Allen Roth, Disaster
Currently in process installing the Allan and Roth handscraped chestnut. Looks beautiful...but installation is awful. There Swiftlock planks are a joke.they don't snap in place you have to tap or stomp on the blank. The durability factor for a AC4 rating obviously seems to be a subpar rating. The planks chip easy and scratches seem be noticeable. I dropped my hammer about 2ft high and now I have a nice scrape and discoloration now. I would not recommend this brand.
Thank you for your input on this product Mike. Hearing from other consumers can help people make choices. If possible can you provide the exact product description? This way other folks can steer clear of it. Just use the comment box on your article. You can even upload photos.
Unfortunately most consumers do not have the option to know ahead of time what they are getting when purchasing laminate flooring.
When I installed the Allen Roth laminate, the locking system was not Swiftlock. I have installed the Swiftlock brand and had a heck of a time trying to learn their locking system. The main problem was having to tilt every plank to lock it in place, especially under door jambs.
Another problem that can occur during manufacturing, is when the edges of the laminate are being cut (machined). If the cutters are off by just a fraction it can make all the difference when installing it.
And the AC rating may or may not be accurate as I have seen over the years.
Another thing I have noticed is that, the manufacturers keep changing the products a lot. Who makes what can be a mystery. Where its made, what locking system, putting two names on boxes (Swiftlock and Allen Roth)sold only at Lowes. It can be very confusing. Research is your best bet if your willing to spend the time.