Concerns with Globus cork samples
Heard about Globus glue-down cork floor tiles here (Williamsem, I think?) & was very excited. Loved the number & types of colors available as well as the many tile sizes & shapes - I'm hoping for color and pattern (more than simple checkerboard) in our kitchen floor, but don't want ceramic tile. I ordered 8 samples (all in "Nugget" texture), received them (Yayyy - neat colors!), & ran the tip of my thumbnail over one (not too hard, & my nails are woefully thin). YIKES!!! Immediate incised line in the tile. Pressed, again not too firmly, with the end of a knife handle; result was clear indentations. I hoped that all these marks would magically disappear because the cork would "heal itself", but a week later they're all still there. Here are 2 photos (I hope): From Drop Box From Drop Box
I've read such great things about cork floors - is a casual fingernail swipe more than it should take to mark these tiles? We don't have pets, but I've seen posts where people with dogs say the dogs' nails don't damage the cork - how can that be?
By the way, we've also thought a bit about Marmoleum (we're going for a Craftsman-inspired feel; QS white oak cabinets/soapstone counters), but don't want sheet product (want more pattern) & the Marmoleum tiles are 13" square, I think - larger than I want & I REALLY liked the idea of combining Globus shapes & sizes. Those of you who are planning or considering cork tiles: may I ask for your thoughts and wisdom? Thank you!