Vinyl and Cork Underlay – Don’t Normally Mix

The more popular vinyl becomes, the more frustrated homeowners become with the installation of it.  The biggest reason for this cartier love bracelet knock off
frustration:  The unknown complications with underpad or underlayment.

Just because vinyl (Luxury Vinyl Tiles or Luxury Vinyl Planks) may look like laminate, homeowners assume it acts like laminate.  Sadly this could not be further from the truth.  Vinyl planks (especially the thin products 3mm – 6mm thick) are not as rigid as laminate.  For that reason the systems required to hold them in place are much thinner and are therefore much easier to damage should the underpad compress underneath.

Many homeowners hope to use cork or other under pads that offer some form of warmth or acoustic insulation.  Sadly most vinyl on the market bracelets will not allow this.  This restriction leaves many homeowners holding thousands of square feet of flooring with very little cartier double bracelet
choice but to install it in a way that makes them unhappy.  All they cartier bracelets can achieve is a cold, hard, loud floor.

In condos, these under pad restrictions are deal killers.  Acoustic requirements in multifamily units can be quite strict – requiring thousands of dollars in upgrades just to meet the HOA standards.  Unhappily, many condo owners find they have purchased the wrong product with the wrong specifications for their apartment.  This leaves the owner feeling angry and vulnerable – as if someone should have known better than to sell them a product that won’t work in their home!

As cork specialists, well trained in acoustics and installation techniques, we run into this on a daily basis.  Time and time again we have had to correct a flooring sales person (and several installers) as to how to go about installing their vinyl products.  Dozens of times per week we turn away clients because their vinyl floor (already purchased and waiting for them back home) will not allow cork as an underpad.

The good news is there are a few good brands out there that have given us the green-light to have our cork underlay (3mm) glued down underneath their vinyl planks.  Drop N Done and Flexiplank vinyl floors have stepped up and agreed to allow our 3mm cork underneath their flooring.  The reason: These LVT/LVP products are THICKER and DENSER than regular vinyl.  Their RIGIDITY is what allows them to be used with cork.

The only drawback that our clients have found has to do with Condo Boards, Strata Councils or HOA Boards acoustic requirements.  Unfortunately the vast majority of multifamily buildings do NOT recognise 3mm cork as being “good enough” for their buildings.  And in many situations, they are 100% correct.  For regular homeowners who simply want a little bit more cushion and a little bit more warmth, the 3mm cork underlay is well worth the extra effort.

Why Humidity control is SOOO important for Flooring

The winter replica cartier ring is upon us – at least in the Northern hemisphere – and the heating season is in full swing.  That same season also means it is the time of the year when the air in our homes dries out.  In some situations the reduction in humidity is so severe it causes our finishings and our furnishings to change shape.  This is the case for almost all interior grade home products.  Our floors are no exception.

Cork flooring, which is wood, is just as susceptible to changes (perhaps more so) as traditional hardwood and softwood products.  In fact, a cork floating floor is one of the most dynamic floors on the market.  Over 25 linear feet, it can expand and contract as much as 1 full inch.  The expansion occurs in summer (higher humidity – no heat sources turned on) and the contraction occurs in winter (reduced Relative Humidity together with heated spaces).  Winter is the “shrinkage” time of the year.  And if the air in the home becomes TOO dry, your finishings will let you know – and some of them are none-too subtle about it.

A case in point.  I recently had (today in fact) a client reach out to me to inform me her 1 year old cork floating floor had seam cartier love bracelet knock off
separation.  Right in the middle of the living room.  This occurred over a few days…maybe the weekend.  Not the point.  The change was sudden and upsetting.

Usually there are several issues at play – but the biggest factor can and will be humidity.  Relative Humidity (RH) is THE defining requirement for warranty.  As soon as RH is OUTSIDE the warranty requirements, all bets are off!  No one will offer warranty replacement once the RH drops to low or pops too high.

What are the interior requirements for RH?  The Best Building Practices (which helps set all guidelines for all products) recommends a consistent RH be maintained between 40%-60%.  Some products, such as bamboo or certain species of hardwoods, require a slightly different, narrower range.  Whereas other products, such as cork, have a slightly wider range.  In fact, cork can “handle” a rather wide range of RH.  We require an RH range between 35% – 65%.  This is one of the widest humidity ranges for flooring. 

