Cork Floor in Kitchen
susanbolen
March 4, 2013 in Design Dilemma
What are the pros and cons of using cork flooring in a kitchen
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ASVInteriors
This has been debated many times on houzz - your best information would be to do a search through discussion on "Cork flooring kitchen"
There is loads of information and it will give you a great head start. All the best
March 4, 2013 at 11:24AM   
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A Kitchen That Works LLC
Pros: beautiful look, easy on the body, good sound absorber, potential china/crystal saver (compared to tile or hardwood), easy to clean and maintain.
Cons: some what limited colors compared to tile or linoleum, if you ave active medium-large dogs that do not get regular manicures and tend to race through your kitchen then you will experience surfaces scratches which are not easy to repair and heavy appliances can permanently dent the floor which can potentially impact future remodels.
You can find more info here on Houzz or go to the Green Home Guide.
March 4, 2013 at 11:31AM     
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PamDesigns 3D
I have heard that it's a lot easier to install cork tiles that the sheet product if your are going to install it yourself. Here is a blog about one kitchen expert's opinion on cork: http://www.kitchenandresidentialdesign.com/2010/05/my-first-cork-floor-is-in.html and http://www.kitchenandresidentialdesign.com/2010/03/more-on-cork-floors.html
March 4, 2013 at 11:35AM   
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jbgb
I love my cork floor. Haven't seen a downside yet.
March 4, 2013 at 11:36AM   
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Dallas Renovation Group
It's hard to believe that cork flooring has been around for over 100 years! Cork is naturally a highly abrasion resistant material...the key is a very good protective finish that will increase it's durability. The factory finish these days are better than good.
March 4, 2013 at 11:49AM   
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A Kitchen That Works LLC
The floor in this kitchen is Natural Burl by Qucork in 1'x3' planks.
March 4, 2013 at 4:36PM   
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Marie Hebson's interiorsBYDESIGN Inc.
Cork flooring is soft under foot, it is also forgiving when you drop a knife, as it tends to move or give and somewhat repair itself.

It just doesn't do very well when you are moving large heavy objects as it will rip/tear.
It also doesn't do very well in moist areas - under sink, dishwashers etc. as the cork will swell with the moisture.
March 4, 2013 at 4:41PM   
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Interiors International, Inc.
I agree with all the positive point above and a few of the potential down falls. Overall the good qualities of cork win. It is a nice floor that is green and affordable.
March 4, 2013 at 4:45PM   
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