Was the perfect solution for laying on concrete slab.
I obsessed over which flooring to lay over concrete slab after I pulled up the carpet at our new house. I read a lot of reviews, so figure I should come back and review it too.
First, I chose this particular style - country pine - because it was a Deal of the Day. I didn't choose it because it was my favorite finish. I think that some of the other finishes look more realistic. The bamboo, for example, might be more believable on the floor. This flooring does not fool me into thinking that I
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laid old pine boards. But with that said, our house has laminate in another room, and it doesn't look very real either. I think that both are real enough, and the look on the floor was much better than I would have guessed from the swatch in the store.
Now, onto the things I love about it:
- I laid this flooring almost entirely by myself. I'm a female who does a lot of DIY work, but I've never laid any kind of floor. I worked for 12 straight hours, through the night, and floored about 500 square feet. That was one office, and one very large family room. The only part I needed help on was the boards that needed to be shortened to be narrower. It was pretty difficult to make those cuts break off, and my hands were pretty exhausted. The normal cuts/snaps to break off the ends for each row are easy.
- I'm thrilled with the fact that it's waterproof. We just added a new puppy to the family, and our other dog wasn't always reliably house trained either. They both have accidents by the back door with regularity, and there are zero issues with it damaging the floor. At my last house, I had beautiful solid wood floors that I worried for constantly.
- It's better under foot than the laminate we have in the house. The laminate has that weird echo-y tap sound when you walk on it. This floor is solid to walk on. And, despite being pretty thin, it makes the room much more comfy to walk in than the concrete slab below it.
- I had a lot extra, so I laid some in our mudroom too. That room is not climate controlled. It had old indoor-outdoor carpet that I pulled up, and the concrete underneath looked awful. I know that the TrafficMaster Allure isn't approved for rooms that don't have AC and heat, but I figured it was worth a shot since the room was small. It's been down for a couple of months, in the heat of summer, and I haven't had any issues with it peeling up.
- I didn't rent a roller to finish the floors. We walked on them, and encouraged the kids to scoot across them and dance. We had a few pieces peeling up the second day, right after the floors were laid. We pressed them back firmly, and there haven't been any other problems. It's been about 2.5 months.
- The floor did smell for the first week or so. It's a skunk-like odor, and I only smelled it in the morning. I'd read about this, and got very scared that it wouldn't go away. But it did, completely. I'd honestly forgotten all about it until I was about to submit this review. Zero smell now.
The floors were an amazing value for the money, in my opinion.