But for many homes, in the winter time, even the lowest possible RH of 35% is impossible to maintain.  In fact, most homes cannot meet this basic requirement.  What happens if your home falls outside the requirement?  What could happen?  Well, a very dry home (as seen in my example above) will cause excessive shrinkage.  The cork floor will contract so hard and so fast, it can cause the click edge to disengage – essentially unlocking the lock system and allowing the floor to walk itself apart.  This can be compounded by a less than stellar installation (perhaps that seam happened to be less than fully engaged and therefore easier for the floor to make the split).

If humidity is too high, then replica cartier love bracelets the opposite occurs.  The floors will expand beyond the required expansion gap at the wall.  The 1″ gap will be used up, the floor will jam itself against the wall and then the floor will buckle and heave.  It will look like an amusement park ride.

And to add insult to injury, the swings in humidity between the highest of the high and the lowest of the low, can cause the most upset.  A home that pops to 70% humidity in summer time and then drops to 25% humidity in the winter (a change of 45%) will cause the most amount of damage over the long term.  Even though cork can “handle” a range of 35% – 65%, it doesn’t mean it should experience the full range inside of 3 months. 

Consistent humidity is the key.  Consistent means control.  Humidity control comes with a Humidistat that is programmed cartier bracelets into the Heat and Cooling system of the house – and is fully functional.  That is an addition that most people do not own.  A hygrometer (or several) used in the home will help regular homeowners adjust their humidity through less complicated means (humidifier or dehumidifier).

No matter the situation, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain their home to manufacturer’s guidelines.  It is the crux of all warranties.  And all materials have this requirement.  All of them.  Doors, windows, carpets, paint, drywall, flooring, cabinets, and furniture.  Everything hinges on those two little letters:  RH.

OSB and Glue down Cork DON’T MIX!

So my week has been filled with homeowners who have to deal with OSB (oriented strand board) as their substrate or flooring underlayment. This normally wouldn’t be a problem for a floating floor install (click together type of flooring), but the same homeowners have requested a glue down cartier love necklace cork tile as their final floor. Ohhhh dear! Things can go wrong in a HURRY on a job site. And this is one SNAFU that could have been avoided – but it takes forethought by everyone involved – including the homeowner.

Sigh. This is where my job gets REALLY intense. I mean dealing with swearing homeowners already up to their eyeballs in cost over-runs and delays. Boy oh boy does it get intense around here when OSB is the substrate for glue down tiles. Why all the fuss you ask? It starts with how OSB is created.

OSB is a manufactured product that uses tremendous amounts of adhesives (to keep all the wood chips together). It is pressed together and often finished with “wax” of some description. The wax helps keep the OSB moisture and rot resistant (doesn’t always work). Both the adhesives and the wax cause problems with permanent glue down floors. They are considered “contaminants” in the world of chemistry (in the flooring industry the chemistry component of the job can never be stressed enough). And cork is only one of many glue down or permanent floors that CANNOT use OSB as a substrate. It is an issue with so many floors. Not to mention it is problematic with nail down hardwood and bamboo as well.

“So why use OSB it if has so many problems?” Simple. Economics. OSB is CHEAP. And CHEAP is what helps sell homeowners on a project or wins a General Contractor (GC) the bid. The builder who puts in the lowest bid often wins the job. Part of that bid includes cheap surfaces. OSB is one of them. This gets everyone into trouble when the flooring has yet to be chosen (ahem…homeowners don’t have enough information about their build to be able to offer a floor cover), leaving the GC alone in “guessing” at what to use as underlay. When the floor is chosen (in this case a glue down cork tile) Builders are on the hook for a more expensive surface and homeowners are on the hook for a change order (that they didn’t even know cartier love bracelet replica existed). Tempers flare at this point.

The builders (either at the time the house was built cartier bracelet
or at the time of bidding the renovation) will use their best guess when it comes to bidding a project. They will use their own history to price out a job. Part of a flooring job includes underlayment – which means 90% of the time to be OSB (unless specifically stated as something else). That’s how they make money. They use “good enough” materials instead of the better or best materials. Most of the time they can get away with it. But in some cases, like a glue down cork floor, they are bitten by the “good enough” bug. And it bites HARD!

