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What is CORK?

  1. Is a renewable, environmental friendly wood product that when cut down re-grows quickly.
  2. Is cheaper than bamboo
  3. Is Hypoallergenic and insect resistant
  4. Is Lightweight and buoyant
  5. Is Highly compressible and resilient
  6. Is Stable in various temperature
  7. Is highly scratch resistant
  8. Is extremely resistant to mildew, mold and naturally flame retardant

Cork flooring first became popular near the end of the 19th century. It is a product made from the bark of the cork oak tree. This is the material which is ground, processed into sheets and baked in a kiln to produce tiles. Harvesting is strictly regulated limiting it into 9 year cycles. The individual oaks must be at least 25 years old before they are harvested by hand. The bark of the cork oak grows back, leaving it as healthy as ever.

Cork flooring is a great choice for your rooms at home. It is cost effective and is an excellent insulator for sound. Because of its cellular nature that features millions of microscopic air pockets, it is resilient to pressure and impact. They are tough enough for the home and the office and a good option even if you have pets around.

Cork Flooring comes in a wide variety of colors and styles allowing for creative applications of various tonal ranges. They can be installed over concrete, wooden subfloors and tiles. It also blends in well with other furniture and decorations. They are available in plank and square tile. Cork flooring is easy to install. How Do I Do It?

Materials Needed:

  1. Utility knife
  2. Tape measure
  3. Paint brush and rollers
  4. 100-150 pounds roller
  5. Rubber mallet
  6. Chalk line with chalk
  7. Adhesives

Preparation:

  1. Clean the surface from dirt and wax.
  2. Length by length, measure the entire floor to determine the amount of material needed. Allow 5-10% extra purchase.
  3. While working on the floor preparation, put the cork tile in the room for a couple of days to acclimatize to room temperature.
  4. Make sure that the floor is flat. Any slopes or irregularities must be leveled.

Installation process:

  1. Do a lay out test first and chalk your lines.
  2. Put on water based adhesives section by section and allow the adhesive to dry until tacky.
  3. Put the cork where you want it to be and carefully roll the tiles using your 100-150 pounds roller. It is also possible to ensure contact using a mallet.
  4. Roll at least four times in each direction to secure the tile to the floor.
  5. Clean excess adhesives with damp cloth
  6. If you need to cut, use your sharp utility knife to cut the tiles.
  7. Do not walk on the tiles for at least 24-72 hours depending on the kind of adhesive that you used.

Avoid harsh cleaning products when keeping your cork flooring clean. Regular mopping using a damp mop will be sufficient. Use paper towels or a sponge for spill to avoid permanent stains.

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