June 22, 2015
Thank you for your interest in the TrafficMaster Allure resilient vinyl plank flooring in Iron Wood. 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.
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