Cork oak, or rather its bark - this coating is made of this material. The material does not burn, the structure contains many cells, which are filled with a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen. Due to this, the coating has a very low weight, is very elastic and retains heat well.
There are several species that differ in composition:
Solid veneer. This type is covered with veneer on one side.
Sinter. A crumb that is compressed.
Mixed. The composition includes crumbs and veneer.
The highest quality and of course the price has an integral veneer look. There are different ways of laying.
The structure and shape of this type of floor is very similar to laminate. Its fasteners consist of similar locks, the boards themselves are not attached to the floor, so this option has such a name.
Under the glue
The panels are made in the form of plates of different sizes. This is a pressed material, for the installation of which a special glue is required. Both options are made by most manufacturers. It is not recommended to use a cork floor made in China. Waste with hazardous additives is mainly used in production.
Tools for work:
- Velor roller;
- Rubber hammer.
A flat floor will be required for laying. This can be achieved in several ways:
- Plywood (moisture resistant);
- Concrete screed;
Plywood is used on floors where there are logs. After fastening, the sheets need to be sanded. When using linoleum, it is not necessary to lay a substrate. The most common option is a screed. Once it dries, lay the waterproofing and then the substrate.
The method using glue
In this case, the sheets need to start stacking from the center of the room. The marking is done first. Where the diagonals of the floor intersect, there is the center. To glue the material, apply glue to the floor with a notched trowel, do not touch it for 30 minutes. After that, the glue is applied to the plates and they are laid on the floor. You can use a rubber mallet to achieve the ideal level. If excess glue comes out, it should be removed with a solvent. If the room is normally ventilated, the glue will dry completely in two days.
The first row gathers the ends of the boards to each other. It is very important that the next row is offset from the first by 50 percent of the length of the sheet. This method is much easier and takes much less time. With this method, it is necessary to use a substrate that acts as a shock absorber, protects the material from damage. After that the floor needs to be covered with a varnish, it will protect a floor from moisture and will increase service life. It is also recommended to lay any fabric between the floor and the legs of the furniture. It is not recommended to use rubber as traces will remain.