Cork Floors FAQs
Why use cork? It’s eco-friendly, easy to maintain, provides thermal and acoustic insulation, it’s comfortable to walk on, provides a unique design, and is extremely durable.
How durable are cork floors? Due to their own nature, cork floors recover from marks left by furniture, high heels, etc. This elasticity makes cork floors comfortable to walk or stand on for long periods of time.
How is the cork harvested? It’s harvested by cutting the bark from the Cork Oak tree. The tree is never cut down and is capable of regenerating its bark within 3 years.
How are cork panels constructed? Raw cork bark is sorted according to color and density. Patterns are laid out into a mould, which is then compressed and baked. Layers of this compressed pattern are shaved from the compressed cube. This is then glued into a recycled fibreboard core (forms the click lock system). Waste cork is then ground up and mixed into squishy sheets which are then glued to the bottom of the planks. (The color of the click lock system may vary from green/blue/brown. The color is generally insignificant and is more a matter of preference to the factory).
Does the cork have an odor? Cork bark, in general, has an earthy sawdust type smell. Cork planks from sealed cartons will at first have a sweet/sawdust smell, which will dissipate within a few days. Sometimes, the smell from the packaging materials will smell like scotch tape or plastic if your pallet is shrink wrapped. Cork floors can be wiped down with a damp cloth once installed to remove residual odors. In any case, no harmful VOCs are contained in any of our flooring products.
How do I know what size or colors to order? Just give us a call or send us an e-mail with your job specifications and design ideas. Colors, size, and styles can be found in our products section.
How will the cork floors hold up? Cork is a very durable product and can last the life of your home. As with any natural product, cork planks will vary in shade and pattern from plank to plank, and are subject to the fading effects of direct sunlight. If proper care is taken to protect against intense UV light this natural process can be lessened. Cork, like wood, will expand and contract with humidity fluctuations in the installation environment. If humidity is controlled on the job site year round, this natural phenomenon is less likely to occur. The product is not guaranteed to perform as intended should there be any water or other liquid leak under or on top of the floor in any quantity greater than an 8 oz glass of water and/or standing on top or swelling below the floor for more than 8 hours. So, typical spills and splash one would expect from a spilled drink, dog dish, or kitchen spill would not negatively impact the cork provided they are wiped up in a timely fashion; however a major spill, dishwasher hose leak, or large quantity of water spilled on the floor would most likely damage the installation and the product and require replacement of some or all of the product. This situation is not covered under any warranty either expressed or implied.
How does the pricing of cork floors compare to other flooring? Cork flooring is priced competitive against other premium floor coverings. Pricing starts at $2.60 per square foot.