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Old 09-08-2002, 05:15 PM   #21
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Thumbs up Beautiful cork floor

Wow - I feel so fortunate! Our Argosy is now home in Colorado. But, we are looking at floor we realize some rejuvenation in is order. The tired brown carpet is BAD!!!! and underneath we will have to repair/replace some/all of the plywood. Sooo glad to see your beautiful flooring and happy to know thru some investigation that it is environmentally a good idea too, since the cork comes from the bark of the tree Anyway, we too would like to know the particulars on your specific flooring as it sounds like something we can accomplish ourselves (unlike some projects for later). Thanks for the pics and info to date, very informative. Leigh/Price
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Old 09-09-2002, 08:18 AM   #22
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To answer some of the recent questions on this thread:

Rob-No,I di dnot build the bench seating/sleeping areas.Those are original.I just refinished them.

Ken and others who enquired as to the cork supplier-The supplier I used was NFP Imports.I beleive this cork pattern was called "Madiera".I used the unfinsihed planks with a micro bevel edge.This is a Canadian company,but they do ship.

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Old 09-09-2002, 11:40 AM   #23
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Question NFP Imports

Is anyone else having luck connecting or contacting this company? I tried thru internet and browser indicates no connection possible thru NFPimports.com. Would welcome any ideas or success. Thanks, Leigh
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Old 09-09-2002, 11:51 AM   #24
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Hmmmmmmm.....not sure what is going on.That link worked about two weeks ago.

Their toll free number is still working.

1-888-321-CORK(2675)

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1-250-491-3991
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Old 09-09-2002, 04:06 PM   #25
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Smile NFP imports

Thanks for the 888 #. I called and made Ben aware of his internet site being unavailable. He was going to check with his provider right away and hopefully it is either up and running again or will be by tomorrow. Can you give a ballpark on what your total cost was for replacement? Not trying to be nosy, just need to get a feel for how soon we might attempt the same! Leigh
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Old 09-10-2002, 05:27 AM   #26
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Try this one. I got in.




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Old 09-10-2002, 08:12 AM   #27
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Whoops, wrong link. Lets see if this one works.


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Old 09-10-2002, 08:20 AM   #28
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Bingo! It works.
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Old 10-25-2002, 12:30 AM   #29
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Lightbulb another supplier

http://www.wecork.com/

I really like the way these folk's look from their website. it almost looks like they might supply some of the other outfits ive seen on the web.


I am definately going to go with cork in my 25' tradewind--that microbevel plank you put in looks way too nice to pass up.
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So what is the price of cork flooring compared to Pergo?
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Sample cork pricing...

http://www.naturalhomeproducts.com/1/1500cork.html

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Old 10-25-2002, 07:33 AM   #32
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I too love the look of the cork. However when I went to a local Natural flooring dealer (who sells cork flooring) and discussed the cork option they were concerned with it's softness and it's tendency to scratch easily. Seeing I have 4 kids running in and out of the trailer I had this vision of scratches all over the new floor. Don't know if that's the case or not but it scared me.
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Yeah, what is the durability of cork? We have 3 kids and I too am worried about it getting trashed. We like the look, but...
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Old 10-26-2002, 06:42 AM   #34
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Yeah, what is the durability of cork? We have 3 kids and I too am worried about it getting trashed. We like the look, but...
According to one of the websites listed on this thread, refers to a time spanning 50 yrs~!
(it was on the wecork.com site)
interesting~!
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Regarding cork durablility....I know someone that has had it in their kitchen for a decade.They have kids and two big dogs.It has held up beautifully!
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Sooo glad to see your beautiful flooring and happy to know thru some investigation that it is environmentally a good idea too, since the cork comes from the bark of the tree
I don't wanna rain on anyone's parade, but I read somewhere that the cork oak is endangered. It's native to one very specific area in Spain, and the wine industry has been up in arms for a while trying to find a replacement for bottle-stopping.

This was a while back and I'm hoping someone will prove that I'm mistaken, but I'd check it out if you're concerned about the environmental impact.

That said, the floor is gorgeous. I hope you post more pictures of the whole trailer so we can see!

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Cork is made from the bark of the Portuguese cork oak tree, the “Quercus suber. The cork oak which grows only in the semi-arid climate of the Mediterranean is carefully protected by governments of the region.

The life span of the cork oak tree is approximately 150-200 years. Only the bark of the tree is harvested for use every 9 years.

The bark strips take a year to “season”. Once seasoned they are processed, dried and selected according to quality. the thickest pieces are used to produce wine corks. the remainder is processed into colourful veneers or ground in to granules. These granules are pressed in to blocks and heated. the heating process releases natural resins that solidify and cause the granulated cork to bind together. No harmful materials are used.

The cork remains purely natural. As a result, a cork floor has all the insulating and resilient properties of natural cork.

So cork floors don’t use up forests, or harm the environment. they aren’t made from toxic chemicals, and don’t emit harmful fumes.
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The endangered cork story seems to be little more than some very clever propaganda.Here is just one link that explains it(there is a lot more info about this topic on the net for those that desire it)

http://www.wwf.org.uk/news/n_0000000770.asp
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Thumbs up Gonna do it~

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Thanks for sharing your experiences and, the finish results of your work.~
This is gonna be my big project for this year`!!
I have an 84 Sovereign, that is..with this project, will be something to keep for a long, long, time~!
I'll try to keep a photo story as we get into the project.
I just hope that mine turns out as nice as yours~!~
Again, awesome floor and, result~!
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I like cork

Cork makes a great floor. My wife and I put cork tiles in the dining area of our house four years ago and it has held up well. We used self-adhesive wool glides (hardware store item) on our dining chair and table legs to prevent scratching the surface. The base floor should be relatively smooth or imperfections will show through. The cork was my wife's idea, she went to an elementary school with cork floors, so you know it holds up well. The best part is it feels warm when you stand on it with bare feet, not cold like tile. Thanks to the posts here I’m inspired to use up my left over cork and do our Caravel this summer.
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