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njchan 01-20-2008 10:48 PM

Considering Cork for Basement ... LOTS of questions! :)
I'm in the middle of a basement reno (2 year old house), and am going between various types of flooring ...

we have an office, bathroom, and general "great room" with a home theater setup. I'm pretty much set on having ceramic in the hallway an the bathroom (connecting) laid out in a brick pattern. but can't decide on rest (carpet, more ceramic, or possibly cork).

I was wondering if anyone's installed cork in a basement? on a concrete floor?

1. I've read that cork is great on fairly level floors - aren't basement floors not level by design? aren't they formed to slope towards the drain?

2. I imagine a vapor barrier would be required between the concrete and the tongue & groove cork - is this the same material you use for laminate flooring?

3. how easy is cork to cut? would i just use my table saw / jig saw for odd-shaped pieces?

4. how would the cork hold up in an office where you have rolling chairs and heavy desks?

5. I also have pets - which on occasion have accidents - I guess the cork would absorb the stuff you didn't want absorbed - that would suck. what about their nails?

6. what's the price comparison on cork to ceramic? I've seen some posts at $6/sqft ... but I can't even find cork readily available - my local home depot doesn't even carry any on site for sample. Any national stores that carry cork?

7. what would you use to bridge the threshold between cork and ceramic? how do you transition from one flooring to another?

sorry, lots of questions ... I've done some reading on the internet ... but always prefer the opinions of actual DIYs!

thanks in advance for any advice / hints / tips!

Floorwizard 01-21-2008 11:31 AM

1. if there is a working drain then forget about this floor.
2.yup, same 6 mil poly film.
3.yup, super easy to cut.
4.even concrete would show wear in time with rolling chairs. use a protector.
5.the cork will not absorb, but it could swell the seams if left for a long period of time. nails will scratch like a soft wood.
6.cork is about 9-10 a square foot for floating kinds.
7.t molding transitions work great.

KUIPORNG 01-21-2008 02:15 PM

9-10 square foot..... very expensive. for a small 1000 sq. ft. basement there goes 10 grams...

I used a medium quality laminate in my basement and it's been great... it is abuse resistance enough and cost not too high... I got somthing like $1.29 a sq. ft when getting it on sale...

Floorwizard 01-21-2008 09:11 PM

lam will be cheaper for sure.
It does not add the value of a natural product, but if investment is not a cocern, then lam can be a good alternative.
Although I would avoid the cheap brands myself.

KUIPORNG 01-22-2008 09:33 AM

sure avoid cheap brand.... I got the brand which is a regular brand they sell for 2.99 / sq. ft and in place for a long time regularly.....

in the cold room, I tried to save a few bucks and got those cheap brand and it was a disaster... Luckily it was just the cold room....

Demochick 01-26-2008 08:05 PM

Did you try looking on, or other sites like that..You can get the cork floor at a better price.

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