Cork Design 2 Build

Cork Design 2 Build

Cork

Cork is a resilient alternative to other flooring types.  Cork is produced from the bark that is naturally shed every 9-15 years off of a Cork Oak Tree.  Cork can also be used as sub-flooring to provide spring beneath hardwood or carpeted floors.  When cork is used as the flooring it provides more cushion than other flooring materials including ceramic tile, hardwood, and cement.

Hypoallergenic:  Cork is hypoallergenic and is resistant to the growth of mold and mildew that can occur in other types of flooring.  Cork will not irritate your respiratory system like many synthetic floors.

Versatile:  Cork is an attractive flooring that is available in a variety of natural tones and man-made colors.  Cork is available in both sheets and tile and is made in a variety of patterns and stains.

Durable:  Cork flooring requires little maintenance is is typically more durable than wood.   Cork can withstand high-traffic areas and a busy household.n  Cork resists damage by insects and mold and is resistant to rotting and fire.

Cushion:  The structure of cork is filled with air cells which results in cork flooring feeling soft when walking on.  Cork floors are comfortable and easy to walk on.  Cork floors are ideal for rooms like the kitchen where you will likely be standing for long hours.

Acoustics:  Also due to the air cells, cork floors are excellent at absorbing sound.  Cork flooring will soften loud noises within a room as well as reduce echoing and mute footsteps below.

Sustainable:  Cork flooring is produced from the bark of a cork oak tree and is a renewable material.  Harvesting the bark for cork flooring does not require cutting down the tree.  The bark naturally sheds every 9-15 years and the bark regenerates over time.

Damage:  Cork flooring can become damaged by heavy furniture.  To protect cork flooring, when placing heavy objects on it, it is important to use coasters underneath furniture legs to distribute the weight and avoid leaving the floor indented with imprints.  Damage can also occur by dropping heavy objects onto cork floors.  When sliding a heavy piece of furniture on cork it is likely to tear.

Cleaning:  Wet mops cannot be used on cork floors because any water absorption can damage it.  Spills and stains must be cleaned with a damp rag and removed promptly to reduce the risk of permanent damage.  Because cork is so absorbent it can easily stain.  Even though cork is typically sealed with polyurethane a water leak or large spill can be very damaging.

Discoloration:  Cork floors can become discolored when exposed to direct sun and may also gradually discolor with age.  It is important to consider sunlight exposure when planning where to place cork flooring.

Climate:   Cork floors are subject to expansion and contraction depending on the climate.  Moisture can be lost and tiles may contract showing small spaces between blanks.  When moisture levels increase the tiles will expand.  However, will proper acclimation, installation, and maintenance, any expansion or contractions will not be noticeable.

Re-Sealing:   To maintain cork floors waterproofing and UV resistance it must be re-sealed every few years.


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