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Old 01-18-2007, 07:47 PM   #1
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Would cork flooring hold up better in a dining room area? We are considering laminate for our combined living room/dining room and hallway areas. However, I admit I'm intrigued by the cork floors.

This dining room is our only table --- we don't have an eat-in kitchen. My 3 and 4 year olds made mincemeat of the carpeting -- after all, how many gallons of chocolate milk can a carpet take? I've seen some claims that cork is "water impermeable". Okay, but what about the joints? Also seen claims that it is the easiest floor to install -- is that true?

Also heard claims that it is a quieter floor. Anyone walked on a floating cork floor? Is this true?

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Old 01-22-2007, 11:17 AM   #2
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cork is awesome

it's kind of retro, but coming back

its cumfy on your feet

and yes, very kid friendly
will hold up for a looooong time
and easy to install
not too bad cost wise

as a floor guy
I wouldn't put laminate in any room of the house

have you thought about ceramic or porcelain tile?

Here's a picture of a tile dining room we did: http://www.cupantileandpaint.com/img...DiningRoom.jpg

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I looked at it - It seems soft on the surface. I would be worried about chairs and stuff taking diviots out of it. Check that out first. Try picking up a sample and putting a chair on it and rocking around to see how tough it is.
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Thanks for your replies. I have to have a floating floor because we don't want to rip out the ugly 60's asbestos laden tile!! Limits your options.

I should get some samples of cork and put them through some torture. I've been doing that with my laminate samples --- tough but not so comfy on the feet!
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sorry, not trying to hijack the thread, but MattCoops, why are you against laminate flooring?
btw, your home looks sharp from the picture. what color is that wall?
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Cork is resilient but can scratch like soft wood.

get rid of the kids

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I laid down cork flooring in two of my rooms, the work-out room and the rec room with a pool table in it. I was debating between cork and bamboo, brought home a sample of each and then took a hammer to them. The bamboo splintered but the cork held its own. For rooms where pool balls, weights, and sweat would be falling, I wanted something resilient, cork was the answer.
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Some questions for the flooring salesman.
Does cork stain? When someone drops grape juice or wine on it is it going to clean up alright?
If you have pets will the cork absorb urine and the associated smell?
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cork has a urethane finish to it.
so it should not stain.
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Florcraft- where in Anchorage would I find cork flooring for sale?
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I actually can get Natural Cork on sale.
But I have not seen any ads lately.

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