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Old 03-31-2006, 12:08 PM   #1
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Cork flooring question

Hello,
We're considering putting cork flooring in the laundry room and two bathrooms of our stationary house. I know some of you have used this flooring in your Airstreams. I was hoping those who have experience with cork will offer your opinion about it's suitablity/performance for our application.

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Old 03-31-2006, 12:12 PM   #2
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Guy99,
You really can't go wrong here..The real choice for you is color/pattern and, should you do free or glue for lay down.
Check back on some the previous threads for brands, etc..
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Old 03-31-2006, 12:14 PM   #3
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Obtw,

We have a 120 pound dog. Any comments from folks with large dogs would be very helpful.
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Cork longevity

The Mayo Clinic put down some cork floors many years ago. They are still servicable after many years of heavy foot traffic, gurneys, etc.

The cork I put down in my 22' International was only in there for a few months before I traded the trailer, but indications were that it was almost indestructable. Dropped items just bounced off without leaving a mark.
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I asked a very similar question (http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/cork-floor-270-4.html), but never received an answer.

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I bought this:
http://www.diyflooring.com/brand_134...-flooring.html

For my 1963 Overlander project.
Although it has only been on 2 trips so far, it was installed first, so the entire construction project was done with the new floor installed under it.
So far, it does ot show any signs of scratching or damage in any way. I even dropped pvc glue on it, which came right up after it dried, by scratching with my finger nail.
I don't think that a large dog would do damage to it.
I am not sure, though, if it is an ideal material for wet locations, such as a bathroom. The site above has good information on this material, andperhaps a call to customer service would clear up the rest of your questions.
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There are several kinds of cork floor. What did you have in mind. I used 1x3 foot snap together sections in the caravel and in our kitchen. For this type the floor has to be near perfectly flat. Then there is the rolled cork. Glue it down and seal it. I think this would be better in a wet area as you don't have the seams. I think you can finish it with waterproof poly or exposy.
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I read somehwere that cork was used in a Church and has been down for a hundred years or so...lots of traffic on it, still holding up great. I have had mine two yrs in the AS and love it, it is a breeze to maintain and feels great on the feet. In a laundry room, I would worry about the ever possible leaky washer though, and seal it up tight as mentioned above.
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The Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC is over 100 years old built by Vanderbuilt and has cork flooring that is still in wonderful condition. The Whalehead club in Currituck County NC built in the 1920's has cork flooring that had been negelected for many years and had to be repaired because of a leaking roof, but most of the flooring was in remarkable condition. It is a wonderful product. The only problem I see with it is after you have it down for 100 years or so you might want a change in color.
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Floating cork floor vs. cork glue down tiles???

I've been researching cork flooring. When I contacted "Natural Cork", they would not recommend installing a cork floor in a travel trailer -- too much expansion and contraction with the temperature fluctuation. Can anyone who has installed a cork floor comment?

Do glue down cork tiles show seams after a cold winter? Do they unglue from the motion of a travel trailer?

The floating cork floor should resist expansion and contraction but I'm concerned about the additional weight of the floating cork floor. I calculate it will add 100# to my 25' Sovereign (vs 20# for the glue down cork tiles). I hate to add weight with gas prices soaring.

I really like the look of the cork flooring and I would like to hear back fron anyone who has installed a cork floor. I'm planning a big trip this summer and I would like to replace the original carpet in my 87 Sovereign with something that I can sweep clean.

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The weight penalty is minor. A floating cork floor will not react much if at all, to the motion of a trailers subfloor. Cork is lighter than laminate products, and supposedly weighs about the same as linoleum.
It is no heavier than carpet and pad.
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I had glue-down cork through a winter and summer in my 22' International AS which was an unusually flexible Airstream. Even with the stabilizers down, it rolled and bounced uncomfortably whenever anyone moved about. Airstream issued a recall to add reinforcement to the too-light frame.

I fitted the 1'x2' non-tiles very tightly in non-flammable adhesive. The trailer went through a winter and a summer with absolutely no visible change in the cork before I sold it. The tiles stayed tightly adhered. The current owners are occasioally on the forum; maybe they can comment after 3 more years of use.
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I recall Pahaska's cork flooring posts very well. John, didn't you do some prep work on the floor to smoothe out some dings? An advantage with his 22' CCD was a one-piece floor IIRC. As I researched that for my Argosy, the seams between plywood sheets were a concern in how glued thin cork flooring might crack. I never pursued this so will rely on others to follow up. iFloor has been a source for many.
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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.
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