Installing Allure flooring is easy, much easier than installing hardwood or even laminate. On the other hand, there are some precise steps to follow and points to take note of if you want your installation to be a success.
1. Tools Needed
To install Allure flooring, you can do it with just 2 tools – utility knife and straight edge. However, it’s best if you also have the following: measuring tape, heavy floor roller, shears (to cut around asymmetrical objects), and a hairdryer (to heat planks if you need to readjust one).
2. Material Needed
It’s recommended to purchase at least 10% extra material to cover trimming, mistakes, and the possible future replacements. When you purchase Allure, either keep one of the boxes or make a note of the pattern/color name and run number (dye lot). The later is stated on the end of the box.
3. Letting Allure Acclimate
Allure must acclimate in the room where it will be installed for at least 2 days with the temperature range of 65F-85F before installation. The owner manual recommends that you maintain this temperature during and also after installation. There’s no need to remove the planks out of the boxes when you leave them to acclimate.
4. Installation Limitations
Allure is an interior product and can’t be installed outside or in the rooms without temperature control. Also, it can’t be installed over carpets. It can’t be installed in trailers or boats either. Finally, it’s not for use on stairs.
5. Heat and Cold
The product’s adhesive can’t get below 15F or above 95F (35C) for too long, or it may get damaged and even fail.
6. Subfloor Preparation
Allure can be laid over virtually any subfloor including wood, concrete, vinyl, linoleum, and ceramic tiles. The subfloor needs to be solid, without cracks, dips, and bulges, and clean of dust and debris. If there’s excessive moisture in a concrete floor, you will probably need to use floor sealer to protect Allure and avoid mold growth. Allure cannot be installed over carpets. Radiant heated floors may make Allure produce an odor.
The number one problem with Allure after the installation is seams popping up, and this can be avoided by applying pressure to the edges when you connect the planks. This can be done by hand, by walking on the seam, and by using a heavy roller immediately after installation.
1. Installation needs to start in one of the corners. Just lay one of the planks at the wall with the plank’s under-edge facing out and away. Allow a 1/8” gap for expansion and subfloor movement. Next you will need to cut off the top over-edge that faces the wall.
2. Angle the second plank and secure two planks together, placing the over-edge above the under-edge. Ensure that the seams are tight.
3. If you are not happy with the seam, immediately pull the planks apart and reapply it. If you wait too long (over 15 minutes) you may need to use a hairdryer to separate the planks.
4. It is advised to stagger the rows of planks randomly. For example, you can cut the second row plank at 2/3 length and the third row plank at 1/3. Continue this pattern until you are done. To cut, simply measure, score and snap.
5. To fit around irregular objects, you can make a paper pattern of the irregular object, place the pattern on the plank and cut using a knife or scissors.
6. Once done, roll the seams using a heavy roller (it can be rented from Home Depot). If you don’t have a roller, be sure to walk on the seams for some time.
TIP FOR TILE: It is a great idea to install Allure tile in a brick pattern.
As you see, installation is easy. My final tip is – read the two documents that describe the installation of this product – Allure Installation Instructions and Allure Owners Manual. Both can be found on Home Depot’s website. Note anything regarding things that could void the warranty and avoid making these mistakes.