The problem with OSB and glue down materials comes from chemical incompatibility between the adhesives/wax in the OSB and the adhesive required to install these floors. The contaminants in the OSB means it is useless to even try to glue to it. Floor failure can be expected inside of a few weeks. In many cases it shows up the next day. By that time, it is too late. The cork cannot be salvaged, the adhesives cannot be salvaged and the whole thing is a redo. It is better to take the time to remove the OSB or cover it up and then start the glue down process once fresh, subfloor grade plywood has been installed and properly prepared. And properly prepared means the same sort of prep as sheet vinyl or linoleum. That’s a lot of prep. Especially if the OSB has to be removed or resurfaced with something else. The price of the project will climb – steeply.

The moral of the story is: Make sure you know what type of flooring you want before allowing your contractor cartier love bracelet knock off
to lay underlayment. If in doubt, specify subfloor grade plywood – be prepared to pay the extra. Subfloor grade plywood is acceptable in all but a few situations.

Cancork Floor Inc.
185-1991 Savage Road. 
Richmond BC, V6V 0A4 
Tel: 604-207-0661
Toll Free: 1-866-998-1198 

Cork under Hardwood

The look of hardwood is hard to beat. For those who are not satisfied with faux products such as laminate, porcelain or vinyl, solid hardwood cannot be replicated. Engineered hardwood comes close, but those of us in the industry can spot 90% of engineered hardwoods installed today. For purists who live in areas that require engineered hardwood, it is as close as they can get to the real thing.

Some of the difficulties of hardwood (both engineered and solid) come from acoustic or thermal concerns. Wood flooring in condominiums can pose problems at time of installation. Multifamily units require acoustic insulation. This is where cork comes in. For many strata buildings – roughly fake cartier bracelet 70% in the USA and 90% in Canada – will accept 6mm cork underlay as an acoustic barrier. For the remaining cartier love bracelet knock off
strata councils, the 12mm cork underlay is a necessity.

When using cork under hardwood, a few issues cartier jewelry replica come to the fore. First and foremost: cork cannot be pierced by nails, staples, screws or cleats. It can be floated (unattached to the subfloor) or it can be glued cartier love bracelet replica in place. The form of install (floating vs. glue down) will follow the format of the hardwood installation (floating vs. glue down). At this time, the homeowner must assess the form of install the hardwood manufacturer allows with their product. Not all hardwoods can be floated. Not all hardwoods can be glued. Many are nail/staple/cleat only. It is critical that the choice of hardwood matches the form of install that cork allows.

Working backwards can help. When shopping for hardwood, it is best to look at options that allow floating and or glue down applications. Asking the sales person at the flooring store to point you towards the hardwood selections that allow one of these two formats is the best way to move forward. The most impressive form of install is a glue down hardwood floor. It feels solid underfoot. It is the type of installation that most homeowners dream about. It is also one of the most expensive formats available with hardwood.

A cork underlay would be glued in place underneath a glue down hardwood floor. We refer to this as a double stick. It is beyond impressive – when done properly. This form of install offers decades of comfort and sound control. It is also one of the highest priced flooring installs on the market. Magnificent often means pricey.

A floating hardwood over top of floating cork underlay is the price advantageous younger cousin to the Magnificent Double Stick. When the subfloor is properly prepared (flat and level) it can be just as impressive. A flat subfloor makes all the difference. The biggest flooring complaints by homeowners – such as bouncing, clicking, popping, squeaking, etc – are based on the subfloor. Lack of sublfoor preparation can and has caused tremendous amount of heartache. As wonderful as cork is, it cannot make up for poorly executed subfloor preparation.

Cancork Floor Inc.
185-1991 Savage Road. 
Richmond BC, V6V 0A4 
Tel: 604-207-0661
Toll Free: 1-866-998-1198 

Fusion Cork Flooring – Tough as Vinyl; Safe as Cork

Forna’s Fusion Cork floors have been in stock for the past year.  This is a brilliant new line bracelets that offers all the benefits of cork to the toughness of vinyl – without the vinyl.  Whaaa??  Yah.  Without the vinyl.  Fusion Cork is a marriage of convenience between a cork floating floor (click together planks) and a polypropylene (PP) wear surface.  Hence the name – Fusion Cork.  We sell it under the category of Vinyl-Cork only because our main competitors have created the niche.

