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Old 09-30-2008, 11:56 AM   #1
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We are in the process of a high end kitchen reno. We are concerned that if we go with cork it will ruin the look of the kitchen. We are having granite counter tops and custom made Maple cabinets. I wold like to go with cork for the additional comfort and the temperature on your feet.

We are currently looking at Wicanders or Torleys cork.

Any thoughts on whether this will ruin the look of a high end kitchen ?

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if 5BOYS is how many you have, i'd for sure go with the cork! dents pop right back out, it's extremely durable, dishes dropped on it normally bounce, not break, etc. great for cold weather areas too....but what do i know? i'm just a cartoon mouse.....

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Yep 5boys is what we have although they are older now 15-23.
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I don't think it's fancy enough -- go with wood or a laminate that looks like wood -- or tile if you don't mind the hardness.
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My vote is for cork. As stated earlier it is much more durable, and as you seem to know more comfortable to walk on with bare feet. In my opinion it can look just as good as other tiles, especially because it's not too common these days.

If it makes you feel any better, one of the absolute best high-end kitchens I have seen used stained concrete for the flooring...

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Ridiculous. Aesthetics and personal taste aside, yes, cork is more durable than wood and vinyl. But it isn't in the same neighborhood as ceramic, porcelain or many natural stone floors. Not even close!

If it was so durable and maintenance free, why not recommend it for the counters instead of granite?

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Ridiculous. Aesthetics and personal taste aside, yes, cork is more durable than wood and vinyl. But it isn't in the same neighborhood as ceramic, porcelain or many natural stone floors. Not even close!
Aesthetics aside? That's what the original poster was asking, "will this ruin the look of a high end kitche?", and my opinion is that if done right it can look great.

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If it was so durable and maintenance free, why not recommend it for the counters instead of granite?

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apples and oranges... why not carpet for your countertops?

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so what should she use for her new countertops? shag? berber? sculptered? gonna be a bytch for her to vacuum with that upright though.......

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Haha, I think a nice shag countertop would go well if the walls were done in a similar fashion along with a large disco ball above the island...

Sorry Deb, let's get this thread back on topic!

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the disco ball is a given with the cork floors..... EVERYone knows THAT!! for warm feet, cork is my choice. (and the wife's...another given.)

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I vote cork...get the right complement to the counter tops and you'll have a stellar look!!
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I said aesthetics and personal taste aside, because that is an individual preference that tile wins with most people. Ceramic and natural stone offers endless design possibilities. When it comes to ease of cleaning and sanitation, no contest. I won't even bring up the cost factor. Ceramic and porcelain wins every comparison. The main reason it is the best flooring is because it is a hard surface. Soft flooring, are not as durable, scratch and may not be easy to maintain?

Anyway, there are many good choices today. Take your time.

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Both are valuable floors.
The only person who is right on which is better is the consumer.
Cork has been in the library of congress for over 100 years.
Then again, tile has been installed in areas around the world for alot longer.
Planning on living in the home for 400 years?
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thank you Florcraft. it IS up to the end user after all. she wants warm feet. =o) i've never had to replace a cracked or broken cork tile......

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Ok so I think we are leaning cork> but now is the decision of brand. The 2 top ones seem to be Torleys and Wicanders. Any thoughts on that?????

As for the shag counters> I don't think that will work a little hard to rake up there especially when your only 5'3".

Thanks for most of the input

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