What is Cork & Why is it so Unique
Resistance To Moisture & Liquid Penetration
Acoustical Insulation & Impact Noise Resistance
Difference Between Commercial & Residential Cork Floors
Cork & Vinyl Comparison
|Easy to Clean||Yes||Yes|
|Naturally Mold & Mildew Resistant||Yes||No|
|Increase Home Value||Yes||No|
Temperature and Energy Efficiency
Compare Glue-Down Tiles to Floating Floors
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Cork is different from other flooring materials but not difficult to work with. The key to remember is that you are working with wood in a tile form. So although you are laying it down in tiles, cork still acts like a wood. It must be acclimated before you install it. As a wood it will expand with heat, contract with cold, expand with higher humidity and contract with low humidity. During acclimation, the tile can alter its size and shape a bit and unfortunately, it may not expand or contract uniformly. This means that although the tiles can leave the factory perfectly squared, after acclimation either in transit or onsite, the tiles can be slightly out of square. The most common shift can be a slight shrinkage inward at the corners. Our general recommendation is to lay cork tiles in an ashlar pattern (brick) instead of on a grid layout so that your eye is not searching for the straight perfect lines. Cork is a natural material and will not appear as uniform as a vinyl tile.
Cork is different from other woods as it does not have a fibrous structure to help it maintain its shape. Hardwoods have long string-like fibers running horizontally through the planks. Hardwood will shrink or expand primarily in one direction across the grain.
Cork flooring has no structural fibers. If you look at the back of a floor tile, you’ll see that it is made up of small cork pieces. Whether they are coarse or fine, these pieces are simply mixed with a small amount of binder and heated to form the cork in large blocks that are then sliced down into slabs and tiles. This cork form is very durable but it doesn’t have the same dimensional stability that hardwoods have.