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Unread 06-13-2011, 11:16 AM   #1
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Cork floor

All right I need some help here. I am working up a bid for a customer. They have 2 big steamers, and 3 tub surrounds and then flooring. Anyway in the son's steamer bath (he has 2 baths) he can't decide if he wants a cork floor or tile.

I don't know anything about cork. I would assume floor warming is out of the question, nor would you need it with cork. How is cork installed? Is it durable enough for a bath? and if I was to install it what would I use to set it? And what would I use for underlayment?
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Here's a long discussion on the subject.
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Thanks Bob,

I did some other research after I posted this thread and it appears to be set pretty much like vct so no problem there. Everybody in that thread advises not to use it in a bathroom, I found some manufactures that say it is fine on a bath floor.

Anybody have input on that one?

At first I told him no way that it wouldn't stand up to water. Then we were talking about it, and you see it on boat floors all the time and it is used to keep wine in bottles, so we were thinking it is naturally water resistant.
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I've installed "floating" cork. Snaps together like Pergo. I thought it was supposed to have a poly installed OVER it if it was going int a wet area.
Could be wrong on that one. Wicanders Amorium was the brand.
http://wicanders.net/cork-properties/
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I was wrong. Now I remember. We had to seal the cut edges with carpenter's glue. All that did was seal the piece for expansion. The stuff is fine in wet areas.
Personally , I don't like the look, but the check cleared and that was more important to me.
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I did several cork floors that were glued down then we handed then to make them perfectly smooth and put a coat of polyurethane on top. Turned out awesome and apparently has been durable in the laundry/washroom it was in.
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then we handed then to make them perfectly smooth and put a coat of polyurethane on top
I am guessing you mean sanded them but how do you sand cork? and wouldn't the coat of poly make it where you don't feel the softness and the natural warmth of the cork?
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sorry man didnt see this. and i cant help but i will ask at the shop mananna
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I've installed about 300 ft of the glue down "bulletin board" type cork tiles. IMHO it is a very "casual" surface.

It is more susceptible to a big girl in high heels type damage than to casual water.

YMMV
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We just sanded (smart phone auto corrected the last one) with a buffer and a hard plate, I think 180 grit. Can't remember the manufacturer but they were great with phone support. The coat of sealer soaked in and worked great.
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I‘m the manager of corkleader,and our company have a very detailed introduction about cork flooring, you can search corkleader in googe.This forum doesn't allow me I to publish our webiste currently

Glue down cork flooring is 100%waterproof, very suitable for your use around steamers and tubs. Cork flooring is also durable.
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Welcome, Mike.

The site owners put in the restrictions against new visitors posting links to prevent someone, for example, dredging up a nine-year-old thread simply for the purpose of getting free advertising for a product. Yeah, I know it sounds far fetched, but someone might try it.

Were someone like that to post on a current thread where his product might actually help the OP with her project, it's likely that a moderator would even light up the link to the product and thank that poster for helping. A subtle difference, perhaps, and just a suggestion, really.
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