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
the two floors are completely different when it comes to installing in your home.
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 to break down and need to be replaced. The edges will begin to open up to allow 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 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
Toll Free: 1-866-998-1198