Rated 4.3 out of 5Â by 52
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by shutupbecky Definitely a DIY project
I ordered 9 cases of the Rosewood Ebony and used 7 1/2.
This is definitely a DIY project.
Previously, I installed this product in our bathroom and laundry room. It was a relatively easy process. This time I used it in the kitchen. It was a little more complicated, but it eventually worked out. Better planning on my part would have helped. I would definitely "practice" in a smaller bathroom or laundry room before doing any larger areas.
The product is sensitive to temperature.
Once you get the product home, you're supposed to stack it a certain way and then let it acclimate for a day or two. This is especially important during colder weather because if the product is cold, the vinyl material becomes rigid and fragile, and hard to work with. So if you're doing this during cold weather, have it delivered to the store and pick it up there so it's not sitting in the back of an unheated UPS truck.
When I did the bathroom and laundry room, I got by with a utility knife and a straightedge. This time I got smart and used a chop saw (and also made a few cuts on the table saw.) I highly recommend a chop saw and/or table saw for several reasons:
1. Cutting tile after tile with a utility knife is tedious and physically tiring. (It takes about 5-7 passes with a utility knife at which point you can "snap" the cut.)
2. The faux texture can cause the utility knife blade to veer off, leaving you with an ugly cut. (Although I did just realize if you cut on the black back side, this might not be an issue.)
3. Using a chop saw is much easier, although you'll be constantly walking back and forth to the chop saw.
4. Using a chop saw, you get a much cleaner cut. Cleaner cuts make for easier aligning of planks, and a better looking finished product.
Optional but helpful:
Knee pads - your knees will thank you.
Ruler/ tape measure - for measuring obviously.
Mallet - to help mate the adhesive strips.
Another person - to hand you the planks.
Remove your base trim for best results.
Cut your first tile in half and use the right half as the starting plank. (Avoid starting a new row with a full plank.) Then fill out the row with full planks. When you reach the wall and make your cut, take the right piece and start the next row. Repeat.
When you are joining the planks, you really want to have it lined up so that you get it right the first time. The planks can be peeled apart and repositioned, but this results in big patches of the adhesive being ripped off. (Heating the adhesive with a hair dryer might make separating two planks a little easier, but I would avoid trying to separate two planks unless absolutely necessary.)
You may run into a weird situation where you have several butt pieces. You can always use some duct tape on the underside for that joint. You will have to do some problem solving, it's not as easy as you would think.
Overall Assessment B+
It has held up well in our bathroom, and hopefully it will hold up just as well in the laundry room and the kitchen. It looks pretty nice and feels very firm underfoot. It has a slight texture that is supposed to mimic the wood grain, but it doesn't match the image. There are several styles to choose from, it's affordable, and it's relatively easy to install.
February 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Kenny easy to install and looks great!
I installed the Allure ebony rosewood plank in my living room. It was very easy, I used a box cutter for the end pieces and it went down quick. I have already recieved many compliments on the look of the floor. My bulldog hasn't been able to scratch it and any messes wipe up no problem. My favorite things about the floor is the durability and overall look. I'd recommend this product to everyone for any room in their home.
March 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by ShawNuh Beautiful and durable flooring
This product was so easy to install. The first room took 4 hours because I was getting used to the product but the next two rooms that were the same size took 4 hours for both rooms. The only tedious part was making cuts for the closet flooring but it was still easy. Measure, score, snap. Suggestion: when cutting thin or small areas off of the planks, use plyers to bend the piece back and forth after scoring. It breaks off easily after that.
June 19, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Jcru Looks awesome in my finished basement
I purchased a 1952 Colonial with a fnished basement that had some old musty smelling carpet. Under the carpet were ceramic tiles that were from appx. the 70's. I didn't want to relay carpet as I don't believe it makes sense to put in a basement and I didn't want to spend thousands on new ceramic tile so I opted to give this product a go.
I managed to lay 240 sq. ft. of this product myself in a little of a days work. Lots of angles and 2 door casings to work around so most of this time was spent measuring and getting the cuts right. I found the installation to fairly easy for someone with decent diy skills. It sits on top of a floor that is slightly dipped from the outer edges to the middle floor drain, so the flexibility in this product proved very good at this job.
It looks nice but you can definitely tell it's vinyl flooring from the sound it makes when you step on it, especially with shoes on. I'm not sure I would use this in any other room for the sake of keeping my resale value but for a finished basement at this price and ease of installation, I highly recommend this product.
One con I can see is if a piece gets damaged or needs replaced for whatever reason the pieces overlap each other so I don't see an easy way of removing and replacing pieces, especially those you laid in the beginning and middle of the job
November 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by weekendwarrior Very easy to install
I purchased this flooring for my basement to replace the carpet that I had installed 10 years ago. I watched a YouTube video first, which helped make the installation go much easier. I made most of my cuts with a utility knife and some with tin snips. It took me 2 days to install 300 square feet (12 cases), but I took a lot of breaks to tend to other things. I calculated the 10% extra like they suggested, but still ended up with an extra box that is not returnable due to being a special order. I'm really happy with the overall appearance and feel of the final product. I just hope that it will withstand moisture that I occasionally get after a heavy rain. Don't forget to mail in the warranty registration, though. It's in the booklet that's inside every box.
June 18, 2013