In fact the Fusion cork is a stand alone product.  The polypropylene (PP) is not vinyl.  It is the same plastic that children’s toys have been made out of for decades.  It’s safety has been documented for the same amount time.  This is a PVC-free, phthalates www.cartierlovebracelet.co free vinyl-like finish….without the vinyl.

To the regular consumer this will look and feel like “vinyl-cork” but without the draw backs.  The PP finish fake cartier bracelets
has no problem with sunlight – none at all.  It is also heat tolerant – it takes a tremendous amount of heat to cause the same amount of upset seen with a vinyl floor.  Another added bonus is the Fusion Cork can be paired with thick cork underlay.  This is what sets Fusion Cork apart from the rest of the vinyl products on the market. 

In fact, very few vinyl products allow cork underlay (or any soft underlayment) to be used during installation.  This makes Fusion Cork an ideal purchase when looking to install tough flooring in a condo or HOA situation.  When acoustic ratings are required, Fusion Cork is the place to look. 

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has gone Ga-Ga for vinyl flooring, but the drawbacks are powerful incentives to broaden your horizons.  Check out all the aspects of your vinyl plank.  If you need acoustics for your condo board, then you better put down the cheap 5mm planks and look at something in 10mm or thicker.  Even CoreTec products cannot handle more than 3mm cork underlay.  Whereas Fusion Cork floors are well situated to handle as much as 12mm cork underlay.

Cancork Floor Inc.
185-1991 Savage Road. 
Richmond BC, V6V 0A4 
Tel: 604-207-0661
Toll Free: 1-866-998-1198 

Cork Flooring – A Natural BoGo flooring material!

Now that the Holidays are past and winter has set in, it is time to think up new projects for the coming year.  My clients are coming in droves to use cork flooring and cork underlay to help bracelet replica cartier keep the chill out of their homes.

This is the hard part about flooring – deciding what is more important to you.  When it comes to cork, the advantages are obvious.  The thermal insulation is impossible to beat.  The acoustic insulation is second only to high-end rubber products (ahem…”high end” is a euphemism for expensive).  Cork + cork is a great opportunity to use some of the coolest stuff mother nature creates in such a away that you effectively are purchasing a 3-in-1 floor.

At first glance, you are purchasing a handsome floor.  That part is a no-brainer.  Everyone has heard of cork as a flooring option.  Not everyone has experienced it…but that’s a discussion for another day.

The next benefit, the most apparent upon installing your floor, is the thermal insulation.  Sounds nice but what does it mean.  In my experience, a cork floating floor + 6mm cork underlay can increase the temperature in a room by as much as 7 Celsius (12 F).  For those of us who live in a colder climate, that is like reducing your heating bill by as much as 30%.  For those living in a hot climate, the opposite is true.  The A/C will have very cartier love bracelet little to do.  Cork insulates the room it is installed into.  That means it keeps the warm air warm and the cold air cold.  Cork isn’t just for cold climates.  It is for all climates.  It will help reduce energy loss through concrete slabs and plywood subfloors alike.

The third benefit, which doesn’t normally show itself on the first day, is the acoustic insulation.  The noise abatement is phenomenal.  And acoustics aren’t just for “up-down” noise transmissions.  Many a homeowner has installed cork in their cold basement only to discover that they can’t HEAR what is going on down there!  The noisy basement playroom suddenly became quieter.  The noise of video games or movie sound tracks just reduced to almost nothing.  Wow.  They had no idea!

Cork reduces cartier love bracelet knock off
noise in a space.  And because it does that, it prevents noise from escaping that space.  Whether you are on the 5th floor of an old walk-up, or your kids want a space www.cartierlovebracelet.co in the basement to hang and be themselves, it doesn’t matter.  Cork deals with the noise in ways other materials only dream of.

Cork Flooring:  a perfect 3-in-1 product.  No need to wait for a BoGo sale!

