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Old 08-20-2011, 09:27 PM   #1
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Allure Trafficmaster Vinyl Planks

We ordered flooring today. Allure Resilient planks - Lisbon Cork. The sales literature says "Lay allure directly on top of your old flooring. No surface preparation is needed. With our patented GripStrip process, you just lay the allure planks down and secure them together easily, with no messy adhesive required. The planks stick to each other, not to your floor, and they were designed for easy handling. To cut simply score and snap." We took out a very similar product that the po had put down - wood look - and while it wasn't horrible, the install was dodgy and it was put down over some weak subfloor (which we have replaced). It is "floating" as it is not adhered to the subfloor. Should be delivered in less than two weeks.
Anyone else use this product? Advice appreciated.
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:40 PM   #2
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I was recently going to use their commercial grade planks in a building but took it all back to Home Depot when I found several reports on the internet of strong chemical odours. Maybe you should lay out some sheets in a room in your house and test for this before committing/cutting it for your van.

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Old 08-20-2011, 09:43 PM   #3
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Use the 'search' tab for allure or traffic master...several threads here on the product.

I'm camping right now in our 34' with it...this is our 2nd trailer where we installed it...very happy.
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:49 PM   #4
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I used it in two Airstreams. No chemical odor. Very nice looking and durable. Cleans up well....the color/style is a personal choice...I put mine down on top of under layment sheeting ...like with Pergo. Cut your butts straight AND...the best advice I can give is when you lay it, plan the direction of work. If you try to slide the adhesive edge under the previous piece...your in for trouble. Plan to lay to the top side of the adhesive sides.
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I put it in mine this year. No reports yet. Still in the process of building and installing new cabinets and furniture. I picked it because it's easy to install and waterproof.
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:52 PM   #6
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I've used it several times without any problems so far. Have it in an upstairs office - the oak plank - it's held up well with rolling desk chars. We're in the process of installing the Corfu Tile in a downstairs area. I've seen mention of an odor but have never experienced it.

The score snd snap is fine if you don't mind the edges being a little rough as when it's covered in a molding. If you want quick clean ends rent a laminate floor cutter.
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:54 PM   #7
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I used the Allure Trafficmaster Oak and had no problems with odors. It has been down about 6 months. Took about 5 nights of work after my paying job was done for the day. I am very happy with the product.
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:28 PM   #8
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Thanks so much for all the info. Found some other threads and have been soaking up all the advice I can find. I think it's going to look really nice. My husband is skilled at lots of things and we have a friend who is also very handy. Hoping it goes smoothly. Will post pics but it will be a while yet as we are still working on cabinet refinishing.
Gary, thanks for the tip, we probably will rent or borrow a cutter to make the ends as neat as possible.
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We've heard a lot of bad things about Allure. We live in FL and our trailer gets to 115 degrees F in the summer. We are concerned about it buckling in the heat. Any issues or tips you can give us?
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We have had our in for 2 Florida summers and have had no problems. We would put it in again.
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:03 PM   #11
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Real Heat in Texas 2011

We have had nearly 60 days of triple digit heat this summer and I see no signs of buckling. I have seen 124o heat in the trailer this summer. The only way to stand the heat is to have a box van 5' away. This was the summer to pass the question of buckling or not.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:44 PM   #12
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We installed the Allure Bamboo two years ago and are now experiencing some seam separation. This is occurring at the ends of the planks. This flooring is easy to work with but as it has been posted earlier...there could be some off-gassing problems. Check out:

ottoblotto's blog: Allure Flooring Stinks

While we have not had the problems others have had, I would still be concerned. I am now looking for an alternative flooring for our "74" Tradewind.

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Old 11-23-2012, 10:39 PM   #13
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Got some today on a Black Friday sale at Home Depot for .99 cents a square foot . Pretty cheap! We're putting it in my daughters Avion. Hope it goes well (and we'll open the windows of if smells!)
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My experience with this flooring has been somewhat negative. If you lay it down when hot the flooring is expanded and wont buckle in the future.. but when it gets cold out side these strips shrink considerably and a gap will form somewhere. Mine happens to be right when you walk in and is very visual. I have also noticed that the edges seem to lift in a few places. The plus side is that its very easy to install. Not sure I would use it again but for now its ok.

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