begins with. Just pull up the tile and lay this down. But now that we chipped off more than half of this old adhesive and creating a surface that is not uniform all the way across I have no idea how to proceed from here. I'm not mister handyman but I do follow directions and think this has got to be even easier than laying our laminate. My question is how best to do prepare my kitchen concrete in it's current state for the laying of this product?
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:05 PM   #568
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I would use extreme caution when selecting this flooring. I have selected it to use as a waterproof floor and the adhesive does not keep the flooring together
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I would use extreme caution when selecting this flooring. I have selected it to use as a waterproof floor and the adhesive does not keep the flooring together
This product was recommended to us by friends who who had not had issues with adhesive. They did mention how very important using the weighted roller on the seams was after insulation as the adhesive relies on pressure for positive bonding.
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:07 PM   #570
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If you go back and read some/all of this thread you will find many complaints about the adhesive. The manu even admitted that they put out some product that had bad adhesive.
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