Cancork Floor Inc.
185-1991 Savage Road. 
Richmond BC, V6V 0A4 
Tel: 604-207-0661
Toll Free: 1-866-998-1198 

Cork Tiles or Floating Cork Flooring

cork tiles or floating cork flooring

Cork flooring is no different than any other wood products, has two installation options: Glue down cork tiles and Cork Floating Floor planks. Both are similar in appearance, longevity and maintenance, however cartier love bracelet knock off
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cork tiles or floating cork flooring

Our glue down cork tiles are 100% cork without any form of fibreboard to hamper cork’s famous water proof properties. Glue down cork tiles do require site-finishing to maintain this water proof finish. If you choose not to site-finish, eventually water and dirt will enter the seams of the floor and make their way to the adhesive. Once that happens, the dirt will act as an abrasive and will slowly eat away at the bond with the subfloor. Within 7-10 years your unsealed glue down cork tiles will begin cartier jewelry replica to break down and need to be replaced. The edges will begin to open up to allow cartier love bracelet
more dirt and water to enter and the adhesive bond will continue to deteriorate. Beware of glue in place cork floors that do not require site finishing.

A Cork Floating Floor plank incorporates a middle layer of fibreboard – preferably High Density Fibreboard (HDF) with moisture resistant properties. This middle layer is what allows for a locking system to be introduced for ease of installation. The middle HDF layer is also what makes this floor susceptible to water, moisture and more importantly high humidity. That is why Cork Floating Floors should never be installed in bathrooms with a shower or tub.

When deciding on which floor to install a quick assessment of where you are looking to install the floor will help with your decision. A Cork Floating Floor cannot be installed in a bathroom because of the high humidity, while glue down cork tiles cannot be installed in a basement. If you do not have a moisture barrier incorporated than your glue down tiles will have issues “at grade” with the cement slab it is being glued to. Since washing machines are famous for leaking, glue down tiles are recommended for installing in a laundry room.

In all other rooms in your home the Cork Floating Floor and Glue down cork tiles are a like so your personal preference can now make the decision. A cork floating floor can be made water resistant with 2 coats of appropriate site finish (such as Loba 2K Supra AT or Loba WS 2K Supra). The two coats of finish seal the seams against surface cartier bracelet moisture.

A Cork floating floor may be installed in a kitchen. Since kitchens, unlike bathrooms tend to suffer surface moisture rather than humidity. It is the humidity that prevents a Floating Cork floor from being installed in a bathroom. However, if you are installing a Floating Cork floor in your kitchen, we highly recommend site finishing with 2 coats of appropriate site finish (such as Loba 2K Supra AT or Loba WS 2K Supra).

The Gold Standard for quality cork flooring is the glue-down tile. However, you do need to take into consideration the cost and duration of installation, along with your budget. Preparation of subfloor materials can often add $1.00/sf more to the cost of your materials. Add in close to $1.20 /sf , the cost of liquids that is required to install a cork glue down floor onto the total. Now we have the cost of labour to install the glue down tile. This can often double, even triple the rate of installing a Cork Floating Floor. The time it takes to properly install a glue down tile under normal conditions is double the time it takes for the Cork Floating Floor. You still need to add in the extra time to prepare your subfloor. When all is said and done a glue down floor can be as much as three to four times longer to install. This is the mainreason a glue down cork floor is often more expensive than a Cork Floating Floor. Don’t let the initial cost of the flooring make you feel like the glue down is a cost effective option. In fact, the Cork Floating Floor can save you time and money.

To ensure you are choosing the correct flooring type for your project, please contact Cancork Floor.

Cancork Floor Inc.
185-1991 Savage Road. 
Richmond BC, V6V 0A4 
Tel: 604-207-0661
Toll Free: 1-866-998-1198 

White Cork Flooring Whiter

White Cork Flooring Whiter How

So many people ask if they can making white cork flooring whiter and spruce up their floors by adding colour to the finish that I’ve had to investigate this ourselves.  I’ve relied on the expertise of Loba-Wakol to guide me through the benefits and pitfalls of adding tints to their finishes.  According to Loba-Wakol, Mixol Pigments can be added to the Loba 2K Supra AT without changing the characteristics of the finish.  That means you can add a pigment to their polyurethane without worrying about adhesion or wear changes.  At Cancork, we worry about wear and changing the characteristics of Loba’s amazing new product the 2K Supra AT.  As homeowners you are most likely worried about your floors fading or the white cork flooring slowly yellowing with age.

