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FAQ QuestionWhat is cork flooring?
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Cork flooring is a highly durable natural flooring option that has exceptional beauty and comfort. Cork floors come for the bark of the Cork Oak tree. Because the tree is not cut down and only the bark is harvested, cork floors are one of the most renewable and eco-friendly sources of flooring. Cork flooring is available in an array of colors, patterns, and textures.
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FAQ QuestionHow is cork flooring made?
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Cork flooring is actually composed of a tiny sealed honeycomb cellular structure made from the bark of the Cork Oak tree. After it is stripped off, it is stacked into piles and left to "season" in the field for one year. It is then ground, processed into sheets and baked in a kiln to produce tiles or panels. There are two basic construction methods: homogeneous and veneer. Homogeneous products have an advantage as they can be sanded and refinished while veneer products should not be. Cork flooring usually comes in panels that are generally 12" by 36", or tiles in many different sizes. It usually comes in two different installation methods - glued down or floating.

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FAQ QuestionWhat colors are available in cork flooring?
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Cork flooring is most often sold in tan but also comes in dramatic variations such as blacks and blues. Some manufacturers can custom color match any color sample you have. There are also different patterns and textures available offering a wide variety of choices.
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FAQ QuestionWhy is cork considered to be so environmentally friendly?
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Cork flooring is one of the most renewable sources of flooring as Cork Oak trees are not harmed in the harvesting of their bark for cork. Using cork for flooring helps support farmers and protects the Cork Oak in its native habitat. The preservation of Cork Oak forests is also important to the survival of thousands of species in the ecosystem. Maintaining cork forests plays an important role in preventing soil erosion by wind and rain and also helps to prevent forest fires as they are fire resistant.

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FAQ QuestionWhat are the advantages of cork flooring?
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There are several advantages to cork flooring besides being extremely environmentally safe. It is very comfortable and soft to walk on and will not get cold like ceramic tile. Objects are less likely to break when dropped on it due to its flexibility and shock absorption. Its cellular structure makes it extremely durable and reduces noise and vibration which makes it a great choice for condos where noise control is a must. It has an amazing array of colors, designs, and patterns that few other natural materials can provide. It is also hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, repels insects, mites and mold, and is fire resistant. Being that it is a natural product, it is healthy and safe for adults, pets and babies.
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FAQ QuestionWhat are the disadvantages of cork flooring?
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As with any natural material, cork flooring can fade from exposure to sunlight. You should keep blinds or drapes closed on sunny days or use UV-Protective film on windows. You can also place a rug over the areas that will be exposed most. No floor is completely damage resistant and large dogs and other objects can scratch your flooring. As with any floor, cork should be protected from moisture, especially pooling liquids. Cork flooring acts like solid wood flooring after it is installed, therefore it is sensitive to changes in temperature and should not be installed in a room that does not have a controlled climate. Cork floors are also a little expensive to purchase and install in comparison to other products.
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FAQ QuestionWhere can I install cork flooring?
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Cork flooring can be installed virtually anywhere on, above, or below grade. It is naturally water resistant and can be used in bathrooms and relatively dry basements as long as the area is climate controlled. However, when installing in these areas it is recommended that you use a moisture barrier between the cork flooring and subfloor and never leave pooling water on any floor. This can cause swelling of the seams. Sub-floors must be clean of dirt and debris, dry, and fairly level. Failure to properly prepare your subfloor can cause problems in the future. Cork is soft on the feet and great for areas where you may be standing for long periods of time such as the kitchen. It is also sounds resistant and is an excellent choice for condos.
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FAQ QuestionWhy is cork flooring known to have a "memory"?
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Due to its composition of millions of microscopic air pockets, cork flooring can flex under foot pressure or other heavy objects and then return to its original shape after impact. For heavy objects that will be on the floor for an extended period of time it is still recommended that you use felt furniture protectors to be safe.
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FAQ QuestionWhy is cork moisture resistant?
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Suberin, a waxy material, is the key component in the makeup of the cells in cork and is responsible for the moisture resistance of cork flooring. Suberin is also what makes cork insect resistant and adds a level of fire resistance. Although cork flooring is resistant to moisture, you should never leave liquid on it for an extended period of time. You should also protect your cork flooring from the subfloor with a moisture barrier when needed.
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