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Weighing the Advantages and Disadvantages of Cork Flooring

Research has determined that cork flooring is a durable and eco-friendly material that is competitively priced with other types of flooring that is available in the market.  While those claims are true, before you make your final decision on what to purchase, you may want to explore some research on its disadvantages. 

Remodeling your home is so exciting! There is nothing like starting with a fresh slate and creating something beautiful you can truly call your own. When considering cork flooring for your home renovation, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype.  

Of course you have read all of the articles singing the praises of this renewable resource.  When you read the sales pitches from the manufacturers, of course they're going to tell you all of the benefits but there are some things that they may not tell you.  How much do you really know about this product? Let’s make this a little easier on you, the consumer, by providing you with some of the disadvantages of cork flooring and help you make a good decision.

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Sealing Issues

Unsealed cork is a nightmare waiting to happen if a large quantity of water is spilled on it. Fortunately, all cork flooring comes pre sealed from the manufacturer making it able to with stand water spills. Floating floors have a center locking system similar to laminates that if they get flooded from a broken pipe your floors will be ruined. You have to keep in mind if you have severe water damage, it will ruin any flooring not matter the type of material it is. The best preparation for accidental water spillage is to seal the entire floor after installation, preventing water from seeping into the seams and causing any damage. 

The Truth about the Cost of Cork Flooring

Another selling technique used by manufactures is to convince you that this product is the most cost effective flooring you can have in your home. However, laminates and vinyl tiles are cheaper but with those type of flooring you do not get the benefits of a eco-friendly product or the sound insulating qualities that will prevent your floors from sounding hollow when you walk on it. Cork is definitely not the cheapest flooring available but for all the benefits you do get from this product, it is a very economical option for your home.

Installing your flooring is quite a bit cheaper then installing hardwood or bamboo and is comparable to the cost of installing laminate in your home. We recommend budgeting about $2.00 to $4.00 extra per square foot if you hire an installer to do this job for you but we suggest you flex your DIY powers and try to install it yourself. With the lock and click system that most floating floors come with you should have no problems installing this flooring in any room.

When remodeling your home, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a sales pitch, just remember to use an objective thought process when making these decisions. Be safe and do your own research so you can make an informed decision during your remodeling process since the cost of cork flooring and other items will add up quickly.