Cork flooring is made from the material that is extracted from the bark of the cork oak tree.
The bark, which becomes the cork flooring, was designed by Mother Nature to protect the tree during its average 500-year lifespan. Not only is the bark inherently fire resistant to temperature changes prevailing in those regions, to more than 38 species of insects, including the termite, and to the development of microbes. It is also a non porous surface, can be resurfaced and is made with formaldehyde free adhesives.
It is important to note that only the bark is peeled off to be used for cork flooring every decade. The tree itself is never felled. The bark is a vegetal tissue made by an agglomeration of dead cells filled with air and lined with alternating layers of cellulose and waxy substance called suberin.
Comfortable Cork provides a comfortable cushion underfoot as it gives under compression. Cork bounces back naturally so recovery marks left by furniture will leave a minimal indentation, less noticeable than on wood, carpet or vinyl floors. Comes with a 25 year warranty.
Fire Resistant Cork is a fire inhibitor, not spreading the flame. Cork also does not release any toxic gases on combustion.
Thermally and Acoustically Insulated The presence in cork of over 100 million air cells per cubic inch and the prism shape of that cellular structure incapacitate the effects of temperature and sound. Cork floors reduce impact noise, a great asset for applications such as multi level housing, office spaces, museums and places of worship.
Antimicrobial and Insect Repellent Even termites are unwelcome. Suberin, the inherent substance of cork is a natural insect repellent. Cork is also antimicrobial and fights the development of mildew. What a perfect indoor crawling ground for children! If you suffer from allergies and like the warm feeling of carpeted room, this is definitely your best alternative.