Flooring Pros and Cons Vs Cork Flooring – TheFlooringlady

February 28, 2010
cork flooring pros and cons

This “article” comes from various questions readers had about bamboo flooring. These questions were found in the comment sections of various bamboo floor articles, but hard to find among the myriad questions and comments. Pulling the question out of the comments sections and compiling them into an article allows you to have easier access to that information.You may find your questions, and answers, here.

Would like to take out carpet and refinish our floors in Colorado Springs house with wood floors. Due to relative cold weather am concerned about floors being too cold. Have been looking into cork floors but we have small children (high traffic) and antique furniture (heavy with wheels or thin legs). Will the low Janka rating of cork stand up to the weight of the heavy antique furniture? Colorado Springs has extremely arid/dry air, will the dry climate increase the flaking of the cork rendering it a poor choice for that area? If so what would you recomend instead? Also redoing floor in master bath (currently carpeted as it connects to the master bedroom without wall or door). Any suggestions there? Thank you!
Lynn
Lynn at November 29, 2007 10:06 PM
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Interesting you would ask a cork question on the Bamboo Flooring article. I’m going to answer this from both a bamboo and cork perspective, and the cork answer will be found on the a href=”http://theflooringlady.com/cork_flooring.” rel=”nofollow” target=”new”>Cork Flooring article.
I also live in arid Colorado and have had both cork and bamboo flooring. I love them both. The cork, a defective batch, taught me a lot about flooring issues in Colorado. Let me share my bamboo lessons with you here.
We have bamboo (we had cork at one time) throughout our home. You are right in wondering if it’s warm enough: even with in-floor radiant heat, the floor can feel cool at times, especially compared to a carpeted floor. But it cleans up so much more easily than carpet does.
If you go with bamboo, my suggestion is to go with an unfinished product and finish it in place. That will let the T&G grooves that happen naturally between each plank be filled in and covered with the sealant. That keeps dirt and food particles from lodging between your floor planks.
My bamboo floor has an aluminum-oxide UV cured finish that isn’t as durable as I would like. I can see all the marks left by the dining room chairs where they roll around — not my favorite look. I don’t think I’d have that issue with a finish put on in place after installation. I would use Diamond Coat Varathane polyurethane to finish my floors.
The most important thing you can do for your wood is to let it acclimate to your house and climate before installation. It’s inconvenient, but open the boxes and plastic wrap so air can circulate around the boards, spread the packages about the areas to be floored, and let them dry out for several weeks. Bamboo is grown and manufactured into flooring in humid climates, so it’s that much more critical for the wood to dry out before being installed. The shrinkage that happens as it dries won’t impact your floor; shrinking in place (after installation) could cause cracks in the planks and separation between planks.
Once the wood is dry, your flooring installer can check the moisture content, you should be able to proceed with your installation.
Area rugs used on the bamboo floors will look great and give you the comfort you want, where you need it. The bamboo floor is so wonderfully easy to take care of and keep clean!
And your friends and company will love the look of the bamboo flooring in your home.
The Flooring Lady at November 30, 2007 01:52 PM