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Vinyl Plank Flooring (floating, self-stick)
Allure TrafficMaster Vinyl Floor

Floating plank vinyl flooring such as Allure™ by TrafficMaster® is easy to install but requires special attention to proper temperature acclimation of the planks and room temperature.

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VINYL PLANK FLOORING (floating, self stick, e.g., Trafficmaster Allure)

Recommended Uses: Bathroom, Kitchen, Laundry

Characteristics:
Allure™ by TrafficMaster is a great floating plank vinyl flooring product for bathroom flooring or kitchen flooring when installed properly. However, failure of the adhesive strips may occur if the plank vinyl flooring is not properly acclimated before installation to room temperature above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Unlike self-stick vinyl tile flooring which has 100% adhesive under the tile, floating plank vinyl flooring is adhered only at the edges, dependent upon on just 10% of plank area for adhesion. Plank vinyl flooring sold under the name Trafficmaster Allure is durable, very affordable and is easy to install as it floats over the sub-floor. It also comes in a broad variety of realistic wood, stone and ceramic looks for great bathroom flooring or kitchen flooring options. It is easy to clean and maintain and comes with a 25 year limited warranty (based on proper installation). Like any product, the life of the floor will depend on quality of the installation and in this case also depends on proper acclimation to an acceptable temperature range in the space before, during and after installation.

Installation Difficulty: Easy

Installation Method:
Self stick staggered and interlocking adhesive edges of 12 inch x 36 inch planks. Trafficmaster Allure is private labeled and sold at Home Depot. It is made by the manufacturer Metroflor out of Darien, CT and sold under a subsidiary called Halstead New England Industries LLC in Norwalk, CT. The product is a variation of Metroflor's Konetco ® flooring product.

These planks are flexible, create a floating floor (i.e., not bonded to sub-floor) and may be installed over a variety of properly prepared subfloors such as plywood, OSB, chipboard, wafer board, gypsum underlayment and floor toppings.

I do not recommend this product be installed in basement applications. The promotional material states it can be used in basement applications but because this product is often installed by the DIYer, proper testing is not done to determine if the level of concrete slab vapor emissions / hydrostatic pressure is acceptable. Due to the common problems of moisture in the basement slab, there are many failures of the adhesive joints with this product. I only recommend its use in above ground applications.

In order for the adhesive strips to work properly, the product must be acclimated in the space where the tile is being installed so that the planks, room temperature and the sub-floor are at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 48 hours before, during and after installation. Do not open the packages but spread them out. Stack no more than 3 high with at least 4” of airflow around the boxes. Do not place next to heating or cooling ducts or direct sunlight. Do not remove paper from strips until use as it is critical the adhesive remain free from dirt or oil.

When installing plank vinyl flooring you should work out of a minimum of 3 boxes and mix planks as they are installed. When each plank is joined, utilize a hand roller directly on the joined seam to create the proper bond between the two strips. This is a mandatory part of the installation procedure! After completion roll the entire floor in both directions with a 100 lbs roller. Before starting an installation the manufacturer recommends that two planks should be joined and then rolled and pulled apart. A bond should be observed throughout the whole strip. Adhesive legs and/or transfer from one side to the other should be seen. This will confirm the material is properly acclimated. Not rolling may void the manufacturer’s warranty. Promotional material from TrafficMaster recommends but does not require rolling, but installation requirements for this product type by the manufacturer in their Konetco information does require rolling.

Construction:
4-mil (thin) urethane wear layer. Patterned vinyl upper layer and vinyl under-layer that is offset 1” creating an adhesive edge along 2 sides of each flexible plank.

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