You’ve finally decided to do a bathroom revamp and your preferred flooring is cork, which happens to be the best choice for bathroom flooring. This short article shows you the various steps for cork floor installation.
Choose The Product
It isn’t hard to find top quality cork flooring and you can choose tiles or planks, both of which are stunning. It is important to buy from an eco-friendly supplier, as the cork is harvested every seven years, which does not harm the tree. There are varying degrees of brown to ensure the flooring fits in with your decor and should you need professional installation, they have teams of flooring installers.
Removal Of Existing Floor
The average size room can be completed in a single working day and with all the tools you need at your fingertips, you start by removing the existing floor covering. Whether vinyl or stone, you need to get down to the base level and leave a smooth, even finish. Any holes should be filled and once the sub-floor has been swept and is free of obstacles, you are ready to install.
Apply The Adhesive
Use a trowel with notches, as this allows for the adhesive to spread and you won’t have glue seeping out from the joints. Start at the furthest corner and work backwards, laying the tiles/planks one at a time, checking for straightness and levels. We recommend wearing rubber gloves and you should have some clean rag handy to wipe up any minor spills. You may or may not need cork backing, which comes in a roll; it depends on the condition of the substrate.
Installing The Tiles/Planks
Planks should be interlocking, just like those durable Melbourne cork flooring planks, as with a brick wall; so stagger the joints, as this makes the floor stronger. A few sections of plywood placed on the installed tiles allow you to put some pressure on the floor, which is how the professionals do it. Clean all traces of adhesive as you are working and take your time; a sharp cutter is needed to the last section, which must be cut to size. Work methodically, making sure each piece is fitted correctly and cleaning up as you go.
The floor should be swept clean and a protective coating should be applied, which ensures the water does not penetrate into the cork. Some will tell you that 2 coats of sealant (a few hours apart) offer better protection. Leave the finished floor for a few hours then you can relocate furniture and storage units; give the entire floor a close-up inspection, looking for seeping adhesive or misalignment.
Cork is an eco-friendly material that is ideal for bathroom flooring, and you can enjoy that soft and silent walking experience that only cork can give. If you are self-installing, you’ll save a few hundred dollars and make sure you have everything you need before starting work.