Allure flooring – is it the real deal or too good to be true? Our family is still undecided, even though we have read so many reviews about this floor over the past few weeks that our eyes hurt.
My husband and I have just moved into a new house (actually it is 30 years old) and the old flooring here is dreadful. When house shopping, we saw homes with Allure, Konecto, Armstrong, and Novalis (sold at Lowe’s) and these floors looked great. Some of them looked as good as Pergo, Dupont, and hardwood. Hardwood is too expensive for us, tile is cold, carpets are dust/odor collectors, and cork is not waterproof. We are leaning toward vinyl laminate but we are not sold on the TrafficMaster Allure flooring yet…
We made this website to exchange information, questions and concerns about Allure with people who have installed it or plan to use it. Please share anything you’d like about this floor in the comment section – let this home page become of help to anyone looking to install new vinyl planks.
What we’ve learned so far: there’s good and bad about Allure and some people love it while others simply hate it. We are willing to take the risk but some issues may not be acceptable.
We can’t use a product that may emit any harmful chemicals. One person got a box of defective Allure that smelled terribly after installation; they had to rip it all out and were given a refund. I hope that this was just an odd lemon…
Click vs Glue
Allure has two options – adhesive (GripStrip) and click vinyl (Easy Lock or Easy Click). Click installation seems to be very complicated, while the option that uses glue on the edges may fail and the seams may start to show. The good thing is that Allure’s adhesive can be repaired. The click product seems to win in durability and should stand up better to our pets and the high traffic that we tend to get. We are not sure which option to go with yet.
We know that Allure is waterproof, but can it stand up to pets’ nails? If you have any advice please share. We have a dog and two cats. Also, if this vinyl plank really is as harmful as some say, this would rule it out. Unfortunately, I cannot find any information on what it’s made of and we may need to contact their customer service. If you have any information, please share it in the comment section.
One other question we’re undecided about regarding Allure vinyl plank (and hope that someone with first-hand experience can answer): is it suitable for concrete basements or is it true that it will grow mold and the seams will open? If so, we cannot lay it in our basement.
The second potential issue with Allure floating resilient plank is that you can’t lay it over radiant heat. We were going to lay the same material in the bathroom and the rest of the home. The previous owner had radiant heat under the bathroom tile. We were planning to remove the tile and install vinyl planks over it, but now we are learning that heat would damage it.
Our other concerns are: what to do with the stairs, does vinyl expand, will we need any accessories like hidden transition strips to make it look better, would we need to buy some special cleaning products for it, and whether there are any discounts or coupons to slash the cost.
The hardwood patterns that we like are: hickory, golden and blonde maple, African dark wood, alpine and antique elm, cherry, cork, bamboo, rosewood, and country pine. As for tiles for the bathroom and kitchen, we are planning to purchase Ashlar and Cordoba. For the basement and garage, we like the diamond plate and blue slate (heavy duty commercial grade vinyl).
Please Share Your Thoughts on Allure
Please let us know your thoughts on Allure flooring by Halstead (sold at Home Depot). Do you have it in your home or plan to install it? If so, will you go the DIY route or hire a contractor? Maybe you know of good alternatives? Please share your thoughts below!