Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 2987
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by KatInGigHarbr Not good for large, energetic dogs
We bought this flooring on the recommendation of a Home Depot employee and after reading numerous reviews. It was relatively easy to install and a 22x18 foot room took about 5 hours of solid work (including pulling some planks apart after they were stuck together). The floor looks good (better than expected for a DIY job) but on the first day of use we noticed scratches from our dogs--we have 4: 11 years, 10 years, 7 years and 6 months. We bought this specifically because we had heard it was scratch resistant and would hold up well. I expected some scratches but the whole floor looks like someone ran a dull nail randomly across the surface, the scratches are not really noticeable except when the curtains are open and he sun shines in. I am glad we only did one room as a "test" but it still cost over $600.00 and our time and we will either live with the scratches or have to replace the floor in a year or so.
For anyone installing over subfloor we found that even a slightly raised nail will cause a bump in the floor and one has actually cracked the plank. That is on us though because we did not do an adequate job of making sure no nails stuck above floor level--although the Home Depot agent indicated that a slight raise in the nail would not cause a problem.
To summarize--probably a fantastic option for households with no dogs or very small dogs but a costly mistake for those with large, energetic animals. I have included a picture of the floor with one of our dogs on it so you can get an idea of the size of dogs we have that have caused the scratches.
April 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Miller9141 Looks Awesome and Durable!
Installed 1200 square feet in my 2005 marlett triple wide and went over all three seams with no problems. Once I got started it went really good, just make sure to vacuum the floor prior/while/and during the installation, helps keep the grip strip clean and ensures no bigger particals left under it show up in the sunlight as a small bump in the floor!
It states you have a few minutes of working time if you lightly lay the grib strips together, but in my dry hot climate, once it was down it wasnt coming up very well at all!
And make sure to level the floor half way decent. Doesn't show the bumps like pergo does though and no under padding to use also, saves money there!
September 16, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Fishman This is an outstanding value for vinyl flooring. It is a much better product than standard vinyl that has to be glued.
The finish and style appear to be great quality. This product claims to have a 25 year residential warranty, based on on normal wear. Time will tell. The instructions for installation were somewhat vague and usually were glued to the bottom plank. This is a result of poor packing. You really have to use a lot of pressure when lining up seams to keep a tight seal. Very easy to score and cut with a standard utility knife. I would recommend a metal square atleast two feet long for acurate measurement and 90 degree cuts. Plan on about 1.5 hours of installation per box (24 square feet), this includes custom cuts around irregular floor patterns. This is one of the easier floor installations I have completed.
July 16, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AWilson LOVE this flooring
It took us some time to find just the right flooring to cover our kitchen, dining room, and living room. We kept going back to this pattern because it was different, unique, and just seemed like the right fit. We decided we loved this enough and purchased it over the phone. The CSR was amazing. The flooring was flexible and easy to put down. The biggest things we had to remember were:
1. The flooring needs to stick as close together as humanly possible.
2. It is important to purchase a 100# roller to secure the flooring into place.
3. The flooring is water resistant and was well tested by our children
4. The flooring will show scuffs, so felt pieces under furniture are important.
5. This color is amazing, but will show dirt more. Dust mops rock.
6. The flooring is quieter than hardwood
March 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Camino My husband and myself laid this flooring in our dinning room. Was a bit tricky to start but once we got going it was a breeze
We started it next to carpet so we had to do a bit of thinking on how to go about it that way. It was tricky but we figured it out! Once we got going we got into a rhythm and it was a breeze! I love how it looks like real wood. Its very durable too. We have a bulldog and a 19 month old son and it's holding up like a champ! We let it come to room temperature for about 30 hrs before we installed it. Every now and then I can smell it but I think its because im pregnant and my senses are on high alert! So far we are satisfied with it and we are thinking about putting it in our master bedroom!
March 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chuck The best flooring value We've found
We can write about this flooring with the voice of experience. It is economical, durable, and above all, really beautiful.
About two years ago, we put in Allure flooring in a pine pattern into our great room, kitchen, and dining room. (about 1,200 square feet).
It took a bit of work because of some irregular wall shapes, but the result was stunning. Now after two years with farm traffic, 7 dogs, 5 cats, grandchildren, and other similar animals, it is still absolutely beautiful.
So we decided to remodel our bedroom and use the dark African flooring. The work was done in two easy days of work. The result is even more stunning than the pine finish.
Two words of caution:
1) Follow the directions - if you start wrong, you'll have immense problems
2) Before laying the floor, prepare the surface VERY CAREFULLY. Any tiny piece of debris may look ok when you lay the floor, but will be very visible to you and very annoying after a few months when the vinyl settles in.
August 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LeeH Great basement finish
This was the easiest floor to install. Ours was a basement room we finished and the look of the African dark wood is stunning. The floor is a dream to clean, quiet to walk on. Love it. We painted the new walls using Behr Ultra with the primer included and it covered beautifully in 1 coat (Niarobi Dusk).
January 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mdh49 Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!!!
This will be the second time I have installed a Trafficmaster Allure floor. The first was about three years ago for my parents. My parents are very hard on their floors: they have indoor animals and lots of people coming and going with dirt and grit on their shoes all the time. The fact that they have been unable to damage their Allure floor is the reason I decided to get it for myself. The one thing that I don't like about my parents floor is that they got it in a plain oak color. If you're going to purchase a product like this, why not get it in a cool color pattern??
My wife an I decided on the African dark wood color after seeing both the online pictures and the samples squares at the Home Depot store. I have to say that the sample squares do not do the color justice. I was a bit apprehensive about the color at first, but my wife insisted on it (I'm glad she did). I was also a little concerned about a previous review that claimed that the color contrast between the light and dark sections makes a long floor look "ridiculously fake and your eye is drawn right to that area immediately because it is so odd looking." Now that our floor is down, I don't agree with this assessment at all. This reviewer appeared to have put two planks together to test them, but did not actually lay a floor with them. Once you have the floor actually laid, the entire thing is so "busy" that your eye is not drawn to any part in particular. Another problematic photo review of a bathroom showed an incorrect install: planks were not laid randomly, and all the joints lined up: not cool! If these planks were installed randomly (i.e. correctly), they would look very good. My wife and I LOVE the look of the floor, it is very warm and inviting.
Installation was a breeze, just follow the instructions! I realize that this product is in part marketed to DIYers, hence some of the negative reviews by people claiming that this product is difficult to install. Anyone who says this stuff is difficult to install doesn't know what they're talking about. During my long time in college, I worked as a hardwood floor installer for a few years, and have done tile, carpet, vinyl, and pergo at different times for different people. This product is BY FAR the easiest of all these products to install (well, Pergo may be almost as easy I guess, but is a very inferior product in terms of durability and moisture resistance), as well as the current best deal on the market in terms of cost-return. Also, it is great for high-moisture environments (kitchen, bath, my entire house that 4 kids do their very best to drench every inch of with every imaginable liquid, etc), which is why we went with this instead of refinishing our hardwoods.
I would (and do!) recommend Trafficmaster Allure to anyone who needs an affordable and attractive alternative to hardwoods. The African dark wood color scheme is DA BOMB!!
June 26, 2012