Floating Floors and Cork
When you hear “floating floor”, what comes to mind. Some hover-craft like contraption that looks like a piece of floor. Or maybe something out of Star Trek. No worries though, that’s not what we mean. It simply refers to the fact that this type of flooring is not nailed, stapled, or glued down to an existing subfloor, but is instead left to “float” on top of it.
Cork is making a big splash in the construction industry and cork floating floors is helping to lead the way. How? By being a great product combined with a DIY installation.
Cork is used for a number of purposes, including wine corks and cork boards. This substance is not only renewable but also recyclable as the waste from one can be used for another purpose. Cork is a highly buoyant substance. Its cellular structure mimics a honeycomb and as such traps a lot of air in between its cellular layers. This property makes it spongy, thereby making it ideal for areas where you need to stand for long periods of time. It is also a good choice for people suffering from arthritis as its soft nature is easy on your back and legs. Cork does not emit any volatile organic compounds even when burnt. These off gases or V.O.C.’s cause harm to the environment. Formaldehyde is another substance that can harm our surroundings, this is also absent from cork.
Most are styles available are planks, boards, or tiles that are installed via the floating method, which are built with a locking or snapping mechanism that securely attaches each tile to the one next to it, giving the floor a consistent, secure appearance and finish.
What benefits are there to installing a cork floating floor? Well an obvious one is not having to use any chemicals or adhesives in the installation process. This means cleaner indoor air quality and no mess to clean up.
You can also save by going with a floating floor installation. You save money and time because it’s a pretty simple do-it-yourself project. You also cut costs on the extra materials and tools needed to install a glued or nailed down floor, which can get pretty hefty. To install a floating floor, all you need basically (after proper prepping is complete) is the planks or tiles, a saw to trim the boards to size, and maybe a pencil.
Save yourself time and do something good for the environment by choosing a floating floor installation.
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