What You Need To Know About Cork Floor Surfaces

Written by bprescottJanuary 31, 2012
Bathroom cork floor

Floor Surfaces- Cork

Americans have been putting cork on their floors since the turn of the century- the twentieth century that is. Cork is a very versatile product made from the bark of the cork oak tree. Cork flooring, which you can find in parquets, tiles, or sheets, is warm, comfortable, and easy to maintain. The cork doesn’t look like your bulletin board; it’s available in colors and patterns and assures a soft-on-your-feet surface.

Cork is a good choice for any room, but the glue-down tiles are the only types of cork flooring we know that are recommended for use in a bathroom. After the cork is installed with adhesive, you apply two coats of polyurethane as a topcoat to the tiles and then seal the edges around the room with silicone. You can find out more about cork floors on the Web sites for Natural Cork (www.naturalcork.com), Dodge-Regupol (www.regupol.com), and Globus Cork (www.corkfloor.com). 

Cork trees are stripped of their barks every ten years or so, and the tree begins to regrow the bark. Most of the cork harvest goes into wine cork production. The poor-quality cork and the waste from wine cork production are ground up to produce cork granules that are bound together under pressure with resin to produce flooring.


From ‘Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies’
Copyright © 2003 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

 

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