Bathroom Flooring Options - Cork

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Cork flooring has many advantages that can be beneficial as bathroom flooring options. Cork flooring is actually water resistant and liquids. Please don't mistake with cork floating flooring, which there is HDF in the middle layer. Forna cork tiles are real cork floor which is 100% cork. Cork has been used in wine bottles for 3000 years so it definitely doesn't absorb liquids. There is a natural chemical in cork that is called Suberin; a very waxy substance that gives cork its waterproof properties. Suberin has been scientifically proven to repel insects, bacteria, mold and mildew. And no grout lines to clean. 100% cork tiles will withstand floods due to appliance breakdowns or even natural flooding events.

The most appropriate application in a bathroom is the cork glue down tiles. These tiles come in varying thicknesses. The most common thicknesses are 4mm, 6mm and 8mm. Cork glue down tiles are made up of 100% cork – top to bottom – so there is no risk of water damage or swelling when exposed to high levels of moisture or liquids.

Forna glue down tiles come in more than 14 different colors and patterns. The required adhesive, Wakol D3540 Cork Adhesive, is a water based contact cement adhesive that is 100% Formaldehyde and VOC free. Once installed, the cork tiles must be sealed with Loba Supra WS 2K water based polyurethane or a Forna approved substitute.

For a proper install, you will need a “perfect” subfloor includes concrete, cement backer board and subfloor grade smooth-side-up plywood (not the best choice for bathrooms), The subfloor must be free of old flooring product, flat, even out of cement or cement backer board. Free of old glues, mortar, paint, etc. In moist environments, we recommend the use of galvanized screws or galvanized ringed nails be used to secure the subfloor to the substrate. Using galvanized metals will reduce the chances that the fasteners will rust when exposed to cement leveling compounds, planipatch or other forms of moisture normally found in wet areas.

All forms of old flooring must be removed; including painted materials and old adhesives. In some instances, under the guidance of a professional tile setter or flooring professional, ceramic tiles can be cemented over using quick set or self-leveling cement compounds. These compounds must be made up of Portland based product. Contact your local Forna representative before using any product not listed on the website.

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