Cork flooring? Good for pets (moisture resistant)??

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Old 01-29-11, 04:49 PM
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Cork flooring? Good for pets (moisture resistant)??

I've gone down the list of possible flooring and am down to vinyl or cork.....
(eliminated carpet, pergo, hardwood and ceramic tile all different reasons)

I've been reading a lot of good things about cork, but don't know anyone with personal experience installing or living with it.

I am looking for a reasonably priced material that will stand up to my dogs, be slip reistant for my mom and not be affected by the deflection in my floor.

Ease of installation and maintenance would be a big plus...

Is cork my answer??
 
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Old 01-29-11, 05:24 PM
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Cork will require a flat floor, so I am not sure what "deflection" you are referring to. I hope you aren't mistaking cork flooring for a cork board type material. It is different, although similar in some properties. It is relatively soft to the foot, and wears well.
"Standing up to my dogs" means what? Foot traffic, wetting, toe nails???
 
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Old 01-29-11, 05:38 PM
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Perhaps wrong term? My floors bounce - I am planning on installing jacks and beams underneath them to hopefully reduce the bounce. I've had it checked by contractors and building inspector - all said structurally fine - but the bounce drives me crazy. Pretty certain ceramic tile wouldnt do well on this floor- even with proper subfloor prep.

My dogs are house trained but on that rare occassion when they are sick they have accidents (liquid and otherwise) they've been known to ruin rugs. Nails kept trimmed.

Also I see the price varies from 3 - 9 dollars a sf or so - what do i look for in cork?

I am looking for flooring, my daughter suggested cork. I've been researching cork flooring online. But again don't know anyone who has it.
 
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Old 01-29-11, 05:54 PM
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OK, so the floor is flat, just bouncy. I would address that asap, so any floor you put down won't deflect. Of all the flooring I have installed, I have yet to install cork. I have clients who have it, and they seem satisfied with it and it's texture. I recently installed 5/8" bamboo in a client's house (two rooms), and followed that with bamboo in my rental cabin. It seems to wear well and so far, no problems with pets in the cabin (we're pet friendly). Just throwing that out. It was $2 sf, plus my guy's installation cost.
I just checked the big liquidator for lumber and they have cork flooring, both in glue down , and click lock and they have cork for about $4 sf, plus shipping and installation.
Both are renewable resources, so they are "green"....well not really green....more brown.........
 
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Old 02-26-11, 05:30 PM
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From Cork to Bamboo

I checked on cork and bamboo. Found a bamboo that is difficult to scratch and after being submerged in water for 4 hours - it came out as it went in! No absorbtion no softening at all.

It will be a bit more pricey - between 4 - 5 dolllars a sq. ft. but it seems very durable and now that the bounce is out of my floor, I am hoping its the last floor I have to put down (I'm 51 the residential warranty is 55 yrs) I will post again in 55 yrs and let you know
 
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I am the proud owner and installer of approximately 1500 sf of cork tile floor. We bought prefinished (Expanko), and put another coat of Bona Traffic on top. After 8 years, it is holding out well. We did have a bit of fading, but we have unprotected southern exposure all year. If you drop a pair of linemanís pliers on them :NO NO NO:, they will dent (with a quick dab of floor finish and a buff it was all sealed up and smooth again)

We used straw board underlayment. It worked well for the cork, but telegraphed a bit through our Forbo linoleum. With floor heat, both surfaces feel great. Scuff marks have shown up on our linoleum, but not on the cork. We have two toddlers and a cat. The cat has never made a markon either surface, even when sneaking under the play yard for toys or sprinting and doing loops down the hall. Big stacks of mega blocks dropped on the cork have yet to leave a mark, even when stacked to 3' high I bought it all on closeout, and spent less than $4.50/sf including underlayment, adhesive and finish cost. It was easy to install. We liked it so much, we lined our cathedral ceiling with it as well (different pattern).

A little bit of flex is tolerable, I suppose, but best to minimize it as much as possible.

Good luck.
 
 

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