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Old 04-02-2006, 09:40 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by ALANSD
The only problem I had was using a glue originally that did not hold well enough ....since I reglued with a contact cement I have had no issues, thru seasonal weather changes, etc, The cork is warm in winter and cool in summer to the touch.
Do you remember where you got your clue down cork flooring? Does anyone else have venders to recommend?

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Old 04-02-2006, 10:41 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by NorCal Bambi
Do you remember where you got your clue down cork flooring? Does anyone else have venders to recommend?
You might consider a floating floor for your application.
I believe that the glue-in floor is great for small areas in a finished trailer, especially with a one-piece sub floor.
Joined floor panes will soon move while driving, and cause problems with glued down flooring, such as cracks and lifting.
Since you have an empty trailer, is is quite easy to install a floating floor underneath everything. You can cover the entire floor and have a nice finished look when the trailer is done. It's nice to open a cabinet and have a finished floor underneath it all.
If you are going to re-install the existing furnishings, then you will have to trim the bottoms to make up for the floor height.

I bought my cork from

I chose a 3-in 1 material, pre-finished. It has the underlayment, support material, and top floor all in one click type panel. No glue is required to join the panels. It insulates nicely against cold and noise.
My brand is Westhollow, my pattern is New Brunswick.

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Old 05-05-2006, 07:25 PM   #17
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First, cork is a wonderful floor. I am an architect. I push it on every project I have (not always with success). I have had it in two houses.

The vendor of the best cork flooring that I know of is Dodge-Regupol ( Theirs is 12x12 glue-down. The best installation is to lay unfinished tile, then to finish with polyurethane. Waxed cork feels nicer to bare feet, but requires more maintenance (annual waxing and buffing). This is institutional grade cork: the type that lasts 60 to 100 years with proper maintenance.

I strongly recommend against the fancy cork patterns: you are getting a thin veneer over a low quality cork back. Because cork is relatively soft, it's also easily cut by dropped knives and other sharp objects. The Regupol cork absorbs this type of damage gracefully, but I don't think this type will. It is also un-refinishable because the surface you bought to look at is so thin.

Poor adhesion and adhesive failure is probably a function of moisture. If your trailer leaks at all, or if there is any moisture in the subfloor, you will have a problem. This is true for all types of glued-down flooring. Newer formulations of adhesives are much more moisture-sensitive than older adhesives (formulations changed to comply with air quality standards). If you can get hold of "cut back adhesive" it should be less of a problem.

Because of moisture issues, a floating floor might be a good compromise.

Re dogs: the only floors that will stand up to 120 lb. dogs with no damage are concrete, ceramic tile, and steel plate. I have rambunctious 70 lb. dogs, and they scratch the polyurethane, but the cork itself is unharmed. Also 4 boys. I'd do cork again in a heartbeat.

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Old 12-02-2006, 02:57 PM   #18
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That's the kind of recommendation I've been looking for. I've been looking at cork for projects for years, but the vendors I've talked to have always said not to use it in bathrooms or kitchens because of moisture. I've been trying to find a product I like for the kitchen in my house, and had concerns about two 90# dogs and scratches. I figured that since our kitchen is so tiny, I'd experiment to see how the stuff held up with dogs and dropped pots before trying to sell clients on it. I also wanted to put cork tiles in my Airstream, but wondered about seams in the plywood, humidity, flexing. I was looking at using 5/32" thick 12x12 tiles, glued to the plywood floor. Maybe a floating floor would provide more moisture stability?

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Old 12-02-2006, 03:09 PM   #19
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I had cork in my AS motorhome, and loved it a lot. Easy to install, easy to maintain and clean. Warm on the feet in the winter, cool in the summer. Can't get better stuff for your Airstream I think.

(Guess I already posted some of this above, but that is another vote for cork.)
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We installed cork flooring in our 'mud' room. This the anti-chamber between the back door and the house properand is the entrance we use most. We also live in snow country so this is where we change shoes when entering and leaving on snowy days. It also houses our washer and dryer.

We used the floating style (not glue down) flooring, our vendor had us apply 3 coats of finish (instead of 2) becaue of the water. They also had no heart burn about kitchen or batroom installations.

It's been in for about six months and the floor shows no wear. We have a 115 pound Dogue de Bordeaux (french mastif).

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