How to Cut Allure Flooring Around a Tub
Allure flooring is a laminate floor planking that gives the appearance of hardwood floors without the difficult hardwood installation process. The planking is waterproof, unlike traditional hardwood and other laminates, allowing you to place the flooring in moisture-rich environments and making it a great way to bring the look of hardwood into your bathrooms. In order to install the planks in your bathroom, you will need to make a few cuts around fixtures like the bathtub, but there are no specialized cutting implements necessary -- all you'll need is a utility knife to complete the job.
- Clean the subfloor in the bathroom thoroughly. First sweep off any dirt or debris, then mop the floor with a pH-neutral cleanser. Rinse with water and allow the floor to dry for two hours.
- Test fit the allure planks in the bathroom to determine cutting lines for the material against the bathtub edge. Start the first strip against the nearest wall to the bathtub, placing the planks along the wall until you reach the tub's edge. Measure the space required for a partial strip, subtracting 1/8 inch from the measured length to allow for a gap between the planks and the tub for floor movement. You'll fill this gap with silicone caulk to provide a greater degree of waterproofing after plank installation.
- Transfer the measurement to a plank, and use a straightedge to guide you in placing a pencil mark across the width of the rear of the plank as a cutting line. Place the plank onto a flat surface, and cut through the plank along the line using a utility knife. Place the cut plank into position and check the fit. Use the other end of the plank to begin the next row of Allure planking from the wall.
- Repeat the test fitting process, placing each row up to the bathtub edge then cutting a partial plank to fit. By using the remainder of the plank to begin the next row, you'll stagger the joints between plank rows, making the plank surface stronger in the process. Continue until you've cut all of the planks adjacent to the bathtub.
- Install the planking to the floor following the manufacturer's instructions after cutting.