Cork Flooring: For Commercial Applications
From preserving the quality of wine in bottles to being used as an office board that holds important information, cork can be used in a wide range of applications. Yet, one of the most unique applications comes in the form of cork flooring and just may give you the feeling as if you are walking on a cloud. In this article, we will examine what cork flooring is, the pros and cons of cork flooring, the top two installation methods, as well as maintenance and cost.
What exactly is Cork Flooring?
If sustainability is important to you, then cork may just be the solution. Cork is harvested from the dead cells that surround cork oak trees. After the cork is collected from the cells, the tree must mature for 20 to 25 years before reharvest. Once the harvest has taken place, the material is taken to a manufactory to be processed. Here, stripped planks are steamed in boilers to eliminate contaminants. Once done, the product is manufactured into cork stoppers for bottles. The remaining material is made into flooring which virtually eliminates any type of waste—making cork one of the most environmentally friendly resources on the planet.
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Cork Flooring Pros and Cons
- Versatile enough to meet virtually any design vision.
- Environmentally friendly as harvesting doesn’t harm the well-being of the tree.
- Low maintenance as it doesn’t require any special care.
- Durable enough to withstand heavily repeated foot traffic.
- Water resistant as it protects against minor spills.
- Mold and mildew resistant as it is naturally hypoallergenic.
- Sound absorbing as cork is one of the quietest options on the market.
- Comfortable and extremely soft underfoot.
- Fading if sunlight is allowed to beam down on corks surface each day.
- Staining as spills that are not immediately dealt with and cause discoloration.
- Indentations as heavy furniture can permanently indent corks flooring surface.
Glue Down Cork Flooring vs Floating Cork Flooring
Currently, cork is available in two install applications: Glue down cork flooring and floating cork flooring. Glue down cork flooring can be installed rather easily using the same contact adhesive used to install vinyl tile. Floating cork flooring, on the other hand, is installed by simply clicking pieces together without the need of tools or adhesives. While both methods have become widely popular, we still want to suggest coating your preferred selection to maximize the protection of the flooring. When it comes to moisture, our team provides thorough testing of your subfloor to deliver any necessary moisture mitigation and surface preparation. Our consultative flooring professionals suggest the best solutions given the conditions of your facility and the wear and tear your floor will see. As part of our process, we provide life cycle costing that shows you not only the upfront installation costs but also the long-term maintenance costs of cork flooring. You can be assured that you’ll get the greatest value for your floor, as well as a long-lasting finish that you can rely on for years to come.
Cork Flooring Care and Maintenance
Even in the busiest of commercial settings, cork flooring can last for decades when properly maintained. Maintenance for most cork floors is simple and straightforward. The key is implementing routine maintenance and a variety of precautionary measures to prevent problems before they even exist. We recommend working with your contractor to set up a proper flooring maintenance plan. Learn more about how to care for your flooring by visiting our product care page.
Cork Flooring Cost Discussion
Even though cork is a unique and rare flooring material, it is surprisingly cost-effective as it is comparable in price to other flooring options such as hardwood, carpeting, or tile. Choosing a quality flooring contractor will go a long way in helping you put together the best materials to ensure quality results. No choice affects the success of your project, or your flooring installation costs more than the contractor you select. We’ve published a straightforward guide that shows you how to tell quality flooring contractors from the rest. You’ll learn ways to get maximum value from your cork flooring project and achieve long-term savings in the process. Fill out the form below to download A Buyer’s Guide to Flooring Contractors.
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