Hybrid floor base, why cork is a good choice
There are two main types of base on hybrid floor: one is foam material or rubber, also known as IXPE; the other one is cork. It is frequently asked by customers: Which one is better, IXPE or cork base?
If we compare the effect of the finished product, Hybrid floor with cork base in some circumstance achieves better result.
The benefits of using cork base are:
1. Expanding life span of the floor: The core of modern Hybrid floor made of stone plastic composite, since stoneware is relatively brittle, the backing material built onto the base cannot be too squashy, or it breaks the locking when bearded load. Cork will hold together and better than IPEX in this scenario.
2. Reduce the noise at the floor: IXPE is made of foam, this material is too sleek to glue down to the subfloor, and squeaky sound may expected when installed on uneven ground, whereas hybrid with cork base can be fixed to the ground using glue and minimize any noise.
3. More suitable for Unit & Apartment use: Most Unit & Apartment have specific acoustic requirements on underlay for the thickness. Hybrid with cork base generally settled down well with another layer of underlays, however, IXPE based Hybrid does not work to the same effect.