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Old 05-31-2007, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I saw some prefinished cork floor tiles on Lumber Luquidator's website for $1.29 a sq ft -- same price as vinyl sticky tiles. I'm thinking about cork for my kitchen. Your thoughts?
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Old 05-31-2007, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga TN
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I just recently saw some in Better Homes and they were absolutely fabulous! I was thinking of the same myself. You have to put a sealer or some such on them so do a bit more research and see if it's worth it.
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Old 05-31-2007, 02:54 PM
 
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My BIL has them in their kitchen and family room and a friend has them in her basement and they all love them. One thing my BIL said was that the cork they put in their family room is padded and dents easily and would not go that route again. My SIL loves that the cork hides all kinds of stuff so they never really look dirty unless the kids spill red kool-aid on them .
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Old 05-31-2007, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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I have cork flooring in kitchen ...sort of the classic two tone diamond within a dimond pattern....typical arts & craftsman style. Easy to stand on, never looks dirty, just clean with a well rungout damp sponge mop. Was installed by previous owner but I like it... I must mention though that this is a no child .no pet home...not sure that I would recommend if this had a lot of muddy kid traffic...
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Old 06-01-2007, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Back in MADISON Wi thank God!
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I am a retired hairdresser and in the salon I worked in for 26 years,we had a cork floor for 20 of those years.Extremely long lasting and durable.And very comfortable to stand on for long periods.
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Old 06-03-2007, 08:09 PM
 
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Cork Flooring
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Old 06-03-2007, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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Hate it. It looks about as clean as a sheet of plywood, once that is mopped. I have it in the bathroom, kitchen, and sunroom/tv room (it was here when we moved in, so not by my choice), and would love to replace it, especially in the bathroom- the tiles are starting to break up into chunks. We have tried to keep an eye and replace the adhesive when one of the corners starts to curl up (potential of being snapped off), but we don't always catch it. If given the choice, I would pick linoleum floors over cork... and to me, that's not saying much good about cork!

Much like spiral staircases, I'm sure the cork looks nice in the showroom... It's after you have it for a few years.....
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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My brother and his wife just installed a new cork floor in their family room and love it. Their house, built in 1951, originally had a cork floor in there but previous owners had covered it with carpet at some point. They discovered the cork under the carpet but it was in poor shape, so they installed new cork to match the old. They're planning to carry it into their kitchen, too, when they remodel it in a few months. It's really pretty and easy to maintain.
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Old 06-17-2007, 11:32 AM
 
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Cork is an excellent flooring material, as everyone above has said. However, I'd be suspicious of any flooring that's being sold for $1.29/SF- good cork floors are easily 3-5 times that, so there's something fishy going on.

Bob
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:09 PM
 
Location: wrong planet
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A neighbor of mine had a cork floor installed and she loves it. It is a good alternative to carpet, as far as being quiet. Also has some insulation value. I wouldn't personally want it in a bathroom, but any other room would be fine.
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