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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by wolfpak Fabulous Flooring - easy installation
Couldn't beat the price as we came across it on a Black Friday deal. Ordered online for pick up in another state. We placed this from the entry way of our condo through the kitchen, dining room, living room and hall ways. IT LOOKS FANTASTIC. We have had great comments from friends and family as well. I am sure over the years the realistic look of wood grain will get even better as technology improves. I have attached a picture for you to see. Thanks again HOME DEPOT - our one and only place to shop.
February 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sunnypm A few hints i wish i had first
I'm giving the Markum Oak Allure 5 stars with the following caveats, that I hope are helpful. I'm not a professional, but this is the second time I've installed the Allure Ultra. They advertise the ���easiest floor ever”, but that doesn't mean the easiest thing you'll ever do. You will still be doing labor. The boxes weigh about 40 lbs a piece, so if you are carrying them up or down stairs, you do the math...it's a workout! You'll want knee pads or some kind of cushioning...I used old carpet pad, which works for palms and elbows too.
You can not have too many extra blades for your razor knife!
The biggest part of the the “easiest floor” is because you don't need a power saw(or hand saw) to make cuts. Simply score the printed side of the planks with your razor knife, bend them back, and then snap them off by bending in the other direction. It's a lot easier than it sounds. When your blade gets dull, as it does fairly quickly though, not so much. Yes, this is still much easier than having a saw set up to do needed cuts.
“Slide and click” is more like nudge and thud.
If you have a perfectly smooth floor, maybe “slide and click” would be a reality, but the only pieces that went in that easy for me, were the first planks of each row. You will want to have a special tool that consists of a small piece of the plank(don't worry, you'll have this with the first mistake made) that has the mating edge still on it. Then, you can tap planks in with out boogering up the locking edges. I found a piece 1x 3 inches worked well, with a hammer or rubber mallet. It's too bad that the sample pieces at the store are cut clean of the locking edges, or you could use one of those for starters.
You can never check the seams too often!
There should be not the smallest gap, and they will look pretty close sometimes and fool you. This goes back to not having a perfectly smooth floor. The seams will pop out, sometimes just a little, as you nudge the other side in, or someone walks on the the unfinished row, or there's a meteor strike, etc. This goes for the small seams that run perpendicular along the row also.
(By the way, if you have a perfectly smooth floor, you should just paint it, charge admission, and retire off of the proceeds.)
Cutting around doorways is not easy, but there's a trick I learned that works sometimes...
If there is not intricate molding on “both” sides of your row, and there's a big enough gap at the floor, you can do a sloppier cut. Just work the plank into the groove, then with one of those a small pieces of mating plank you have by now, tap the plank sideways until it slips underneath the door molding. This works easiest with the first plank of the row, but you can switch from working left to right or right to left on a row when need be.
You will never say, “I wish I hadn't spent so much time making the floor smooth.”
On the first installation I pushed the limits of un-smooth floor, because I didn't want to rent a grinder, and fill the house with concrete dust. It took a little cussing, but I was still able to do an acceptable job, by taking care to make sure the seams were as tight as they could be, and accepting a little imperfection.
The floor will get scratched with heavy and rough enough furniture. I would suggest getting felt tabs to go under the legs of these. The good news is that we found a set of 3 brown markers, and one of the shades did a great job of hiding the few scratches we made.
One last thing I found was that even after laying 4 or 5 rows, it was possible to move the entire floor a little to get it in square. After one or two rounds, walking on it can move it more than you think, so I did adjust after 5 rows to get back to square. I used quarter round to hide small bad cuts/cracks at the wall and it looks great.
Hope these notes help!
