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Old 02-28-2013, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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Almost any flooring will fade with excesive sunlight, even some tiles. If you get UV protecting sealants, you're usually fine. Cork can wear down faster than other natural flooring materials in high-traffice areas, but you can get ultra-durable sealants for that as well if you really want cork there. I haven't found cork to wear any faster than softwoods (like pine). I did notice that the bamboo cracked/splintered a little easier than hardwood or cork on my one bouncy & uneven floor... so if you have a weird floor like that either shore up the floor framing, put down another layer of subfloor, or use a super-tick underlayment.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I love that octagonal pattern. Just a little too much for what I'm thinking.

I went to Lowes-they have quite a selection of bamboo but only one (rather ugly) design in cork. I have only just started to look tho'.



Fern-couldn't get that picture to load/enlarge. Will try again tomorrow.

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Old 03-04-2013, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Bend Or.
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So from these comments it seems like our plan for Bamboo in the kitchen and office, which have northern exposure, and cork in the Bedroom with southern exposre would be a good plan?
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:23 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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So from these comments it seems like our plan for Bamboo in the kitchen and office, which have northern exposure, and cork in the Bedroom with southern exposre would be a good plan?
Bamboo as in hardwood (ie: not engineered)? Cork tiles or cork plank? I bought my cork planks from Lowe's: don't do that. Buy Globus or other quality stuff.

Love the feel of cork underfoot - it dents, though, so you'll have to put big furniture pads under the bed and any other furniture or you'll put permanent dents in it, doesn't matter if it is plank or tile.

I'd think about marmoleum for the kitchen, if I didn't have dogs (and humans who forget to take off their boots when they come into the house).

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Old 03-06-2013, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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I loved the cork in my kitchen, definitely took the strain off my legs when I was standing up cooking for long periods; but bamboo (or marmoleum) would also do just fine in the kitchen.

Cork does dent a little under heavy furniture with small feet, but I didn't have any problems with the bigger bun-style feet making dents. I'm sure a throw rug or pad would do the trick.
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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On some home repair tv show they said that bamboo, if left natural, will discolor in areas where the sun hits it regularly and they suggested to make sure it is stained.
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