The benefits of this flooring include: a healthier floor: cork is natural, renewable, recyclable, water resistant and scratch-resistant. The cork underlayment is impermeable, resistant to termites and mold, so it can last for 30-40 years if it is properly maintained. In addition, it has very good soundproofing, which is important in a upstairs house. Cork flooring keeps heat and is silent. Such a floor is also excellent for homes with small children who love to stay barefoot.
Disadvantages refer to the fact that this type of floor fades and changes its shape rapidly in contact with water. The shine fades quickly, and its properties can change. Moisture and water can affect the shape of the floor. That’s why it’s good to avoid it in rooms where the temperature changes are high, they can affect the floor.
It does not bear pets well. Its shape can be modified even by a shoe with a heel, which makes the resistance to scratches of dogs or cats or other pet animals to be very weak.
Cork underlayment – a healthy choice
Healthy choice for legs and spine: The high capacity of the cork to absorb vibrations greatly relieves legs, joints and spine, preventing lesions. In addition, due to the antibacterial properties of the surface, the cork is ideal for those who suffer from allergies. Extreme resistance and pressure resistance: Natural cork cells are very resistant to crushing. Due to natural flexibility, after lifting the weight, the cork product gets its initial form. In combination with modern technology, the surface of the cork floor is extremely durable, while maintaining a perfect appearance for decades.
Cork flooring in the kitchen
Cork flooring is an option to consider for your kitchen if you appreciate the ecological materials. Cork boards have an elegant look, different from other types of flooring, and are highly appreciated because they create a warm and intimate environment. Cork will create a distinct atmosphere in your kitchen, different from what you normally see in other homes.
Even if you have not heard much about cork flooring, it does not mean that it is a novelty. There are buildings over 100 years old that still have this type of flooring. This proves, if necessary, that the raft can be an option for your kitchen as well.
The longevity of this type of floor is due to its elasticity. Thanks to the same properties, compared to the solid or bamboo flooring, it is more pleasant to walk and much quieter.
The cork underlayment consists of three layers:
-the corkscrew, to reduce impact noise (~ 1mm)
– Intermediate HDF grooved for click-on joining
-transparent upper, decorative, cork (3-4mm),
The cork flooring is delivered in the form of flexible panels measuring 600x300mm and 300x300mm, with a thickness of 4 mm. The composition is 100% polished, uncoated or pre-lacquered cork. These are also recommended for areas with high humidity such as bathrooms and intensive kitchens. Application on the floor of the kitchen is made with a contact adhesive after which the boards are lacquered to provide better resistance over time and to seal against moisture.
What you need to know
There is no man-made material to compare to the cork. Its structure is very similar to that of a honeycomb: every square inch is composed of 40 million cells. These, as well as the spaces between them, are filled with a gaseous mixture, similar to the air, which gives the cork remarkable properties in the field of thermal insulation.
Considering the fact that it is wearing a wide range of textures and nuances, the raft can be an excellent solution for interior design. Its properties satisfy both aesthetic requirements and practical needs, thus allowing for the implementation of many interior design models.
Product categories that are available:
-The non-stick, clickable flooring, ensuring quick and easy assembly
-Flexible flooring with adhesive, recommended in places with high humidity
Cork flooring is an excellent natural material, made from pressed cork without the addition of soldering materials, clad in the surface with natural cork veneer.
Protective coatings use ultra-strong wax, lacquer or vinyl. The floor covered with natural cork flooring will be a good thermal and sound insulator, will not absorb odors and dirt, will be stable at the action of chemical agents, providing ideal protection against mold, fungi, moisture and so on. That’s why, as you can see, the raft can also be an option for wet areas, such as your bathroom or your kitchen. At the same time, cork flooring is recommended for children, bedrooms and other living spaces.