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."
Cost: Cork flooring ranges in price from $3 to $12 per square foot on average. While installation can be a DIY project for those with home improvement DIY experience, a professional installation can help seal up all the potential seams and cracks around tubs, vanities and toilets. Professional installation can add approximately $3 to $5 per square foot.
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.
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.
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