Originally Posted by Bass101
This is very helpful. My hubby and I would be hiring someone to install it thought, we are first time home buyers and not handy yet. Wouldn't you say buying it online is risky, though, b/c if there is a problem and parts of the cork are damaged, how will you have recourse for this, vs. going to a physical store?
I see that some cork flooring comes pre-finished and others are not finished. Not sure which one to get.
I prefer to finish the floor inplace rather than buyin prefinsihed. There are several advantages:
1. I get to decide what type of coating is used.
2. I can control how many coats of finsh goes onthe floor.
3. Applying in place, I can make certain that the joints and edges of cut portions get coated.
4. When it needs recoating, I know what to use. Some coatings are not compatible with others and will bubble up. If you do nto know what was used to begin with, you either have to guess, or just repalce the entire floor when the coating begins to wear through.
5. I can control the coating levels in different areas. Thus, I can put 15 coats in high traffic areas and only 5 on the edges where no one walks if I choose to do so.
6. I can control the sheen. In this applicaiton, I did not want shiney floors. I also did not want a super hard coating that essentially eliminates the benefit of cork. If I ordered cork floor pre-finished I would get what I get.
7. I know how many coats are on the floor and how durable it is. If it is pre-finished, I could end up with only two coats that will not last very long.
The advantage of prefinsihed floors are:
1. It is easier and less messy.
2. The finish is usually evely applied on all pieces.
3. Some manufactureers use the best possible finsih for their type of floor.
As far as ordering it on the internet.
First of all you will want ot order quite a bit of extra no matter where you get it. Stain or dye runs will nto be exactly identical. If you have to order more later, it will not be an exact match. Besides, you need to order a few extra pieces and keep them in your attic. If something happens to one piece, you can often just replace it. If the line or color gets discontinued, you will not be able to buy new pieces and then one damaged piece means a whole new floor.
It is good to have some extra anyway to cover miscuts, waste, a few bad pieces etc. You can return any bad pieces. I did not bother. We only had one that had aproblem and it was not worth sending it back.
You get to see and touch the flooring if you buy in a store, but you will pay a lot (!) more and you will have fewer choices. Looking at the stores around us, we had less than ten choices of brand,style, grain pattern, finishes, etc. Online we had hundreds of choices. Further the cost was 5 times more in the store than a some online places for the same product. You pay for shipping, but you do nto pay sales tax (usually) so it balances out.