Are you thinking of installing a cork floor? Many people are turning away from those products that destroy the environment and looking for more green friendly alternatives. Natural cork flooring fits the bill perfectly. The cork trees flourish in Portugal and other areas of the Mediterranean. They produce a harvest of cork every nine years and are not damaged when the cork is removed. If properly looked after, cork trees will last for over a hundred years.
Is natural cork flooring durable?
The answer to this question has to be not really. You can make cork floors more durable by applying a coat or two of sealant. But while the material is extremely soft and comfortable to walk on, it is not very hardwearing. It is superabsorbent which can lead to dirt becoming ingrained into the floor making it difficult to keep clean and looking good. If you want something more durable but love the idea of cork flooring you can buy a product which combines the advantages of vinyl with the look of cork. Vinyl is used as a backing layer to improve durability while cork is added to the top so it feels and looks better.
Where can you buy discount cork flooring?
Although cork tiles are cheaper than many other forms of flooring, when you are on a budget it helps to find discount cork flooring. The good news is that there are often ways to reduce the price you pay for cork floors. You can either source them on the internet or thus avail of reducing prices. Alternatively you can often find cork tiles on sale. If you have a local store that stocks cork flooring, it is worth speaking to the staff to see if they offer a discount on bulk purchases or for cash sales. Merchants have to pay extra charges to process credit card transactions and will often offer a discount for cash. It certainly doesn’t hurt to ask.
Cork flooring installation
Cork flooring installation is fairly easy once you follow the correct process. You need to allow the cork to breathe and acclimatise to the room before you lay it. You can lay floating cork flooring if you elect to use cork veneered strip flooring. The benefit of a floating floor is that it doesn’t have to be fixed to the original floor boards so can be removed in the future without worry of damaging the underlying surface. This makes them quicker and easier to install and remove. They can be cheaper as well although it depends on whether you buy the tongue and groove system which needs PVA glue along the tongue to seal against dust or the more modern but more expensive click systems.
If you are installing cork tiles you may want to lay a hardwood or plywood floor down first so that you can glue the tiles to this rather than your original floor. If using nails to secure the plywood, use a felt backing for the cork tiles or you could find the nails come through.
Once installed cork flooring has to be sealed. Some come pre-sealed but it is best to add another coat of sealant particularly if you are going to use in wet rooms. When it comes to cork flooring, kitchen and bathrooms are the rooms where it is most likely to be used but these are also the places where spills are most likely to occur. If you do have a spill you need to mop it up as soon as possible before it dries into the cork.
Cork board wall coverings definitely need less care than a cork floor does.