Cork floors are a truly unique material. It meets all the technical requirements of operation, looks stylish and exotic. It is absolutely natural and does not pollute the environment after disposal. The service life declared by manufacturers is about 15-20 years, which in itself is a confirmation of solid quality.
In the modern building materials market, there are two main types of cork floors:
Click-lock cork floor:
This type is also called “floating”. It has a multi-layer structure, usually consisting of an MDF or HDF base panel, on top of which is a pressed cork layer 2-4 mm thick, as well as external protection – elastic varnish, parquet oil or dense polyurethane film. Such panels can have another layer of pressed cork on the bottom, which acts as a substrate.
The size range is represented by panels of 30×90 cm, 18.5×90 and 20×120 cm. The products are connected to each other by means of locks. The installation method is the same as for conventional laminate flooring. The thickness of the interlocking cork floor ranges from 7.5 to 13.5 mm.
It is also worth noting that instead of the HDF plate, a hydraulic plate can be used, which consists of PVC and quartz. This cork floor is more resistant to moisture.
It is a layer of pressed cork, which is covered from the outside with a layer of varnish. Compared to a “floating” cork floor, such a product is more resistant to moisture and temperature changes, so it can be used in a bathroom, kitchen, as well as in country houses that are not constantly heated. The thickness of the glued cork floor is 4-6 mm.
The disadvantages of this coating include the complexity of installation and the ideal preparation of the base, which is better to be entrusted to professionals.
This type of cork is also called agglomerate. It is obtained by baking cork chips left over from the production of basic materials. The product is completely natural, as no additional binders are used. Cork agglomerate is used for insulation and sound insulation of floors and walls. The panels are fixed with special glue. Common sizes are 30×30, 45×15, 45×45, 60×30, 60×60 and 60×90 cm.