Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 19
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by cleareskye Inconsistent color shades, not enough to blend randomly
The cork itself has many great qualities, such as quiet underfoot, warm, cushiony. I am stuck with some mistakes that were not the fault of the contractor: the boxes had random pieces that were darker than the rest, all told I would say about 90% one shade, 10% a darker shade. Choosing out of several boxes at the same time would not have helped. Now there are two "blocks" of two or three pieces that stand out noticeably. My contractor didn't expect it and didn't notice while he was working, until he got well into completion. There weren't enough of the darker pieces to use to blend overall....I would say if you are going to use this flooring, compare every single piece you take out with the others before installing. You will have waste, but better than mistakes.
January 19, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by WestSeattleDan Looks great, feels great
I purchased 5 boxes of this in a 9x10' laundry room. The first pleasant surprise was that I did not have 10% waste and was able to return a box. While I would not classify the installation as dead-easy, I didn't find it as irksome as some of the reviews make it sound. I did take a scrap piece and cut off the male side so that I could use it as a block for some gentle tapping with the hammer. By looking at the way the pieces go together long enough to understand the geometry, I was able to make it work with little fuss. Installation took about 11/2 hours for the room.
We love the way this feels on our feet, and we find it easy to clean and resilient to mild abuse. I have a minor concern about the product's ability to withstand a major water incident (e.g. an overflowing drain) due to the fact that when I left a cut-off out in the rain, it completely curled and de-laminated overnight. Based on that, we're careful to wipe up spills and moisture. Our floor has been in service about 2 months now.
October 12, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by 4744 cork floor for kitcken
Shipping was timely.
8 packages of cork flooring ordered.
7 packages were all the same color, one was not !
this was a kittchen project so was able to use off color flooring under range, fridge, pantry etc.
NOT happy! i was in the middle of job what was I to do ?
Also, many corners of flooring dammaged in shipping - again used these at start or end or for half pieces. --- again not happy but made it work !
finished project looks very good in spite of these issues.
I would recomend cork flooring but not from home depot.
this is the sixth floating floor I have installed
March 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MattW Great floor: here are tips for installation
A good floor, soft, warm, durable, hides dirt. Installation is definitely a little harder than a typical floating floor, but once I figured the tricks, it was quite easy. I put in 1000 sq ft and thought I'd share the procedure I used that's not in the instructions (which, BTW are on the bottom of the box)
First you have to have a small tapping block made from the material. It has to be made from the material so you can snap it in before tapping on it, as anything else would damage the click mechanism of the boards. The tapping block will slowly break apart, but since its locked to the good floor, there is no damage and you can tap pretty hard. If you have to, just cut 6" off the first board you lay, then cut that piece about 3" back from the short click edge perpendicular to the long end so you get a 3" x 6" block with 2 short edges (by short edge I mean the click mechanism looks shorter when viewed from the top. I don't mean the short (12") edge of the board. See photo 1.
The first row is easy. The rest is harder because you have to lock in on two sides. The first 3 or 4 rows are tricky because the floor moves around, so use spacer blocks. For all rows but the first, take the board you are adding and hold it at an angle to the already laid piece to the right. The new board should be just shy of touching the next row so that you can snap it down without scraping. But it can't be much farther back because there is a lot of friction in the joints and you won't be able to push it in. About 1/8" max. (see photo 2) Now lay it down so it snaps in place. If it doesn't snap you might be able to push it in, or just pull the board back up and try again.
Once its down (photo 3), lift it and the previous piece about 1 to 1.5" using your right fingers with the butt of your hand against the new piece. Make sure the long edge is in the joint. Push down a little with your left hand on the back right corner of the new piece where it is about to go into the previous row. Then, using the butt of your right hand, push hard, sliding the new piece into the long joint. (photo 4) It should snap in place. Don't worry if the long joint isn't tight yet. If it doesn't move at all, you might not be pushing hard enough (it takes a fair bit), or the long joint might not be lined up all the way, so adjust and retry.
Often the left side of the long joint won't go in as much. Use the tapping block to tap in that side, then place the tapping block across the joint between the new piece and the previous piece and tap there too to full seat the piece (see photo 5). You can tell that the piece is seated because it lies flat.
I always tapped the seam of the new piece and previous piece to make sure everything stayed tight. Sometimes you have to go back a piece or two and tap the seems tight again as lifting up can pull it slightly apart.
Rinse and repeat...
Once you get it, the floor goes down quite quickly. Because the edges are fragile, I examined each piece to ensure that there was no damage to the edges. Surprisingly few of the boards were damaged over 46 boxes. I simply put them to the side before cutting, put them back in a box and returned them to Home Depot. This was the big advantage of buying from HD vs other vendors.
The really hard part though is the last row and around obstacles. The concepts are the same, its just a bit harder. I also used a small (6") pry bar for some of the tight spots where I couldn't use a tapping block. I used a scrap piece to protect the actual floor, and pried against the wall.
I hope this helps!
September 10, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jkm As a General Contractor I'd advise a better product
Basically the planks are two thin veneers of cork sandwiching cardboard. Bottom veneer appears to be sprayed on.
My wife bought them for a utility closet which was two planks wide. Very difficult to install, would not try to do a room.
Quality control for the pieces resembles "Big Lots" quality.
I'm an expert and really can't fathom a home owner doing this successfully.
Furthermore without a radial arm saw I could not have done this successfully.
The concept is great, but the quality and the condition of the pieces leaves much to desire.
January 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Baybrooth COULD NOT BE MORE SATISFIED
I had tile floors in the rooms on either side of my den and didn't want to put a third tile pattern in, but the den also was not a good candidate for carpet due to traffic and pets in the house. My contractor suggested cork flooring and I looked into it and immediately was sold. The honey color was beautiful and the pricing was similar to good quality ceramic flooring but the installation cost was much cheaper for the cork, so I bought it and couldn't be happier. It insulates against the cold of the cement slab underneath (there are vinyl tiles on top of the slab) and has a texture that is harder than carpet but is not as hard as ceramic tile. The pieces fit together so tightly that it almost looks like there are no seams, the finish seems to be pretty tough as far as furniture indentations, etc, and the contractor said that the installation was not difficult.. The contractor also left scrap pieces outside after cutting and they got drenched in a rainstorm but after drying did not warp or swell, which is important should any liquid spills occur in the room. Long term durability remains to be seen but as of right now I would highly recommend this product as an attractive alternative to carpet or tile.
March 1, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by s1m45 Prudent purchase
Excellent product, joints unnoticeable, adds a feeling of good 'design' to the space. Relatively easy to install in a simple rectangular room , slightly more complicated around door openings, closets, etc. Very pleased with outcome (and my space was complicated).
December 30, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Cydd Heritage Mill Macadamia Cork Flooring
Nice looking and supposedly "easy to install click and lock" flooring. DO NOT BUY IT. Spring for something of better quality or go for glue down cork flooring.
The click and lock edges are of very poor quality material and so crumble and break easily making installation a nightmare. I have installed laminate flooring on many occasions and every time it was a breeze. Not this cheap stuff.
I amextremely disappointed.
August 26, 2015