Cork Tiles bring Rich Textures, A soft feel underfoot and numerous Floor tile patterns. And the floor tile installation is a breeze.
Cork floor tiles are durable and once installed they add both thermal and acoustic insulation.
* Cork floor tiles need to sit in the room you'll be tiling for four day's before you install the tiles. These tiles are very porous and need this time to adjust to the humidity and temperature.
* Some tile adhesives require that a latex primer is applied to the tile underlayment,
* you can install cork floor tiles over just about any other flooring, but to ensure a professional looking floor tile installation, it's always best to remove the old flooring and prepare your plywood or concrete tile underlayment.
If you use a plywood tile underlayment, finish it off by mixing up a batch of Latex Reinforced floor patching compound to the consistency of toothpaste.
Check with your seller to make sure the patching compound is compatible with the tile adhesive you'll be using. You won't need to do this if you're using snap down cork tiles because there's no tile adhesive required.
Use a flat trowel or taping knife to fill all the fastener holes and seams between the plywood sheets and then scrape it flush with the surface. Allow the compound to dry overnight and in the morning use a sanding pad loaded with medium grit sandpaper to sand any patches smooth.
* For a Concrete tile underlayment, you'll want to check for cracks and moisture and make the needed repairs before installing your Cork floor tiles.
Measure each wall of the room. Include the doorways or any other openings. And find the center points of the walls,
If the room is L-shaped or any other non-rectangular shape, Find the midpoints of the largest rectangular area of the floor and mark the center locations to the floor. Then snap chalk lines on the floor between each opposing mark.
You should wind up with a large plus sign in the middle of the floor that spreads out to each of the four walls, and with four equal square sections.
Use a framing square to ensure that each section is square.
If they're not square, Measure from each end of each line to the walls that are parallel to them and pick the reference line that's farthest out of sync with its parallel walls. Then re-snap the line, so it's perfectly square to the other line.
Once you've completed preparing your Subfloor, You're ready to begin the quick and easy Cork floor tile installation.