Last week I was fortunate enough to help install quite possibly the best resilient flooring that's out there.
Let me introduce you to to TrafficMaster's new Allure Ultra Resilient Plank flooring, sold exclusively at The Home Depot!
While we have done some posts on the community regarding standard Allure flooring already, this post to to inform you that Allure Ultra steps up and improves upon the great performance Allure already does.
All around and pound for pound, Allure Ultra goes further with the same technology that regular Allure does, but with key features that make installation easier and gives an affordable solution to areas that are prone to water and moisture.
The main takeaway I wanted to share on this post is the fundamental difference in the way Allure Ultra is installed versus standard Allure flooring.
Below is a picture demonstrating how Allure Ultra is being installed. Notice on the top picture how the Clic-lock technology allows for easy installation. The planks snap together by angling the plank to the other just like you would with click-wood or laminate flooring. The picture below is the standard Allure flooring that uses the Grip-Strip to secure the planks together. Grip Strip is an adhesive that works great for installing the floor and keeping it secure, but the Clic-lock technology in Allure Ultra makes installation and upkeep much easier.
Both kinds install to themselves as a "floating" system, so no glue or nails are needed to secure them into place. Both also need to be secured on the edges by leaving a 1/4" gap between the floor and wall and placing molding on top of them so as not to allow for drastic shifts.
So other than installing, what makes Allure Ultra the best resilient flooring out there? Well, I'll list several features here that make it the best choice for your floor:
For any further information on this great new product, check out Home Depot's video, you can find it here
Hopefully this post will get you on the right path to choosing the easiest, durable, and affordable high-quality resilient flooring that you can get for your next flooring project!
Have a great day,
Thanks, I found the link for the T-moulding strips by Zamma (http://www.homedepot.com/p/Zamma-Vintage-Oak-Cinnamon-1-8-in-Thick-x-1-3-4-in-Wide-x-72-in-Length-Vinyl-T-Molding-015223503/203528278#specifications). My only question is it when i order it is it 1 strip or am I ordering multiple?
Just make sure the planks acclimate in the rooms they will be installed in; not just any random place in the house.
Theres really a simple solution for multiple doorways where different directions meet; transition strips.
We carry T-moulding strips by Zamma through here online or through special order at your local store. This special type of transition will cover up and meet any gaps so the final look with be as seamless as it can be.
Also, be sure to read the instructions that I linked before in orange, so you can get a better grasping of the entire installation process.
Let us know if you have any further questions,
Thanks for the prompt reply - We actually bought the flooring last week but have not been able to set aside the time to install so it will have more than 1 week to aclimate. Any tips on working through multiple doorways facing different ways? 3 of them are North-South, 1 is East-West.
Thanks for your question and welcome to the community!
You picked a great flooring for your basement area! The good news is that you can immediately place furniture over your new Allure Ultra after installing it.
Just make sure you are using felt pads or similar items underneath to protect your new floors from scratches and scuff marks.
As for tips, as long as you follow the installtion instructions to Allure Ultra, you'll be fine. This includes buying the planks very soon, and let them acclimate in the rooms they will be installed for at least 48 hours before installation.
Finally, you'll need to prep the existing concrete slab subfloor to make sure it is clean, level, and free of any debris.
Start with a good foundation, and you'll have a good final look and life for your new floors!
Let me know if you have any further questions,
I am installing this flooring in my walk out basement (den, bedroom, halway, bathroom) this weekend over the concrete sub floor - Any tips? How long do I need to wait before placing furniture on the flooring? Thanks for the help.
Hey again tpeila,
Yes this tape will work for concrete, or any floor for that matter. That is the reason why I chose this tape to recommend in the first place. Just make sure the subfloor is clean and level before continuing.
Let me know if you have any further questions,