Home Articles Installation How to install TrafficMASTER Allure GripStrip – Installation Instructions Have you already purchased your TrafficMASTER allure GripStrip flooring? Wondering how to install it? Here are some valuable resources to help you install your beautiful new allure resilient flooring. First, here is a “Quick Start” guide that you can download and print out. Just click on this link: DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL TRAFFICMASTER ALLURE GRIPSTRIP “QUICK-START” INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS HERE You can also download the complete owner’s manual with full installation specifications as well as support and warranty information here: MyDIYgenius.com Resources The “Quick Start” instructions for how to install TrafficMASTER allure GripStrip are typed out for you below. TrafficMASTER Allure GripStrip Installation Instructions (Quick-Start) Step 1: Know The Limitations Know that allure is for interior installations and only in temperature controlled environments. You cannot install allure in solariums/sunrooms, over carpets, or any exterior application including seasonal porches, camping trailers and boats. Avoid long term exposure to direct sunlight. Failure to properly shade allure from the effects of the sun can damage (buckle) the floor. allure is not intended for use on stairs or any vertical surface. Do not install permanent cabinets, vanities, etc. over allure as this will prevent allure from expanding and contracting. Also, allure should not be installed in an environment where the temperature is allowed to go below 55°F or above 85°F. Carefully inspect each plank for visual defects prior to installation. Do not install damaged planks. Failure to follow these guidelines will void the warranty. Step 2: Gather Necessary Tools and Materials Tools needed: Utility knife Straight Edge Measuring Tape Sharp Shear or Tin Snips for cutting around irregular objects 1/8″ or 1/4″ spacers Hand roller 75 to 100 lb floor roller. Materials needed: Most installations require 10% overage for cutting (waste) and mistakes but that can vary depending upon the room size and layout. For installations on a diagonal allow a 25% overage when purchasing allure. It is always recommended to have extra planks available after the installation is completed for future needs or replacement. For example: 10′ x 10′ room installation (100 sq. ft.) including 10% average = 110 sq. ft. Also, make sure the correct # of cartons and pattern/color name (match the PO) are on the job site and also make sure all of the cartons are from the same run # (dye lot). The run # is located on the ends of the cartons. Some slight color variation can happen from run to run. Always install planks/tiles from more than one box at a time (min. 3 cartons). Prepare for TrafficMASTER Allure GripStrip Installation Step 1: Condition Your Allure Planks All allure Plank and Tile* must be acclimated in the room of installation for a minimum of 48 hours with the temperature between 65-85°F (18-30°C) before, during and after installation. The building’s HVAC should be turned on for at least two weeks before installation. Product should be stored horizontally in a dry area away from direct sunlight. Do not leave next to heat or cooling ducts. Leave the planks inside the cartons to insure the GripStrip™ remains clean. Keep dust, dirt and foreign particles from contaminating the GripStrip. Ensure that all trades have been completed to eliminate dry wall dust, paints etc. Following these steps is CRITICAL for adhesive performance during installation! Failure to follow these guidelines will void the warranty. *Read the full owner’s manual for the installation specifications chart, or call 1-866-843-8453 for more information. Step 2: Prepare The Subfloor The surface upon which allure is being installed is referred to as the subfloor. Know that allure can be installed over most existing floors including wood, vinyl, linoleum, ceramic tiles and concrete. All subfloors must be sound, solid and have little flexibility. Tolerance is 1/4″ over 10′ and the floor should not slope down more than 1″ in 6′. Here are some specific details for approved subfloors: Concrete: Any large cracks or voids must be filled with a cementitious patching/leveling compound (over 1/8″ x 1/8″). PLEASE NOTE: allure is water resistant and will withstand holding water for short periods of time if the product is installed properly. allure is not flood proof! allure is not meant as water proofing material nor a solution for moisture. Moisture intrusion is a totally different situation that can arise with new and old concrete that exhibits very high levels of hydrostatic pressure in combination with very high levels of alkalinity. This combination provides a substance that is highly corrosive. No floor covering including allure can withstand the long term corrosive nature of this chemical. Hydrostatic pressure exceeding 8 lbs using the calcium chloride test method and/or a P.H test indicates alkalinity levels in excess of 9, steps must be taken to separate allure from the source of the corrosive effect of this chemical. Excessive moisture in the subfloor can cause mold and mildew and other moisture related issues including, but not limited to, trapping of the moisture emissions under allure. Under these circumstances the concrete needs to be treated with a floor sealer that seals the concrete under the 8 lbs. or a moisture/vapor barrier (6 mil poly) is installed. This is necessary to avoid the corrosive effects. Newly poured concrete floors must cure for a minimum of 90 days. It is the responsibility of the home owner and the installer to make sure that any moisture or alkalinity issues are resolved prior to installing allure. Wood Subfloors: Including Hardwoods, Plywood, OSB, Luan, Particleboard & Chipboard are approved, but must be sturdy, flat and have little flexibility. Suspended wood floors: Must have minimum of 18″ well ventilated crawl space underneath. Quarry Tile, Terrazzo and Ceramica Tile: Allure can be installed over these floors, but any embossing or grout lines that exceed 1/8” will require you to level the floor first with a cementitious/leveling patching compound. Radiant Heated floors: Electric and Hydro systems are acceptable. Subfloors should have been operational for at least one week prior to installation to calibrate temperature settings. The temperature should never exceed 85°F (30°C) during and after installation. Radiant components must be a minimum of ½” below allure flooring. Existing Resilient floors: Tiles, planks, or sheet goods must be in good condition and thoroughly bonded to the structural floor. Existing floors must not be foam- or cushion backed vinyl flooring. Deep embossing (1/8”) must be skim-coated with floor leveler. Note: Existing resilient floors may contain asbestos