Cork is sustainable and organic materials. They come from the skin of the cork oak trees that originated in Portugal, Tunisia, and Spain which has been used in structures for centuries. It acquired its popularity in the United States as material for floors due to its years of endurance, elegance, ecological qualities, and more features. There are a lot of benefits Cork can give.
The Benefit of Cork
- Strong – It does not crack, scrape, and it is impenetrable to gas and liquid. As flooring, cork also bounces back, so a gouge caused by furniture will not be permanent. If taking care properly, the cork flooring will last for 40 and more years.
- Tough – The nature of cork can resist mold, mildew, and even termites as well as antimicrobial. The floor made of cork does not produce gas. It does not create microfibers to adversely affect the quality of air inside the home or establishment.
- Harmless – Fire resistant, The cork will melt by fire it only ignites at very high heat. Before and during the fire, the cork creates less smoke and delivers less harmful material than a floor made of vinyl.
- Pleasant – The cork floor gives a good feeling to cushion underfoot because it bends when compressed. It is also naturally thermal and naturally warm and quiet.
- Artistically flexible – The cork floor is accessible in tiles and planks in different styles, colors, and sizes. You can use planks to build a seamless floor or tiles in different colors alternately to develop a modern effect.
- Functional – Not like vinyl, the design, and color of the cork permeate the density of the material, so they stayed as it is. This extends the valuable life of the floor.
As Material for Construction
Cork to use as material for the building has a little harmful impact on the surroundings. The gathering method is continuous in particular. The cork tree must be 25 years old at least before its skin to harvest. And then the cork can reap every 8 to 14 years without cutting the tree. Moreover, the cork tree has a lifespan of 800 years, however, its normal lifespan is 15 to 200 years.
No Waste Materials for Cork Products
Another practical use of cork materials generates particularly no waste. The cork floor is the byproduct of the processing of cork stoppers for the bottles of wine. The production of the stoppers is from the pieces composed together and finely ground. Then the ground cork is held together by a binder to hold together. The ingredients of the binders are urea melamine, phenol-formaldehyde, and natural proteins. They are somewhat stable when they are made. The pigment adds to it to develop colors and patterns, and use a coating.
Two Types of Coating of Cork Flooring
There are two kinds of coating for cork flooring that is available in the market are Polyurethane/acrylic base and water-based. Polyurethane/acrylic coating is stronger and it will protect the floor better. While water-based coatings are eco-friendly and it will not get yellow when it exposes to the light. Moreover, water-based cork coatings are more expensive than polyurethane/acrylic counterparts.
Most tile installation Calgary uses cork flooring as an undergarment for hardwood, laminate, and ceramic tiles to lessen the noise of every room. Both for walls and flooring Calgary Tile installer use cork. It also helps the tiles for less Calgary use.