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Does direction matter when installing Allure flooring?

We are preparing to install Allure flooring (the kind that sticks together, not the click Ultra), but are having challenges deciding whether the flooring should be installed lengthwise or across the width of our floors. We will eventually re-do all of the floors in our home, either with laminate click-and-lock flooring or the Allure vinyl. Is it better to have all the floors running in the same direction, or can we switch them around? I'm concerned, because we planned to do the high-traffic hallway, which forms a T-shape, with the Allure. At least part of it will only be one length of the flooring wide. Is that a bad thing? Do we need to put a T-molding between the two vinyl areas, or can we just connect them as usual? Thanks for any advice you can give us.

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Posted 2011-11-14T01:01:03+0000  by nitpick2k nitpick2k

Good morning nitpick2k,


Thanks for your question and welcome to the community!


I worked as a flooring specialist for years in my store, so let's talk about getting your Allure flooring installed the right way.


In terms of installing plank (Allure, laminate, or real-wood click lock) flooring, the rule of thumb is generally parallel to the longest length of the room, as shown below in our Project Guide to Installing Laminate Flooring....

plank floor instruction.JPG

However, there are always exceptions to the rule. One of the other times you can install in another direction is if the planks will be facing any windows/outside light sources. Then you can run the planks towards the light source to give the room a longer look. Also, the plank joints will be more noticeable giving the room a warmer and cozier feel. Lastly, when considering square rooms or areas that don't have outside windows, you can install the planks according to the longest wall at your own discretion.


Great question you asked about your high-traffic T-shaped hallway. From what you are saying, you want to do more than one type of vinyl in that area. And...there's no problem in that!


Depending on what type of flooring you choose, you are right in regards to putting down T-molding or a transition piece for that area. This is due to the planks not being secured once they are meeting at a 90 degree angle. While there are Allure Flooring Accessories out there for special order that can work, a good T-molding transition strip is the way to go here. 

This would be the only room of the house where you would need to run the planks in different directions due to the length of them and the shape of the room. That goes back to what I was saying earlier with installing them.

t-molding for a t-shaped room.JPG


Good luck with all your rooms nitpick2k, and I hope this has helped you out. We always like to hear status updates on your project, and as always, if you have any further questions, we are always online to help.





Posted 2011-11-14T15:20:11+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL

Thanks for the advice. The reason I was thinking we should install the flooring across the width of the room, instead of the long direction, is that the livingroom is long and narrow. I thought running the flooring across it would help widen the appearance. We do have two wide windows on the long wall, so does that mean it's ok to put the flooring toward the windows instead of at 90 degrees to them? Once we start in one direction, my husband says we should keep all of the floors going in the same direction. We have a small patch of vinyl in front of the front door, then the laminate will begin. We'll be switching back and forth as we proceed to the areas we'll put Allure (kitchen, breakfast room, hallway to rear entrance/laundry room) or laminate (bedrooms, den, office). We are planning to put thresholds between the laminate-to-Allure seams, but were hoping just to connect the kitchen/breakfast room as one floor. There's just a wide arch between the two, not a "doorway".  Will that work?

Posted 2011-11-16T21:53:22+0000  by nitpick2k

Hey there nitpick2k,


I've been keeping up with your project as well, and while aboveaveragejoe is out today, I'd be happy to see if I can be of assistance for your questions. = )


To really get the optimal look out of your room, you will definitely want the flooring oriented with the window. It opens the area up and allows the light to travel down the flooring and tricks your eyes into believeing that your room is longer than it actually is. However, it does sound like you could possibly orient it the other way as well, going by how you are describing it.


Would it be possible to sketch up a quick diagram of how your room is layed out? I think I'm envisioning it correctly, but I'd like to be 100% sure before I really recommend which way that you run your floor. Doesn't have to be anything artsy or reminicent of Van Gogh...just somethign that shows where the windows are and the general room layout. This will give us a good refference point and show the best way to lay the floor. You can post it up in a reply by attaching the picture if at all possible.


As far as transitions, you can continue the floor without any breaks, granted that the floor is going in the same direction. If you are going to change the direction of the floor as seen in Joe's picture above, then I would recommend using the transition strip. It will really help give it a cleaner look, rahter than just having the floor suddenly shift directions on you.


Keep us posted on the project and hopefully we can get the orientation problem squared away = ) Look forward to hearing back from you!~


Posted 2011-11-17T16:13:37+0000  by Jay_HD_CHI
I finally got the drawing made, but can't figure out how to attach it here. Can you send me an e-mail address to which I can send it? I scanned it and imported it as a .pdf file, but can't figure out how to attach it here. Thanks.
Posted 2011-11-19T21:23:59+0000  by nitpick2k

hello again!


So it sounds like your ready to go with showing us your floor, but your format maybe what's at issue here. I know at least on my computer here at the office, it won't let me upload a .pdf file, but try to convert the file into a .JPEG file using whatever software you are using. Next instead of emailing, refer to the image below, this will show you how to insert the image into your response post, next it'll show a box just like in the image that the green arrow is pointing to. Find it on your computer, and make sure it is in a format that can be read, such as .JPEG. Now you should have your image, and we can see your drawing!

how to upload photo.JPG

Hope this helps you out,


Posted 2011-11-19T22:08:40+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
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