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Old 01-11-2014, 08:28 AM   #1
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Allure Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring

Anyone have any resent experience with Allure Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring. This isn't laminate but vinyl flooring, I have read a lot of comments about it but most of the negative stuff is 3-4 years old. Maybe they have improved the product. Just curious as we will be replacing the carpet in our MH soon.
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I installed Teak on the floor of my living room slide. I plan to do the rest of the coach some time soon, when a stopping location presents itself. So far the stuff has held up quite well. Easy to cut, easy to install. I put an underlay under mine.
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I will be replacing the carpet and parquet flooring in our Airstream trailer beginning the end of this month, using the Allure Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring in Rosewood. If you can wait, I'll give you a current update. After all the research I have done this was the flooring I decided upon. I am laying a new 1/4" plywood subfloor after taking up the carpet and parquet tiles. It is available at Home Depot.
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I did not realize their was negative commits on Allure. I put it in a house 5 years ago, and the Motorhome two years ago. No complaints.
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I installed Teak on the floor of my living room slide. I plan to do the rest of the coach some time soon, when a stopping location presents itself. So far the stuff has held up quite well. Easy to cut, easy to install. I put an underlay under mine.

What kind of underlay did you use?

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We are on our third year with the Allure vinyl planks, no problems to date, love the look. We put in an oak color to match our cabinets. We put it direct over the OSB subfloor that was under the carpet and kitchen vinyl. We kept the carpet on the slide.
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did you use the Allure that has the adhesive strips or the Allure that click locks together? I'm about to use one. Appreciate your info. safe Travels. ed
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did you use the Allure that has the adhesive strips or the Allure that click locks together? I'm about to use one. Appreciate your info. safe Travels. ed
I think the adhesive strip is much easier to deal with. I tried the click together floor at the house first, in the open space it was fine but at the corners, cabinets etc. it was hard to work with. I planned to finish the MH this winter but instructions say 65 degrees to install, so I have a project for spring. Take your time, read the instructions, measure twice, cut once. You will like it so much better than the carpet.
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I researched this before putting it in my Monaco. I decided on the Armstrong Luxe Plank flooring. It is thicker than the Allure. But the main difference is installation. The Armstrong has a strip over the adhasive on each "board". The Allure has a piece of wax type paper between the pieces. If doing a big square room, this would make it faster. But in the confines of an RV, where you may want to dry fit the pieces several times, the Armstrong strip is best. My father also put the Armstrong in the bedroom of his Allegro Bus. These are pictures of mine. We rock crawl jeeps for a hobby, so getting the carpet out of the stairwell where we take off our muddy boots was imporant. The curve in the bedroom was an idea we got from a Foretravel we saw at a FMCA Rally in Perry. This way, we kept the carpet on each side of the bed, but allowed access to the back bathroom without having to cross carpet.
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38 Special, that looks really nice! We run trails with our Rubicon and the entry idea is great for those times when your boots are muddy.
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38 Special, that looks really nice! We run trails with our Rubicon and the entry idea is great for those times when your boots are muddy.
Just an FYI on the entryway. This product is a floating floor and is not normally adhered. The shop that installed cut patterns out of 1/4" luan, then glued (construction adhesive, I believe) to the side walls and stair backs. Let dry, then glued the luan to the side walls. We also did the stair cover.
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I put allure in my class C. overall looked good and held up well. However, after 2 years the slide rollers started to make a small depression where they rested when the slide was closed. With accumulated sand, dirt on the roller the surface layer wore through exposing the lighter colored vinyl below. I would still do it again
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Sounds like a good product. The first concern I would have is with temperature extremes. In a house it's not subjected to temperature extremes like it can in an RV, but if you google this product, you'll find lots of people that have used it in cold areas in an RV and it's been fine. Perhaps it's long term that's the question. Allure clearly says that you can not use it in an exterior location (due to temp.).

From the Allure website on the self-adhesive type:

IMPORTANT NOTE - Heat and cold resistant: Our adhesive can not get down to 15F (-10C) or not higher than 95F (35C) for an extended period of time. Long term exposure to freezing cold or hot tropical temperature will damage the floor or cause the adhesive to fail.

Also: Existing Resilient floors: tiles, planks, or sheet goods must be in good condition and thoroughly bonded to the structural floor. Must not be foam or cushioned back vinyl flooring. Deep embossing (1/8”) must be skim coated with floor leveler.

This would mean your existing lino floor needs to be removed because in an RV it's not glued down. However, their installation manual says:

Virtually no surface preparation is needed. allure can be installed over most existing floors including wood, vinyl, linoleum, concrete and even ceramic tile.

I would confirm this before installing. Sheet flooring in an RV can shrink and expand and it may not be a good thing for material under the new flooring to shrink and expand at a different rate.

On the Allure Ultra (interlocking version), Home Depot says:

For use indoors and temperature controlled environments only, see installation instructions for more information

You may not get a warranty if used in an RV as it is only listed for residential and commercial use. I would do some googling on more recent consumer feedback. I see many recent complaints on the product. Some issues are scratches and marks left from furniture as well as joints separating. Dirt/sand can get tracked into an RV and maybe it will get scratched up easier?

I installed an interlocking plank flooring in our last TT that is made from ABS, is interlocking and only 1/8" thick. It does shrink and expand a little with temp. changes as I found out one season later when a joint pulled apart because the expansion joint was too small in one area. Was looking into Allure for an area in our house and I'm not sure it would stand up to heavier use and abuse. I wouldn't hesitate to use the ABS type again.

The wood look plank flooring sure makes your unit look awesome.
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We are on our 4th year after installing Allure stick together. Could not be happier with the install. I have helped with install on 4 other RV's. Everyone of them are happy with the install.
I made a mistake with project that I was doing in a basement compartment. Drove a screw thew the Allure. Took about 15 minutes to replace bad section of flooring.
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