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Why Cork Floor Is So Popular?

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Modern flooring market offers a huge amount of materials to choose from. But among this diversity there are some obvious leaders. Cork is an extremely popular modern flooring material, worthy of competing with the “king” of flooring – parquet.

Leading interior designers often use cork flooring in their projects. Photos of such floor designs prove to be gorgeous.

Advantages of Cork Floor

Modern interior with cork floor

Modern interior with cork floor

Cork flooring is made from environmentally-friendly raw materials – cork bark that is produced on plantations that never artificially irrigated and do not undergo handling chemicals.

Before choosing a cork floor you need to know about its advantages:

  • Durability
  • Strength
  • Lightness
  • Softness
  • Antistatic
  • Elasticity
  • Chemical inertness
  • Fire resistance
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Excellent heat-insulating and sound-insulating material
  • No traces of the heavy furniture
  • Availability and fast installation

It is very undemanding to care – you just need a periodical wet cleaning. General operating costs are several times less in comparison with natural parquet or laminate.

Types of cork flooring

Floors made of cork are of two types:

- Glueless

- Adhesive

Glueless cork flooring is often called floating and in terms of structure it resembles the floorboard.

Its production, like laminate, is based on HDF-plate, on top of which is a layer of cork. The upper surface of the veneer is varnished.

Cork flooring adhesives have the form of cut cork oak and a consumer is supplied with rectangular sheets. The front surface can be performed in three variations:

- Completely covered with a layer of varnish;

- After laying the treated material is further coated with 2-3 coats of varnish;

- Covered with durable vinyl.

In addition, there is a thing called “cork floor tiles.” This type of cork flooring can be used not only for floors, but also for ceilings and wall surfaces. If we talk about floors, the technique of laying of cork tiles is similar to that of classic tile.

Cork mosaic on the restaurant floor

Cork mosaic on the restaurant floor

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