Cork floors that are popular in the West are not yet very common in our country. And in vain, because cork is a natural material, perfectly absorbing sounds and retains heat. In addition, it is believed that the cork covering is, in fact, an orthopedic coating that helps reduce the load on our spine. As you can see there are a lot of pluses.
If you decide to independently perform the work on the installation of this wonderful coating, then you should carefully study the instructions.
Grinding a plywood base
So that your cork floor does not become suddenly bulging or loosening, you should lay it on a perfectly flat surface. There are several ways to align.
Plywood base. Moisture-proof plywood sheets are fixed to a concrete screed, then sanded. If the coating laid on plywood has a finished cork bottom layer, then there is no need for a substrate.
Linoleum. Laying on linoleum is possible only if the floor is perfectly level under it. On linoleum there is no need to lay the substrate.
Coupler. The most common way to prepare the base before installing the floor. After drying, the concrete screed is leveled with a grinding machine, plastic film is covered, and only then the substrate.
Method of laying the floor with cork
There are two options for laying cork flooring:
Faster laying is provided by locking method , but it can only be used for a perfectly flat base. The disadvantage of this option is that the floors of this type (due to the "floating" technology) can only be connected through the sills, even when the same type of cork is placed in all rooms.
By the adhesive method you can put the cork on any surfaces, including uneven ones, but after laying the floor you must always cover it with varnish. Varnish topcoat perfectly protects the coating from moisture and makes its surface monolithic. Glue floors are laid without a single nut throughout the apartment, they can also be combined with other floor coverings, for example, parquet or porcelain stoneware.
We propose to consider both ways of laying in more detail.
Adhesive cork laying method
It is necessary to leave a gap of 3-4 mm between the surface and the wall. If there is a door in the room, the bottom of the door must be cut to the height of the cover.
Cork laying in locking method
The cork floor in maintenance is unpretentious, it can be washed with a damp sponge.
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