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Rated 3 out of 5Â by 22Vue22 Looks good, difficult to install
Thank you to all the previous reviewers. I almost didn't buy this product based on your content about having patience and what a pain this is to install. All who wrote "patience required" were not joking! I put a floor in my kitchen that is 10' x 20' (not counting the real estate taken up by the cabinets) and it took me two weeks of patient and deliberate work. I didn't rush it and that is why I was able to do this. I recommend checking out my photos for a look at the tools I used to do this by myself. Not pictured are the oscillating tool, variable speed Dremel with cutting wheel, and more dumbbells. The first row goes down easy. Subsequent rows will test your patience. I used dumbells and kettlebells to hold down previously installed pieces as I worked my way left to right and at times, right to left. Without the weight to hold the previous pieces in place, they will pull out as you attach the short side and the long side of the next piece. Just like previous posts, I also recommend putting the short side first by lifting the previous piece up a little bit and then put the long sides together, again, by holding the previous piece in your second hand. Then use your third and fourth hands to weild the rubber mallet and the deadblow hammer with tapping block to put the pieces together. This product does not click or snap together as indicated in any video or instructions. The instructions in the box were NOT for this specific Allure product. You'll see two mallets in my picture, a rubber mallet and a deadblow mallet (hammer). The rubber mallet is necessary to coax the pieces into place without damaging the edges of the "snap & click" assembly. I highly recommend a deadblow hammer, tapping block, and pull bar to help install pieces against a wall and in the open as you go, and especially on that last row. Holy cow! Use the cardboard interleaving to make templates. They are the exact size of the flooring pieces. For intricate cuts that are right against door molding you can use a Dremel or an oscillating tool but please be careful and take your time. Recommend and oscillating tool or Japanese flex saw to cut the bottom of door molding to allow the flooring to go underneath it. It looks better and because you can't put shoe molding at the foot of door molding. For my installation I left the original (and cheap) contractor-grade roll vinyl laminate in place. I used a staple gun to tack down the edges of the original vinyl that curled up when I removed the shoe molding. Didn't want the new flooring popping up later. Keep the little kids out of the room because you'll be spouting expletives. Check your pieces as you open each box. I used 11 boxes for my DIY project and had four pieces that were unusable as whole pieces due to damage on the edges (the gray edging). You can save yourself some time on the "almost done!" end of the job by cutting, staining, and polyacrylic coating the shoe molding for next to your cabinets. I didn't have any and had to add this to my task list. I am glad this project is done and I'm sure I saved myself two or three times the cost of the material in labor cost but I wouldn't do this again on a bet! Do I recommend it? Yes, but...have patience and take your time. I'm no professional, just a basic DIY'er. Good luck to all! I'm available if you need to vent.
February 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by gmwdpt pretty decent
I thought this floor went in pretty easily once you got the hang of it. We put it over a slightly uneven floor and it went in easy, but now that it is settling you can notice it a little bit. We chose vinyl over laminate because we have 2 dogs that slobber all over the floor and thought that way it would not warp the floor. The drawback however is that you can see every water drop and every paw print on this floor. I have found that it is best cleaned with a steam mop with the finger mop head to avoid seeing streaks, so that is kind of a pain. Overall it is better than the cheapo vinyl roll that was in before and we would do it again.
May 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Bev51 Great Product
Product has great quality. Looks very nice and easy to clean. After several trys to install it, I finally got the hang of it. Do as the instruction tell you and you shouldn't have any problem installing this flooring. Just remember put it at an 20 degree angel and it will go together nicely. I didn't need very many tools to install this flooring. Rubber hammer works great, to tap into place.
September 17, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by modracer19r Nice look
After shopping around for the new floor to install in our mudroom / entry way we decided to use this flooring. I almost did not use due to reviews about how difficult installation was but I was confident that we could get the job done. The flooring was somewhat hard to get together in some spots but overall it was not as hard as some said it is. I purchased the Allure ultra tapping block also from HD and that made the stubborn tiles snap right into place. Just be sure to take your time and ensure each tile has a good fit before moving to the next. Overall the floor looks fantastic and we will soon be doing the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room to match.
April 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by KatC Great floor.
Free shipping to store. Arrived in just a few days. No damage to any pieces in three boxes. Installation was a breeze. Easy to cut with utility knife. Snaps together nicely for tight fit. Can't hardly see the seams. Love it. Would definitely recommend.
June 19, 2013