Home Articles Frequently Asked Questions Quick Start allure Ultra Installation Instructions Have you purchased allure Ultra flooring? Or perhaps you are thinking about purchasing it? Either way, you will want to know how to properly install the easiest floor ever! In this post you will find some valuable resources to help you install your beautiful new allure Ultra resilient flooring. You can read the TrafficMASTER allure Ultra installation instructions below. Also, you can download and print out this “quick-start” installation instruction guide by clicking on this link: DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL TRAFFICMASTER ALLURE ULTRA “QUICK-START” INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS HERE We recommend that you also download the complete owner’s manual with full installation specifications as well as support and warranty information here: MyDIYgenius.com Resources TrafficMASTER allure Ultra Installation Instructions (Quick-Start) Before you begin: Step 1- Know the limitations: Do not install allure over carpet or any foam underlayment. This product is not suitable for any outside use, sunrooms/solariums, saunas, or rooms that have the potential of flooding. We also highly recommend you do not install in rooms or homes that are not temperature controlled. Exposure to long term direct sunlight can cause damage to your floor. Note the room temperature when installing allure. Please make sure your thermostat is set above 65º F and below 85º F when installing allure. Room temperature is important! 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 (pipes) 1/4″ spacers Materials needed: Measure the length & width of your room. If the room has alcoves or offsets, measure these separately. This will give you the square footage of the room. Purchase a minimum of 10% extra to cover mistakes, trimming and for future needs and or replacement. Most installations require about 10% overage. However this can vary depending upon the room size and layout. allure Ultra comes in 47.6” x 7.5” planks or 2.48 square feet per plank. 8 planks per case =19.8 square feet per case. For example, if your room is 10’ x 10’ or 100 sq. ft., we would recommend you purchase 6 cases (120 sq. ft.). Helpful Hint #1 – For best results it is important to purchase product (cases) from the same RUN # (dye lot). Different run #’s can have shade variations. Every case of allure has the run # printed on the ends of the case. Run # example: 30.08.2009. If you do have more than one run # we highly recommend you install planks from 4 or 5 different cases from different run #’s at one time and randomly mix them into the installation as you go. This will insure a more natural looking floor. Prepare for TrafficMASTER allure Ultra Installation Step 1- Condition your allure planks: You MUST store allure horizontally in the room of installation for 48 hours prior to installation. Be sure the room temperature is between 65º & 85º F. Do not remove the planks from the case during this acclamation period! Maintain this temperature during installation as well. Following this step is CRITICAL during installation! Failure to follow these guidelines will void the warranty. *Read the full owner’s manual with complete installation information at www.mydiygenius.com/resources, or call 1-866-843-8453 for more information. Step 2- Prepare the Subfloor: The subfloor surface must be smooth, flat, dry, clean and solid. Carpet staples or adhesive residue must be removed to insure proper installation. Subfloors should be flat within a tolerance of 3/16” (4mm) over a span of 10 feet. Any unevenness over 1/8” (3mm) must be sanded down or filled with a floor leveler. Voids or humps in the subfloor will prevent allure from locking properly. Subfloors must be carefully checked for moisture problems. allure Ultra is waterproof. It is NOT a water-proofer. Any moisture problems need to be addressed prior to installation. New concrete floors need to cure for a minimum of 90 days. Helpful Hint #2 – If laying allure over existing ceramic tile, it will be necessary to skim coat the grout lines with a floor leveler. If you install allure over an existing floor that has an embossing or grout line on it, you must skim coat with a floor leveler if the embossing or grout line is greater than 1/8”— (3 mm). *Read the full owner’s manual with complete installation information at www.mydiygenius.com/resources, or call 1-866-843-8453 for more information. TrafficMASTER allure Ultra Installation Instructions Step 1 – Plan your layout: Helpful Hint #3 – 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. 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. Or, measure the length of the room and divide by 48” (length of one plank). If the remainder is less than 12”, calculate ½ of the remainder and trim this amount off the first plank. The last plank should be the same length as the first one. To cut a plank, simply measure and mark the plank, then using a straight edge and utility knife, simply score the plank and snap. It’s that easy! Step 2 – Lay your first row: Installation should start in a corner (left hand) and proceed from the wall with the tongue facing out away from the wall (Figure 1). Allow a minimum gap of 1/4” (5mm) for subfloor movement or product expansion, which should be covered by molding. a. When laying the first row in a straight line interlock the short ends by inserting the tongue into the grooves at an angle of approx.15 to 20 degrees. Install each sequential plank on the short end (7.5”) and be sure to line up evenly. This is very important for a good installation. b. Be sure to keep the seams tight. You will feel and hear the click when locking the planks together to create a tight seam. There should be no gap visible between planks. If your seam does not appear to be tight, you can immediately pull apart the planks and reapply it. Slowly lift the top plank away from the bottom plank and reapply them—repeating Step #2a. Be careful not to pull the planks apart too fast or you could rip or damage the Locking Strip. Step 3 – Lay your second row: When installing allure, it is strongly recommended to stagger the rows so that the short edge (7.5”) seams are not in a straight uniform line. We recommend the staggered random method 3’ to 2’-1’ (Figure 2). 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! a. To start the second row with the plank cut at about 2/3 length (32”), measure and mark the plank. Then using a straight edge and utility knife, score the plank and snap. b. Interlock the plank tightly against the first row (long side) again at a 15-20 degree angle. The next plank, interlock the short side first, leaving it slightly away from the long side and then slide into the long side. Helpful Hint #4 – When cutting allure for length, be sure to always cut the short side of the plank with the groove edge. The remaining piece can then be used on the opposite side of the room, at the end of that row (Figure 3) if layout permits. Step 4 – Lay your third row: Start the third row with the plank cut at 1/3 of a length (16”). 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 (Figure 4). 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). Step 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. Be sure to leave a minimum of 1/4” expansion space around all fixed objects, floor vents and door frames. If you have any problems or questions, call our Customer Help Line at: 1-866-843-8453. Important Installation Tip for allure Ultra The beauty of allure Ultra is the ease of installing the opposite way. You can install from both sides of the plank. This allows you to start in one room and continue through a doorway into another room with the same pattern and continue installing the floor forwards or backwards. Helpful Hint #5 – Be sure to keep some spare allure planks in case there is an unforeseen need for replacement. If you need to replace a plank of allure Ultra, simply take a utility knife and cut the bad plank out along the long side of the plank only and lift out of place. Then take a spare plank and cut the tongue and groove off of the long side of the replacement plank only. Leave the tongue and groove on the short side of the plank. Then simply fit into place and lock the two short ends into place. Have Questions? Thanks for reading the allure ultra installation instructions. 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. 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