We purchased QuickStyle Natur glueless, click together cork flooring. We
opened the package and the instruction inside recommend gluing the long
ends of the boards in high residential to low commercial traffic areas.
We called the company and told them we were installing in out kitchen
and hallway and they said this is definately considered high residential
traffic, thus we would void our warranty by not gluing.
While phoning around to find the glue, one store that carries other
QuickStyle products, said that QuickStyle recommends it for all their
laminate flooring. Thus, this isn't just because we purchased cork.
Is this common to have to glue glueless flooring in high traffic areas?
Do all manufacturer's recommend this? If they don't, why not? Do they
simply make a better click together flooring system? We are just
contemplating exchanging this flooring for some that doesn't recommend
gluing in high traffic areas if this flooring is of lesser quality than
Any opinions? Anyone have any idea if Granorte recommends gluing in high
traffic areas? (we are waiting for a response via email from them about
this since it is a possible choice for us).
FYI in case anyone else runs into this. I received an email from
Granorte and they said they do NOT recommend gluing their click together
flooring, even in high traffic areas like the kitchen and hallway. They
also said that from their experience if there are any issues with the
click together cork, it is with the short side, not the long side, thus
they have double traction on their short sides. Both companies recommend
an extra layer or two of varnish in high traffic areas.
In March this year we installed two types of cork flooring from Jelinek
(www.thecorkstore.com). In the main kitchen area we installed glued
laminated cork, and in the rest of the room we installed glue-less flooring.
This wasn't a decision I made. The store ordered the wrong ones. The
original intention was to use glued flooring everywhere as it was
cheaper, but since I made th store eat the difference, we got glue-less.
The reason for two different sets of tiles is that we wanted different
colours. We have pre-finished cork in the main kitchen and site finished
stained cork int he main room.
One thing no one told me - at least from Jelinek, the glue-less and
glued panels are NOT the same size. You get a fraction of a square foot
less in the glue-less. This means I do not have even join lines where
the two meet.
There was nothing in their literature that recommended gluing the
glue-less in the high traffic areas. So far (and I know 9 months is
nothing in the life span of the floor) we have had no issues with the
installation (which we did ourselves).
However, Jelinek did say that we MUST use water-based varnish on the
cork. I am NOT happy with the performance of Varathane water based
varnish. I tested oil based on a scrap and I think that when I get
around to re-finishing the floor it will be with oil.
And why am I not happy? Cats! Spastic rodents that inhabit our house
with us. Not de-clawed. If they keep this up they may get de-footed. The
very day they were allowed back on the floor they found the cork
flooring/rodent flaw. Under full acceleration a cats claws will hook
into the natural indents in the cork and cut right through the finish (4
coats of varnish by the way). I have not and will not allow dogs on the
floor (which is moot as we don't have one).
What do I love about it? Looks, warmth and comfort. We have tile in the
entrance, and hardwood in the next room. 30 seconds in bare feet in the
winter tells me all I need to know about the warmth side of things. As
for comfort, with cork's resiliency and the floating floor it's easy on
the feet. Oh, and add quiet as well. Most noises are nicely muffled in
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