In some grand design scheme, builders constantly put the family room, often known as the game room, directly above the living room or master bedroom. This means the sound of running feet, blaring movies and incessant beeps from video games travel through the thin floor boards and into the rooms where adults are trying to watch television or enjoy something resembling peace and quiet.
Granted, the vast majority of the time playrooms are carpeted, which does offer some insulation from sound and noise, but there are even better options for parents seeking to quiet the pitter patters of little feet overhead – cork flooring.
Cork is one of nature’s perfect designs. Cork is actually comprised of interlocking chambers with tough walls surrounding pockets of air. This design makes the material spongy yet durable. It is also naturally insulating and resistant to moisture. Cork has been used in wine bottles for millennia, and in more recent centuries, cork has also been used to create flooring tiles.
Cork flooring tiles are simple to install, attractive with their unique texture and finishing, and best of all – a soft surface to cushion footsteps and block a great deal of noise. This is perfect for play rooms and game rooms. Not only is cork flooring great for the peace and quiet sought by parents, it is also easier to clean than carpet and just as comfortable for lounging and running.
Cork flooring has a natural give that doesn’t mat down or get dirty over time. It is also finished and sealed, so any spills wipe up quickly and easily which is always a plus in rooms children frequent. And if cork flooring tiles on the floor aren’t enough sound insulation, you can actually use them on the walls as well to create a quiet, yet attractively unusual look in your room.
Installing Cork Flooring
Installing cork flooring is no more complicated than installing laminate flooring. Perhaps it is even easier as cork flooring tiles come in squares rather than long strips which may mean less cutting and trimming as you install.
Pull up the carpet and remove any nails or tacks from the subflooring. The simplest cork flooring tiles to install are interlocking in the same way laminate flooring is, but some tiles require adhesive. If you are installing cork flooring yourself opt for interlocking tiles. Lay out tiles beforehand if you are not confident in how the finished product will fit, especially if you are using alternating colors or patterns.
Once you are sure you know how the tiles will lay, start installing in one corner of the room and work steadily across until you’ve worked your way out of the room completely. Be sure to include a vapor barrier in the form of a plastic sheet under the tiles. You can secure the tiles by locking them together at the seam according to the manufacturer’s directions and carefully cut or trim tiles to fit in the corners or edges of the room.