Eco-Friendly Floating Cork Flooring
floors are part of the current and very important trend toward
eco-friendly building materials. This durable, sound-absorbing wood
bark is most certainly worse than its bite. That is to say that the material we know as cork
is actually manufactured using only the bark of cork trees, bark which
regenerates over time so that it can be re-harvested without any
permanent harm to the tree itself.
Cork flooring comes in tiles or planks which snap together via a tongue-and-groove fabrication. Cork floors in general are floating floors; no nails, screws or other fasteners are used to install the flooring. Floating cork floors are relatively easy to install yourself
and may be laid over just about any surface, including carpet. Wedges
or blocks are used between the wall and the flooring on all sides
during installation to prevent movement. Cork flooring planks should be
acclimated to the room they’ll be floating in for at least a few days
before installation. An underlayment should always be used.
floors are considered “green floors” for their renewable traits.
Traditionally, cork flooring has been manufactured in planks that are
roughly three feet long and 12 inches wide. Now, however, in the effort
to conform to the familiar look of hardwood floors, cork floors are
available in much narrower planks.
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