We have installed a click together cork floor in one of 4 rooms so far, and
I'm working on the rest. I just wanted to post that I love this stuff! We
bought it from www.ifloors.com and it is really good looking, seems to be
tough, warm under foot, and quiet.
The installation is as easy as any other click lock floor, I suppose, and
the cork squishes just enough that you can not easily tell where the seams
Our beloved cat has christened it with a hair-ball, and it cleaned up with a
paper towel. Beautiful!
Actually it is a "white boxed" special. I understand that it is the same as
Natural Cork's "Cleopatra" -
http://www.naturalcork.com/floating_classic/floating_classic.htm . This is
reported to have 5 coats of acrylic already, however we could add a coat
afterwards if we wanted to.
It has a cork underlayment (very much like a "cork board") attached to the
board, MDF-ish mid section (with the interlocking profile), and the finished
It is really stunning to look at. The planks are fairly large - about 1' x
3', and they cut like butter with my table saw, and my buddies compound
miter saw. Both saws have 10" blades with 80+ teeth, but I don't know that
that is necessary for this. It is very easy to work with.
Our only finding is that installing per instructions was a pain. If you
lock the short end first, then tip and lock the long end it wants to fight
you. We have had no trouble at all tipping the long edge together and
tapping the short ends with the butt of our hands to close up the short end
joint. Believe me, we will take a piece of scrap and a hammer for the rest
of the floor. My hands would not take the abuse of another 1,000 square
feet of this pounding!
We just installed click together cork by Granorte in our kitchen and
hallway. Due to those being high traffic areas for a residence, the
company actually recommends a light sanding and a couple of extra layers
of water-based finish (we used Verathane). We previously researched cork
by another company (QuickStyle) and they also recommended extra layers
of finish in high traffic areas. This was due more to the wear on the
finish than the sealing effect I believe, although the sealing will be a
bonus, especially in a kitchen.
I know some manufacturer's say that it can only be installed over a
water-based underfloor heating system and not an electric one and that
the heat should never exceed a certain temperature (can't recall the
temperature right now). Our instructions say to contact the company
first before installing over underfloor heating.
It was about $4 / sq. ft., and the installation instructions have a
paragraph that describes how to install over heated floors. Actually it
specifically makes note of how to install over electrically heated floors.
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