Cork Tile Floor (glue-down)
Recommended Uses: Any room including bathroom
Cork is considered a renewable and sustainable natural resource and comes in floating plank and direct glue-down installation. Cork flooring is naturally resistant to mold, mildew and bacteria and can even make a good bathroom flooring choice but NOT if used in a floating plank floor application. Why? Because the core of the cork plank floor is not waterproof.
As described in Introduction to Cork Flooring the floating plank floor has a fiber core. If the fiber core of the plank floor gets saturated, such as may happen with a flooded bath tub or toilet, the floor planks may buckle or cup. However, cork tile flooring with a polyurethane top coat layer can be used in any room in the house including the bathroom.
Installation Difficulty: Intermediate
Full glue spread over an absorbent sub floor. Apply the adhesive evenly on the sub floor with a manufacturer recommended size of notched trowel. Don't let the adhesive pool but rather ensure even application. Lay the floor tiles in the adhesive using only hand pressure. Make sure the backing of the tiles have been be moistened with adhesive.
Although the actual construction of cork tile flooring will vary slightly between manufacturer, it will generally consist of the following components.
- Wear Surface: UV hardened varnish or polyurethane top coat layer
- Hard wearing surface
- Cork Bark Veneer or Top Layer: The visible cork veneer.
- Cork Underlayment: Flexible low-density cork material used to provide acoustic insulation.
- Vinyl backing layer.