I have just done some tests to find out how to add white to our white cork flooring.  Using Mixol #25 Oxide White in 3 different concentrations I’ve managed to achieve several different variations of “brightening”. I produced subtle brightening without disturbing the back pattern using 100:1 ratio.  The 50:1 ratio partially obscured the pattern while producing significant whitening effects.  Our third mixture of 10:1 almost completely eliminated the pattern of the cork to produce a “painted” appearance.

Remember, these mixtures are what I’ve tested in small batches on sample planks of flooring.  It is always best to apply our mixtures to off-cuts of loose planks before moving on to coat your floor in product.  Once you apply the finish there is no going back!  Adding white pigment to a floor is a tricky business that requires plenty of trial and error before deciding on your own creative mix.  Do not take these levels for the absolute truth.  Take them for what they are: helpful suggestions that give you a place to start.  Read multiple times to decide on what you are looking for as an end result. Then work backwards to find out what was the starting point.  mixol tint oxide white for white cork flooring This is the easiest way to solve a maze – start at the end and work your way to the start.

My tests revealed the 100:1 mixture of Loba 2k Supra to Mixol #25 Oxide White changed the back ground patterns the least.  This level of mixture also produced the lowest level of “brightening”.  In other words, a single coat did nothing to the back ground pattern while producing a very subtle tone change to to the white.  A second coat at this intensity allowed the floors to brighten a bit more while leaving 95% of the background pattern unchanged.  The 100:1 mixture is an excellent choice for our “marble” patterns.  The beauty cartier love bracelet knock off
of the pattern is unaffected while the subtle brightening reduces beige and pink undertones.  Because this application is very subtle be prepared to do two coats.  Before you start a second coat, make sure you test your mixture on a previously coated test plank.  Again, you will need to decide if the first coat is “good enough” for your situation or if you are willing to risk another coat.

The next ratio we tested was the 50:1 (100:2 = double the amount Mixol Oxide White in the 100:1 ratio).  This produced a significant change in the brightness of the white compared to the 100:1 ratio.  The biggest change came in the loss of background pattern.  The background pattern of our “marble” white cork flooring were reduce by as much as 25%.  In other words almost a third of the pattern was lost.  This is a significant change compared to the 100:1 mixture.  When applied to our “white beach” or “granite” patterns the results were less remarkable because the pattern is not significant in these floors.  “White Granite” floating floor produced a startlingly strong white yet still maintained the sublte back ground blue hue of the original floor.  The beige of the “White Granite” glue down tile was reduced without disturbing the overall appearance of the cork. A second coat at this intensity may not be an option in most cases.  If you are a happy with a single coat of 50:1 but wish a bit more improvement of the “white” I would suggest applying another coat at the 100:1 ratio.  This subtle addition of brighter white does not affect the overall appearance of the floor.  It is pleasing to the eye without having a negative impact.  Applying a second coat of 50:1 risks the chance of having your cork look “painted”.  It is an unattractive look which should be avoided.

The third mixture was 10:1 Loba 2K Supra AT to White.  This produced the most abrupt changes over all samples no matter the background pattern.  The application removed most of the pattern in all but the “Ceramic Marble” glue down tile.  All of the patterns took on a “painted” look which would be considered unappealing in all but the rarest of circumstances. The only floor that appeared to benefit from this intense mixture was “White Granite”.  Because of the negative results with this mixture, I would restrict the use of this to “White Quartz” and only in certain circumstances.  I would reserve this level of coverage to “correcting” areas that appear to have come from different dye lots or if the owner is thoroughly displeased with the floor and demands a “perfect white floor”.  Other than these two situations, I would not choose to use the 10:1 mixture on anything but the most severe situations.

In a nutshell, here is what I found bracelets most pleasing and most appropriate without producing a “painted” finish:

100: 1 = White Marble, Ambrosia Marble, Ceramic Marble, White Leather (heavily patterned white cork flooring ) all benefit from this subtle application; 2 coats cartier love bracelet is an option that does not radically distort the pattern.  Tests should be done to prove a second coat would be benefical.

50: 1 = White Granite white cork flooring, Ivory White white cork flooring, White Beach white cork flooring, White Quartz white cork flooring, Ceramic Marble brighten significantly.  Background beige, pink, yellow reduce significantly.  A second coat is an option but care must be taken to stay away from the ‘painted’ look.  White Granite floating white cork flooring and White Quartz white cork flooring benefit greatly cartier nail bracelet
from a second coat of this mixture.

