July 14, 2016
Another milestone reached…the flooring on the main level is complete. Oh wow, it is starting to look more and more like a house and less and less like a construction zone.
We decided to do the main level with cork tiles for several reasons.
- comfort – cork has a nice give to it making it wonderful to walk and stand on.
- warmth – cork is a great insulator and will help make the floors warmer.
- water resistant – great for kitchens
- durability – a cork floor can last 20 to 30 years.
- upkeep – damp mop and wash. Every 5 to 10 years, high traffic areas may need another coat of urethane.
We had the cork professionally installed by Ray’s Cork Flooring and are thrilled with the end result. It took three full days to lay the approximately 1000 square feet of tile (kitchen, living room, 2 bedrooms and foyer), and another morning for cleanup and the final coat of urethane. The tiles already had 4 factory coats of urethane on them, so only one final coat was required.
It will take 7 days for the urethane to fully cure, so we are not working in the house until then. Next week we can tackle the final trim on the main floor. We are taking the flooring time as a break from inside construction and getting some of the outside work done. Update to come.