Cork flooring is most often used in residential areas, as it retains heat well and complements the comfort of home. In addition, it is a completely natural and environmentally friendly material, which stands out from others by its "breathable" porous structure.
Manufacture of cork flooring and its types
These floor coverings are made of cork. The material, in turn, is made by grinding the bark of cork oak, which is further processed, heated and pressed under high pressure. At the end of the procedure, manufacturers receive a material called "suberin", which is used to make cork floors.
The cork is divided into three main types:
Floating. Represents square panels which thickness makes 11 mm. MDF or HDF boards are installed inside the product. Such floor coverings have a lock connection thanks to which they can be installed in the same way, as a laminate. They are used only in heated rooms, because they do not tolerate temperature changes.
Adhesive. These are products with a 5 mm protective coating. Before their installation carefully level the basis then plates fasten by a method of shrinkage on glue. This cork floor has no cracks, so it does not absorb moisture. Due to this, it can be used in kitchens and bathrooms.
Technical cork floors. Are used as secondary at creation of surfaces with sound and thermal insulation. Are made in the form of plates, granules and rolls.
The first two types can be safely used for home flooring. In the third case, the product is secondary, so it requires additional coverage, which can be the same ordinary cork floor.
Advantages and disadvantages of cork coating
In addition to the high level of environmental friendliness, the significant advantages of traffic jams include the following factors:
Antistatic effect. Cork floors do not accumulate electric charge, so they do not attract dust and are easy to maintain.
Moisture resistance. Due to the manufacturing technique, cork coatings do not absorb moisture.
Fire resistance. Products are impregnated with special solutions thanks to which become fire-resistant.
High level of adhesion. It is impossible to slip on such floor coverings.
Durability. The plug can be operated for up to 15 years.
Color fastness. Cork floors do not burn out when exposed to natural factors.
In addition, such coatings have orthopedic properties. Therefore, they are recommended for installation in children's rooms.
Of the disadvantages, it is important to note that cork floors are resistant to deformation. Dents may appear after walking on a cork on heels or installing heavy furniture. It is also not recommended to walk on such a floor in shoes with rubber soles, as it leaves marks on it.