When you mention Cork floor tiles to a lot of folks, they envision the look of a bulletin board or a wine bottle stopper. But Cork also serves as a very impressive flooring.
Cork tiles not only make for a stunningly beautiful floor tile installation, but it's also soft, warm, quiet, durable and Eco-friendly.
Cork tiles are available in a rainbow of eye=catching colors. They also come in natural hues that you can choose with or without a clear plastic protective finish.
And the floor tile installation for Cork tile can be either gluing the tiles down to the floor or in a snap down design that you install like laminate floor tiles.
For this floor tile installation, we'll be using the Cork floor tiles that glue to the floor. Most Cork tiles have a layer of contact cement applied to the back of the tile by the factory. This glue layer adheres to the cement in the tile adhesive.
For this floor tile installation, we'll be using the Cork tiles that glue to the floor. Most Cork tiles have a layer of contact cement applied to the back of the tile by the factory. This glue layer adheres to the cement in the tile adhesive.
First, you'll want to dry lay your cork tiles to determine the cuts you will need for your edge tiles, Because once you permanently install your cork tiles it's quite a challenge to make changes to the floor tile installation.
When cutting cork tiles mark your cut on the surface of the tile, and then score the line with a sharp utility knife. Continue to score the line until the blade passes completely through the cork tiles.
You can pour your tile adhesive into a paint tray to make it easier to dip your roller. Use the roller to spread the tile adhesive to cover one square section of the floor.
Start working the tile adhesive from your walls and work your way towards the middle of the floor. It's alright if you cross the chalk lines with cork tile adhesive, as the tile adhesive will dry clear before you begin your floor tile installation.
Let your cork tile adhesive sit for about 45 minutes. Once the tile adhesive becomes tacky, it's ready for your cork tiles.
Position your first Cork tile, with one of its tips at the center of the point of the chalk lines, and two of its other sides directly over them. At this time, you can slightly adjust the tile as needed. Then press the tile firmly against the floor to engage the layer of cement on the back of the tile with that of the tile adhesive. The tile will then lock into place.
Once A Cork Tile locks into place, To remove it you'd have to pry up the tile with a putty knife and except the fact that you'll destroy the tile in the process.
Lay a second Cork tile so that one side is flush against the first tile and the other against a chalk line.
Continue laying tiles across this square section of the floor, spreading additional tile adhesive as needed. And be sure to allow your adhesive time to set up before you lay the tiles.
As you complete laying your whole tiles and cut edge tiles to a square section, You can either tap your cork tiles with a rubber mallet or go over them with a flooring roller. Your goal is to press the two layers of contact cement further together to bond the cork tiles to the floor.
Once you complete one square section of the floor move on to the next installing your cork tiles in the same manner as the first. After finishing the entire cork floor tile installation, It's time to seal your Cork Floor Tiles.
You should apply a tile sealant, Even if your cork tiles came already equipped with a protective sealant. It's best to apply an additional coat of tile sealant once they're installed to protect your cork tiles from moisture and dirt getting between the tiles.
Find out from your cork tile supplier for the type of tile sealer that's best to use for your cork floor tiles.