CORK FLOORING Part II

 

Last post I talked about the advantages of using cork for flooring.

Although it has been used as such for over a hundred years, there are, as with all things, disadvantages in using it. Let’s go over some of those now:

**The same feature that makes cork feel good to tired knees and feet also makes it vulnerable to furniture legs and high heels. Prolonged heavy weights can cause permanent “dents” in the flooring. Coasters are recommended. Under appliances one may even want to use a plywood platform. High heels can puncture some planking.

**Pet nails can also scratch the surface. Even small dirt particles can act like grit. Best to keep Fido’s and Fluffy’s nails trimmed and vacuum frequently.

**Water can be a problem even with a good finish—especially at the join lines. Spills should be wiped up immediately. Water-based glues and finishes are sensitive to high humidity as well. As with hardwood, cork planks and tiles will expand and contract based on the moisture level. Make sure you acclimate your flooring for a week prior to installation.

**Pet accidents and red wine spills can permanently discolor the finish. Might want to carefully consider if cork is right for your kitchen.

**Cork is subject to fading in direct sunlight. Window coverings can help mitigate that situation.

 

Next post I will go over what to look for when purchasing cork flooring.

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