Water Based Polyurethane
Our manufacturer produces Forna cork flooring to European standards (much higher standards than USA/CARB) . All of our binders, adhesives, polyurethane are sourced out of Germany. The company that produces our polyurethane and adhesives, Loba-Wakol.com, have just won a European award for “Very Low VOC” for our factory finish; which is a new category. They are the first manufacturer to win this award for floor finishing products like polyurethane of adhesives. For cork tiles installation, Once the floor has been glued into place and the adhesive has been allowed to dry, the floor must then be sealed with 3 coats of water based polyurethane. Once the polyurethane has been allowed to cure (5 days) then furnishings can be re-installed and the floor is ready for heavy wear. In a commercial setting, the finish requires refreshing every 2 years. A single coat of water based polyurethane can applied and allowed to cure. With these basic steps, a cork floor can be used, and abused, for decades. A floating flooring installation is relatively easy, can be installed in a day and used immediately. In a kitchen it requires 2 coats of water based polyurethane which can be applied over 2 nights. Meanwhile, the kitchen is still useable without the polyurethane in place. Application for Applying Loba 2K Supra AT requires 2 coats over glue down tiles. Be aware of the “settling” required for a cork floor before applying the polyurethane. We recommend that a cork floating floor be allowed to “rest” for 2-3 days before applying the polyurethane. This is when the “lipping” or buckling of a plank will become noticeable. If you apply the polyurethane BEFORE the floor has had a chance to rest, then this installation error will not be “caught” until AFTER the polyurethane has dried...which is then to late.