Rated 4.6 out of 5Â by 20
Rated 5 out of 5Â by beverlz Wow
Had contractor install plank vinyl as part of basement renovation. It is beautiful! The cost is a lot less than laminate or wood and it looks as good. It is also warm, laid directly over concrete. It is waterproof so works in a kitchen and everywhere. Everyone is shocked when I say it is vinyl. What a great product!
October 25, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by AnnV Love the Look! Easy to Install.
We chose this produce for a walkout finished basement (studio) apartment because we could install it directly on top of the concrete with no need for a subfloor. Plus, it's waterproof, so we could run it through the kitchen and right into the bathroom & laundry room.
As an introduction, my only previous experience with laying flooring was laminate in our upstairs family room, and for that we had help from a very handy friend & his saw. For this project, though we had a contractor do some of the renos, to save money, I was flying solo on the flooring (my bf recently had surgery & therefore couldn't help much), so I liked that I wouldn't need much in the way of tools.
Was it the "Easiest Floor Ever!" as promised on the box? Well, it was at least as easy as the laminate, and I didn't need any power tools -- just a sharp exacto-knife, straight edge and a measuring tape. I'd also recommend a pair of pliers for snapping off small pieces if you have to score around a door frame or floor vent, etc. as well as a hammer/mallet (though it's supposed to be simple click & lock, there were a few times that it didn't seem to lock tightly enough, and the hammer came in handy to tap it more into place). I also found gloves and kneepads invaluable, as your hands will take a beating snapping the planks after scoring them.
All in all, it took me roughly 3 eight hour stretches to lay about 400 sq feet, which may seem like a lot, but really it was just all the doorways, posts, and walls I had to work around. If it had simply been a 20'x20' room, I'm sure I could have finished it in only 4 of 5 hours! Unfortunately, I had to do a 16'x11' room, transitioning into a galley-style kitchen, two closets, a bathroom, long hallway, and laundry area -- and I basically did it all by myself, so 24 hours ain't bad.
Now that we've lived on it for a month, I can say it seems:
* durable (we walk directly from outside to inside with no problems, and where we accidentally scratched it sliding a big piece of furniture into the corner, the scratch doesn't really show unless you bend down to look),
* waterproof (no signs of problems in the bathroom or where water puddles from our shoes)
* and best of all, it's beautiful - definitely the most often complimented feature when friends come by to see our renovations.
--> To avoid the type of scratch we caused, I'd recommend felt protectors on the feet of your furniture. That seems to do the trick.
Of course, the problem with all dark coloured floors is that dirt/dust is really obvious, but it's easy enough to do a quick sweep with the broom. There are a few places where I could have gotten the planks a little tighter, but as usual, you always notice the flaws in your own work more than anybody else. I've been assured that nobody else seems to notice these places (And no, they're not a product of expansion/compression as I noticed them before I'd even finished the project, but figured it was too much of a hassle to worry about pulling up all my work back to that point to fix it.)
Overall, we love it and have received many compliments. Our contractor even asked for the product name/colour so he could install it at his wife's business. Honestly, my only complaint is how sore my hands and knees were after installing it all! (And I imagine that would have been true for any product.) It's beautiful and was fairly simple to install (even for an amateur like me). Getting it during a flooring sale made it an even better deal!
October 2, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5Â by mcnielerini Great floor!
Had this installed for a month, so far it is great!
We purchased this floor after I ruined my laminate flooring from a washing machine overflow blunder. Now that our remodel is over I am so glad my laminate floor is gone! This vinyl flooring is wonderful! It is surprisingly warm underfoot and much quieter than I expected. The install took 2 people a full day to do (living/dining/hall) using 12 boxes. It was easy to score and snap with a utility knife. Cutting around door frames was more complicated but not too bad. We made a template from the perfect plank-sized sheets included in the packaging to cut the patterns out. Some of the planks took a little bit of muscle to snap together, but all in all it was pretty easy.
The floor looks great and is so much easier to keep clean than my laminate (which was always a 2-step process. When I cleaned my laminate I had to immediately go back and dry it to prevent water spots even when the floor was barely damp). The Allure Ultra does not show water spots at all saving me time when cleaning.
The floor looks great and we have received many compiments. The color and texture make it appear more like wood. Before purchasing the Allure Ultra we compared several other brands, we almost purchsed a similar loking product that was over $1 less per sq ft until we compared samples side by side. There was no comparison! The cheaper product scratched extremely easily while it took a lot of pressure and several scratches with a pair of scissors to scratch through the colored layer of the Allure. You would have to drag an extremely heavy and sharp object over this floor to damage it. The other product would have scratched through the color layer with a rock in your shoe!
August 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by BillW Love this product! It looks so real!
The click style is a little more difficult to install than the grip strip but not a big issue. Much faster and easier than ceramic and the fact that it is so much faster saves money!
February 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Disco MY BOAT NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD! So glad i did this project!
The carpet in the cabin of my boat (41-foot cruiser) had become too stained to clean. I wanted a change from carpeting but the flooring options from marine suppliers were all cosmetically disappointing to me. After searching many places for a better option I discovered Allure vinyl plank flooring. The appearance of this floor covering was superior to everything else I had previously looked at and the waterproof properties of the vinyl plank were compatible with the requirements for a boat installation. The unusual angles and curves of the cabin area also seemed like a good match for the easily cut vinyl material. After finishing the project, I couldn't be happier. The installation took some planning but once I got going things went very smoothly. The ability to cut the planks with a blade or heavy shears made the project significantly easier than if I would have had to use power tools. There are three hatches in the floor and I was able to easily cut these areas. I found some aluminum trim that worked great around the margins of the hatches and complemented the floor product well.
July 17, 2014