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  • Easy to install, nice looking floor
  • October 12, 2011
  • Verified Purchase & Recommended Product

I was skeptical about cork flooring, but my wife talked me into it. I must say, now that its installed, I love the result! I installed this floor in a large great room -- about 450 square feet. The installation was easy. The product has a built-in cork underlay, so no additional foam underlay was needed. which saved time. The planks seemed lighter weight than some other laminate floors I've installed, it was easy to cut, and easy to click together. The floor looks beautiful. It looks like a rich, exotic wood floor, yet it is VERY comfortable to walk on, and easy to keep clean, too !

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Pennsylvania, USA
55 to 64, Male
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  • Great floor: here are tips for installation
  • September 10, 2015
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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!

Pros High Quality of Material, Looks Great, Modern, Comfortable, Looks High End

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35 to 44, Male
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  • Great Product
  • April 27, 2013
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I put this flooring in my new kitchen and I could not be happier. I wanted something other than tile. The installation was easy. We put down a layer of Robertson foam underlayment first and then everything went in perfect. I recomend you order any transition pieces needed from the manufacuter. I live in Minnesota and when I get up in the morning the floor is warm to your feet. It is also very comfotable and silent. I have a 70 lbs. dog and he moves across it with ease and makes very little sound. GREAT FLOORING!!

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BG

Minneapolis, MN, USA
45 to 54, Male
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By: BG
  • Took time to get the installation technique down
  • August 06, 2011
  • Verified Purchase & Recommended Product

I love the result now the floor is down. The cork is nice and cushion-y, and it is sound deadening. The color is nice as well, but be sure to mix boxes as recommended. There is slight variation in color that would be noticeable if not mixed. It did take a bit to get the hang of snapping in the boards. After snapping, a quick tap with a mallet along the front of the board usually made it go flat immediately. If it didn't, there was usually a small bit of debris in the locking channels.

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By: di21
  • Man Cave Floor
  • February 13, 2013
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I installed about 600 sq. ft. of the slate plank and it looks great! It is in my man cave, and I'm very happy that I chose this product. I can definetely tell a difference in the reduction of noise compared to the previous floor. I have two recommendations for people that choose this floor. It is pretty easy to install as long as you have patience. Take your time to figure out how the pieces fit and don't get in a hurry. After about 4 rows, it gets much easier and the rest of your project should fly. Secondly, it is crucial to make sure your floor is level. I installed over a plywood subfloor. I used leveling compound and sanded the edges. In a couple of spots I didn't make it perfect, and I can feel the imperfections in my floor. This would have been prevented if I'd have done a better job before I started my install....it's that patience thing again. I wanted my new floor in too bad! The floor looks great!

Pros High Quality of Material, Looks Like Wood, Comfortable, Looks Great, Looks High End Cons Hard to Remove

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By: ManCaveFloor
  • Beautiful Floor! Installation was pretty easy!
  • August 03, 2013
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We love our cork floors. We have wood floors throughout the house and wanted something different in our kitchen and foyer. I have been doing a lot of research on flooring options for a kitchen and decided that cork would be right for us. We've only had the floors in for about a month and I must say I was a little neurotic about them the first couple weeks as far as water and traffic (our ktichen is a very heavy traffic area including a hyper large dog) but as I've seen it is much more durable than I thought initially. All I do is sweep it or dust mop it as needed. I called the manufacturer to ask them about cleaning and they recommended using a clean microfiber dust mop and spraying Bona wood floor cleaner on it and that would be sufficient. I would suggest putting coasters on table legs or any heavy furniture to prevent denting, I haven't experienced denting but I have read that it can happen on cork floors if weight isn't distributed evenly.

Pros High Quality of Material, Sturdy, Easy to Install, Looks Great, Modern, Easy to Clean, Comfortable, Looks High End, Effective Cons can gouge if something sharp digs into it

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Michelle

Livonia, MI, USA
25 to 34, Female
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By: Michelle
  • Great floor - not for kitchens or bathrooms
  • April 24, 2013
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The cork itself is resistant to liquid spills if you clean them up reasonably quickly. We also clean this flooring with a wet mop. The problem is that the backing board isn't water resistant. When some amount of liquid sits on the cork long enough, it will penetrate through to the backer. We get some light splashing and drips on the floor near sinks and from the water dispenser on the fridge. The damage is permanent. The backer absorbs water and expands underneath the cork, causing the cork to become very uneven and "bubbled" in appearance. Gorgeous flooring. Fit and finish are top notch. The beveled edges look great and hides gaps that are expected from humidity expansion and contraction. Easy to clean. Firm yet forgiving for toddlers playing on it. Quiet underfoot. Recommend not to use in bathrooms, kitchens, or doorways where wet shoes are left to dry.

Pros Easy to Install, Looks Great, Easy to Clean, Comfortable Cons not for kitchens bathrooms
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torpedo51

Carson City, NV, USA
35 to 44, Male
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By: torpedo51
  • Great floor
  • November 27, 2011
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Ordering and delivery were a breeze! It was challenging to install the first few rows, but became easier as we went along. It looks great, is quiet and feels comfortable underfoot. We have 3 dogs, and i guess the pattern hides any scratches(at least we haven't noticed any.). In all a great floor.

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Susie

Oklahoma, USA
55 to 64, Female
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By: Susie
  • Great product, installation is a breeze!
  • October 02, 2012
  • Recommended Product

We decided on the cork flooring for over 500 square feet of living space in our home including a kitchen, dining room, and entry foyer. Bottom line, we wanted something attractive, quiet, and durable. I've installed a few laminate floors before, and this product was far easier to install than other products I've used. The locking ends can break easily if they are forced into place, much like any engineered flooring, but a little practice and the correct tools can eliminate that problem. I would recommend a good tapping block to adjust the planks into position and just working patiently with your hands. Otherwise, the seams match nicely, and the planks are easy to cut and trim. Most important, it looks great, my kids and dogs love it, and my wife is happy. Well worth the investment.

Pros Easy to Install, Looks Great, Comfortable, Looks High End
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Surveyman

Pennsylvania, USA
25 to 34, Male
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By: Surveyman
  • Great in my master bath
  • October 26, 2014
  • Recommended Product

I installed this floor a year and a half ago. It still looks great ( I have a dog who would rather run than walk, including in this space). I clean it with a combo of vacuum and damp mop. One concern I had was the low relative humidity here (<20%), but I haven't had any problems with the product shrinking or delaminating. I made my own trim/transition pieces from stock oak quarter round, etc., which I stained using a dark walnut water based stain overlaid with a light gray oil based stain. The effect is quite good and way more cost effective. Would definitely recommend this product, with no reservations.

Pros High Quality of Material, Easy to Clean, Sturdy, Comfortable, Easy to Install, Looks Great, Looks High End

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Centennial

Centennial, CO
45 to 54, Female
17 out of 17 people found this helpful
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By: Centennial