Are you in the beginning, midst or end of a laborious and costly process called home improvement? Then you are faced with some choices, including the choice of flooring. The right floor covering can create comfort and harmony in any room, which is why it is so important to choose the right option.
Of course, nothing beats the beauty and feel of natural hardwood. However, this floor is very expensive! Today the offers are a wide range of high quality alternatives at affordable prices. One of the popular products these days are vinyl laminates like Allure flooring. In order to decide whether this option could be right for you, let’s learn more about it and talk about its pros and cons.
What Is Allure Flooring?
Allure is vinyl laminates that looks like hardwood or tile but is made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride). It’s a synthetic floor covering with a multilayer structure. One of the top layers has a computer generated image of wood or tile. The product is meant to last for up to 25 years.
TrafficMaster Allure products are divided in 2 categories by strength: for residential and commercial use. They are also divided in 2 categories by pattern: wood and tile. Finally, they are divided in 2 categories by the type of securing of the planks: locking and glue.
Allure is very good at mimicking wood, parquet, stone and tile. It can look so realistic that it’s hard to tell at first whether it is a vinyl laminate or the real thing. Allure comes in a wide array of patterns, colors and styles. You can unleash your creativity with it. For example, you can use Hickory “wood” in your living room, Greek “tile” in the bathroom, Cherry “wood” in the bedroom, and so on.
Allure Flooring Pros
The popularity of this flooring option is due to its many advantages:
1. It is extremely easy to install and it makes for a great DIY project. All you need is a couple of tools to measure and cut the planks. To cut the planks you just score and snap.
2. Vinyl can be installed even in high moisture areas, such as bathrooms. If you dreamt of an oak floor in your bathroom, you can now have it.
3. Allure is easy to care for. Just vacuum and mop it once in a while, and remove any scuff marks with a scouring pad. That’s all it takes to keep it looking great.
4. This type of product can be installed over virtually any subfloor (wood, concrete, linoleum, tiles, etc.), except for carpets.
5. Allure is cheaper than hardwood and many laminates, so even if you are on a budget you can still make your home look great.
Allure Flooring Cons
This vinyl product has its disadvantages as well:
1. Allure is a synthetic product. If you enjoy natural floors or are environmentally conscious, you may not like it.
2. Once the GripStrip planks are secured together, it’s hard to remove one of them, such as if you need to replace damaged planks. But here’s a tip: use a hairdryer on the GripStrip for a few minutes and it should become much easier to separate the planks.
3. This product can only be installed indoors, in temperature-controlled rooms. It cannot be installed in sunrooms, on porches, or even a trailer.
Knowing the pros and cons of Allure flooring should make it easier to decide whether this option would be a good choice for your home.