Cork

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Natural cork products have been enriching interiors for over 100 years. They offer a variety of benefits that no other flooring can match! Today cork flooring is far more durable and is much more easily maintained than in years past. It is available in an array of beautiful colors and patterns. Its unique cellular structure makes it a cushion underfoot, a great thermal and acoustic insulator, resilient, impermeable, hypoallergenic, anti-static and fire retardant.

Cork is available in floating planks or glue down tiles in either prefinished or unfinished options suitable for residential and light commercial usage.

Types of Cork

Types of Cork

Traditional cork tiles that are glued down to the substrate are still available as they have been for over 100 years. But now cork is also available in floating planks, usually 12" x 36" and these provide even greater insulation and comfort benefits. Cork comes in prefinished or unfinished options and in a wide pallet of colors. Finding the correct cork for your home is our expertise.

Durability

Durability of Cork

Cork is very durable while at the same time being susceptible to showing wear and tear from heavy traffic, high heels, cat and dog rough housing. Generally unfinished cork floors where the finish is applied on site are more durable and suited for light commercial usage. Some cork tiles have solid color penetration, not a veneer, and these are very long lasting as they can be sanded like a hardwood floor. Cork is particularly susceptible to fading in direct sunlight and this should be taken into consideration. Choosing cork for the right room and knowing its limitations will serve you well in selecting this durable floor covering or not. Let us help you make the right decision.

Cost

Cost

Cork floors are similar to hardwood and generally range between $9 and $12 per square foot. Floating cork floors need to be installed on a very flat substrate. Many concrete floors and even wood floors need to be leveled. We have a lot of experience leveling floors. This can add considerably to the project; usually leveling runs $1.50 to $3 per square foot.

Care

Cork Care & Maintenance

With some TLC, you can enjoy the extraordinary beauty and comfort of cork flooring for many years to come. Sweep or vacuum it frequently in order to avoid build-up of abrasive particles. Use only floor cleaners for pre-finished hardwood available from your local retailer or home center. Wet maintenance is absolutely prohibited. When the floor starts to show traffic patterns and signs of wear, the surface must be recoated with a high quality water base urethane to prevent damage to the cork. The longevity of the finish is relative to traffic intensity and quality of floor care. Under normal conditions, the protective coating should last at least 5 years. It is the responsibility of the owner to judge when the floor needs recoating. Most cork decorative patterns are made of a thin veneer laminated to a cork base. Failure to maintain the finish could result in irreparable damage. A new application of urethane will make the floor look new again and prolong its lifespan.

Fading – Cork contains organic pigments. Like a wood floor, cork will fade and should never be exposed directly to sunlight. Where possible, use drapes or other systems to protect your floor from excessive light. Cork will yellow when fading.

Joints – Maintaining an adequate temperature and appropriate relative humidity will minimize contraction and expansion of your custom floor.

STEPS TO PROTECT A CORK FLOOR

  • Maintain a minimum humidity of 50% to 60% in the room.
  • Vacuum and sweep as needed to help eliminate fine particles of dirt/grit that act like sandpaper and will scratch any floor.
  • Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Use walk-off mats at entrance doors and in front of kitchen sink. Avoid rubber backed and other non-ventilated mats or rugs.
  • Use a rug in front of working areas in the kitchen such as at the stove and sink to prevent local premature wear.
  • Install proper protectors under furniture legs.
  • Use caster-wheeled chairs with wide casters and a protective mat under office chairs.
  • Periodically check cork floors for signs of wear.

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