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RE: Cork flooring - CC Solutions - 12-04-2012 10:41 AM
You are the master of getting off topic Pat.... And if you are caught breeding baby seals you will be thrown in jail I think.
My neighbor was caught breeding a cow in his barn one night and he was jailed, then sent in for psychiatric evaluation...
True story by the way....
RE: Cork flooring - Ernesto - 12-04-2012 08:40 PM
How can anyone even compare cork to LVT, really? Two different worlds apart. Glue down cork tiles are bullet proof if done correctly, even over concrete.
Wicanders is great. USFloors seals their edges better than anyone as far as click goes. If you do a click use Cal-flor.coms clik-seal on their edges if your worried about topical water penetration in wet areas.
But I really like the borders/insets that Globus makes. And with glue down you can do a radius, premade patterned tiles.
Have to agree with the skinned planks wearing out. I'd only use those in low traffic areas and watch out for wear so you can do a re-coat before you hit the veneer.
RE: Cork flooring - CC Solutions - 12-05-2012 07:46 AM
My flooring rep sells Wicanders so that's what we have to go with, and the supplier has the Artcomfort line so that's what we have to get. I hope that's not a laminated product. It is click together.
RE: Cork flooring - CC Solutions - 12-07-2012 07:18 PM
Well the flooring has arrived and I think it is a laminated piece... Actually I got three different floors but they are either laminated or heavily embossed to give a pattern and color. Oh, well, it is what it is. It's a $5,000 experiment.
The instructions that I can read (most are in foreign languages including Hindu, Swahili, and Yiddish, say to install a minimum 8mil plastic under the floor.
So for you knowledgable guys, do I install plastic even on the second and third story with plywood floors?
RE: Cork flooring - CCR - 12-09-2012 05:55 AM
Laminated glue down or floating? I'm assuming floating. If floating, is the cushion layer attached to the planks or do they call for the sheet cushion you roll out first? Either way, I can't think of any reason to incorporate a layer of plastic on plywood above grade. Just double and triple check every plywood seam for deflection / squeeks. I like screwing plywood down every 6-8" around perimeter and over joists like I do before inastalling Ardex GS-4.
RE: Cork flooring - CC Solutions - 12-09-2012 09:42 AM
The cork is floating and has cork on the back of the panels. I didn't know if the plastic was for squeaks, dust, moisture vapors, who knows?
I do have some plywood seams that are not flush, maybe 1/16" high. I will go around and Feather Finish those smooth.
I sure hope this works out! I can go to the big box store and get cheap laminate for $1/sf and this stuff is closer to $6/sf.... I'm not all about cost, I just look for the value.
RE: Cork flooring - CCR - 12-09-2012 10:19 AM
The price is about the same I paid for mine for a good quality cork laminate. From my knowledge base, the plastic is specified only if you're installing on or below grade concrete (with or without a vapor barrier. Since yours is cushion-backed, the additional sheet cushioning is typically not necessary. However, I have seen the addtional cushion layer used with cushion backed planks to provide additional sound-proofing and provide a bit more of a "wood-like" sound with wood style laminates and engineered wood laminates. Of course, you're right on track Feather Finishing the uneven seams. I suspect the flatness of the surface is supposed to be 1/8" in 10.
RE: Cork flooring - CC Solutions - 12-09-2012 10:42 AM
The one thing I DON'T want is that hollow nasty cloppity-clop sound of a floating laminate floor. I have Hickory floors in my house and they have held up great. They're about 12 years old and could maybe use a new coat of poly, but they sure are durable. I almost went with the nail, sand, poly in the office but this cork intrigues me.
RE: Cork flooring - CCR - 12-09-2012 11:11 AM
Cork is much more muffled. Before you install assemble several planks and walk on them to get a feel for the sound and if you want to go the step by installing the sheet cushion. Wonder if anybody else has suggestions
RE: Cork flooring - CC Solutions - 12-20-2012 09:38 PM
The cork is fantastic!
My wife likes it so much it is also in my living room and number 2 daughter's room and another load is being delivered tomorrow for the great room...
Kind of putting my eggs all in one basket!