Cork Laminate Flooring
The Cork Laminate Flooring we use is constructed of honeycomb cellular structure, which not only makes it cushiony to walk on but also one of the most popular flooring options in homes and offices across the world. However, due to its structure, it also helps absorb sound and vibrations as well. In addition, cork tiles are also naturally nonslip, which makes them suitable for bathroom, kitchens, and other wet-prone areas. Cork flooring also comes in many prefinished colors and styles to suit your home.
It’s a good insulator. The inside of a piece of cork is made up of millions of tiny air-filled chambers.
These act as barriers against the transmission of noise, effectively insulating any room. Any room floored with cork will reduce noise from being transmitted through the floor to the ceiling below.
Cork flooring can also help you save money on heating and cooling bills. That same property that insulates the floor against noise will reduce transmission of heat into a room in the summer or out of a room in the winter. In one study, a standard cork floor had an R-value of 1.125, compared to a value of only 0.250 for ceramic tile and 0.638 for oak. Only wool carpet offers an R-value greater than cork.
Cork can be refinished. One of the best things about a cork floor is that you can refinish its surface periodically, just as you can with hardwood, to give it a fresh new look. This involves sanding the cork down past the point of any imperfections, and then staining and or re-applying the finish sealer to the surface. This can be done several times, depending on the thickness of the material.
It is hypoallergenic. Unlike carpet, cork tends to repel dust, hair, and other small particles from its surface. The material is also easier to get completely clean. Because of this, cork floors tend to promote higher indoor air quality.
Cork has antimicrobial properties. Cork contains a waxy substance called suberin. This material has the property of naturally repelling small vermin and insects. This makes cork floors resistant to the growth and colonization of these organisms, and can, therefore, help to promote the healthiness of an environment.
Cork is environmentally friendly. Cork is a completely natural, recurring, and easily replenishable material. It is made from the bark of the cork oak and is harvested without harming the tree. The cork bark grows back every few years. Cork is also biodegradable and will break down into the environment at the end of its life cycle.
Installing tiles is easy. Installing cork tiles is quite simple since most tile products have a self-adhesive back—installation is a simple peel-and-stick operation.
Other products are installed with a standard thin-set mortar adhesive. Finishing is a matter of applying several layers of sealer. When individual tiles become damaged, you can simply lift them up and replace them.
Cork is easy to maintain. When installed correctly with multiple layers of a quality water barrier sealer applied to the surface, cork flooring is relatively simple to take care of. It requires only regular sweeping or vacuuming to remove small grit and dirt particles. In addition, spills need to be wiped up to prevent staining.