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Date: 7/26/12 2:11 PM

I'm redoing my daylight basement which includes my sewing room and need 500 sq feet of flooring. I keep coming back to cork, because I like how warm it looks and feels. This will be a floating cork floor, so my husband can install it. I've heard conflicting opinions on how well it wears. If you have cork, are you happy/unhappy with it?

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Date: 7/26/12 2:27 PM

i had cork for 17 years. The boys were two and not quite here when we bought the house built in 1956. The cork was original to the house.

It was a dirty ugly mess when we moved in. Probably abused due to folks not knowing what to do with it. We did everything we should not have done to bring it back to life.

Sprayed Resolve carpet cleaning foam on, gave it a gentle scrub to encourage it into the cork to lift up years of stuff. Shop vac, rinse and shop vac until no more dirt came up. Repeated this whole process three times. Let it dry forever. Applied Future Acrylic Wax. Remember, this was over 30 years ago and was born of desperation.

The cork was in the entry way, the 30 foot wide hallway and the four hallway closets (love those old houses). We took it from the darkest dirtiest brown to its original glowing color. It never once groaned over our abusive clean up, two boys worth of cars, trucks and rambuctious friends, and a Bichon that loved to run the length of the hall to gather steam to jump all four of us laid across the king size bed in our bedroom.

Yes, we were happy with it. When we remodel our kitchen I intend to go through the mess of removing a wide strip of tile flooring to have an inset of cork running the length of the kitchen. So nice underfoot, especially if the subfloor is concrete.

Your new cork with a factory finish should be a breeze to maintain.

Look at a variety of brands and check reviews online. I'm sure that it will be another case of quality counting.

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Date: 7/26/12 3:48 PM

Gee...you guys make me want to do my redo in our basement. I love cork too. Wonder if I can talk my hubby into it.

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Date: 7/27/12 9:18 PM

We put in a cork floor a couple of years ago. LOVE it! Pros: water resistant, naturally insulative, resists scratches. It's also pretty environmentally friendly. Cons: faded when exposed to lots of sun.

We did not finish the floors, it was not necessary. US Floors is the brand we bought.

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Date: 7/28/12 6:12 AM

This is my thoughts on it.. First I am wondering what it cost .. that led me to thinking I imagine the more you pay for it.. the more durable it is. Perhaps it comes in different thicknesses.. which would naturally mean the thicker you buy the more durable.
Laminate floors that have been so popular last longer if they are thicker.
So since you have been looking at this cork.. can you tell us if it comes in dif thicknesses.. and the price range of it..

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Date: 7/28/12 6:04 PM

The price is comparable to other floorings, such as laminate and engineered hardwood. I've looked at it at several places and so far the thickness has the same at each place. The tiles are thicker, but due to my concrete subfloor, there might be problems. I do agree, I think thicker is better, but then I heard denser is better. I've had several people tell me it tends to fade, but that's not a problem for me, because it will be in a daylight basement without alot of windows. The US floors site mentioned above has some nice products.

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Date: 7/28/12 6:42 PM

I put a cork floor in my sewing room and I love it. I picked it out at flooring store and had them install it (floating). It comes in pieces 1 ft by 4 ft - the seams are invisible after the floor is installed. Maintenance is a breeze - I run the vacuum around to pick up the lint and threads.

The center 1/3 of my downstairs (kitchen, 1/2 bath, entry way and laundry room) are tile and if I ever commit to replacing the tile I would install cork there too.

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