The Best Bathroom Flooring - Cork Glue Down Tile
The best bathroom flooring form of cork floor is the cork glue down tile. This tile, once glued and then sealed with two coats of water based Loba 2K Supra AT polyurethane, is 100% water proof and has the ability to look great for decades! The glue down tile is very light so it is relatively low cost to purchase and to transport. It requires that you purchase water based contact cement flooring adhesive (such as Wakol D3540 Cork Adhesive) designed for wood and cork flooring. The preparation and installation can be extensive.
The preparation requires the same diligence as preparing for sheet vinyl or sheet linoleum. Cork glue down tiles prefer plywood or concrete (at or above grade). OSB or fiber board substrates are not recommended.
The rest of the house can benefit from the ease of installation of our Uniclic Floating floor. In essence, this floor is a plank of cork floor over top of a board that is then clicked together inside a few seconds.
Any cork floor floating floor that is laid in a kitchen, requires two coats of a water based polyurethane. The kitchen is the only room in the house where we “require” a home owner to seal their floating floor. All other areas can be sealed or left unsealed as per the wish of the owner.
Concerned whether you can put a cork floor into the bathroom? Don’t be, cork works well as best bathroom flooring when you take care to prepare it for such an area. Correct installation and maintenance will bring this wonderful wood-based flooring into your bathroom and make it just as gorgeous as the rest of your home. Take a moment to understand the pros and cons of cork flooring in the bathroom. First of all, cork is relatively warm. Stone or ceramic tiles, for example, do not have this advantage. No one will dispute that it is unpleasant to walk barefoot on a tiled floor. To solve this problem you can install floor heating, such as radiant heating, but that will sufficiently increases the costs of repair and maintenance. Also, tiled floor is prone to fungus and bacteria.
Cork flooring in the bathroom lack these problems. Its natural warmth and enjoyable tactile sensations make it truly welcome. It is wondrously pleasant to walk on cork floors due to their warmth and softness. In addition such floor is very functional, because it has a shock absorbing property, which reduces the load on your spine. Cork flooring in the bathroom is resistant to moisture and chemical affect, and regains its original shape even after long-term deformation. So you can put bathroom furniture on it. Cork flooring is lovely, able to transform any space, whether you want a more rustic look or aim for high end chic.
Suberin, a natural wax-like substance found in cork, that repels bugs and is resistant to liquids, makes it an ideal choice for spaces that need more protection against moisture. Cork won’t cultivate the growth of bacteria, making it impervious to the mold and mildew, giving you the benefit of a healthier, cleaner bathroom floor.
The best form of cork floor for a bathroom flooring are cork glue down tiles. Why, because it will bring the best protection against water when installed correctly. Glue down tiles adhere with glue directly to the subfloor, so you haven’t got a vapor field between the cork tile and subfloor as a floating floor would present. The tiles, once down, will look like a large seamless unit. Do not let that fool you. Seal the seams to ensure no water can leak beneath to the subfloor. Be sure to follow install directions and seal with 2-3 coats of water based Loba 2K Supra AT polyurethane, which is 100% water proof and has the ability to look great for decades! Do not skimp here as this is where your cork floor will be given the protection it needs to go above and beyond, especially in a high moisture/humidity area such as the bathroom.
Make sure you purchase only water based contact cement flooring adhesive (such as Wakol D3540 Cork Adhesive) designed for wood and cork flooring. The preparation and installation of glue down tiles can be extensive, so we recommend a professional do the install. The preparation requires the same diligence as preparing for sheet vinyl or sheet linoleum. Cork glue down tiles prefer plywood or concrete (at or above grade). OSB or fiber board substrates are not recommended.
Glue down tile flooring is of lighter weight, so it is relatively of lower cost to purchase and to transport when compared to floating floors that have a heavy HDF fiberboard center. The rest of your home can benefit from the ease of installation of our Uniclic Floating floor—in essence, this floor is a plank of cork floor over top of a board that is then clicked together inside a few seconds—but recommend glue down tile flooring for the best bathroom flooring.
Add cork tiles to your bathroom floors because it is the best bathroom flooring. You will see the distinction between wood rot and water resistant, while retaining classic beauty of wood. Available in a variety of colors and styles, you can’t go wrong.