How do I choose the right cork floor?

Q. I have decided to put cork flooring in my kitchen and throughout most of the first floor of my home. What I am not sure about is whether I should buy solid or engineered flooring. What is the difference, and is there a brand that stands up the best to spills and kids?

A. Cork flooring sales in the United States have increased dramatically since the introduction of engineered, or floating, cork floors. These floors are put together in layers, and have an inner core of moisture-resistant HDF (high density fiber board), which protects the cork part of the floor from moisture.

While there are many applications, including those with intricate patterns, in which solid cork is preferable, solid cork is more susceptible to moisture from the subfloor or environment, which can cause the edges of the flooring tiles to curl.  Read the rest of this entry »

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