DIY wood flooring

Cork flooring - what is it? Nowadays, markets and building materials stores are full of a variety of floor coverings. And very often, when choosing a coating, many people are interested in such material as cork, more precisely - cork wood. And, as a result, the laying of a cork floor. Let's dwell on it in more detail.

Naturally, before buying, the question arises - which of the presented types of cork panels to choose. It all depends on the color priorities of the buyer, on the design of the future premises and other things. Everyone will select the most suitable option for themselves without problems. The price difference mainly depends on the country of origin, thickness and type of outer coating. Cork flooring from Portugal is considered to be of the highest quality. This country is generally considered the main supplier of this type of material. The quality of cork panels depends on the surface finish Types of cork flooring:

  • cork chips - agglomerate (chips are pressed under high pressure and cover the base of the panel);
  • mixed coating - a mixture of chips and veneer;
  • < li> solid veneer - the panel is covered from the outside with a solid piece of cork bark veneer.

Naturally, the third option is considered the highest quality coating - using a single piece of bark cut.

In turn, it should be noted that cork cover is divided into categories:

  • Floating cork floor - MDF panels (analogue of hardboard), 185x900 mm, pasted over with cork material. Designed for "floating" laying - without being tied to the base;
  • Tile "for glue" - rectangular or square tiles of different dimensions. Designed for gluing on a prepared subfloor base;
  • Technical cork - produced, as a rule, in rolls, "pictures" (large plates) and loose. It is used as a sound insulating and heat-saving substrate, and the loose version is used to fill voids in walls.

Cork backing

In many ways, "cork" is superior to other coatings - noise insulation, a variety of textures, environmental friendliness, pleasantness to the touch, elasticity, sufficient strength - these are the delights of this material. Perhaps the only drawback can be called the relative high cost of "traffic jams" - after all, the specifics and remoteness of production impose their prerogatives on prices. However, having bought and laid it at home, I doubt very much that you will regret it at least once.

Now let's come to the issue of installing the "plug" at home with our own hands. First of all, after purchasing the material, you need to let it acclimatize - hold it, opening the plastic wrap, in a room with moderate humidity and normal room temperature - this will allow the cork to dial the parameters necessary for installation.

Cork floor installation methods

The very laying of this coating is fraught with two methods - adhesive and the so-called "floating". The first method, as you might have guessed, is based on gluing cork panels to a carefully prepared base - it can be a concrete floor screed, a plane made of plywood sheets aligned on logs, or a wooden floor. Cork floor panels have the same dimensions (300x300mm, 600x300mm, 450x450mm) and thickness, so gluing them will not be difficult. An important nuance I would like to note the preliminary leveling of the base, on which the "cork" will lie. It is necessary to check for possible differences in the plane, so that you do not have to remove the laid panel later, tearing it off and cursing yourself for inattention. If this is a concrete screed, then it is enough to add a "liquid floor" or cement mortar in a certain place, if it is a wooden floor, then you can eliminate unevenness with hardboard, but if you are laying plywood in the base, then make sure that the transverse logs are at a sufficient distance from each other to prevent the plywood sheets from bending between the joists. Also, do not forget to make sure that the logs are at the same level - between themselves and along. After preparing the surface, lay a few panels of "cork" on the floor, decide on the location of the rows of panels. In order to save material, I recommend placing each subsequent row of panels with a shift "in the half-panel".

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