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Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Dean Looks great, but a pain to install
Took on our basement for my winter project (aprox 400 sqft). Researched flooring options and was leaning towards carpet, but after finding out about a waterproof flooring option, I was convinced to go this route. I read nearly all 1000 reviews, usually dismissing negative ones, because I assumed if something is difficult or goes wrong, it's the installer....
The flooring looks awesome, but the install was less than pleasant. I've done my share of floors (hardwood and tile), but this was by far the trickiest flooring to get in place. I had a 3/4" gap between the new drywall and the concrete, so there was a lot of shifting happening when tapping the planks tight. The tongue and grove system has nearly zero margin of error. It's either in or not, so that took some practice.
Had no problem scoring/snapping the pieces. I only scored over each cut twice. If a short amount needed to be cut off, after scoring, I stepped on that end of the plank to give me leverage while bending it, snapping easily. I did use my table and miter saw for some of the cuts to get around certain corners.
Here are a few pointers I learned from some online blogs, reviews, and/or from my learning curve:
-THIS IS HUGE: fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol to lubricate the joints. Burned my scrapped knuckles like heck, but stinging reduced the swearing & fighting with the planks not fitting tightly together. Made sliding the planks side to side a lot easier.
-make sure your spacers are not going to shift. Once you have a few rows in place, you can weigh down the rows with unopened boxes.
-buy the tapping block, or use a couple edge scraps as a tapping block (one for long edge & one for the end.
-tap the planks together often to ensure the seams are staying tight and a smooth edge between planks within the same row.
-use a pry-bar to get the last piece in each row in place. Of course use a piece of scrap to use between the wall and the pry-bar so you don't dent the wall.
-end join planks together for full rows if possible. Butt up to the newest row, then work your way down the row to angle in and snap into place. This was much easier for shorter rows (about 12'), and saves you the headache of tapping the ends of the planks or using the pry-bar (especially near the glass face of the fireplace).
If it weren't going to be installed in the basement, I don't think I would ever use this product again for a larger space. Looks great, but not the smoothest DYI project I've dealt with. The packaging claims to be the easiest floor ever, which is total BS....Good luck, hope my tips help.
March 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Anne Amazing look and feel!
I had Jim Berg and his crew install this all over my River Cabin home in Webster Wi and I can tell you it is gorgeous! I picked this color and texture to recreate a refined distressed barn wood feel! The color is exceptional and picked up both the grey and gold tones I needed to bring all of my real wood together! I love the feel of this underfoot! These floors are mildew and water proof and so you can install them anywhere!
So easy to clean and does not show scratching! I am very picky when it comes to interior design and I am extremely happy with this product!
My installer of course did an exceptional job and it made the floors warmer to touch and sound proof!
I highly recommend this product and the price is good too!
June 15, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jennifer Not as easy as they claim
The look & feel of this product is amazing!! Love it! I will say, though, that it DOES NOT click in properly very easily. I YouTube it & saw that other people had the same problem. You have to take a small scrap piece & use it to tap it in to get to seat & lay down properly. Not really a big deal but it does slow you down considerably & made me very paranoid as to whether it was sealed up properly. Sometimes a you click in your piece the one before it gets loose & it can get pretty tedious looking for issues.
May 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by desert1 HAPPY IN PALM SPRINGS...
LOVE THIS FLOORING, IT IS JUST BEAUTIFUL, PERFECT FOR OUR DESERT HOME.
JUST BE AWARE HOME DEPOT WAS TRYING TO CHARGE MORE FOR THIS FLOOR UNTIL I CALLED THEM OUT, THE ONLINE CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER WAS DOWN RIGHT RUDE, I HAD TO CALL CORPORATE TO GET A RESPONSE, AND THE PRICING UPDATED.
May 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Skip3key Excellent flooring
Have an old home that is definitely not plumb , and in which the previous owners put pink marble tile. Instead of paying an insane amount to remove the tile in the 1200 sq foot area of living and kitchen space (we also took down 2 walls to make it open concept), we decided we wanted to go over the top of it with a new floor. Our catch is that we also needed something very thin so the doors would still open without needing to adjust them, and needs to wear well with our 4 dogs.
We are do it yourselfers (2 women in 40-50 age area), and have laid laminate flooring in the past, and this product was a dream... you just have to make sure your starting line is done well and plumb (as with any flooring), and take your time to make sure each piece clicks in without gaps, and it will look great. We had many obstacles and tricky cuts, but we used a miter saw and a jig saw, and it was laid quickly and easily. Took about 2 good days to do it all, but the results are awesome, and no one can tell it isn't wood unless we tell them or they really get down to touch/inspect it.
Installed it over 1 year ago and no issues at all- difficult to scratch ( but not impossible)- normal wear but humans and dogs have no issues with scratching. Tried to move heavy item by pushing it and didn't realize there was a rock under a leg and did get some scratches- used a sharpie and cant see unless really try now.
April 21, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ben1849 Nice floor, easy to clean
Wife and I like the click lock, vinyl plank, Allure Saw
Cut Dakota flooring we purchased form Home Depot.
We were shopping for flooring 6 months ago, saw a sample of Allure Saw Cut Dakota and ordered 33 boxes. The price was OK and free shipping made it better.
We installed 600 plus square feet in living area, kitchen, hall and bath room. After 6 months still looks great, shows no wear, spilt liquid no problem.
Wife says cleaning is a snap. Just vacuum with an electric broom and damp mop as needed.
We purchased additional 200 square feet to go in bedroom and are installing it now..
January 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dnik Allure Sawcut Dakota Luv!
We had a contractor lay our floor in living room, foyer, kitchen, laundry room, half bath and two bedrooms. We chose it because of it being waterproof. I love how you don't see the bare feet marks on it like pergo or laminate floors. Mops up beautiful with the swifter!
February 4, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by hodgemo Awesome
Awesome product. Easy to work with. Love the results.
March 22, 2016