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Asked by Tiana Sheely
Renton, WA

Looking into putting cork floor in my house, but unable to know the finish on lumber liquidators lisbon cork costa cork.



You can access Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on line for each of the manufacturers you are looking for.

  • Review the chemical make up as well as VOC level for the finish on the product.
  • What you will also want to verify is that the product meets California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards for air quality. They currently are the most stringent and exceed HUD standards.

Personally, I am not a fan of engineered cork flooring. I find the cork layer is thin and does not hold up well to the daily wear and tear which a floor receives.

If you intend on using cork, look into a solid product of 9/16” in thickness.

  • This type of floor is finished on site after installation similar to hardwood and can be refinished in the same fashion as hardwood in the future.
  • To prove solid cork's durability, the Wayne State University Law Library in Detroit, Michigan, cork floor is reaching the ripe age of 100 years old.

For more information:

Read "Can you offer tips for comparing the indoor air quality effects of different cork flooring products?" a Q&A answered by Peter Kellner.

Also, check "Is cork flooring really a green product? It seems fairly accepted that it's a renewable raw material, but is the final product really green?" answered by David Bergman.

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