Trafficmaster Allure Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring Review

I installed Trafficmaster Allure a week ago in my master bedroom of my third-floor condo (over concrete). Right away you smell a chemical-type odor, which I assumed was just from the adhesive — thinking it would go away after installation. Even with the windows open, in relatively low humidity and 70 degree temperatures, the odor is pretty nauseating that I’ve been unable to sleep in my room as of yet, and I hate even going in there quickly to get something — that’s how awful the odor is. If it doesn’t go away soon, I’m going to have to pull it out, throw the $450 I paid for it down the drain, and just install carpet.

However, it does look good, and it was simple to install the pieces that didn’t require cutting; the other pieces were extremely tough to cut around door jambs, etc, using only a utility knife. If I would have known just how tough, I would have bought a tin-snipping tool or some other scissor-type tool for harder materials. I really hope the bad smell goes away!!!”

I would recommend some of the links above and on the side for other flooring types.
Trafficmaster Allure, Oak 6 In. x 36 In. Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring Review.

 

I like it, what do you think?  Want to find laminate flooring? Check the links above and on the side for great deals and reviews on laminate flooring.



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Comments

  1. c. dufour says:

    SOMETHING HAPPENED HERE AND I GOT POSTED BEFORE I WAS DONE. MUST HAVE PUSHED THE WRONG BUTTON

    I HAVE A LOT OF STUFF TO SAY AND I’M NOT TO GOOD AT TYPING. I COPY AND PAST AND MAKE A MESS BEFORE I GET MY ACT TOGETHER. BECAUSE I WANT MY ACT TO BE PERFECT. AS YOU CAN SEE MY ACT WAS NOT TOGETHER OR PERFECT YET.

    WISH I COULD DELETE AND DO AGAIN ANYONE HAVE A SUGGESTION?

    SORRY FOR ALL OF THE CONFUSION BUT I GUESS IF YOU CAN STAND TO WALLOW THROUGH THE MESS YOU CAN GET MY DRIFT.

    THIS FLOOR IS UNSAFE AND SOMEWHERE, SOMEONE WILL SUFFER HARM.
    SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE. NOW

  2. c. dufour says:

    WE ARE RIPPING OUR FLOOR OUT THIS WEEK AND TAKING IT BACK TO HOME DEPOT FOR A REFUND.
    It’s to bad this floor is such a LITERAL HEADACHE AND A HUGH HEALTH HAZARD because it was inexpensive, pretty easy to install and looks great but IT CAN’T BE SAFE.

    It was warm the day we laid it down so we had the windows open and didn’t really notice any odor. The next day we noticed a slight odor and thought it must be from the vinyl being boxed up.
    I opened the windows and door for cross ventilation and assumed it would go away after it had aired out a bit but it didn’t.

    We kept opening windows everyday, even when it was chilly but by the end of the week the fumes were stronger than ever and I was starting to worry. I had been getting headaches, my eyes burned and watered and my nose burned and ran, on top of all of this I would get a sore throat and I HAD A CHEMICAL TASTE IN MY MOUTH, when I was in the room for only a few minutes. When the door was left open the fumes filled other parts of the house. So the door is shut.
    This is a room that my grand kids use when they are here. Three have allergies and one has epilepsy so I want nothing to do with this floor.

    Last week, I called HALSTEAD INTERNATIONAL (the company that makes this product) at 1-203-299-3100 (which is the number on their web site) I told them of the odor.
    The girl I talked to, said she was UNAWARE OF THIS PROBLEM and asked if I had used a solution of vinegar and water on the floor. I told her no and asked her what that was suppose to do. She said, “It should take care of the odor and if it doesn’t work, call back.” She also told me to turn on fans and open the windows, as if I had not already done this.

