Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cork Flooring Questions & Answers

Are you considering installing cork flooring in your home or business but not entirely sure if it's right for you? This article is designed to answer the most common and frequently asked questions concerning cork flooring. Spanning from cost, maintenance, installation and appearance, it should help you make the decision if cork flooring will suit your lifestyle and needs.

Q: Is cork flooring the same as cork used to seal bottles?

A: Yes! Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree. It grows in a thick layer and is removed by hand turned into small chips and then compressed into the pieces that make the pieces that make up your floor tiles. Using different techniques it can be colored to achieve different looks and styles.

Q: How does cork flooring react with water?

A: It is very durable where water is concerned. One of the reasons cork is used for sealing bottles is a natural waxy substance in it called suberin. Cork is resistant to mold and mildew.

Q: Will my cork floor chip away or will pieces break off like how a cork or cork board will sometimes do?

A: Cork flooring is very sturdy and once applied will be sealed therefore making it a flat, smooth, non
porous surface. In order for any damage to be done major trauma must be done to the floor to cause it. Otherwise the floor is very durable.

Q: Can I personalize my flooring or does it have to be the natural color?

A: Yes cork floors are very versatile. It comes in array of different patterns and colors to suit any
environment whether personal or professional. There are multiple manufactures who offer many different designs and colors to fit what you're looking for.

Q: Where does cork floors fall on the price scale?

A: It depends on a few factors. Are you going to install it yourself or have it done professionally? Are you looking for the natural or look or something custom designed? Cork flooring is reasonably priced and is charged per square foot. Prices can range between 3-7 dollars a square foot and prices will also vary depending on tile size, type, and finishes.

Q: How do you clean cork flooring?

A: Sweeping and regular mopping with a damp mop is all you need to do. Avoid using any harsh or abrasive cleaners or chemicals as this will wear down the finish on the floor and cut down the floors life span.

Q: How do cork floors feel?

A: Cork floors are a soft type of flooring. Inside its honeycomb cellular structure are pockets of air making it a cushy surface ideal for areas where one will be standing for long periods of time. It is very comfortable to walk on.

Q: What are cork flooring's insulation properties?

A: Cork flooring is a great insulator for heat, cold and also noise. It is useful in many ways; lowering heating bills and also noise reduction. It can be place under any other type of flooring to help in soundproofing and in any level of home or office to help lower heating costs as it will keep in the heat and provide a warm floor to walk on where most other floors, if not all, become cold to the touch during colder weather.

Q: Is cork flooring harmful to the environment?

A: Quite the opposite! Cork is a renewable sustainable resource. What this means is that when the bark is harvested from the cork oak tree the tree is not harmed and will reproduce more bark throughout its lifespan, which can be harvested again at a later date.

Q: What areas are and are not good to install cork flooring?

A: Any room is good to put cork flooring. It's especially beneficial to use it in a room where a lot of standing occurs, i.e.: the kitchen to aid in strain on the back and legs. Concerns to have when laying down a cork floor should be the moisture level in that particular room does it flood, and how level is the surface? Any unleveled surface will need to be rendered before installation and if you are thinking of placing cork flooring in a basement where the moisture level is high you may want to reconsider.

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If you have any more questions regarding cork flooring, or any other type of flooring, please contact All Size Flooring and Carpet Cleaning!
All Size Flooring Center and Carpet Cleaning is a fully licensed, family owned and operated, contracted flooring business. Here at All Size we can handle all of your flooring and carpet cleaning needs. We have a designer showroom full of the latest trends in flooring. We will work with our customers to find the best flooring solutions for the job, taking into consideration things such as traffic patterns and wearabililty and we stand behind our installations and work.

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