Cork flooring tiles are a great way to add comfort, style and dimension to any room’s floor. Easy to install, long lasting and a very green makes for installing cork flooring tiles a great idea for any home improvement project. But did you know they look great on walls too? And they provide acoustic resistance for noisy rooms like entertainment areas or kid’s rooms while still looking fantastic. Check out how to install them on your wall, just like the pros.
The process for installing cork flooring on walls is very similar to installing cork flooring tiles on the floor-minus a few subtle differences. But as with any tile job, preparation is the key to a successful job. Cleaning the wall with a soapy solution of water and a sponge or simply repainting a coat or two of primer can help make the difference between tile work that lasts a long time or tile that falls of after a few months.
The next step to installing cork flooring onto a wall is to layout the pattern. Whether its just simple squares, alternating diamond shapes or complex mosaics, layout with a tape measure and pencil are the only way to ensure your tile keeps a linear and continuous look. One of the easiest steps to ensuring tile is centered correctly on the wall is to find the center of the wall, then layout the cork tiles from that point. Using a cardboard template can help when multiple cuts and designs make layout tricky.
Once you’ve got a good layout, you can begin attaching the largest pieces of tiles first. Starting from the center, spread cork tile adhesive with a notched trowel about two or three tiles wide, being careful not to cover up all of your layouts. You may need to back butter some of the tile pieces to get the layout right.
Next, set the tile on the correct layout and give it a gentle press in the center and corners. After multiple tiles have been set, a roller can be used to set tiles evenly, wipe away any excess glue with a sponge as you work.