How to install a Allure floor

How to install a Allure floor the easy way.Great for wet basements. http://www.askmediy.com.


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    • DirtySockPuppets:

      I like to mix up the boxes too. You never know if the machine kicking these
      things out has a slight color difference. Dom, I love this stuff. I saw it
      in a friends house, and its great for pets and sloppy people. I was going
      to put it in my house, any recommendation as to how flush my sub floor
      should be? I know with laminate you can get away with small gaps and
      whatnot. What about with this stuff? Could I slap down some feather edge,
      or should I go over everything with 1/4″ tri-ply?

    • Andrew Miller:

      Can you lay this directly on top of a tile floor as is; or would it make
      sense to fill in the depressions where the grout is with thin-set to make
      the whole surface smooth? 

    • allureflooring:

      Love your sense of humor and enthusiasm for our product : ) Thank you for
      taking the time to make the video and your continued to effort to help
      DIY’ers install a great looking floor! There are just a few
      clarifications/updates we’d like to add to make sure everyone has a great
      installation experience with allure.

      1. You mentioned, “It can get wet and not worry about it”- Yes, you are
      correct, for common everyday spills aren’t a big deal as long as it is
      installed properly. But for GripStrip products moisture and flooding can
      ruin the adhesive and cause failure, so one does need to exercise caution
      there, as it is not waterproof.

      2. You also mentioned, “This floor will not expand or contract like a
      laminate” and “you don’t need a gap like a laminate”. Just to be very
      clear, NO EXPANSION SPACE IS A BIG NO NO. You need a 1/8″ minimum or 1/4″
      optimum expansion space.

      3. During your installation you are working in a different direction than
      what we instruct in the manual. It appears that you were slipping the
      “under edge”, under the “over edge”. It should be installed the other way.
      We instruct customers to start in a corner and work left to right. You
      showed placing a full plank in a new row in the middle of the seam and then
      installed in two directions. NOW, it can be done like that, but its much
      harder to do it that way if you ask us. : )

      4. I didn’t hear mention of acclimation. ACCLIMATION IS KEY TO THIS
      PRODUCT. The planks must be acclimated in the room of installation for a
      minimum of 48 hours with the temperature between 65-85F (18-30C) before,
      during and after installation. The building’s HVAC should be turned on for
      at least two weeks before installation. Product should be stored
      horizontally in a dry area away from direct sunlight. Do not leave next to
      heat or cooling ducts. Leave the planks inside the cartons to insure the
      GripStrip remains clean. Keep dust, dirt and foreign particles from
      contaminating the GripStrip. Ensure that all trades have been completed to
      eliminate dry wall dust, paints etc. Following these steps is CRITICAL for
      adhesive performance during installation. Failure to follow the guidelines
      voids the warranty.

      Again, these are just a few items we thought we should add to help others
      who watch your video. Thanks again for sharing your experience and
      expertise. We appreciate your enthusiasm for our products! 

    • Charles Otwell:

      About to install 244 sq. ft. Thanks for your help.

    • Tanya Tantalize:

      Hi, I just bought that exact flooring and am getting ready to put it down
      accdg. to your video. You said that you don’t need anything under the
      flooring itself, like laminate needs, but do you need to put anything on
      the plywood, to cover any small nail holes (from nailing the flooring down
      onto the joists) and if so, what would you suggest?

    • Sharon McNeill:

      Great video. We are getting ready to do three rooms. Thanks for the tips!

    • dawn gacina:

      One thing i notice missing from pretty much all of the comments &
      discussions is “polishing” the Allure floor after the install. I wanted to
      topcoat it with a good quality poly-acrylic sealer not just to give it a
      nice sheen [I won’t say “shine” as I opted for a satin/matte finish], but
      to also protect the floor’s surface. I’m sure the Allure brand polish
      would’ve worked fine, but I opted to go with a more expensive polish called
      “Bright ‘N Easy” satin shine by Congoleum & the end result was fantastic!
      Bottom Line: For the price and incredible ease of install, you CANNOT go
      wrong with Allure. **one point though: nobody @ Home Depot informed us
      that when changing directions latitudinally [like going back towards the
      baseboard around a separating wall, for instance] you MUST have on hand the
      Allure Hidden Transition Strips that can be purchased directly from the
      manufacturer. This tip would’ve saved us several hours of brainstorming
      when faced w/ this dilemma. However, once we got them, the
      reverse-direction install was a breeze. 

    • youjake14:

      How do you get started? from which side to which and how would you know the
      right amount to cut out around things like door trim and ect? I have
      really old tile flooring in my basement and was planning on doing this does
      the floor have to be completely level and cleaned or can i just slap it
      right on over it?

    • dawn gacina:

      why was our commentary about the polishing and hidden transition strips
      removed? 

    • Marty Galison:

      Question:

      You started laying tight against the wall. If the wall is not straight,
      wont that flaw show up as you lay the flooring father away from the wall
      ? The father the distance you lay from the wall , the greater the defect
      will appear ?

      Let me know since I am looking to by to do the bedroom and master bathroom

    • John Keasler:

      We are going to put ours on a new plywood subfloor. Do we need to treat
      the plywood with anything?
      I’m also a little concerned about the square of the rooms in this old
      house. Any suggestions to avoid looking crooked?

    • John Keasler:

      I’m also cutting this to fit the curve of a bathtub. The rest of the room
      will have molding holding the edge down. What’s a good way to make sure
      the edge next to the bathtub does not curl or get dirt or water under it.
      Sealant? Caulking?

    • Omar Ramos:

      Great video, thanks for tips. Doing my living room with this floor 

    • Michelle Krapf:

      Wow that looks easy! Thanks for the tips on cutting! 

    • Jason Arseneau:

      When installing flooring, don’t you have to find the middle of your room
      and start from there? Nice vid!

    • Ron Solomon:

      Can Allure be installed on steps? Do they make a stair nose for it?

    • Gerald Aalbers:

      Can you install allure flooring in a RV? We spend 6 months of the year
      below 32 F and I do not want to see it cracked or broken next spring! We
      have a carpet edge to be adjacent with. Can I nail the carpet on top of the
      allure flooring to finish the edge?

    • Jeanette Wagner:

      Will allure flooring adhere to particle board flooring ?

    • sue she:

      How do you cut it?

    • Robert Nitsch:

      We are flipping our sink and cabinets to the opposite side of the room,
      while still trying to use it as a functional kitchen. One end is
      insulated, drywalled and painted, ready to put floor in. Once everything is
      moved/ instsalled to that side, we can gut the old section. Other than the
      single piece of paper that protects the sticky end of the fooring, any
      suggestions on how to keep it protected/useable while we prep the undone
      side of the room?

    • Dexter Suban:

      what kind of trim did you use for this floor?

    • JetSetBaroni:

      I picked up a ton of Samples from HomeDepot but I can not find yours. It
      looks like a maple. I wish I knew what type you laid down. Sure looks nice.

    • Matthew Vento:

      should I just butt it right agains the chimney and leave it, or add molding
      around the bottom brick work?

    • KJBigBelter:

      THANK YOU!! so this at HOME DEPOT today and you’ve made my mind up for me!
      Really appreciate you! 

    • Aaron Habel:

      I am installing this today. Just cleared the room of carpet, tack strips, &
      staples. Thank you for the helpful video.

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