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enjoyingdiylife 01-28-2009 09:55 PM

Can anyone who has had cork for a time now say what they think? Thinking about it because of the "green" factor.


Eck4Life 01-29-2009 01:57 AM

My grandmother in Mississippi has original cork tile floors in her house that she bought new in 1955. They seem to be holding up great after 50+ years. They are quieter than other hard flooring materials, but of course louder than say carpet. I can honestly say though that that is my only experience with them. I've never seen them anywhere else. Maybe others can contribute their experiences.

DangerMouse 01-29-2009 05:41 AM

cork is warm


Floorwizard 01-29-2009 12:42 PM

cork is soft and quiet

DangerMouse 01-29-2009 12:54 PM

trees are not harvested for the cork, they are ready again every so many years.
big dogs have had no ill effects on it.
dropping stuff dents it sometimes, but it flattens back out.... and it's warm


jennydavis 01-29-2009 08:12 PM

:( Cork is what I wanted.......... but the salesman talked us out of it and steered us to Konecto. :(

Cork sounds great.

Floorwizard 01-30-2009 12:21 PM


dropping stuff dents it sometimes, but it flattens back out
Just to be clear, Cork has a great memory and will return a large % of what was originaly dented.
I would not expect it to completely go away....
Maybe tiny dents....maybe
Otherwise expect the dent to rebound about 75%

boyfly 03-18-2009 10:31 AM

My wife and I are considering installing cork flooring in a small sun room. My wife's question, however, is whether or not cork feels "soft". I'm sure she is imagining it to feel like one of those old cork bulletin boards. Anyone know?

Floorwizard 03-18-2009 12:18 PM

It's not that soft, but it is one of the softest hard surfaces you can find except Vinyl.

Malibujim 05-11-2009 12:26 AM

:thumbup:I put down a floating Durocork floor in our kitchen one year ago. We are very happy with it. I was afraid of the wear factor, with a 40lb dog, but there are no signs of wear at all. Definitely better than the tile floor we originally planned.

boyfly 05-11-2009 08:25 AM

We bought some flooring and are waiting for it to come in. Malibujim, did you coat the floor with anything after installing it?

Malibujim 05-11-2009 03:53 PM

Yes. Duracork comes unfinished, as their thought is to finish it with 3-4 coats of their supplied urethane when the floor is done. This seals the cracks between the cork tiles. I've heard of people adding a coat of urethane to finished cork, you just have to scuff the finish first and be sure what you're using is compatable with the original finish. Might be mentally hard to scuff up the new floor.

boyfly 05-11-2009 03:58 PM

The stuff we bought is finished, so I guess we'll have to decide if it needs a coating once it's in. Did you put any padding underneath it? What was the subfloor?

Malibujim 05-11-2009 11:55 PM

Our subfloor is t&g planking. I put plywood over that as an underlayment, can't remember, but probably 5/8". Then I ran a sander over it to further smooth out any uneven seams. Mine is a floating floor.

Malibujim 05-12-2009 12:34 AM

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