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Cork flooring

I want to replace my carpet in the living area and hallway with cork floors. I checked them out and they are as expensive as hardwood floors. Now, I would like to know if anyone has them in their house, and how they stand up to the daily wear and tear. I do believe that they have to be sealed after installation even if they have a finish on them.
Any input on this would be appreciated.
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Going out to lunch with my neighborhood coffee group today and I will TRY to remember to ask my neighbor some questions about hers. She has a cork floor in her kitchen and a half bath. The rest of the floor (dining room, family room, living room) is oak. I LOVE the look of the cork - hers is alternating dark and medium squares set diagonally I believe. I do recall her talking about it having to be sealed as the guy who did it originally put the wrong sealant on it and had to sand it down and put the right stuff on. It looks warm and homey. Actually, we were talking a bit about it New Year's Eve as we gathered at her house. She said it was holding up very well, was cushiony (as opposed to tile) and easy to keep looking good. I would like it for MY kitchen. And the oak floor for the rest of the rooms. The combo of hers with the oak flooring next to it looks so nice.

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It does have to be sealed, and requires about the same amount of maintenance as hardwoods (assuming you take care of your hardwoods properly). I would *love* to get cork in my home, but for one, my house has all of the original hardwoods and I couldn't bear to tear them out; and for two, I do have concerns as to how well the cork would stand up to dog claws. I know a few people who have cork, but none of them have pets.
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Silvia - I pm'd you the response I got from my neighbor regarding her cork flooring. She loves it and would do it again. Hope the information is helpful to you.

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