Cork floors the pros and cons
What's the meaning?
Floating cork is a ready-to-use product consisting of HDF or IMF bases up to 7 mm thick. From the bottom, it has a 1.2 mm cork compensating substrate, and on top is 2.5 or 3 mm of natural cork. floating cork floors are laid using a floating joints, with a tenon in the groove method without glue.
What's the meaning?
Glue-down cork floor one should call cork parquet, because it is 100% bark cortex. The cork plate can be 4-6-8-10-12 mm thick. It is laid on any prepared base with the help of special glue. After paving is covered by water - based varnish. Exceptions are models that do not require additional varnishing.
The interface of a cork floors
Requirement to the basement and installation
Cork flooring ecology
The positive influence on the human health
The use in the premises with the high humidity
House heat insulation
Cork flooring durability and maintainability
Ease and simplicity of use
Price for floating and glue-down cork
To conclude it is can be summarized that the glue-down variant of the cork flooring wins with the great advantage (with the score 8:1). Unfortunately, the floating variant can display all the range of the positive qualities, peculiar for the glue-down cork. It is possible, that the customer will have the illusion that the cork floors are expensive but it is a long-outdated myth. In fact, if to calculate the final price of the square meter it can be a relatively great amount. However, it is fully comparable with the price of the qualitative laminate. If to compare the glue-down cork with floating one by one segment (natural cork, print, etc.), the price of the glue-down cork can even be a little less. In any case, having almost the same price, the glue-down cork goes ahead of the floating cork by many parameters. It should be remembered, that if you decided to fit up the interior of your home, then you certainly want it to be for “the long haul”. Cork floors will help you with that (especially glue-down ones)!