fibers, which are not readily identifiable. Regulations may require that the material be tested to determine asbestos content. It is the obligation of the installer and the home owner to ensure the practices used are safe, without risk to health, and meet all legal requirements. Do not attempt to sand or grind this type of flooring. *Read the full owner’s manual for the installation specifications chart, or call 1-866-843-8453 for more information. TrafficMASTER Allure GripStrip Installation When installing allure it is vital for a successful installation that as much pressure is exerted when attaching plank to plank. Utilize a hand roller directly on the joined seam to create the proper bond between the GripStrips™ as you attach each plank. After completion roll the entire floor in both directions with a 75 to 100 lb roller. Pressure is the key. To insure proper bonding of the material on the job site, take two planks and attach together and roll with the hand roller and then pull apart. A bond should be observed throughout the whole GripStrip. Adhesive legs or adhesive transfer should be seen on the GripStrips. This will confirm the material has been acclimated properly and the temperature of the allure is ready for installation. Step 1: Plan Your Layout Plan your layout before installation starts. Measure the length of the room and divide by the length (long side) of the allure plank you are installing. If the number is less than 12″ you need to cut your first plank accordingly to avoid planks less than 12″ on the opposite side of the room. Also measure the width of the room. Divide the width of the room by the width of the allure plank (short side). If the number is less than half the width of the plank, then your first row needs to be cut length wise on both the first and last rows (they should be the same width on the first and last rows). Avoid having a row of less than half the width of the plank being installed. To cut a plank simply measure and mark the plank, then using your straight edge and utility knife, simply score the plank and snap. Step 2: Lay Your First Row Installation should start in a corner and proceed from the wall with the under-edge facing out away from the wall (Figure 1). Allow a gap of 1/8″ minimum (3mm) for subfloor movement, which should be covered by molding. Trim off the top over-edge facing the wall (the entire length of the first row as well as the over-edge on the short side of the first plank) (Figure 2). When securing two planks together, you should angle (45 degrees) the second plank into the corresponding edge. The over-edge always placed on top of the under-edge. Starting at one end of the plank, use one hand to hold the plank and the other hand to roll the edge into place for a tight fit. 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. If your seam does not appear to be tight, you can immediately pull apart the planks and reapply it. Slowly separate the top plank away from the bottom plank and simply reapply them. Be careful not to pull the planks apart too fast as you could rip or damage the GripStrip™. You have approx. 10 to 15 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 applied to allure, the longer this “open time”. Step 3: Lay The Rest Of Your Rows When installing the plank, it is strongly recommended to stagger the rows so that the short edge (6″) seams are not in a straight uniform line and have a stagger of a minimum of 6″ from row to row. We recommend the staggered random method (Figure 3). However you may want to try other “patterns” of planks to suit your taste. allure can be installed with endless possibilities — your only limitation is your own imagination! Start the second row with the plank cut at about 2/3 length (2 feet). 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 (Figure 4). Start the third row with the plank cut at 1/3 of a length (1 foot). Again, the leftover 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 (Figure 5). *Irregular Objects: Fitting around irregular objects is no problem. Simply make a pattern out of heavy paper to fit around pipes or irregular objects. Place the pattern upon the plank and trace. Cut along trace lines using a utility knife or heavy duty scissors, and lay plank. The sheets of paper in between planks inside the carton make an excellent template. *Undercutting Door Casings: To ensure allure will fit underneath the door casing and not expose a 1/8″ to 1/4″ expansion space, remove the under-edge of a plank. Place a handsaw on the plank and cut the door casing to the height of the plank. Step 4: Roll Your New Floor After installation is completed, we recommend rolling the seams with a floor roller in both directions to ensure bonding of both adhesive edges. You can rent a floor roller from your local Home Depot tool rental center. Enjoy! Important Installation Tip For Allure GripStrip Tile allure Tile is installed the same way as described above. However, you can install it two ways. One is the traditional lining up of the grout lines or you can install in a brick pattern where the grout lines line up in the middle of each tile. Special Note: allure Tile has two sets of grout lines (inner & outer). When installing the tile in a matching grout line pattern, you must pay special attention to the “outer” grout lines at the end of the tile planks. One is thinner than the other. It is highly recommended you match a thin grout line to a thicker grout line. It helps in maintaining the grout line to grout line look. It takes more time to install the tiles this way and will require installing from several different cartons at one time. The alternative method to installing the tiles is in the brick pattern. This is faster and easier to install this way and also gives a beautiful design to the floor. If you are installing for a customer be sure to ask them which way they prefer to have the tiles installed. More Options: Allure Hidden Transition Strips (Available in United States Home Depot Stores Only) allure Hidden Transition Strips allow you to switch directions from a N-S room install to an E-W room install by attaching the transition strip (which is 36″ long by 1″ wide) to the “over-edge” of the transitional plank. This creates an “under-edge” strip that will make a clean transition from one room to another through a door way, and allows you to lay the planks or tiles in the same direction. Matching T-moldings, reducers, and quarter round moldings are available via special order at HomeDepot.com or visit your local Home Depot for more information. Have Questions? We hope you enjoy your beautiful new allure floor. If you should have any questions please be sure to contact your local Home Depot representative or you can give us a call at 1-866-453-8453. Also, don’t forget to visit our “Support Center” at www.mydiygenius.com/articles/allure-flooring-support.