We did not hesitate on deciding to install floating cork floors in the bedrooms and hallway of our new home. Having lived on cork floors in our previous house for many years, we did not want anything else. I did some research into different companies, with an eye on quality and price, and decided on APC Cork for the look, manufacturing reputation, and resourcing. We purchased through Build.com (with my trade discount) and received great personal service. We had three damaged boxes upon delivery and were immediately sent three replacement boxes.
We had originally selected one of the more varied, swirly designs at $3.something / sf but it was backordered 6 weeks. We settled on the plain ole cork pattern for $1 / sf less. Ultimately, I’m thrilled with our plain ole cork. I thought it would be too corky, but in fact I love the homogeneity of it. The APC Cork has a very matte finish and makes a bit of noise as the kids scoot their little socked feet across it…and it does show footprint marks a little more than the other shinier finish…but I don’t expect those kinds of miracles.
Installation took a lot longer than expected. Probably because we scratched our heads for two hours at every door threshold. We decided to forego transition strips and the floor is floating as one Pangea throughout the bedrooms and hallway. Cedar dubbed Grandad as the “best banger” and Eva was the only one who could miraculously ‘click’ the boards together. And what’s that old adage, “measure twice, cut once?” Yeah, well, try measure three or four times and cut at least twice.
It’s finished and beautiful and there is no more pet urine smell in our bedrooms, just a pure clean smell of healthy, renewable, soft materials.