Allure flooring is an inexpensive flooring option that can turn your home into a cozier place to live. Allure flooring is a multilayer vinyl laminate that looks just like hardwood or ceramic tile. It is exceptionally sturdy and waterproof. The product is available in two options: locking and adhesive.
In this article, I will review everything about Allure floor, including the price, options, pros and cons, and how to install it and care for it.
How Much Does Allure Cost?
TrafficMaster Allure is much cheaper than Pergo and hardwood, especially considering the cost of installation. Allure planks range from $1.59/Sq. Ft. to $3.67/Sq. Ft. in price. The majority of options are $1.99 per square foot. If you install it yourself (it’s an easy DIY job), you shouldn’t have any added expenses other than materials. Allure ships free with a $45 order.
For comparison, installing Pergo costs about 3 times more than Allure and hardwood is about 4 times more expensive. This is due to more expensive materials and professional installation.
Allure comes in over 100 different options, including those that imitate hardwood and tile. Allure is great at mimicking, and often a professional will need to take a close look at the installed product to tell the difference. Some of the most popular Allure plank options today are: the posh Allure Cherry ($1.79 – $3.27 Sq. Ft.), the homey Allure Oak ($1.79 – $3.27 Sq. Ft.), and antique Allure Hickory ($3.27 Sq. Ft.). The most popular tile options include: the marble-like Allure Corfu ($2.09 Sq. Ft.), the heavy-looking Allure Ashlar ($2.09 Sq. Ft.), and the neutral Allure Cordoba ($2.09 Sq. Ft.).
Pros and Cons
The pros of Allure floors are as follows: affordable; easy to install; can be installed over most subfloors; waterproof (can be installed in bathrooms); perfect imitation of wood and stone; numerous patterns and styles; easy to care for. The disadvantages are as follows: it is a synthetic product; can only be installed indoors; may have an odor in the beginning.
How to Install Allure Flooring
I have a detailed article on the installation of TrafficMaster Allure, but here I will also provide a brief outline. The only tools needed are: a knife and straight edge; for best results, also use a measuring tape, floor roller, shears, and a hairdryer (to heat the planks up, which releases their glue). Materials needed: material needed to cover the area plus 10% extra for anything unforeseen.
Before the installation, you need to let the product acclimate in the room for 2 days. In the meantime, prepare the floor by making it smooth and clean. Start installing from one of the corners, preferably in a staggered pattern (the tile – in a brick pattern). Leave a small gap for expansion and sub-floor movement. To cut the planks, score and snap. Once finished, roll the seams with a heavy roller or walk on them.
Cleaning Allure Floors
Cleaning Allure is easy. Generally, all you will need are Green Scotch Brite pads and Allure One Step (can be ordered from HD or Halstead). The pads will help you remove any scuff marks from Allure. Allure One Step helps to deal with heavy wear overtime – this product will renew and protect your floors. Avoid using wax on this vinyl product. If anything doesn’t come off with the suggested means, you can replace the damaged plank with a spare that you would have left after installation if you purchased extra material. If not, you can purchase matching planks from HD.
Avoiding the Problems and Mistakes
Most problems with Allure are avoidable. Just take time and read the manual that comes with the product carefully – this guide has all the valuable information you will need for successful installation.
The avoidable mistakes are these: not allowing the planks to acclimate prior to the installation; not protecting the glue on the planks from dirt and dust; not preparing the subfloor well; not using mold inhibitor in moisture-prone areas; not using a heavy roller immediately after the installation; not purchasing extra material to cover for mistakes; not protecting the floor from damages (pads on furniture legs, rubber bottom shoes, etc.).
Some issues may be due to not reading the product manual. One is the odor. Sadly, odor is common for all vinyl products, including toys, furniture, and flooring. It can be dealt with by letting the product air out for a week or two outside.
Should you have any issues, just contact the support line listed on the product boxes.
Allure Flooring Conclusion
TrafficMaster Allure flooring is an affordable, quality and versatile flooring option. It is different from wood and laminate – it has a number of unique advantages and a couple of shortcomings. Consider all the pros and cons and you will be able to decide whether it’s for you.