Since moving into our home I have wanted to rip up the ugly brown, pinkish tile in our kitchen but I couldn’t really justify it when there were more projects that needed to get done.
But then my saving grace…my refrigerator, started leaking because the defroster was clogged. When that happened the water found a small crack in the grout of the tile and started leaking through the floor. The weight of the fridge then cracked the tile.
So when my husband said how do we replace one tile? I said we don’t. We replace the whole floor.
Victory for me!
So when I heard about their new Luxury Vinyl Drop and Lock Flooring I had to try it!
I’m going to have to say it…I think I love Allure’s ISOCORE flooring more than the GripStrip!
This flooring is 100% waterproof which makes it perfect for kitchen, it’s an easy drop and lock installation and it looks amazing!
The installation is really easy. I just followed the directions. So I won’t bore you with the details but I will share with you a few tips I learned along the way.
This is a quick Facebook Live video that I did to show you just how easy it was.
Here are tips I learned while installing Allure’s ISOCORE flooring:
- Measure. This one is in the instructions about measuring so you don’t have a piece less than 8″ at the end but even though it works out, if you’re not using power tools to cut, make sure you have enough to cut off at the end. Meaning, if you are trying to snap an inch piece off of a plank it’s a little tricky because you can’t get a good grip.
- You don’t need to use power tools to cut the planks because you just score them with a utility and they snap. But if you need to cut around something or make a cut into a plank and don’t have power tools you can use a hand saw. I broke two planks trying to score and slightly snap the plank along the cuts but snapped the whole thing. So I took a board to use as a guide and used the hand saw. Easy peasy.
- Knee pads. Self explanatory.
- If you feel a seam or little lip on the plank, tap it in more. A tapping block is a must have on this floor.
Hopefully these little tips will help you if you want to install this floor.
Now lets see the floor!
I chose, Multi-Width Harrison Pine Dark. I love how these look.
The finish is more gray than brown and it truly looks like wood. I also love that there is a little texture to the planks as well. They’re not super smooth which gives me a little more piece of mind when my crazy 3 year old is running around in his socks!
This flooring is no longer called ISOCORE. The same flooring has a new name. It’s now Lifeproof Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring. Name change but still the same great product. This color is now called Seasoned Wood.