Whether it is worth laying a cork floor in the kitchen or not, depends on what result you want to achieve. For example, if your goal is environmental friendliness, this is one conversation. If practicality is different, and if ordinary ponies - then this is the third.
And in this article we'll look at all the aspects, sort out the cork floors for "chips", identify the pros and cons, and show you the photo of such coverage in the interior and sound the approximate price.
- 1 What is the cork floor and with what coating can it be compared?
- 2 What are the advantages of a cork floor in the kitchen?
- 3 And what are the disadvantages of sex from the cork in the kitchen?
- 3.1 1st minus - Doubtful appearance
- 3.2 2nd minus - Price
- 3.3 3rd minus - The need to perfectly level the base of the floor
- 3.4 4th minus - Burnout
- 3.5 5th minus - Complexity in care
- 3.6 6th negative - Vulnerability to scratches and scratches
- 3.7 7 minus the inability to wash the paint
- 3.8 8th minus - Inability to get rid of fatty spots
- 4 On the environmental friendliness of the cork floor
- 5 Can I put a cork floor on a "warm" floor
- 6 Which cork floor is better for the kitchen?
- 7 Differences of the cork floor from other popular coatings
What is the cork floor and with what coating can it be compared?
The cork floor can be compared to the OSB plate, only thinner and more plastic. This coating is made from cork, and it is still a tree, although quite unusual.
Compare it with laminate and linoleum - you can not.
But with the tree, too, because, the tree - it's actually a natural cover, but the cork floor - just pressed crumb of wood, on the glue. And the base of the cork floor is the same as that of the laminate.
Therefore, to dream about the fact that he "breathes" - is not worth it. And what's the difference, actually? Before laying any covering, now cover the screed with two layers of primer. And though the fabric of the bed, the floor still will not breathe. And he does not need to breathe, there are windows for this ...
What are the advantages of a cork floor in the kitchen?
So, where do we begin our analysis of the flights? Perhaps - with the merits of this coverage. We draw your attention to the fact that emphasis will be placed on how the cork floor behaves in the kitchen.
1st plus - Water resistant
Many mistakenly believe that the cork floor is terribly afraid of water, since it is porous. But, it's quite the opposite. The cork floor is not particularly scary, as the wood itself, from which the coating is made, absorbs only 20% of the 100% of the spilled water. Remember the same plugs of wine: are they soaked with liquid? And this despite the fact that in a humid environment they were for a very long time.
That is, if you spill a cup of hot tea on the cork floor, then the puddle will remain on the surface for a very long time. Nowhere it will not absorb, but rather just erode, if it does not wipe.
The water resistance of the floor in the kitchen is a big advantage. For example, the same tree - is afraid of moisture, and therefore, it is too often to wash it, forget about the spilled cups of tea - too. But tea - this is utter nonsense compared with the flood from above ...
The cork floor, in this sense, "behaves" just fine. Yes, it can swell at some point, but a month passes, it completely dries up and regains its original shape. As you can see, these facts go against the popular belief that the cork is best suited for dry premises in an apartment.
2nd plus - Warmth and softness
Even on the wooden floor is not so nice to walk, as the cork. In this respect, nothing can compare with it: it is like velvet, otherwise you will not say. And, if you like to walk around the house barefoot - this is what you need.
Besides this - it is warm to the touch. Even on cold days, the cork floor is warm, even warmer than a tree. And this means that if you have small children who move crawling on the floor, cork cover is the best thing they can think of.
3rd plus - Soundproofing properties
The cork floor perfectly silences the sound. If your house is worn by a herd of restless children, then bed such a floor and the neighbors will be very happy. And you, too. There is absolutely no sound in the house of trampling, rumbling ... Beauty.
But keep in mind that it silences precisely the shock noise. If you want to protect yourself against the screaming tape of the neighbor from the floor with the help of the floor, then leave this undertaking. Music is vibration and your cork floor will vibrate perfectly with the wall.
4th plus - Resistance to fungal damage
Managers who paint the benefits and wonderful properties of the cork floor, always mention the resistance to the fungus. Perhaps this is in fact an indisputable plus. But in our memory, there is not one floor covering that suffered from fungus.
Maybe you know such cases? Write in the comments, we are interested in your opinion ...
And, in general, this is how much water should be poured, so that the fungus would form on the floor? And, if it is already formed (for example, from a microtube in the pipes), then it will hit not the floor covering, but the entire screed! And concrete, and gypsum ...
You understand, that in this case the cork floor will not save you in any way. So what if he survives? It is almost unreal to rip it off and perestelit, contrary to the assurances of the sellers. Say, you can and five times perestilat, nothing with locks will not happen. Very much even will be, it is checked not once.
5th plus - Save dishes
If you often drop a cup on the floor - buy a cork floor! This is the truth, on it, practically, the dishes do not beat. And given the current prices for plates and other glass utensils - this is a big plus and saving in the future.
Of course, the thinnest glass glass will burst. But an ordinary plate and a cup will survive.
