How is Cork Eco-Friendly?
Choosing a cork floor means you are contributing to the preservation of forest and habitat, and the reduction of greenhouse gases because cork trees are never cut down. Cork Oak trees provide a harvest every 7 to 9 years and gathering cork does not damage the tree when sustainably harvested. Also, the manufacturing process of creating cork flooring utilizes less energy and raw materials. Cork forests are also responsible for retaining much of the world’s annual CO2 emission, representing 4.8 million tons per year.
Why Cork Flooring?
Cork offers a desirable alternative to common and more expensive household flooring with a myriad of benefits. Cork provides natural thermal insulation while possessing shock absorbing properties. Cork floors preserve energy and can reduce heating bills. It’s naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic, resistant to mold, mildew, rot, repels common pests and is anti-static and fire resistant. Cork is also incredibly comfortable due to air-filled cells that act as shock absorbers providing relief to those that suffer from aching joints or back and bone issues.These cells limit sound and vibration transmission and add warmth underfoot. These air-cells also help Cork withstands heavy traffic and weight. The air cell recovers well from compression, very much like a wine cork stopper being pulled out of a bottle expands. However, this surface is not as dense and durable as a bamboo floor. Cork floors are coated with a finish that could be scratched by the claws of cats and dogs running on the floor. Cork is still resilient and will move away from pressure, but we recommend bamboo for extreme durability and resilience.
We carry and install:
Cork Comfort, Art Comfort, Wood Comfort & Vinyl Comfort lines are JEA Eco Mark Office Approved, Green Guard Certified, and US FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified http://www.wicanders.com/en/collections/corkcomfort/the-collection/
QU-Cork offers a limited lifetime structural warranty, and is certified by NWFA (National Wood Flooring Association), WFCA (World Floor Covering Association), US Green Building Council, and Greenguard Indoor Air Quality http://www.qu-cork.com/
Floor Score Certified, Low VOC Content finishes and adhesives, No added urea-formaldehyde resins, SCS Certified for Recycled Content http://www.expanko.com
Offers a fusion P.E.T. finish which carries a 15 year residential/5 year commercial wear warranty http://solidacork.com/products.html
Natural Cork & Almada Cork lines http://www.usfloorsllc.com/products/natural-cork-collection/traditional-cork-plank/
FloorScore® certified http://www.capricork.com/
EzCork Wide, Ez Cork Narrow, EzCork Wood & EzCork Stone lines available http://ecotimber.com