Rated 4.9 out of 5Â by 7
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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 âeasiest floor everâ, 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 âeasiest floorâ 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.
âSlide and clickâ is more like nudge and thud.
If you have a perfectly smooth floor, maybe âslide and clickâ 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 âbothâ 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, âI wish I hadn't spent so much time making the floor smooth.â
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 out of 5Â 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 4 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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