Resilient Cork Flooring
PLANK CORK FLOORING (floating, interlocking)
Recommended Uses: Kitchen, Bedrooms, Recreation Rooms
Cork flooring is environmentally friendly and cork is considered a renewable and sustainable natural resource. Cork flooring can be a little expensive and their installed cost per square foot can be close to a good quality ceramic tile floor. However these floors are definitely worth the cost when used in smaller areas such as for Kitchen flooring, Bedroom, Den or Dining Room flooring. I do not recommend this for bathroom flooring or other mostly wet floor use because of the panel fiberboard material.
Installation Difficulty: Average
Cork flooring comes either in glue-down or interlocking floating floor applications. Interlocking is recommended since it is much easier, more versatile and less expensive as an installed system. The cork planks come with a specially designed edge that interlocks with the adjacent panels. Some manufacturers’ floating floor products can be installed over most hard surfaces such as vinyl floor coverings, wood flooring and ceramic tile, but carpets must be removed. The sub-floor will have to be even, flat, dry and level to within 0.1″ in 6 feet and the substrate surface over which the floor will be installed will have to be completely dry.
Although the actual construction of cork flooring will vary slightly between manufacturers, it will generally consist of the following components.
Wear Surface: Factory or field applied and will usually be a UV hardened varnish, oil or other sealer.
Cork Bark Veneer or Top Layer: The visible cork veneer.
Cork Core: Provides additional insulation and impact absorption comfort for walking and standing.
Stabilizing Core: This is the structure of the floor panel and is made from either HDF (High Density Fiberboard) or MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). The edges of the core will be milled in such a way as to allow the interlocking of the panel to adjoining pieces.
Cork Underlayment: Flexible low-density cork material used to provide acoustic insulation.