January 31, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AZJONES SNAP LOCK Version worth the upgrade
Great Product if you choose the Allure ULTRA with the Snap lock install. We choose Markum Oak Medium. It would be a cold Day in ---- before I ever choose to install a laminate for a home with all the seam lifting issues and the risk of one fool wet moping your floor and doing thousand of dollars worth of Damage. As an Interior Design we choose this floor for a project due to the added height restriction of a real wood floor and potential damage by seasonal home Rental Clients. The more you use of this product the more real it looks. we used it through out the home and used two different colors to create a tone on tone stripe affect in the laundry room for a pop of fun. Super easy to install and cut with very little waist so its very Eco wise in 1110 sqft we maybe had a total of 5 boards combined worth of tiny scraps to toss. Not all colors are as realistic after ordering a few sample boxes we settled for the MARKUM oak series which. I wouldn't hesitate using this product again in a heart beat. Homedepot could use a little more training on the product and honestly they should scrap the Standard Peel and stick Allure version and only stock the Ultra version. Most bad reviews on the web tie back to the peel and stick failing and the client having a rippled floor. We found great success by picking the right color, making sure it was shipped correctly on the pallet, stack correctly on site and allowed to acclimated for a week before installing the floor. The sound under foot and with dogs nails far beats the obnoxious clacking with Laminate floors. Don't use the Dreaded word "VINYL" with your friends or Realestate agent until they have seen it completely installed and they will be very surprised.
September 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Patsy Allure vinyl plank flooring
We were impressed how easily this floor snapped together and we were able to install over
the existing flooring. This flooring is a wide plank and we were able to cover more area in less time.
Because this flooring is 100% waterproof, we were able to install over all floor areas including bath and kitchen. We love the color and depth of this flooring and the ease of care.
October 7, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Dave Decent, water resistant, quick flooring option
This product is easy enough to use for the average DIY'er. We chose to use this in our kitchen and bathrooms, covering up old ugly adhered vinyl, due to the water resistant nature of the product.
The score and snap cutting of this product made installation a breeze, but definitely make sure you have a good sharp blade and score a few times to make sure you get through the top coating and the wood pattern before trying to snap. Don't think you can free-hand these cuts, you definitely need a square or you'll find yourself wasting a lot of pieces as the grain texture on the surface coating can cause the blade to wander. Cutting small pieces out, such as around door jambs, floor registers, etc. were a little more difficult, requiring use of a set of needle nose pliers to help get enough torque on the cuts to snap them. Using shears may have been easier for those, but I didn't have any on hand.
The click together system is not quite as easy as the wood-laminate product I used in other rooms of our house, but once you get a method that works, it's not bad. I found it useful to click the short side first, then tilt the new piece and adjacent piece up slightly, then tap on the new piece until the side lock slips and allows the piece to click into the lengthwise groove.
I found the last piece of the room against the wall to be the hardest to install. It was tough to get the locks tight along the length of the board because the 1/8" gap doesn't quite leave enough room for fingers, and if the lock comes out too far when resting the piece down, even the puller won't correct it. You need to get the locks 50% or more complete before trying to use the puller and mallet.
The surface is not quite as durable as I was hoping. The plastic sliders we had on our chairs and stools started to scuff the floor quickly, whereas the same exact chairs on the wood laminate left no marks. It's easy enough to switch to felt sliders, but just made it clear that this won't be as durable as the other products we used in the house.
My only real complaint is the lack of variety in patterns, and the lack of variety within boxes. I got a few boxes that had a disproportionate quantity of certain patterns, making it difficult to avoid repeating patterns. Definitely look at each piece in each box, lay them out by pattern type, and pick each piece out based on the surrounding pieces.
March 25, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Donna This should be one of Home Depot's stock colors
I have had several Allure floors installed into rental properties that I own. This is the first Allure plus with the interlocking pieces. Previously we were using the less costly Allure with the stick together strip. The stick together strip can be a lot of trouble to keep stuck tight. So far I prefer the interlocking. The Markum Oak Medium was a special order so was more costly than the stock colors. It is such a great color being a little darker but not too dark. It is a great match with the woodwork and doors in many 1970's homes. Many Home Depot's don't even carry a sample of this color but they all should stock this great choice.
August 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jack Mr
The flexibility and locking tabs made this flooring easy to install. I also liked the size of the planks making the installation fast.
August 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYfam Looks great, easy to install
Looked at a wide variety of flooring before deciding on this. Love that it's waterproof, virtually maintenance free. Easier to install than typical laminate flooring or vinyl sheets. No underlayment changes needed to be made. Looks beautiful. I would definitely buy this again.
March 30, 2012