This is BEAUTIFUL!
After fighting carpet in our dining room, hallway and bathroom for 13 years, we decided to upgrade to the Allure vinyl planks in our mobile home. We live on a farm and have 3 dogs (one of which is a 2 1/2 month old puppy) so I wanted a floor with the best wear protection I could find which is why we bought the commercial quality for a little more than the regular Allure. We have now laid the Allure in the Kitchen/Dining room, hallway and main bathroom (approx 425 sq ft). Having never laid a
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floor like this, I must say it was much easier than I anticipated. It took longer to pull the old carpet out and all the staples than to lay the flooring. I did find that tin snips worked better for me to trim the long sides and cut in around doorways where necessary than scoring and snapping (which worked fine for the short edges).
After we got the floor installed, we moved 2 refrigerators, a stove, a china hutch and a cabinet over the installed floor with no scratches!. Granted, we were careful. I did buy felt protectors for the bottoms of the kitchen chairs since we did notice a few small scratches (very minor) where they are used.
My husband is even impressed with this floor-the way it went down and how great it looks! It doesn't look like printed vinyl, and with the plank style and embossing it really does look like wood. But I really like the colors - it has a little more of a cherry tone in it which doesn't show up well on the computer but does a little more on the sample. It pulls all the tones in my kitchen together - LIght cherry wood cabinets and the light and dark colors from the counter top which is fusion granite and deep dark walnut of my hutch and dining set. PERFECT!
The only problem we had with the shipment was with the freight carrier. They had several mis-steps in getting the product to us in a timely fashion which they admitted to. Plus, due to the routing and re-routing and multiple stops during the shipping, the pallet took some rough treatment so one of the boxes had a smidge of damage to the corners of the planks, but we were still able to use them for starter pieces. All in all, we had very little waste - out of a total of 20 boxes, we don't even have one box of cut pieces left.
I have read the reviews about the smell and that did give me pause but I would say that is an exaggerated problem. When first laid, it does strongly smell like a new vinyl shower curtain , but the smell is dissipating over time.
Overall, I feel this is a great product for the areas in the home that get the most wear and tear.