06:23AM | 12/29/03
Member Since: 11/07/02
26 lifetime posts
I'm seriously considering putting cork flooring panels (glueless click) throughout my home (all 800 sq foot of it LOL). My house is on a concrete slab with ancient "elementary school tile" installed directly on the concrete. In a word, in the winter that floor is COLD!

Will cork flooring (with attached cork underlayment so you get two layers of cork) be as much of an insulator as I hope it will?

How well do cork floors wear? I live in a beachy area so sand gets tracked in regularly and I'm concerned about it damaging the floor. I also have dogs and while I keep their nails clipped, they're still dogs!

I was told that I can also put a finish coat on top of it to help reduce the wear & tear and also to reduce the potential of it being damaged by water. Does anyone know anything about this? This is important because my tiny cottage's living space is basically one big T-shaped room, and whatever I put down for the living and dining room has to also go in the kitchen.

If I can put a finish on it, can I put it in a bathroom or it that just way too risky with the potential for water damage?

Does anyone have any experience with cork floors that they can answer these questions from what they know instead of from what I read from the folks trying to sell it to me? ::smile::


06:38AM | 12/29/03
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
Well, I am a salesman, but I will not try to sell it to you.

Cork comes pre finished or unfinished. Usually the pre finished could still use 1 more coat after install to help protect the seams, and unfinished needs several coats.
The finish coats will only help protect surface wear (walking ect...)
Cork is a great insulator, it works very well over radient heat, even though it takes a little longer for the heat to penetrate, it distributes it very well. Even without the radient heat, it will be nice and warm.
It is not durable enough for sand and dogs, A laminate floor will perform better than cork, but you can refinish cork when it gets too bad.
I would recommend gluing the tounge and groove and forget the glueless click. That will help provide protection.
If you want cork, do a couple things to help make it last such as:
Install it correctly, use area rugs as often as possible, clip the dogs nails as often as possible, use furniture protectors to help prevent possible scratching, and clean up water messes as soon as possible.
It's ok in bath's if you stay on top of things, but if the toilet leaks, usually it will be toast.
Be prepared to replace in bathrooms.
Cork is also very comfortable to live on (easy on the ole bones).

good luck

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