Do you know cork flooring has been used ever since? It isn't a new concept, because these floors have been used in the United States since the turn of the century. "This kind of flooring helps in absorbing sounds like, foot stamps and noise a real sound control," says Wicander, president of (WE) cork. Technically, it has normally been used in churches, libraries, laces that value the silence… but it's being used widely now, even in homes.
Of recent, the environmentally friendly product has signaled revived interest in cork flooring for the home. Based on the survey conducted by the American Institute of Architect's Home Design in 2008, an increased 60 percent of volunteers saw a lasting trend in sustainable flooring like a cork.
To understand the recent interest in cork flooring, let's take a look at how cork flooring is made.
How is cork flooring made?
The bark is normally hand-harvested every decade, which leaves a guarded inner layer that continues the growth and produces more bark. Once the cork dries, the bark is moved to a factory that uses adhesive resins to punch out corks for wine-bottles from the bark. The material that wasn't used is then boiled and compressed using the same mechanism used for creating wine-bottle corks. Although the ground-product formed can also be cut and utilized as a flooring piece for adding beautiful patterns, like a veneer for plywood.
Cork flooring comes in different styles that open up design possibilities. For instance, there are over 40 different shapes and color available that range from rectangles to hexagons to squares.
Its quality and depth of pattern greatly influence the cost of cork flooring. This can range from $1.25 to $9 per square foot, although this depends on the style and quality of the cork.
There isn't a set way to install cork flooring, it depends on the type, but there are major ways it can be installed.
How can cork flooring be installed?
There are mainly two types of the installation process for cork flooring.
The conventional method: this method employs the use of an adhesive connection. To install with this method, the flooring is first synced to the environment where it's being installed. For subfloor, this can be plywood or cement board, should be clean and free of dampness.
When applying adhesive, it should be directly glued-down to ensure it stays firm, because it tends to coil at its edges if not properly glued.
The Floating method: this method is mainly used in homes due to the ease and adaptability of the process. To install using this method, it allows the cork flooring to form a tongue-and-groove connection somewhat similar to the adhesive connection but different. This type allows the installation takes place on the existing surfaces like vinyl flooring, wood, or ceramic tile. Using this method also means, you can easily remove and change if you want to try other styles
Note: It's good to know that cork flooring is not good with temperature/humidity change, so I strongly recommend you leave your room when installing, for its expansion. Remember it's a wood byproduct, so it can expand and contract.
You can choose any way of installing cork flooring in your home, it doesn't matter because you can expect certain satisfaction, which leads to its advantages
Advantages of cork flooring
Cork flooring can be good and sustainable for your home or office space. Remember you should avoid installing cork flooring in places with constant contact with water. The lists below are benefits of cork flooring
• It can be used overheat systems
• Can be installed over existing floor surfaces
• Can be installed over rough surfaces
• Very good sound control
• Works well under heavy furnishing
• Ease when installing
• Warm surface for your toes
• Pleasant walking experience
• Scratches can't be visible due to the pattern on the cork
• Tongue-to-groove installation method
• Eco-friendly benefits
• Has a degree of fire-resistant
Can we look at its drawbacks? Okay cool
The cork flooring system is not a one-size-fits-all solution, although it comes with awesome benefits, it also has some limitations, which the list below explains.
• Should be sealed every five years, to sustain its waterproof capability.
• It can get stained by spills, dirt, and oil if not properly cleaned, so I suggest you avoid installing cork flooring in your kitchen
• You would need furniture pads, for heavy furniture.
• Dents can be created in the cork, due to the heavy stuff
• The palette of colors is somewhat limited
• Sharp objects can cause damage to the flooring surface
• Can be more expensive than conventional flooring materials
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While cork flooring may come with a few cons, if you need flooring with a vast array of design possibilities with specific pros, then I can say cork flooring should be in your radar.
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