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I know there are discussions in the archives about flooring, but I'd love to hear from folks who have been living with bamboo or cork floors for some years and how satisfied they are. We are purchasing a foreclosure and need to install new floors and are considering these two types. We have two small children and would like to get a dog and/or cat which would spend at least some time indoors. Thanks! Rose
But generally I can't believe how good the floor still looks. We picked the pattern that is like centimeter thick 'strips' of cork and it has a very speckled or mottled look. this has been great because it covers literally ALL dirt. And its so speckled already that any dents are sort of covered up. I was also worried that the seams between the tiles would be visible and I think because we picked the pattern that already had 'strips' of cork in it, the seams are not really visible.
We bought the cork (floating 'tiles) from Eco home improvement and the guy who installed it said that we could preserve it more if we put a layer of polypropylene over the top. We didn't do that just b/c we were lazy, but even still, the floor looks good. very pleasantly surprised by my cork kitchen
We used the 'burl' style floor, and it is great--really hides dirt. We've had a baby since then, and he loved to play in the pot lids when he was young, so at the right angle, you can see a lot of dents in the floor in that section. But generally, it is very forgiving, especially with potential dents from chairs or dropping knives.
The install we did went pretty well, but we thought we'd need to put on a sealer afterwards (after all, there is water in the kitchen). Putting on the sealer was not easy-- hard to get it not streaky and even. In hindsight, we should have either had a professional put on the sealer, or skipped it altogether, since I believe the panels were sealed anyway. Have not had an issue though with water getting into the seams. We are happy with the product. Bryan
Cork on the other hand is easy on the legs, easy to clean, looks good, very low maintenance. Also, imo, more affordable than the bamboo which ended up being very expensive. no more bamboo for me
We've had (and loved) our cork flooring in the kitchen for five years now. We chose to use Expanko glue-down tiles based on their thickness (thicker than many) color choice (all natural-looking shades of brown which is done by heating, which penetrates, not dying which is more likely to fade), and good installation guidelines (MAKE SURE YOUR INSTALLER FOLLOWS THEM!). We also had several finish coats put on, as advised by the manufacturer.
It is very soft underfoot, nothing (well, almost nothing) ever breaks when dropped on it, and it looks good even with infrequent cleaning (advantage? - you decide!) We don't have any pets, so I can't speak to how it would hold up to claws, but it's the most walked-on floor in our house and looks good, I think. I'd be happy to let you look at ours if you're interested (in Albany). rk
We are considering cork flooring (floating panels w/20 yr. warranty) in our kitchen and dining room. Anyone have any experience with heavy furniture (dining tables, hutches, etc.) and if a noticeable impression gets made by the furniture? We'd be moving the table around to accommodate larger groups from time to time so were concerned about any denting. Also, what's your experience with sun-fading in direct sunlight? The rep. recommended unstained (lighter) cork vs. dark-stained but the gardenweb forums have both recommended. Confused about cork! Tracy
I don't know yet about sun fade.
I'm very happy with my floor. The only thing I would do differently is to have put several additional coats of sealer on after installation for a more uniform sheen. Rebecca
I do like my cork floors and they're great for little kids, but if I had it to do again I would have used a much stronger varnish to start with and a light color--or just done wood or bamboo. cork house mama
I am looking for feedback from anyone with a cork floor in their kitchen, or experience with cork floors and marmoleum floors. I'm replacing my kitchen floors and not interested in tile or hardwood. I want a natural, green alternative but i wonder how easy it is to keep a cork floor nice. Are they easily moppable? I like marmoleum but i've heard it scuffs easily and it's definitely not cheap. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all. Leslie
Does anyone have a cork floor or has anyone ever installed one? We are looking to redo the floor in our great room, which has a radiant heating system, and we heard that cork might be a good option for this. However, we've never seen a cork floor in person and we're not sure how it will look, how durable it would be etc. Any advice would be appreciated. Is bamboo a good option for radiant heat? Chris
I am remodeling a ktichen and want to replace my tile floor.
I am considering bamboo but am also looking at cork. I
found info about bamboo in the archives but nothing about
cork flooring. Does anyone have any
experience/suggestions/warning about cork flooring in a
kitchen? Including who installed it?
We're considering installing cork flooring in our kitchen. Does anyone have any pros/cons to share, from their experience and/or any installers to recommend? Thanks! marybeth
We're remodelling our kitchen and seriously considering cork floors for their durability, sustainability, etc. I'd love to hear from others who have installed cork floors -- what do you like about them? what don't you like about them? And has anyone bought flooring from Flooring Alternatives over on Gilman? Thanks, Remodeller
We are considering cork flooring for our kitchen remodel. I'd like to know how well it holds up, compare prefinished (acrylic) with finish-in-place, and get some info on suppliers and installers. When you reply, please indicate how long you have had cork floors, and which room it is in. Thanks. R.K.
People give us lots of complements on it, but I'm not sure we'd select it again. I love the softness underfoot and it stands up well to foot traffic, but we have had two dishwasher accidents which caused extensive damage to the floor (to the tune of $1000+). Although the promoters say it stands up to water comparably to a wood floor, I haven't found that to be true. If water gets under the panels, it causes damage from the bottom up, which is a very different dynamic than wood floors.
If you are careful and are sure that no appliances will fail, go for it. If we had a different dishwasher (mind you, this is a new bosch that's malfunctioned twice!!), I might be writing a very different recommendation here. Laurie
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