Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 166
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MKfromPA A Great Looking Flooring That Was Mostly Easy To Install - (Pictures Included)
*I've only had my Allure Hickory Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring installed for two weeks at this point. Just an FYI.*
The flooring looks great! Not good, great - in my opinion.
As a DIY guy, it took me about a week, several hours a day to install this flooring on my, 'irregular shaped', approx 900 sq ft, concrete basement subfloor- not just a rectangular room = long hallway, large great room, closet entrances, built in shelving, etc... I did also do crack filling and sealed the entire floor before laying these planks.
I had baseboard molding/trim already in place from previous carpeting that had been on the floor years ago, so I spaced my planks based on this, then needed to place another molding/trim to conceal the edges of the flooring. Not a big deal, in fact, I think it added to the appearance - but did cost some extra money.
The planks themselves go together rather easily. I wouldn't say I'm a perfectionist, but I made certain all of the planks were as tightly placed together as possible, and in certain locations, it wasn't simple. I do still have calluses on the tips of 3 fingers on each hand from applying my connecting pressure - seriously. Also, I'd suggest purchasing a good pair of gel knee pads. Anyways, the planks do go together pretty easily.
Once placed together, they do adhere to one another very well - so try to do it right the first time. Separating them can be difficult, and I did damage a couple pieces trying to separate them, as well as 'ruining' the adhesive itself ( I did buy the Allure double sided tape to help these mistakes). Just be careful when joining and also if you need to separate pieces.
I ordered a total of 40 boxes. Of the ones I used, about 32 of them, about half had a couple of the top pieces in the box that had a sight bow/warp to the edge/lip of the plank that you place over the adhesive strip of the previously laid plank. This became a pain to deal with. Some I place aside to be used in an area where I'd not have to fix the problem, but many I did use and had to 'fix'. To do this, I placed a 1 x 2 the length of the plank over the seem and laid 2 - 20 lb dumbbells on the wood for a couple/few hours. I found this 'flattened' the seem pretty well. Like I said, it was a pain to deal with, but I see no negative effects on my floor.
I did start laying the flooring in my approx. 30 ft long hallway - my reasoning is so that I could make it as 'square' as possible extending into my larger room at the end. I felt If I worked the opposite direction, my hallway planks may have ended up looking un-square/off. Having done this, I did have to reverse the direction I laid the planks once I got into the big room. All the planks laid to the right leaving the hallway were as was in the hallway, but the planks I laid going off to the left had to be laid the opposite way. To accomplish this, I used the Allure Under Transition pieces - bought separately. It was very easy to use/do and saved me a lot of headaches.
Once I laid the flooring, 'roughed in' the molding/trim I used to conceal the flooring edges, I did rent a 100 lb vinyl flooring roller from a local rental store. I rolled the entire flooring, by section, at least 4 times - meaning I went north/south over and back at least 2x, and went east/west over and back at least 2x - even in the hallway. Seriously. I wanted to make sure I did the best I could to help maintain and preserve the seal with this flooring. Time well spent - in my opinion.
The flooring looks great, but with even how careful I tried to be with all that I moved, and removed, and removed again to get the flooring laid, the floor does scuff and mar fairly easily. Just sliding a cardboard box left marks that can be seen. I/we try to lift to move as much as we can. I've not tried to 'remove' too many of these marks at this point... yet, but a few I've given attention to have become less noticeable. Lessons learned, I suppose. Lift - don't slide much of anything.
I have put felt bottoms on chairs, tables, and anything else that might get moved, so plan on investing in felt feet for those items.
All in all, I really like how the flooring looks. I've have friends and family comment on how good it looks. It adds a good feel to the whole area.
Please see the attached pictures. I had more to add but was limited to 6 by Home Depot.
I would recommend these Allure planks for anyone for any room. They are easy to work with and look great.
August 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 98239artist great floor
I have purchased this flooring before for my studio, mud room and kitchen. It was so easy to install and is holding up great. I decided to put this flooring in my spare room. If I (a 64 year old grandma) can install it by herself anyone can. Love this flooring
June 24, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Dancy Easily scratches
I just bought these floors and they were installed yesterday in my basement. Although, I can say that the color is an exact match to my hardwood floors, I am not happy with the quality. There are scratches already on the floor, looks more like scuffs but not coming out. I can't imagine how they will look in a couple of years. I have two young girls who will be playing in the basement. Not happy:(
August 10, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by suzyliz Does not stand up to wear.
I bought this flooring about 4 years ago and did the floors in my entire second floor and in the living /dining room on the main floor.
It was very easy to install and looked great initially however over time heavy traffic areas are now white and look awful. I am contacting the manufacturer because it is supposed to have a wear guarantee but I am not hopeful that I will get any satisfaction.
I am now looking looking to replace the living/dining areas with something that will wear better, an expense I really can't afford.
January 31, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by tequilaangel Not happy with this product
Installed very easy, but it scratches really easy, talked to the manufacturer, they will not do anything about this problem. So much for their guarantee!!!
March 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GrandmaMonkey Love this flooring!
We put this in our basement family room. It looks so nice. It is easy to clean and when our humidifier sprung a leak and got water all over the basement, it didn't affect this floor at all! I am getting ready to rip out the carpet in my basement office and install this instead. I wouldn't put in on my main floors, but it is perfect for the basement level.
June 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kc Looks great!
Easy to put down and it looks great! Makes our bathroom look up to date.
June 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Elaine Very happy
I've had this flooring for a little over a year now and it has held up great. I replaced old 12" linoleum tiles in my laundry/mudroom/dog room. It's a high traffic area as it's the first room my family enters from the garage. It can get very dirty from dog fur, dog slobber and food, shoes, wet boots, laundry, vacuuming at least 3-4x a week, etc. but it's holding up to the abuse! :). Things I like about this flooring: 1. Great alternative to hardwood. Looks just like it! It's warm and quiet and has a wood-like texture. I have Mohawk laminate in my kitchen, foyer and powder room. Though laminate is warm too, it's noisy and after it's been cleaned, leaves shoe/foot/paw prints
April 14, 2015