Cork Flooring??

kimbac3

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Anybody have any insights about cork flooring? I'm intrigued by the thought of using this in my new kitchen.
Thanks,
Kimba
 

Choc_marg

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We used to have tile in the kitchen & entryway, vinyl in the bathrooms & carpet everywhere else. Last year we pulled out all of the tile & replaced the carpet. The tiled area & some of the previously carpeted area became covered with cork. I LOVE everything about it. We did the tongue & groove planks and it was fairly easy to install. We did 1000 sq ft in a weekend. I love the way it looks. I love way it feels. It isn't hard like tile. I like to cook & standing on the tile was just killing my back. It is easy to care for (just sweep & damp mop). I also like the fact that it is harvested from the bark of a tree & not the actual tree, so it keeps growing back. It also a repellant to certain insects. Termites are one of the insects that don't like the cork flooring. We have also noticed that we haven't seen a scorpion in the house since we installed the cork.

It is soft, so it does get slight indentations. Since cork is full of tiny air bubbles, the compression is supposed to go away in time.

Here are some pics of the installation and finished floor.

http://www.taborkids.com/2004/oct/floorprogress/
 

kimbac3

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Thanks for the pictures! Just to clarify..the one where your son is playing and you can see two floors..are both of them cork? Where did you order/purchase from? I don't think Lowed or Home depot carry it. I found a few places online though.
Thanks,
Kimba
 

Choc_marg

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He is actually laying on chocolate brown carpet. We did a bunch of cork, but wanted to still have some carpeting, so we have 2 small areas downstairs that are not cork.

We ordered our online from Fastfloors.com. It is APC brand & the color is Cronus Natural. They were great to work with & I got the flooring in a reasonable amount of time with NO complaints at all.
 

golfgal

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My BIL/SIL have it in their kitchen and in their family room. They love the floor and it is easy on the feet. They put the padded cork in the family room and they don't like that as much since it dents. The stuff in the kitchen isn't padded but it is still soft and it doesn't dent. Their floor never looks dirty either.

I have a friend that did their entire basement in cork. I don't like it as much down there just because it isn't as warm as carpet.
 

kimbac3

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Thanks! I ordered some samples. Dh wanted tile but I wanted something "softer". Cork seems like a good choice. I'm also thinking of using it in the new master bath.
Thanks Again!
Kimba
 



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