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Old 12-09-2007, 06:27 PM   #1
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Hi all,

OK, in the interest of marketing I'm changing the title of my question and trying again.

I have a condo and want to put in engineered floors or cork. First level is a slab foundation, otherwise I'd go hardwood. No bathrooms but a kitchen is included.

I'll be hiring installers, too much to do on my own, but want to know what to look for in a quality floor. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, again.

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Old 12-09-2007, 06:33 PM   #2
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Are you asking about what brands and style of floor is good quality, or are you asking how to look to see if an installer is good quality?

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Cole,

Thanks for responding. I guess a little of both. As far as I have heard, cork is not as commonly used, so I want to make sure my installer knows enough about which ever product to reccommend what is right for me. All my neighbors went with laminate which I want to avoid. I'm also very worried about the big box products that look great in store but have a high failure rate (per contractr talk) and want to know what to listen for to avoid this issue.

Does this explain? If not let me know. Thanks again.

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Cork can either be glue-down tiles or an engineered product that comes in planks that click together like laminate hardwoods. You can get all kinds of styles of cork.

We put a figured type of engineered cork in our study recently, and we really like it. It wears well, feels nice and forgiving underfoot, and has a unique look.

However, it's EXPENSIVE! I think we paid $6 or $7 per square foot for the materials. Installation is really easy.

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I've seen the cork tiles installed before. They look really nice, and they have a nice feel. It's a very unique look, and might not be to everyone's taste, but I thought they were great.
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Your best choice, taking into account your stated preferences would be an engineered floating wood floor. There are numerous products at various price points that will meet your needs and budget. I am not a big fan of wood in kitchens although it seems to be in fashion I've seen too many problems water related. I would suggest a vinyl product in the kitchen and the engineered product through out the rest.

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