Cork flooring is usually considered to be a very good option if you consider going for an eco-friendly type of floor which is comfortable, a good insulator and also looks good beside it being pocket friendly. Cork flooring is a very easy job to perform and usually comes in two different types. There is the floating floor and the glue down installation types. There are also general steps which are involved when you are doing any of your cork flooring.
When you are gluing down your cork floor you do that using an adhesive. This must be performed in a very clean sub floor like for example a hardwood. The material cost for this is usually very low but the main disadvantage is that if one tile gets damaged and you must repair its usually a difficult task. On the other hand, to install a floating cork floor its a much easier work. This is because the cork planks normally come ready to interlock with each other. They are also easy for you to install in various existing floor like wood, vinyl or ceramic. All what is required is that the sub floor in which this floating corks is to be installed needs to be dry and even as well.
The various steps in cork flooring installation
Cork floor tiles usually cork as 12 inch square and this means that the surface to which the tiles are to be installed at all-time must be prepared beforehand. The surface must first be cleaned, dried up and even at all time. The surface also can either be concrete subflooring or hardwood. If the subfloor to be used by any chance is made of concrete it is always good to repair any damages or cracks in it and also ensure before you can install the cork flooring the concrete is dry. The doorframes also must be cut into size and this is to make sure that the cork tile fit well under them. Check and make sure that the concrete is dry and leveled and this is to make sure once the cork tiles are fixed they will look smooth.
If you are used glue down flooring installation on a sub floor of concrete, the concrete must always be dried up and primer layer before you apply the glue. If you are installing it on wood subfloor, the uneven areas on the wood must always be leveled. Also for subfloors which might be over crawlspace you must use a waterproof sheet to always cover the ground under it. after you get to adjust on the size of the doorframes to make some space for the cork tiles, then the corks tile can be installed .in case there are some irregularities on the floor, these will show up definitely on the surface of the cork so always make sure that the sub floor is leveled and smooth.
If the installation is on wood, uneven areas must be leveled. The base must be dry. For sub floors that are over the crawlspace a waterproof sheet must be used to cover the ground under it. After adjusting the size of the doorframes to make space for the cork tiles, the cork tiles can be installed.
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Article Added on Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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