Revisiting this ever-popular post about Home Depot's Trafficmaster Allure vinyl flooring, we noticed a Home Depot employee left extensive additional comments and details about the product, so we thought we'd repost this with updated information for the many visitors who come to this particular post specifically for TrafficMaster Allure information.
TrafficMaster Allure vinyl planks are completely waterproof, come with a 25 year warranty, are available in a multitude of colours and wood types (complete with texture) to match the decor of your home, and install with a pre-ready adhesive interlocking system which they call GripStrip. More details after the jump.
*originally posted March 8, 2007
A Home Depot employee recently chimed in about sample availability and installation issues:
I work at the Home Depot in Peru, IL. and I was browsing on the Home Depot website doing research about the Trafficmaster Allure product myself, since so many customers were asking about other styles available-and all of a sudden i saw all of these different styles available on the site!
So I called out to Halstead (the actual manufacturer of the Allure line), New England, got a hold of one our reps, Cate French, and asked her if it would be possible to get samples in case customers wanted material samples, and she said "yes", but the sample boards were on backorder (due to the popularity of the product). But she would put our store on the list, and in the meantime, she would cut up pieces of the planks and send them with little labels for customers to at least see a piece of the planks. So I was so happy to get those little squares from her, and we had a lot of customers come in and look at them.
I also recieved this really helpful book in the mail from the company on Allure, and it has helpful hints for install, care and maintenence, and all kinds of things you can't find on the web. Halstead also make a more commercial and more expensive line of resilient flooring called Metro Floor. They make planks and tiles and all that, but they all have to be glued down, just like the Armstrong planks, Amtico planks, Roppe planks, etc. This idea has been around for a long time, but Halstead has made a durable floor for most normal residentials floors that is guaranteed to not delaminate or wear through the top layer for 25 years.
I think people misunderstand warranties on flooring a lot. When they say 25 year wear, that doesn't mean it WILL NOT scratch. It will just hold up a lot better as far as denting and gouging, compared to your traditional sheet vinyl and vinyl self adhesive squares. People need to remember to keep an eye on their animal's nails, make sure they are clipped correctly, to the right spot on their nails, and at the right angle, to prevent them from putting scratches in any hard surface material they walk on.
I just had to let everybody know that there are other options for trafficmaster, just go to your local Home Depot and let them know they can call Cate French or they can call Halstead (the manufacturer of this product). They can do that by looking on their computers under the product description, and then click f10, and then click vendors, and it will give them the 800 number to call, and they should be able to give the associate the number to Cate French.