Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 22
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rainy So Far, So Good
Looks and feels very nice. New...only reason for not rating it excellent.
July 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIY361MOM Great flooring for large family!
So far, so good! Looks great, feels great & easy to install!
June 28, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ebebebebebebebebebebew quite please... mostly.
My wife and I purchased this as replacement flooring in our kitchen/dining area. Two small kids, a dog, and a cat; suffice to say we needed something durable and easy to clean. We also needed something relatively inexpensive knowing that this would be the last floor we were laying down and ultimately will be remodeling the kitchen and would put different flooring down.
Installation wasn't difficult. Take your time, read the instructions a couple of times, get a good box knife and extra blades. Take your time. A good pair of gloves certainly helped. Watch the gasket edges closely, if you don't you will have an unpleasant surprise of a white spot on occasion. Thankfully I noticed this early and was able to adjust as I went. Also, pay attention to your seams as you go. Before you go too far down the run, or add the next course, look at your seams. I didn't do this and now I have a very small gap in the middle of the floor I can't close up. The flooring locked in place, but shifted just enough during the installation process to create the gap. (See take your time comment ;-) ) If you need small pieces or have to snap off narrow bits, things can get a bit difficult. Take you time and score a couple of times, deeply, so it breaks off cleanly. Generally speaking, this stuff is easy to cut to size.
My only gripe is the flooring is much more slippery than the vinyl flooring I had before, even with the texture. I was hoping with the wood grained texture it wouldn't be this way, but the surface friction is low and sliding is easy.
At the end of the end of the day this flooring is a good value. It was easy to install, it looks great, and took minimal prep work to get going. I just wish it wasn't as slippery on top.
January 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jamie Love it!!!
Easy installation. Beautiful color and texture. I would definitely recommend this product.
April 19, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mjhallo Great installation
This was an easy product to install with a few caveats. First, take seriously that you must get the first two or three rows installed right - square and meticulously fitted together. If you see any gray it means it's off a little and it will throw off subsequent rows exponentially. I found I had to go back a couple times and refit to make things fit together properly. Be incredibly picky about this! In fact just be very meticulous about putting the pieces together in general.
Also, make sure your floor is very level and clean. If the floor is not level you will have trouble keeping the panels clicked together.
Finally, be careful about the tiny white strip of plastic at one end of the plank. It is easily damaged and if so, it makes it very hard to fit the pieces together. This was probably the single most annoying part of the install. Think they need a bit of redesign there.
The floor looks very nice - warm and pleasant looking. I cannot speak to durability yet since I just installed but I am pleased so far.
March 3, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jon Not user friendly
Had issues keeping the joints together... I am taking this up and going with tile..... Waste of $600.00.. Followed instructions and looked up on YouTube.... They seemed to have it easier than I did. Used in 9x24 kitchen.
Looks nice though and impressed with resilense...
February 10, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GaryB A great-looking floor!
I installed this in a bathroom, where the water-resistant vinyl is an ideal material. It's a terrific looking product and well worth the effort. I was less than impressed with the tongue & groove interlocking mechanism, though. The edges broke easily and sometimes came loose after they appeared to be firmly locked together. Reseating solved the problem, but It took a lot more care than is needed with good quality laminate flooring.
I also found the instructions to be a bit lacking. It's actually a bit difficult to determine which is the tongue and which is the groove on this material, since both sides have an extended lip. I actually started to lay the boards and then discovered that what I considered the "tongue" was what Allure called the groove, , despite my being well-experienced with floating floor materials and carpentry. A close-up picture of the pieces and better illustrations would have helped identify it better. It might also have suggested ways to cut the flooring to fit around corners, pipes etc. It only described scribing with a blade and snapping it off, but that doesn't work well with cuts other than straight across. I found that a jig saw at slow speed does nicely when you need to make a rounded cut or rip a board lengthwise.
All-in-all, though, the Allure Ultra is an excellent floor that goes down well and looks gorgeous. Ultra is a much more robust product than the thinner (and less expensive) standard Allure, thicker with a nicely textured finish that mimics real wood quite well.
January 6, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Tmil Nice - but be careful
I just did my entire first floor with this product. I was interested in the water proof aspect since my laminate got destroyed in my kitchen after my dishwasher failed.
Pros: Looks nice. The finish is dull compared to the shine my laminate had. When installed correctly, looks great.
Cons: it is not as easy to install as it seams. The white locking strip on the leading edge has a tendency to pop out and then get buggered up if you don't get the technique down just right when installing. Cutting this stuff with a utility knife like they say is absolutely dangerous. The top level is hard and only a new blade will penetrate it. After my first 3 tiles were cut, I ended up slicing a 1/4" of my thumb off when the blade slipped. After containing the bleeding, I proceed to change the blade every two planks. Stock up or do what I did when I got to room #3, which was purchase the Roberts 12 in. Quik-Cut Vinyl Tile VCT Cutter. After reading the online reviews which were somewhat negative, I came across the gentleman who said everyone was using it wrong. He was right. You have to use it like you are cutting off someone's head (sorry). You have to go fast or it wont cut. It works off the momentum of your arm. That would have saved me so much time if I would have bought it early, and the side of my thumb. Also for long cuts, I used my jigsaw but it eats up jigsaw blades like crazy (which I still don't understand why)
Lastly, after completing the area under my range, I slid the range back in place not thinking about what type of feet the range had (didn't matter with the laminate). Needless to say I put a nice 3 foot long scratch in the floor. Did the same thing in my dining room with the china closet, thinking that it wouldn't. Also, when reaching for my prybar on the counter, I dropped it and the sharp edge of the prybar put a nice gash in the floor below my seating area.
So be careful !!!! This stuff doesn't scratch easily, but with the weight of a stove or china closet, it will scratch and gouge. Treat it like wood during the install. Don't through your tools across it, slide the tile cutter on it, or drag the tile boxes on it.
So bottom line, I like the look but am now paranoid over the durability. I put felt feet under everything. This stuff is not cheap and if it starts to get scratches easily, may need to use that tile cutter for something else.
July 7, 2014