6th plus - Low static
They say that to the cork floor, practically, dust does not stick. And it is true. It is non-static, therefore, there is almost no dust on it. Plus is it? We do not know. After all, if there is no dust on the floor, then it is on other interior items. And, frankly, it's much easier to wipe the dust off the floor, with the easy movement of the mop, rather than wipe it off the lighting fixtures, decorative elements ...
Yes, and can not be seen on the cork floor dust, it's colorful! But, not to make this point in the pros we could not. Once managers say plus - it means a plus.
7th plus - Dust and crumbs are almost invisible on it
This we continue the previous paragraph. The cork floor is a lazy dream. If the same laminate instantly gives out your laziness, then cork - no.
On it are not visible crumbs and other small trash. Also, it is much easier to wash than other coatings: there are no divorces on it, which means you do not have to spend on Mr. Proper and wipe it dry with a microfiber cloth (like a glossy ceramic tile, for example, or a laminate).
8th plus - It does not slip
This moment is rather controversial. Tube stopper strife. More correctly, covering the cork floor. Some floors do not slip, and some - very even, because they are opened by three layers of slippery varnish. That is why, reviews on the Internet are different.
By the way, about the slip. This medal has a reverse side. If the floor and, in fact, does not slip at all, it is fraught with wiped socks, torn capron pantyhose and burns on the knees of children, when they will take a run on it ... Children they are, yes. They manage to erase elbows in the blood, even on the carpet, not that on the cork.
And what are the disadvantages of sex from the cork in the kitchen?
And now let's move on to the most important point - the minuses. If you do not take them into account, it will be very annoying ...
1st minus - Doubtful appearance
Yes, the cork floor does not look very, to put it mildly. Although, maybe you have a different taste and you do not agree with us. But we still believe that this floor looks extremely sparse and gray.
Absolutely no beauty in it. No special naturalness and aura in it, too.
Although, now things with the design of cork floors are much better than some five years ago. You can find the colors "under the tree", and something more interesting than "no" cork cork.
2nd minus - Price
The cork floor is twice as expensive as the laminate floor. Perhaps this is not a minus, of course. After all, the cork is better than a laminate and, therefore, it is quite fair that it is more expensive.
But on the other hand, the cork is quite a bit cheaper than a good deck board, which is just better than a cork. So think, is it worth it?
3rd minus - The need to perfectly level the base of the floor
If there are any drops on the floor, your cork floor will come to an end very soon. They will be sold, torn and crumbled. Screed should be not just perfect, but super-ideal.
You yourself, it is unlikely that such a build and will have to hire masters. On the other hand, there is no big difference in the price between the quality of the screeds, and the ideal is needed not only for the cork, but also for linoleum, laminate ...
4th minus - Burnout
This is a significant disadvantage. If your kitchen is on the sunny side, then the cork floor will burn out very quickly. And the difference between the window area and the rest of the room will be simply colossal.
Take care not to get into the room direct sunlight - unnecessary fuss, which you will very soon forget. And as soon as you forget, the floor will start to burn slowly and correctly.
5th minus - Complexity in care
The floor of the cork is porous, which means it will not be so easy to wash it from something colored. For example, if you spilled cherry juice, then you have to stand on your knees and carefully rub the spot, whereas, on the ceramic tile you can hold a mop and voila ...
Also, over time, these microcracks are clogged with mud. And the cork floor, periodically, must be thoroughly washed with a brush, hands, otherwise, it will look stale and gray.
6th negative - Vulnerability to scratches and scratches
This aspect, too, is controversial and it all depends on the quality of the floor. Some floors are not afraid of punching and they do not remain dented even from heavy furniture. And other floors are more tender (read - cheap) and you will have to put pads on the legs of the table and chairs.
Of course, there is no question of walking in the kitchen in the kitchen. But on the other hand - and there is nothing to slap in the shoes around the house. Learn to take off your shoes in the corridor.
7 minus the inability to wash the paint
With the paint that hit the cork floor, some interesting things are happening. We, for example, can not explain this miracle, but it is.
If the paint gets into the cork floor, then it does not wipe away immediately.
Well, just nothing, absorbed tightly. But a month passes, two, three and the spot begins to gradually disappear and in the end, it is simply neutralized. But all two or three months you are admiring the dark spot, from which it is impossible to get rid of.
Also, you can not wash the drops of greenery, iodine, paint for Easter eggs, inscriptions with a marker ...
8th minus - Inability to get rid of fatty spots
But the fat cork floor does not self-destruct, in contrast to paint. If the fat is not wiped often, it will absorb, and you will never get rid of it.
Of course, you can polish the cork and open with a new varnish. But this is dreary and long, and the veneer with which the floor is covered is rather thin and such manipulations have a limit.
On the environmental friendliness of the cork floor
Many take cork flooring precisely because of this advantage. It seems that it's so eco-friendly and safe that it's just a nightmare. But in practice - this is nonsense.
The cork floor is no better than a laminate or linoleum. But a poor-quality cork floor is even worse, since the glue with which it is pressed can discharge harmful substances for a very long time.
