Cork Flooring Basement

Cork Flooring Basement

Cork Flooring Basement

We put cork floor in a hallway in the basement. We installed it over those falkeboard over plastic subfloor squares that home Depot sells. I am glad that we did for several reasons. The squares have little feet that provides an air pocket (insulation) this keeps the cork floor from being cold all the time. The little feet allow small amounts of water to run underneath without anythign getting wet. We had a toile line break once and a sink overflow once and we are currently having problems with outside water intrusion. Those little subfloor feet kept the cork flooring from getting wet and being ruined. A few comments about cork flooring: It comes in hundreds of different grain patterns. Some are phenominally intersting and beautiful. Others are balnd and boring. The nicest onces are found on the internet. It is usually stained or died. One company on the internet sells brightly colored cork flooring (Tangerine, yellow, blue etc). A lot depends on what coating is on the cork. If it is a super hard coating, it holds up better, but you lose the benefits of a cork floor, basically, you have a plastic floor with cork underneath. We used a semi-flexible coating that allows our feet to benefit from the softness of the cork. It has to be re-coated evey three or four years. Cork is soft. Do not drag furniture across it, allow darts to fall on it, wear high heels, or allow dog’s nails on it. It scratches easily. Deep scratches or furrows are common. In that case you have to replace that section of the floor. Each brand is slightly different in the connetion. Most brands have suggested special tools for installing their particular floor. Buy them. Do not save money by buying generic floating floor tools from Home Depot. You will not save money, you will break floor sections and have ot order more at great time and expense. Score the cork with a razor before cutting the floor pieces. Do nto walk ont he cork before you have it coated. I prefer to put my own coating on the floor. That way I know exactly what was used, how many coats and I know that all of the joints are coated. It is very very easy to do. Most coatings are waterbased and can be applied with a sponge mop. You need a lot of coats (I used 15), but they dry in half an hour, so it is very easy to put on a lot of coats.
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Cork Flooring Basement

Classic Meets Rustic Basement By blending masculine textures with feminine touches, Candice creates a basement fit for the whole family. A dog-friendly sectional in bark brown is paired with two leather green ottomans and a coffee table made of logs and glass. A gas fireplace flanked from floor to ceiling with sandstone tiles adds a rustic touch to the space. Traditional Family Basement Divided into two zones, this basement features a family lounge and a crafts and sewing area. Cream cabinetry with an antique wash provides tons of storage, while a huge sectional sofa is the perfect neutral backdrop for a host of accents pillows that play up the contrasts of texture and color. A photo gallery of favorite botanical prints creates a stunning focal point for the lounge area. Spiced-Up Basement To create a space with the energy and warmth of a Mexican cantina, Candice starts by grounding the basement with durable tile that has the look of wide-plank hardwood. Color plays a big part in this space with a chili-pepper red glass backsplash, a red and guacamole green chair and a fiery red media cabinet. To create the illusion of a large window, she hangs wall-sized translucent blinds over the tiny basement window. Playful, Artistic Basement Retreat Bright and colorful, this basement features a cozy family lounge and a fun, functional art studio. Muted green carpet compliments the sky blue walls, and slipcovered furniture is the perfect solution for this art-loving family. To create the illusion of natural illumination, Candice installs floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Whimsical vinyl transfer words add color and playfulness to the room. Tags: other spaces storage and utility spaces transitional style white photos neutral photos multicolor photos traditional style kid-friendly toys stuffed animals Multi-Functional Basement A neutral palette is the setting for this basement that features a lounge, a media area and a workout zone. A dramatic, vertical gas fireplace boasts rustic limestone cladding and is flanked by four-foot sconces. For added pizzazz, the workout area is divided off from the rest of the basement by French doors and two cool, glassed-in waterfalls. Exotic Indian Lounge To set the scene for this Indian-inspired basement, Candice covers the walls in a black-and-gold paisley wallpaper and a metallic-backed sisal wallpaper. Black-and-white carpet tiles create a chic checkerboard across the room, while luxe fabrics on the furniture and window treatments add a glam factor. Comfy, Neutral Basement Neutral walls are paired with dark vinyl tiles that give the look of real wood. The painted brick fireplace is the focal point of the space and features a wood mantel with a built-in nook for the TV. Cozy seating and a space set aside for the family’s musical instruments complete this basement makeover. Cool Teen Hangout For this basement makeover, Candice transformed an empty basement into a hip teen bedroom that also doubles as a family hangout. In the bedroom, she uses masculine shades of brown, blue and black to create a comfy and relaxing atmosphere. Over in the family room, a big media area features a desk for homework, a beverage fridge, a big screen TV and cozy, oversized furniture. For an added bit of fun, she includes a three-in-one games system, featuring foosball, hockey and pool. Relaxing Basement Hangout Rust grasscloth and buttery yellow walls set the scene for a warm, inviting basement. A deep L-shaped sectional in sage linen features tons of textured pillows in rust, gold and cream. To brighten the windowless space, Candice installs recessed lights and track lighting behind a bulkhead. Cozy Gathering Place A color palette of plum, caramel, copper and cream is mixed with warm wood tones for a comfortable, homey vibe in this basement. A series of three backlit digital photos add much-needed light and give the room a personal touch.
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Cork Flooring Basement

Step One // How to Lay a Cork Floor Cork Floor Overview Illustration by Gregory Nemec Installing a click-together floating floor is a simple process, but a few guidelines need minding. To begin, while cork flooring is appropriate for most spaces in your house, its unglued seams will absorb water, which can swell and potentially warp individual planks. That rules out its use in wet rooms such as baths. And, like all natural materials, cork expands and contracts with changes in weather. Each piece may only move a little, but that adds up over the width of an entire room. This cumulative effect requires you to leave a 1/2-inch space around the perimeter of the flooring. Of course, for a finished appearance you’ll want to hide that expansion gap. If your walls have baseboard, you can carefully pry it off before you start, then run the flooring to within 1/2 inch of the wall and reinstall the base atop the new floor. An easier option: Leave the baseboard in place, lay the floor with that half-inch gap, and then cover it with shoe molding. If your baseboard already has shoe molding, you’ll have to remove and reinstall it. Manufacturers provide a special tapping block that, when butted to a plank and knocked with a hammer, helps lock the tongue of one piece into the groove of another. Make sure you use this block rather than a wood scrap or a direct hammer blow, both of which may damage a plank’s soft pressboard backing and make a tight join impossible. Finally, while nearly all cork flooring comes prefinished and goes down in an afternoon, a few companies suggest applying an extra protective finish coat of polyurethane after the installation. And most manufacturers recommend that you unpack all the material 72 hours before starting a job to allow it to acclimate to its surroundings. So keep your timing in mind—you may need to wait to install the flooring and then take the room out of commission for a day or two.
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Cork Flooring Basement

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo robyn_fguy I had cork in my kitchen and family rooms for the passed 25years, after three children, dogs cats, the floor is still going great, it never shows dirt I only damp mop each week. I would like to update my rooms from brown cork to something more modern, I have been told that I can’t put any other covering on my floor ie. floating cork, tiles etc as no glue will stick to the cork. We love our cork so now I am looking for some way of having my floor again in cork but in a light colour. Where can I purchase light colour cork tiles in Australian? Robbie 2 Like Bookmark August 3, 2015 at 12:46AM

Cork Flooring Basement

Cork Flooring Basement
Cork Flooring Basement
Cork Flooring Basement



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