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Old 01-09-2011, 11:59 AM   #1
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whole house cork?

We currently live in a small house with ceramic tile throughout. It has been nice from a cleaning standpoint, but it is cold, hard, and hurts my husbands knees.
We are building a 4000sq foot house, and are thinking of using cork in the entire downstairs (3200 sq ft).
We walked through a house that had cork in the kitchen, living room area, and LOVED it. It felt so much softer than our tile.
I'm worried about our big dogs and it fading.
I would only get the super dark "cocoa" type colors so this worries me slightly.
Any ideas if this sounds like a good idea or should be just stick to hard wood?


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Old 01-09-2011, 12:19 PM   #2
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Cork is a very resilient floor. If you have furniture and move it, the crushed area will bounce back to within 90% of it's original shape. It has been used as flooring for over 100 years. I would suggest using the floating type. The tiles are harder to fit tight together. Amcork has a good product, (in my opinion). Any product you end up with I would reccomend putting atleast 2 coats of polyurethane on. This will keep moisture from getting in the cracks. Cork is easily repaired by cutting out out a pattern, tracing it and reglueing the new peice in.


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Old 01-09-2011, 01:40 PM   #3
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Large dogs and cork floors....not a good mix. With hardwood, really bad idea.

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