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I had solid cork in a previous house, installed in the late '50s. It was still ok in the '80s and '90s, mostly because it had been under wall to wall carpet. When we pulled the carpet, it tired quickly (crumbled and stained). The engineered stuff has been more durable, and was easier for the jack-of-all-trades guy who did our kitchen to install (it's click in place). It's also MUCH easier to clean, since it has a plastic surface. It was available in a lot of patterns and colors, although we went with a natural one to blend with the oak wood floors in the rest of the house. The color has faded where it was exposed to UV from a skylight, but that's not noticeable unless I lift the scatter rugs. Because of the cork pattern, the flaws blend in -- except in the dining area, where I damaged it early on with some unprotected chair legs. Here are some recent pictures after years of hard wear, including a closeup of the dining flaws. They bother me, but aren't really that hideous. The lines show where the pieces fit together, which isn't obvious unless you look closely.

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The new floors keep getting better and better.

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Wow love this article, so many beautiful floors and many eco friendly choices!


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