What is everyones thoughts on cork flooring in the kitchen?
1. Very comfortable to walk and stand on
2. Looks pretty cool
1. You have to be careful to protect it while moving large appliances
2. If it's a floating cork floor, there could be moisture problems if there is ever a water leak.
Had my kitchen remodeled Jan 2012. One thing I wanted and insisted on was cork flooring. Love it. It's easy to clean, sweep, wet swifter. Floating floor installed under my cabinets. Yes it is more comfortable to stand on and looks great. Mine is a pattern that resembles hardwood planks. Would definitely recommend.
No issues with dents or tears?
That's my concern too and why I usually stick with a nice porcelain tile in the kitchen. Too much traffic and everyone is far too hard on the kitchen floor. Pull your stove and fridge out to clean and BAM...grooved up my oak floor good in a former house just from something simple. You can hit a porcelain tile with a hammer and it won't break. Ok, maybe I'm just too rough on things?
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I can't speak for cork flooring, but I have used wood flooring (pecan) in the kitchen. I was really happy with it, and although I did end up with some scratches in the floor from appliances, they were no worse than what the dog's nails did to the flooring when he would pace.
I installed a floating cork floor at our church coffee house in 2007. It still looks good despite heavy traffic in the space. If you clean up any spilled water it won't cause an issue. Certainly no more of an issue than any other floor with a similar backing like a Laminated floor.
If you want you could go with cork tile instead of a click and lock floating floor. Cork tile is incredibly tough, it was used in public areas at Grand Central Station for years.
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Maintenance for this floor is a difficult task. It depends upon the type of finish you have chosen for your floor maintenance. Wax finishes generally require waxing at least once a year to maintain. Polyurethane will scratch if those floors aren’t swept. So for keep the floors clean with regular sweeping and dry mopping and the results will be less wear of your finish.
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