Cork Flooring – Ecologically Responsible and Beneficial

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The first image that comes to mind when I think of cork is a wooden stopper in a wine bottle. Cork has many other advantages that are not as publicized. Environmentally speaking cork is one of the few products that does not destroy the tree when it is harvested. Cork oak trees have bark harvested every nine years. Tree bark is what cork is made out of. The oak tree itself is not harmed in any way so that it can grow its bark back. These trees commonly have a life span well over 100 years. Cork manufacturers use the bark to make wine stoppers and flooring is a byproduct made from the waste left over when the wine stoppers are manufactured. In addition cork flooring can be made into beautiful patterns and colors to enhance the decor of your business or home.

Cork Benefits
Durability & softness – air pockets in cork make the product soft to walk on and reduce the wear and tear on the floor since the cushioning prevents shoes from grinding on the flooring.
Sound reduction – cork’s porous nature causes sound to become trapped in the tiny air pockets in the wood. Consider cork as a sound proofing agent.
Thermal insulation – Heat and cold are trapped in cork within the tiny air pockets in the wood. Cork flooring should never be as cold or as warm as traditional flooring.
Anti allergenic and insect resistant – Suberin is a natural substance in cork that repels insects and also prevents cork from rotting. Suberin is the key substance that prevents corks from rotting in wine bottles. Cork flooring can be made into beautiful patterns and colors to enhance the decor of your business or home.
Cork flooring can be made into beautiful patterns and colors to enhance the decor of your business or home. Globus was my source of information for this article. There they have many samples of their work on display. I have included a few pictures that I found interesting.

  • http://www.green-talk.com Anna Hackman

    Hi. I have cork floors for in my basement for my kids’ playroom and love it. I have tongue and groove because I did not want the glues. (You have to install a plastic vapor barrier if you are putting in the basement.) The only thing that I want to tell people is I found my finish did not hold up well but they may be due to the traffic that it gets or the quality of the cork finish. I can re-do the cork later which is good. Check to see if the cork squares have a mdf bottom or core. If so, if you get cork wet, it is just like wood. It will warp. We had a flood in the basement and the cork warped. The mdf swells. If you get water on it, treat it like wood and clean up the water. I would not reccommend it in the bathroom. If you are thinking of this, talk to a professional about what they think. Otherwise, I love it. Good post. Anna http://www.green-talk.com