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What makes cork a unique surface application?
Posted on: 02-26-2018 by Floor Covering Media


Looking for a flooring that is unique? Consider cork. The material is sourced from Portugal and Spain from the bark of cork oaks, which can be peeled every 8 to 10 years for many decades.



Cork is a money maker for harvestors in the area. There are small farmers who have reported making a good living for themselves. About 1000 kilograms of material can be produced from a tree during the course of its life on an ecologically conducive landscape. The process begins as the cork is peeled from the trees. Next, it is crushed to granules and pressed with a binder to tiles and blocks.



With the proper treatment, suppliers are insistant that cork flooring is suitable for every room in a home or office, even the bathroom. Cork is a quiet and comfortable walking surface and is a good choice for all places with a need for comfortable walking and standing.


That is not all. There's more. Cork provides excellent acoustic and thermal insulatation since it is made up of tiny air-filled chambers. It is heat resistant and used in space shuttles as heat protection. It does not charge electrostatically and contains natural substances that prevent rotting of cork flooring.



There are downsides: This soft material is vulnerable to sharp objects likely to puncture the floor. Heavy furniture could leave dents. Consider protective padding. Another downside: The properties of natural cork can brighten up under an intense and direct sunlight due to its natural origin. Expect slight variations in brightness of color in cork (even within the batch), which is typical for natural cork.



Cork flooring can be durable if the proper sealants are applied to the surface every few years to keep its waterproof characteristics; in which case it can be easily cleaned by vacuuming or sweeping once a week. For a complete and thorough cleaning of the surface, use recommended pH neutral, cleaning agents. For a natural cleaning, an uncomplcated mixture of water and vinegar is suggested.



Cork material is available in colored and undyed varieties. Suppliers offer a variety of materials for practically every home and office: treated, untreated, oiled, waxed, transparent sealed or colored sealed. Colorant ingredients are typically undeclared and coatings cannot be sanded again if the covering is damaged. Recommended are natural surface coatings, such as: beeswax or natural resin. How do you install solid cork tiles (4 or 6 mm thick)? Firmly glue it to the subfloor. Solid cork is suitable for heavy use and can be sanded several times for kitchens in bathrooms. How do you install cork veneer? On a wood fiber support plate. Float, glue or click it.


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