Cork Flooring – An Introduction
Flooring is simply the generic term for the task of laying down a floor covering, or more specifically for a particular permanent covering of a floor. Flooring is sometimes a more specific term to more generally define any finish surface used over a flooring structure to give a smooth walking surface. This can be done in different ways including with adhesives, and inlays. Flooring can also be laid over a concrete slab, which can be referred to as tiling. One of the most common materials used for flooring is wood although ceramic tiles have made an appearance in the last few years.
Wood flooring has a number of advantages including being very cheap compared to other types of flooring. It is available in a range of different types of hardwood with knots and grains varying depending on the species of wood. This makes it very flexible when it comes to the designs which can be used to produce a great variety of different patterns. However there are some disadvantages to wood flooring such as the fact that it needs to be protected from harsh weather conditions such as snow and rain and is therefore not always a viable solution for domestic users. Cork flooring on the other hand provides a durable and practical solution which makes it ideal for both domestic and commercial applications.
Cork flooring is made from a cork grapevine grown on the island of Cork in Ireland. When the grapevine is fully mature, it is harvested and dried to create a type of hardwood flooring which is known as Cork Laminate. Cork Laminate is made from six different wood fibers, which are then woven together to form a synthetic material which can withstand a range of moisture and temperature ranges. It also combines high-quality craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology to ensure that it delivers the highest quality product available in the laminate floor covering industry.
Cork flooring is most commonly made from two types of wood: hardwood and softwood. Hardwood is classified as dense hardwood such as oak and softwood as low-density softwood such as bamboo. The type of flooring you install will depend on the type of flooring you have; the more solid the hardwood flooring, the less likely it is that the softwood flooring will show signs of distortion due to bumps and dents which are normal overtime. As a result it is necessary to choose the flooring carefully to ensure that it is installed correctly, and that the surface of the flooring does not become damaged in any way.
The advantages of using this kind of flooring are that it can be a durable, water resistant, and fire retardant flooring material. It is also very easy to install, which makes it ideal for domestic and commercial applications where time and installation budget is limited. In addition it has a high degree of aesthetic appeal, which means that it is suitable for use in both residential and commercial settings. This type of flooring material is also capable of absorbing sound; this is why it is commonly used in offices and in recording studios.
However, because cork flooring is dependent upon moisture for its structural integrity, it should be kept under moisture-level requirements. This will ensure the durability of the flooring and reduce repair costs in the long term. It is also advisable to seal and finish the subfloor when installing it to ensure that no moisture seeps through to the main floor.