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Kat2014

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I need to replace the kitchen floor, and ideally with something soft to walk on, and of course, waterproof.
I ordered samples from Lumber Liquidators, and the cork planks don't seem substantially different from the LVP ones.

Has anyone used these? Is it actually softer/easier on your feet than regular LVP?
 

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I have only had two clients who had cork flooring installed.
Not by me, but I heard their complaints.

Both of those installations turned into months then years of problems and litigation.

The cork kept pulling up, was easily scratched and ripped loose, overall was totally unsatisfactory.

Maybe the industry has worked the bugs out since then, these problems were both about five years ago.

But it seemed like a foofoo type of yuppie fad that fizzled.
 

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I am talking about click together cork flooring planks - the samples appear to be exactly like the luxury vinyl planks. Pretty sure we are NOT talking about the same thing - there is no way in the world these would pull up or ripped loose. Sounds like you are talking about a flexible tile or sheet product.
 

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I installed about 1500 square feet of it at our church in our original sanctuary when we remodeled into a coffee house/performance space. I installed it 12 1/2 years ago and it has held up well. We installed a click and lock style not cork tiles. It is soft underfoot and not loud/hollow sounding like laminates. Based on its condition today, I see no reason why we'd need to replace it for another 10 years. Sweeping and occasional damp mopping is all the care we've had to do to it. The room is used frequently and has suffered its share of spills and messes.
 

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I had a condo with it, loved it, other than it fades terribly if you have any windows with lots of sun where you plan to put it, expect it to fade poorly over the years.
 

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Are we talking about a cork surface on a vinyl plank? or a cork underlayment attached to the bottom of the plank? I haven't seen the first, but I have seen the the second and also a cork surface on a fiberboard base. The fiberboard base I can imagine being a future problem in the kitchen. If it gets wet it could soak up water and swell.
 

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You can get cork tiles that are glued down just like VCT. We used a floating floor at church for the coffee house. It can handle getting a spill, but you wouldn't want to leave it without cleaning it up as the base layer is MDF.
 

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