Cork Flooring Frequently Asked Questions DuroDesign

Cork Flooring Frequently Asked Questions DuroDesign

Cork Flooring Frequently Asked Questions

Materials

Is DuroDesign cork flooring available in custom colors?

Yes, of course. We can custom color match any color sample you send us. Contact one of our flooring specialists and we’d be glad to help you find the perfect color for your new DuroDesign cork floor.

What sizes does cork flooring come in?

Our cork flooring tile, used in glue-down applications, comes standard in 12″ x 24″ or 12″ x 12″ sizes. Both are 3/16″ thick.

Our cork floating floors come in 12″x36″ click-together panels, which are 1/2″ thick.

Where does cork come from?

Cork is actually the bark of the Cork Oak (Quercus Suber). We use the finest cork from traditional, family-owned plantations in Portugal and Spain. The bark is harvested approximately every 9 years without causing any harm to the tree. As a result, cork is a truly sustainable flooring product.

Why is using cork good for the environment?

Firstly, using cork supports local farmers and protects the Cork Oak in its native habitat in arid areas of primarily Spain and Portugal. The preservation of cork oak forests is also important to the survival of thousands of species in this rare ecosystem.

Cork forests also play a vital role in combating soil erosion by wind and rain.

Cork oaks are also naturally resistant to forest fires and play a vital role in protecting delicate landscapes from devastation.

Cork production is entirely sustainable and renewable- Cork Oak trees are not harmed in the harvest of their bark for cork, and cork forests have been harvested for a thousand years.

Cork floors are resilient, tough and long-lived. A floor that can last over 50 years is definitely a responsible choice for the environment.

DuroDesign cork floors are easy to maintain, further lessening the environmental impact of your floor over its lifetime — needing only routine damp-mopping with water and a simple re-coat of our MP765 low-VOC water-based polyurethane every 5-7 years (in average residential use).

Is DuroDesign cork flooring prefinished?

No.

Prefinished floors have two big draw-backs; they tend to look synthetic and the seams between tiles are left unprotected leading ultimately to black lines and lifting tile corners.

The DuroDesign cork floor is site-finished with 4 coats of our MP765 low-VOC polyurethane varnish for the ultimate in optical definition, clarity and durability. All seams between tiles get sealed and protected for a long-lasting, easy to clean floor.

What are the unique properties of a cork floor?

Many of the special qualities of cork derive from the fact that it is actually the bark of the cork oak. Its role as a protective barrier for the tree also means that it is also naturally hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. Cork, because of its micro-cellular structure, is very resilient — cushioning blows, resisting dents and absorbing sound. Cork is also beautifully warm underfoot because of its high insulation value.

In short, a cork floor can simultaneously reduce echo and sound transmission, make a floor feel warmer, be easy to maintain and promote an all-round healthier living environment!

Is cork well suited to commercial use?

Yes. Cork is an extremely resilient and durable material, and when coated with our MP765 polyurethane finishing system is designed to resist heavy commercial traffic- with less maintenance than other conventional resilient floor finishes such as vinyl or linoleum, and a longer lifespan. Long life, durability and ease of maintenance, make DuroDesign cork a sound investment for your commercial flooring needs.

Can you pre-cut designs in cork?

We can custom pre-cut cork tiles to our customer’s specifications for a small fee. Your floor designs will arrive pre-glued and ready to install!

Simply submit measured drawings of your floor designs or a list of required tile sizes to our sales staff for a quote.

Does you cork flooring off-gas or contain VOC’s?

No. DuroDesign cork flooring does not off-gas and our adhesive and varnish are low-VOC (low enough to qualify towards LEED credits)

Does cork flooring fade?

Like any natural material, cork flooring fades with exposure to the UV radiation in sunlight.

Although we use the highest quality fade-resistant dyes and stains available, the natural material itself fades with exposure to sunlight over time until the effect stabilizes. The use of UV-protective films on existing windows, or installing Low-E filled windows in new construction and the judicious placement of area rugs will minimize the effect of the sun on your floors.

Cork flooring is naturally hypo-allergenic. Cork is anti-microbial and is resistant to mold and mildew. A cork floor doesn’t hold a static charge, hence can’t hold dust and is easy to keep clean. Our cork floors do not off-gas and the adhesive and varnish are low-VOC, for the best in indoor air quality.

Yes, we sell cork flooring in a satin/semi-gloss finish (35 units at 60°) as well as a matte/eggshell (20 units at 60°) polyurethane finish.


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