    Vinegar and water a waste of time, the nauseating odor is still there. The floor has now been down for 2 weeks and the odor is as strong as ever. So, I called them back yesterday at 1-866-843-8453 (which is the number in the owners manual that comes with the product) I was on hold for 20 minutes and then promptly disconnected after a recording wanted me to leave my name, number and message and told me that I would be contacted by a rep. the next business day. I immediately called the web site number back and talked to Amanda, she said that she was UNAWARE OF THIS PROBLEM. but immediately started telling me what to do to fix it.
    Now, if she had not heard of this problem why would she know ways to fix it? Her suggestions were to open windows, use fans, wash the floor with vinegar and water a couple of times and if that doesn’t work use baking soda and water……
    Hum, BAKING SODA, VINEGAR, isn’t this how you make a volcano for school projects. How scary is this? She also said that she could send me a synthetic neutralizer to use on the floor. I refused because this is getting to be a lot of work and no one seems to know what will work. I told her that i did not want to be doing all of this work and i did not want the floor in my house. She told me I could rip it up and take it back for a refund but nothing else. I asked her to send me a copy of the MSBS material sheet. She said she would. Can’t wait to read it. I did read the owners manual from front to back and no where does it mention any odor or vinegar or baking soda or a neutralizer.
    Rip up your floors and demand your money back. Even if you don’t have your receipt you have the product and Home Depot is the only store that carries it. Save a couple planks or tiles just to prove you had it if this should go to court. COMPLAIN, COMPLAIN, COMPLAIN because this is a serious health hazard and cover-up. Someone will be seriously injured by this product and they don’t seem to care. YET!!!

  3. The odor does go away but it takes a few months, not days like the installation manual states. It’s very annoying and almost ruined our family Christmas this past year as I had just installed it two weekd prior.
    I’m wondering if anyone has had any moisture issues. I had to pull up most of what I laid down because moisture is collecting between the concrete slab and the vinyl. I laid it over wood parque and the parque is buckling and pushing up in areas as much as three inches. I’ve checked for plumbing leaks and did not have any issues with the foundation prior to installation and this started showing up about two months after it had been down. I pulled up a large portion (pulling the planks apart is much more difficult that the instructin state) that had developed mold. I’m very disappointed in this product. I used to install carpet and sheet vinyl for a living and thought this product was a great invention but now, I’ve changed my mind.

  4. This product should come with an OSHA warning!! I do not have allergies, very minor sinus problems, but thought I was going to die from the headache and lung problems this product caused. My contractor all but refused to go back into the room to finish. I went back to Home Depot today to express my concern and there was no problem. “Rip it up and bring it back” bring in the contractors billing also. They have had many returns on this product. DON’T DO IT!!! It looks great, but it does not cut the way it needs to for great installation and the smell is so bad that you should invite a skunk in first!

  5. I am seriously worried about Home Depot. After the fiasco with the Allure floor I did some more research. The are also the only store that carries the STOK grill. I got pulled into that one too. Great grill but the high priced “extras” are Walmart quality vegetable grills and griddles. I am so afraid that Home Depot has gone to the dumps for their products. I used to LOVE Home Depot, but now I am afraid I will not return.

  6. jeanne prichard says:

    Very excited about how easy this floor was to install, and after working most of one day on it, we both had headaches and body aches. Thought it was from the installation, but when I went back to finish the adjacent room, within 10 minutes I had a blinding headache and nose run. The smell had not gone away in 3 days!?!?!
    Love the floor and will give it one more chance to vent and then ripping it up and demanding more than just my return from Home Depot. I have faith that they will, or else a sceen will ensue, take care of this problem.

  7. Wow i can’t believe it I just put in the laminate allure flooring like vinyl, and i kept telling my friend I’m all stuffed up all of a sudden. I don’t have sinus or allergies. Tuesday and now its saturday and i’m still stuff with lots of pain and pressure in my head I even had to take a day off work the first time i every took a sick day in five years. So i know i was hurting but it wont unclog no matter how much comes out. I believe now from reading it from the floor. I can’t live like this. And the floor suck putting it in, i believe it would have been easier if it was a square room, without alot of cuts. I am going to complaint now i new this didn’t make any sense instantly stuffed for almost a week now.

  8. J D'Andrea says:

    I have been considering Allure vinyl plank flooring for my entry, kitchen and bath (granite look- alike “Ashler” 211713) I had looked at many samples and kept going back to this because I really liked the way it looked. It seemed to be the pefect product for my situation, that didn’t cost a fortune. Was just about commtted to purchase until I read all of these comments. Wow, this is really scary. No way do I want to invite the possible odor problems into my small home. Thank you all for your very candid reiews. I hope you can get some type of reimbursement. I will continue my search for the right product!

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