Allure Resilient Flooring
Allure flooring is a very attractive product,
both in looks and price.
Allure flooring can be installed over wood
floors, vinyl linoleum, tile and concrete.
The Allure flooring floats over the surface
and requires no glue, heat or nails, or floor
adhesive of any kind. All that is required
to secure it into place, is the adhesive
gripstrip connector strips already built into
Allure flooring is sold in planks that
make it look more like real wood.
Allure Flooring Installation
Read all the steps before you start installing,
as the instructions are not listed in start to
Measure the width and length of the room
in feet. Multiply the two measurements
and add 10 percent more to that figure.
This is the square footage you will need.
There are 16 planks per box; each 6 inches
by 36 inches which works out to 24 sq. ft.
Check with your supplier for what is
Allure flooring can be applied over any
smooth, level surface. Do not install this
flooring over a surface that is very bumpy.
The planks are very stiff, when you walk on
them, they will flex, and over time, a corner
may pop up. If you place this flooring over
a rough bumpy surface, you will feel the
roughness through the flooring.
Decide which way you want the planks to
go, either width-wise or length-wise to
Remove any baseboards and then
thoroughly vacuum the complete room and
area where you will be doing the cutting.
Cleanliness is a top priority; any tiny pieces
or dirt could ruin your job, resulting in
bumps in the flooring, or glue strips that
do not bond properly.
You need a measuring tape, pencil, string,
aviation snips, utility knife and a 2 Foot
carpenter square which is ideal, you can
knee on one part of the square to hold it
steady as a guide when you make a cut.
On straight cuts, score and break.
When a measurement is made, lay the
plank on top of a separating sheet of paper
from the packing box. This will prevent the
boards from sticking one to the other, and
help keep the glue strip clean. Do not touch
the glue strips,handle the planks by
grapping onto the plank, where no glue is
present. If the glue of one plank touches
another planks glue edge, gently pull
After you make the measurements and
determine where to cut, draw your lines.
Place the plank onto your cutting mat,
place the 2 Ft. carpenter square along the
line to be cut. Kneel on the other end of the
square to hold it in place while cutting.
It is helpful to have someone else help
steady the plank. Run the knife over the
line two to three times. Next, turn the
plank over, lay it onto a separating sheet
of paper. Fold the plank upward on the line.
When it is at a 90-degree angle, run your
knife along the crease.
When starting your first row next to one of
the walls, run a string from one end of the
room to the other. The string will show you
how true the wall is.
You must start along one wall and work
across the room as you cannot start in the
center of the room and work outward both
ways from the center.
This first adjustment is very important
because all the other rows will follow from
If the wall is bowed inward or outward, an
adjustment is needed on this first row.
At this point, consider how the last row
across the room will finish. It may be
necessary to cut the entire first row in
half-lengthwise to make the two sides of
the room balance.Take a good amount
of time figuring the first row as this is
Place one plank on the floor and start with
some measurements to get a picture in your
mind as what the finished project will
When you start at the wall on your first row,
cut the glue strip off towards the wall.
If you do not cut the glue strip off, the tile
may dip downward because of no under
plank edge support.
Leave a 1/8 inch space between the
flooring and the walls, the baseboards will
cover the gaps. This space allows for
expansions and contractions.
Do a perfect cut around doorways, as there
will be no baseboard to cover the edges.
An oak transition strip is a good choice for
doorways between changing floorings,
transition strips made out of MDF board are
expensive for what you get, and they can
To fit a plank to irregular shapes, or
around pipes, make a pattern from a heavy
paper, lay the pattern over the plank, trace
and cut. Glue small pieces into place.
When you are laying the planks into place,
lay them onto one of the spacing paper
sheets. When you are sure the measurement
is good and it is in the right place, withdraw
the spacing sheet and press into place.
Aim for a nice tight joint.
Hold the plank in front of you, at
approximately 40 degree angle, and let it
fall into place, without forcing. Once you
feel comfortable with laying the planks, you
can do it without using the spacing paper.
When laying the planks, alternate the planks
from different boxes, to even out any
variation in color and texture. Stagger
each row so no two-end joints line up.
You may be able to use the one cut off end,
to start another row.
Place the boxes of planks 48 hours in the
same room, where you will be laying them,
this gives the planks time to adjust to the
same temperature as the room.
From a womens point of view, if you are
helping with the project, have the supper
prepared ahead of time. This way when
the job is finished you will only have to heat
up the supper and not have to deal with
a complete supper; everyone can relax.
Another option is to have the meal brought
in, or go out for supper.
Allure Flooring Installation Tips
Rolling is recommended, when the
installation is complete. If you can not
locate a roller, simply walk over all the
seams. Avoid direct sunlight on allure
flooring for prolonged times, and move
rugs around to prevent uneven coloring,
in the flooring.
Keep an extra carton of allure tile stored
away in a dry location. In the event that
you have to replace a damaged plank, you
will have the exact Allure tile match.
To remove a plank use a heat gun, or hair
dryer to heat the glue seams.
Allure flooring is for interior use only, not for
porches or unheated rooms.
In a basement, do not tile over a damp
concrete floor, mold will grow below the tile.
Only tile over dry concrete, where you have
had no damp problem before. Even if there
appears to be no dampness, treat the
concrete with an anti fungal product, and
If you suspect moisture on a basement
floor, do this test, tape around the edge of
a piece of 6 inch by 6 inch polyfilm to the
surface of the concrete for 72 hours.
The next day, look for condensation on the
underside of the polyfilm.
The adhesive on the grip strip needs a
certain amount of heat to activate the glue
to make it stick. A temperature between
65 degrees F (18 C) and 85 degrees F (30C)
is the proper temperature to work with.
If the room is on the cold side, a quick
blast of heat, not too close, from a heat
gun or hair dryer will activate the glue.
If you have radiator pipes to content with,
make up a cardboard template to make an
accurate cut, allow a little room (1/8") for
expansion of the pipes.
Install floor protection felt pads on all the
furniture legs to prevent scuffing, and
If casters are used, wide, flat, non staining
casters are best. Rubber casters will mark
Trim pet claws regularly to prevent scratches.
Do not wax as this will cause dirt build-up,
and yellowing over time
Allure Manufacturing Information
Allure flooring is manufactured by Halstead
New England, headquartered in Norwalk
Connecticut. They are a global marketing
company, that services North America,
South America and Western Europe
Allure Resilient Flooring Installation
Instructions for the Average Person,
What To Do, and Not to Do Tips.