Is cork flooring suitable for the bathroom?

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  • It is a bit of a toss up. Some say yes, some say no. I would check on the quality and guarantee or warranty before installing. See if this helps.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on May 03, 2019

    Depends on what it's backing is. Some commercial grade is over rubber and would be ok. If bottom is masonite or particle board , then no

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on May 03, 2019

    I vote, No. it would be tough to wipe down & porous

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on May 03, 2019

    Advantages: Cork is filled with air cells that make it naturally soft underfoot, which means it's great for bare feet. It's also naturally resistant to moisture, mold, mildew and bacteria, and won't feel cold (like tile) underfoot. Despite its soft feel, it can be as durable as hardwood when finished correctly.

    Disadvantages: Make sure your cork has been approved for use in a high-moisture space, and confirm all the ins and outs of the warranty with your manufacturer. Have your installer seal the cork with a low-VOC finish to ensure that no water can seep through seams or cracks. AJ Minite of Siena Flooring Designs loves using cork in the bathroom. “For bathroom installations either click system or glue-down cork flooring is acceptable,” Minite says. “Our cork comes prefinished with three coats of water-based polyurethane, but for bathrooms we’d recommend adding two more coats after installation and a bead of silicone around the perimeter to keep out excess water.”

    Cork is water resistant but not waterproof. It works well in bathrooms but can suffer damage when exposed to standing water for too long. Cork floors can plump, warp and distort if water penetrates a seam. it's antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, biodegradable and recyclable. Cork has excellent insulation properties too, ensuring minimal heat loss.

    Maintenance: Consider laying down a bath mat near your tub and shower to soak up any possible standing water after a bath or shower. Regular sweeping and dry mopping should take care of everyday maintenance. Typically, cork flooring has a polyurethane topcoat that protects it from minor spills and wear and tear. This poly finish needs to be reapplied every couple of years to ensure that the floor will remain impervious to moisture.