Installing Allure Vinyl Plank/Tile
Allure is so easy to install, it is the ultimate DIY flooring product. Allure does not need any glue or adhesive and is a floating floor. Each plank secures to the next using the revolutionary GripStrip. Cutting Allure is also simple, just score with a utility knife and snap! Allure is water-resistant and can be installed in areas that may have limited other flooring options, like bathrooms or basements. Allure is flexible and can be installed over uneven subfloors. It can be installed over your existing wood, concrete, vinyl, linoleum and ceramic tile floor which saves you time and money.
- Preparing the Room and Making a Plan
- Preparing the Room and Making a Plan Continued
- Begin Your Installation
- Perimeter Gap
- Securing Planks Together
- Reapply a Mislaid Seam
- Use the Stagger Method
- Starting your Second Row
- Starting your Third Row
- Fitting Around Irregular Objects
- Roll the Floor
Preparing the Room and Making a Plan
Prior to installing Allure, it is extremely important to acclimate Allure at room temperature for 48 hours, between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. You do not need to remove the planks from the box. Make sure the area you will be installing Allure onto is clean and free of dirt. If you are laying Allure over existing ceramic tile, or a floor with an embossing or grout line, you should skim coat the grout lines with a floor leveler. If you have old vinyl, just patch any loose or damaged tiles prior to installing Allure over the old floor. Never sand old vinyl floors if you think the floor may be over 20 years old. Allure can also be installed on concrete. (Allure is water-resistant, however high moisture or PH levels may affect the adhesive. If this is a concern or you have had past moisture issues on your concrete floor it may be necessary to address those issues. See your Home Depot flooring expert).
Preparing the Room and Making a Plan Continued
If there are any bumps or burrs of concrete sticking up, simply knock them off with a hammer and chisel. If the concrete floor has any larger dips or holes, you may want to apply a floor leveler to fill those areas, depending on the size and shape of the imperfections. Never install Allure over carpet. Before laying out the floor, check the wall you are starting from and make sure it is square to the opposite wall. Simply measure the room from opposite ends of the wall to the far wall. If the measurements are different, you can make adjustments on the first row of Allure by scribing the plank on the over edge. Lay a row of loose planks without securing them to each other first to determine if you need to adjust the length of the first plank to avoid a small piece of less than 12" on the opposite wall from where you started.
Begin Your Installation
Installation should start in a corner and proceed from the wall with the under-edge facing out away from the wall.
Allow a gap of 1/8" or less (2-3mm) for subfloor movement, which should be covered by moulding. Trim off the top over-edge facing the corner wall.
Securing Planks Together
When securing two planks together, you should angle (45 degrees) the second plank into the corresponding edge. The over-edge should always placed be applied on top of the under-edge. Use one hand to hold the plank and the other hand to guide the edge into place for a tight fit by rolling the plank as you go. Be careful to keep the seams tight. You can push the plank slightly against the adjoining plank to create a tight seam if necessary, after the connection has been made. Once you are satisfied with your seam, apply as much pressure to GripStrip with your hand or hand roller. Then use a floor roller when you are finished with the floor.
Reapply a Mislaid Seam
Another benefit of Allure is that it is forgiving. If your seam appears not to be tight, you can immediately pull apart the planks and reapply it. Slowly lift the top plank away from the bottom plank and simply reapply them repeating step #5. Be careful not to pull the planks apart too fast as you could rip or damage the GripStrip. You have around 10 minutes of "open time" in which you can re-work the seams before any damage occurs to the adhesive on the GripStrip. The less pressure (or walking on) applied to Allure, the longer this "open time" will remain.
Use the Stagger Method
When installing the plank, it is strongly recommended to stagger the rows so that the short edge (6" in plank, 12" on tile) seams are not in a straight uniform line. We recommend the staggered random method, however you may want to try other "patterns" of planks to suit your taste.
Starting your Second Row
Start the second row with the plank cut at about 2/3 length (2 feet). Simply measure and mark the plank, then using a straight edge and utility knife, simply score the plank and snap. The over-edge butts up to the first row. Again, get one corner of the plank started tightly against the other and on a 45-degree angle roll the plank tightly into place. The remaining 1/3 piece can be used on the far wall, if the layout of the room permits. (See image Project step 7). When cutting Allure for length, be sure to always cut the short side of the plank with the over-edge. The remaining piece can then be used on the opposite side of the room, at the end of that row.
Starting your Third Row
Start the third row with the plank cut at 1/3 of a length (1 foot). Again, the remaining piece can be used at the opposite end of the row, if the layout of the room permits. Continue this pattern for the remainder of the rows to be installed. Always place the cut end of the first plank against the wall.
Fitting Around Irregular Objects
Fitting around irregular objects isn't an issue. Simply make a pattern out of heavy paper to fit around pipes or irregular objects. The slip sheet in between each plank is also a good tool for making templates. Place the pattern upon the plank and trace. Cut along trace lines using a utility knife or heavy duty scissors, and lay plank.
Roll the Floor
After installation is completed, roll the seams with a floor roller to insure bonding of both adhesive edges. Another method to ensure proper adhesive bondage is to walk on all the seams with your socks (no shoes) and slide your body weight across the seams. It is critical to get as much pressure on the GripStrip during installation as possible to maximize proper adhesive bondage. You can rent a floor roller from your local Home Depot Tool Rental Centre.
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