Cork Solutions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why use cork?

Cork offers several benefits, including being eco-friendly, easy to maintain, providing thermal and acoustic insulation, comfort when walking on it, unique design possibilities, and exceptional durability.

Why Is Cork Flooring and Cork Wall Tiles Environmentally Conscious?

Cork is highly environmentally conscious due to its renewable nature. Cork oak trees are harvested for their bark in regulated nine-year cycles, ensuring sustainability. Trees must be at least 25 years old before harvesting, and the process doesn’t harm the tree. Cork bark regrows, maintaining the tree’s health. The harvesting process is manual and doesn’t negatively impact the tree.

Is Cork Flooring a New Idea?

Cork flooring gained popularity in the late 19th century and was even used by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in early 20th-century public buildings.

Where Can You Use Cork Flooring and Cork Wall Tiles?

Cork flooring and wall tiles can be used in various rooms. Kitchens are common due to comfort and easy maintenance. Cork wall tiles are versatile and suitable for walls, ceilings, bulletin boards, backsplashes, furniture inlays, and more.

How Long Does Cork Flooring Last?

With proper maintenance, cork flooring can last a very long time. Regular maintenance and cleaning are crucial for its longevity.

Is Cork Flooring Suitable for Pets?

Cork flooring can be suitable for pets, but it depends on your pet’s behavior. Cork floors are coated to resist damage from pets.

Will Cork Flooring Resist High Heels and Heavy Furniture?

Cork is dense and recovers well from most objects. It’s designed to withstand commercial traffic. However, sharp objects can puncture it, and furniture feet may cause damage. Protective pads are recommended for furniture.

Is Cork Flooring Water Resistant?

Cork’s natural composition, including suberin, makes it resistant to moisture. It can withstand water, but standing water should still be cleaned up promptly.

Is Cork Flooring Sound Resistant?

Cork is excellent at noise reduction, reducing step noise and preventing creaks as the floor ages.

Is cork flooring sound resistant?

Cork is very good at noise reduction. Unlike other wood product floors you won’t get any creaks as the wood ages and the step noise is reduced. Cork is actually used in some music recording environments as noise reduction material.

Are cork wall tiles sound resistant?

Yes, cork wall tiles help reduce airborne acoustic noises.

Is cork flooring fire resistant?

Cork in its natural state has resistance to fire; however depending on what type of finish you use it can affect the fire resistance ability of your cork flooring. Furthermore, when cork burns it does not release toxic gases.

Is Cork Flooring Fire Resistant?

Cork is naturally fire-resistant, but the type of finish used can affect its fire resistance. Burning cork doesn’t release toxic gases.

Are Cork Floors Affected By Moisture and Temperature Changes?

Cork floors expand and contract due to climate, but they’re more stable than wood flooring. Proper acclimation, installation, and maintenance minimize noticeable expansion and contraction.

Can I Install Cork Flooring Over Radiant Heat?

Cork is a natural insulator, so it retains heat well. Radiant heat installation is possible; precautions should be taken for proper acclimation.

Do Cork Floating Floors Require Underlayment?

No, Cork Solution’s floating floors come with integrated cork underlay and don’t require additional underlayment.

What Is the Warranty for Cork Flooring and Cork Wall Tiles?

All Cork Solution’s cork floorings are covered by a 25-year warranty.

How Do I Clean and Maintain Cork Flooring?

Regular vacuuming and light damp mopping are sufficient. Avoid ammonia-based cleaners and chemicals. Regular maintenance will help preserve the floor’s quality.

How Do I Clean and Maintain Cork Wall Tiles?

Cork wall tiles can be varnished with food-grade mineral oil to maintain their appearance.

How Often Does a Cork Floor Need to Be Refinished?

A well-maintained cork floor can last for decades. Refinishing is typically needed every 7-10 years in residential settings, depending on foot traffic.

Are There Tips to Protect Cork Flooring?

Use protectors under furniture legs, mats under wheeled furniture, and non-staining glides for heavy furniture. Avoid abrasive cleaners and direct sunlight. A quality doormat can help prevent outside debris from scratching the floor.
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