Diane H
Diane H
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Asked on Feb 25, 2013

HOW LONG WILL CORK FLOORING LAST?

Shirley KalinoskyLandlightSWoodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com
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I have seen many posts about new cork flooring projects. What I want to know is; what is this product like in 5 years or 10 years? Mom wants to put it in her kitchen. :-/
5 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Feb 25, 2013

    Quality cork flooring will last a long time. I have a friend who has it in her house and it's been there for at least 50 years and still looks great. Check with the manufacturer for any caveats about using it where it might get wet.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 25, 2013

    If you never get it wet or walk on it it can last a long time. A few years ago I was doing some tile work for a client he had just had cork installed in an upstairs bedroom. which is a pretty safe location for the most part, There was some other work done in there and afterwards he had one of the guys some some cleaning. This guy used a bucket and a mop and completely ruined the floor. He used a wet mop rather than a basic damp towel. The water swelled every single joint in the floor, weeks and weeks later the problem never went away. I recommend real hardwood for living rooms and bedrooms, and tile for any area that can see water. I'm currently tiling 100% of a condo's 850 sq ft. Living room and bedroom. It is the ultimate in durablity

  • The quality of the cork will have a lot to do with how long it will last. Also how it is maintained also determines that as well.

  • LandlightS
    on Feb 26, 2013

    Also, always remember that old saying...."you get what you pay for". There are major reasons for price differences. Gary

  • Shirley Kalinosky
    on Dec 2, 2015

    Back in 1968, pregnant we bought the neighbor's house and moved in. The front entry room (15 x 17) had a cork floor. I asked my dad, who worked for the local furniture store and layed carpet, and floors of all kind, and was their serviceman for appliances--all around great guy--what I should do with them. He brought me a sealer. After cleaning them very well, sorry I don't remember what he used, he sealed them for me as I was pregnant, and for over the 20 some years we lived there, I only had to mop and let them dry. This house was at least 100 yrs old and the only way most of the other floors, which most were asphalt vinyl, would go bad was they finally tore down the house as the foundation deteriorated. So clean them seal them and you will have them forever!

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