Cork

CORK FLOORING


What Is Cork Flooring?
Cork flooring is made from the outer bark of the evergreen oak tree which is native to the shores of the Mediterranean basin. Cork bark is usually sourced, harvested and manufactured in southern Europe with Portugal being one of the most prominent regions from which cork originates

CORK INFORMATION

PROPERTIES
Cork's extraordinary properties derive from its natural distinctive cellular structure. A one inch cube of natural cork contains millions of tiny air-filled pockets. About 50% of cork is captive air, which results in excellent buoyancy, compressibility, elasticity, a high degree of imperviousness to both air and water penetration and low thermal conductivity. Cork also has one of the best insulating values of any natural material, with very low conductivity of heat, sound or vibrations.
healthy harvest
A cork tree regenerates its precious outer layer 12 or 13 times during its 150-year lifetime. The first stripping of the cork bark occurs when the tree is between 20 and 25 years of age, with subsequent yields being harvested at 9 - 10 year intervals. During a harvest, the outer bark of a cork oak’s trunk and major branches are carefully stripped by hand – no mechanical stripping devices are allowed. Experienced cork strippers use a specialized cork axe to slit the outer bark and peel it away from the tree. The harvested cork bark is removed from the forest and left out in the open air for six months. This weathering process actually improves the cork’s quality.
renewable resource
Cork is a renewable natural resource making it a very eco-friendly choice for flooring. In the prime cork-growing region of Portugal, the harvests are protected by law in order to protect this valuable resource and ensure the quality of the harvest. Careful management practices have resulted in a steady supply of cork, with future supplies assured as well.

WHY CORK FLOORING IS A GREAT CHOICE

Starting at
$3.99/sq ft
One of the appealing characteristics of cork flooring is its resilience to pressure & impact. Due to its cellular nature that features millions of microscopic air pockets, cork flooring has a “memory” that allows it to withstand foot traffic and the pressure of furniture legs (best if the legs have felt protectors), taking its original shape after impact. Cork is also very soft and warm underfoot as well as being an excellent choice for its acoustical properties.
Moisture And Fire-Resistant
A natural substance found in cork called Suberin, is a waxy material that is a key component in the makeup of the cells found in cork. Suberin is responsible for the moisture-resistant nature of cork and cork flooring. It is also insect-resistant as well as adding a level of fire resistance. 

Although cork flooring is resistant to moisture, it is still a good idea to mop up excessive wetness as soon as possible as such levels of wetness can have ill-effects in the long term.

Cork flooring is available for both glue down applications and also in a click together style, where it is mounted on a high density fiberboard core similar to that of laminate flooring. Both types of installation methods have advantages and disadvantages. 

Check with a Laminate Warehouse representative to determine what type of product will best suit your needs.
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