Then, the cork floor, without fail, varnish. Is the lacquer green? And where does the cork come from if you do not come into contact with it in any way? You breathe vapors of varnish and glue.
Furthermore, cork floor base - or the same vinyl or PVC. The cork coating layer is 2-6 mm (which is very rare, usually 2-3).
Judge for yourself, from where in the Mediterranean are there so many forests to provide the whole world with floors from pure cork? This is just unreal. On the veneer are millimeters of this coating, millimeters. And the rest - the most ordinary materials.
Therefore, if your goal is environmental friendliness and complete hypoallergenicity, then a laminate is better. He certainly does not evaporate anything.
Here it is worth mentioning about cushioning properties, about which sellers are singing. Like, walking on the cork floor is so useful for the spine, since you walk almost over the rubber, amortize, amortize ... This is not true.
The cork floor is as rigid as the laminate.
And it does not matter which producer produces this product: there is no cork floor from one cork.
Can I put a cork floor on a "warm" floor
In the network there is a rumor that under the cork floor there is no reason to put electrical heating, because the cork just will not miss it. This is nonsense.
Try putting a piece of cork floor on the battery and you'll understand everything. He is a great conductor of warmth. Another question is that there is not much point in heating it, as it is warm enough by itself. Unless, if you removed the batteries and instead decided to equip the floor heating, then you can do so.
Which cork floor is better for the kitchen?
The cork floor is of two types:
- Roll (glutinous), which spread like linoleum and glue straight to the screed;
- Tiled (lock), which is stitched, like a laminate, to locks.
For the kitchen is better to take the first option, since it is without cracks.
Slots with time swell from moisture, clogged with garbage ... This is not too practical for such a room, as you understand. Generally, there are more types of cork flooring, but now there is no sense in disassembling them, it's about design.
Differences of the cork floor from other popular coatings
Our review will be incomplete without comparison with other types of sex. This is the easiest way to understand whether there is a reason for buying a cork floor. Let's go.
Which is better: cork or ceramic tiles
Durability: the ceramic tile serves for a long time, if you do not drop the cast-iron goose on it ... But on the cork you can drop anything, even knives. No scratches are particularly noticeable and holes from punctures are something subtle - too.
About what the coating quickly fades - cork, by itself. But it erases the protective varnish, which you can simply update. But the cork has the property of crumbling from blows and from punching.
In a word, you can not say anything concrete. If you do not start dropping the geese - the tile is safer. And it's even safer to roll up the kitchen with asphalt, that's for sure.
Ease of care: it is much easier to take care of tiles, it is not even discussed.
Simplicity of flooring: under the "cork" you need to perfectly equip the base. But the tile - you need to perfectly water it. If you leave air gaps in the glue or put the tile unevenly, then it will start to lag and crack at the places where the "backlash" was formed. And align, and put - expensive. Therefore, here the score is 1: 1.
Heat: Well, here you understand everything. Of course - cork.
Which is better: cork floor or linoleum
Durability: the cork is much more durable in operation, whatever one may say. Although, if you take linoleum production, then he will outlive you. But the colors of this linoleum - terrible, therefore, we are talking about the domestic version. And it's soft, it tears, it wears off and after 10 years, it looks like hell.
Cork floors in ten years can be opened with fresh varnish and they will still serve. Due to the fact that they are so rash, they are not particularly visible damage.
Ease of care: it's easier to take care of the linoleum, since it is perfectly smooth. A cork - porous and you need to thoroughly wash out the dirt, clogging in the microcrack.
Simplicity of flooring: Both surfaces require a flat surface. If the linoleum is spread on an uneven floor, then it will quickly erase and look disgusting. Under the linoleum, every crumb and fossa is visible.
Heat: Both coverings are warm, but here you go on the last nicer every 10 times. Linoleum is like a calico to the touch, and the cork is like a tree.
Which is better: a coating of cork or laminate
Durability: laminate and cork serve approximately the same. But the laminate has the property of swelling at the joints, which is why its appearance deteriorates. The cork, especially the glue, looks much better.
Ease of care: The laminate is easier to clean, because there is no pore on it, which is clogged with dirt. But it must be wiped dry after washing, as too visible divorce.
Simplicity of flooring: both are easy to lay. The main thing is to prepare the surface well, and the styling is already the tenth thing.
Heat: both of these coatings are warm, but the laminate is not so pleasant to the touch. In addition, he is very loud.
Which is better: a wooden floor or cork
Durability: the tree is more durable, especially if it's not a parquet, but a deck board. Yes, and to restore easier the wooden floor, rather than veneered cork.
Ease of care: caring for a tree is easier, despite the fact that it periodically needs to be rubbed with mastic.
Simplicity of flooring: a tree does not need to equal the floor and this is a plus. But you need to perfectly flatten it on the lags and this is a minus: professionals are needed here.
Heat: these are equally warm coverings. But judging by the feedback of the owners, the feeling of the cork floor - it's warmer.
Conclusion: We told you everything and even more about cork floors, their pros and cons, showed the photo and indicated the approximate price for 1 square meter. Now think for yourself, decide for yourself what is best to choose when doing repairs.