pros and cons


Question by  AnitaJay (107)

What are the pros and cons of cork flooring?


Answer by  BrendaG (6111)

Cork makes an attractive floor and has a "springiness" that other materials don't have. Cork resists mold and mildew. Exposed to the sun for long periods of time can fade it. Mopping is not recommended for cork floors because it is not made for water absorption. If you place heavy objects on cork, use coasters underneath the furniture legs.


Answer by  marygold (109)

Cork flooring is resistant to mold and mildew. However, it is also far more expensive than hardwood or carpeting. You also cannot wet mop a cork floor.


Answer by  x0xbr0kenxdreamsx0x (15)

It's a renewable resource, has a longer life span, a good sound muffler, and improves air quality. It's very expensive and can be damaged by pets and sun.


Answer by  pyritejenny (347)

Cork flooring is as quiet as carpeting, yet it is much easier to clean. Mites or allergens may hide deep in carpet, but not in cork. It is probably not a good floor in a bathroom or kitchen, because of water issues. Some people find it quite attractive, but others feel it looks institutional.


Answer by  Someone83 (166)

Well, one main benefit is it is much more environmentally friendly. Also, it is mold and mildew resistant. The one con would be the price.


Answer by  LouB (294)

Cork flooring is very unique and usually has interesting designs. It is forgiving on the feet if you are standing for long periods. It is not the most durable flooring, and can be cost prohibitive for some people.


Answer by  carina75 (33)

Why choose cork flooring? - it is very comfortable when walking on it - it is a fire inhibitor - it reduces noises and keep the good temperature Cons: - the price is high


Answer by  secondbanana (289)

The pros are if you drop an iron skillet on ceramic tile it could ruin the floor and the cookware. Cork would be easier to stand on for long periods of time. The cons are durability, does it hold up to heavy traffic? Lack of availability and the expense of installation could be a problem too


Answer by  Liz59 (10966)

Cork flooring looks beautiful but in the long run not a viable solution due to its breakable nature. So therefore, it is best to avoid it.

Reply by flatwaterjohn (1):
If cork is so fragile, why is it the library of congress, if is not suitable for moisture lagued areas why is the original cork still in the bathrooms at Frank loyd Wright's Falling Waters (built in 1939)  add a comment

Answer by  amtcura66 (1340)

The pros of cork flooring are probably the people who do cork flooring as a living. There are no cons of cork flooring.


Answer by  missym1251 (96)

Cork flooring is a great choice beacuase it is environmentally friendly, however it is more expensive than a lot of other flooring options.

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