10: 1 = This mixture should be reserved for White Quartz to correct installation mistakes or to please a disgruntled homeowner.  All other patterns appear painted and should be considered a negative appearance.

Up next, adding “white wash” to natural coloured cork floors. Mixol Oxide

White Cork – The Trials and Tribulations

White Cork – The Trials and Tribulations

White Cork flooring is all the rage and cork is no exception.  Forna has produced 5 different white floors ranging from an ivory “marble” to almost paper-white.  Each has its own character.  Each its own role to play in the market. It has taken more than 3 years to finally produce a white that is “good enough” for today’s aesthetics.  Cork is magnificently difficult to produce grays and whites which means we have heard all the comments such as, “That’s not white!  How can you call that white?”, to “The gray looks muddy.  Why can’t you make a better pattern in gray?”

First off we are using “stains” instead of paint which means we have to turn something the colour of a pumpkin into something the colour of white chalk or cement gray.  If you can image applying the thinnest lime whitewash to orange stone and then cartier love bracelet knock off
insisting it become a “perfect” white, you get the idea of how difficult our task has been. white cork the trials and ribulations Now image the same task master saying, “Oh. And I want you to keep the pattern visible.” Covering the orange means we have to use “high solid” stains (very similar to paint) which means the patterns get covered in “white”.  That is to say, the patterns we produce get covered in white paint.  The same is true for gray but much more difficult. buy levitra online in canada

Now that we have a decent array of whites and a few acceptable grays it is now onto the task of keeping these floors looking their best for as long as possible.  Because cork starts out orange and the stain on top determines the final colour it means the colour is only skin deep.  It is possible to scratch past the white or gray to reveal the true nature of the beast below = pumpkin orange.

To say this is disturbing would be an understatement!  The “perfectionist” client who insists on “perfect white floors” is not someone who is going to enjoy the patina of scratches caused by the perfect white fluffy dog named Peaches!  Not on your life!  Which means extra care must be taken when working with white cork (gray as well but the visual isn’t as disturbing as with white). We have begun to highly recommend using Loba 2K Supra AT polyurethane with white cork because of the outstanding anti-scratch properties associated with this finish.  We have also experienced very limited yellowing with this finish.  This fits the bill when it comes to applying a protective www.cartierlovebracelet.co finish on cork.  The same cannot be said for other “money saving” finishes available at the corner “Big Box” store.

Many if not all off-the-shelf products can turn white floors a light yellow.  Even the water borne or water based finishes can still cause yellowing.  We know this.  We have experienced the heartache together with several of our clients because of locally available products.  It turns out the concept of saving money on floor finish when working with white flooring is a bad one.  Several of our clients have learned the hardway that white cork is special and it needs special attention replica cartier and special resources.  It is like a thoroughbred callingallcakes.org race horse.  It can’t be exposed to the dog and pony show at the local home improvement store before it turns off its feed and stops running.

Site finishing a factory finished floor may sound odd to many but it makes perfect sense with cork.  Cork floors have the ability to be sealed or site finished.  It’s what makes them water proof or water resistant (glue down tiles vs. floating floors respectively).  Its what seperates them from laminate or engineered hardwoods. This same ability to be site finished also makes protecting white cork very simple – stick with the product that has the proven track record.  The problem comes in when our advice to use the high-end, high-priced, appropriate product is ignored in lieu of a cheaper alternative.

The cheaper alternative ultimately costs the homeowner the price of a replacement floor.  Imagine the heartache of coming home to find your white floor had turned yellow because of a product purchased off the shelf.  Now imagine the heartache of being told by us and the “cheap product” producer that there is no compensation other than being reimbursed for the cost of the can of finish.  The refund of $60 – $85 isn’t going to come close to the cost of ripping out the floor and purchasing more.

A cork floating floor doesn’t necessarily have to be finished immediately after install.  We know this. At Forna, we try hard not to sell anything other than what is truly needed for your floor.  If we highly recommend your white cork be sealed with a Loba 2K Supra AT, please listen to us.  We’ve seen the circus that ensues when white cork isn’t treated with the respect it deserves.