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Old 02-22-2010, 05:27 PM   #1
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I had a beautiful high grade laminate floor put in 5 years ago. It just about drove nuts, it dented easily, and with 2 kids and 3 pets (1 dog, 2 cats) it showed everything! If anyone walked on it barefoot, it would show an imprint of their foot, dog drool, paw prints, you name it. I found it very hard to keep clean. Don't get me wrong.. when it was clean it looked very nice. To make a long story short, my dishwasher leaked and the floor swelled and buckled terribly. I have it in a combo kitchen/family room, hallway and office down the hall and the insurance co. is replacing it all as it has been discontinued.

We want to put in something other than laminate, hardwood is a no with the pets, tile to hard under your feel, lino or vinyl....not sure about, but cork seems to be a possible option.

Does any one out there have cork? Would love to hear how durable it is, and if it stays fairly clean. Honestly keeping the lam clean just about killed me!

So if anyone has anything to say about cork....please let me know!!!!!!

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Highly recommended.... they use it in the Library of Congress..... it's durable, soft and warm in winter!
float a cork!!!

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Everyone is so worried about pet's claws and hardwoods. They need to be refinished every so often anyway. The marks give it character and memories. Look at how much people pay for "distressed" wood. All that is is some guy whacking it with a chain. I am looking at cork for a yoga floor. I have heard it dents or dimples with high heels, but other than that I hear it is a great product. I can refinish a scratched hardwood. I can't refinish cork. You have to pull it up. You can always go heavy on the poly. Although laminate is still a good option. I understand the swelling part. But I got a bunch of samples and stuck them in water for a week. I found the thinner (under 9mm) samples swelled less than the thicker laminate. Makes sense I guess.
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Look at how much people pay for "distressed" wood. All that is is some guy whacking it with a chain.
I hear ya there! I remember when I was in shop class, that look was popular. The teacher showed us how to "fly-speck" the wood with a toothbrush and shoe polish...(dip in polish, run thumb over bristles, making a fine spray of crap) I think he just liked it because it allowed his students to cover up most of their mistakes and it made HIM look better! LOL

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