Cork Flooring Laguna Niguel, CA

Cork floors have become quite popular over the last ten years. Originally, it only appeared in public and commercial spaces, but residential use increased around the 1950's. Its popularity peaked in the 1970's. but faded somewhat until recently when cork’s retro charm and eco-friendly demeanor brought it new acclaim. If you’re asking yourself if cork is right for you, here are a few cork flooring facts to help you make up your mind about this unique flooring material.

 
What is Cork?
Natural cork comes from cork tree bark. Scraps of bark are pressed and baked into sheets which are converted into tiles and planks. Most of the world’s cork comes from Portugal

Why You’ll Love it
Cork is flexible, springy and resilient. Its shock-absorbent qualities make it pleasant to walk and stand on. It also makes glassware and china less prone to break when dropped. Plus, it insulates and dampens sound beautifully.

Cork is also very environmentally sound. Cork trees can regenerate their bark after harvest, making it a renewable resource. Cork also has a very low allergen profile. It resists dust and contains suberin, a substance which naturally repels mildew, mold, rot and pests. It comes in a variety of textures and tones for a depth and richness that’s impossible duplicate. Cork can also be stained or dyed to any shade to suit your decor.

Installation and Care

Cork flooring usually comes in the form of tiles or planks. Planks will be made of either solid cork material or else an engineered laminate-style. The ladder is a cork veneer with an internal fiber-board component. Both varieties are available in either floating, or glue-down applications. The floating application locks together easily at the edges and is laid directly onto any smooth flooring surface where you wish to use it. Floating cork tiles are popular among DIY enthusiasts as they are easy to apply, and because mistakes are easily mendable. Avoid using engineered cork planks in areas that are prone to moisture as they can be absorbent and are likely to warp. Solid cork tiles are usually glued to the subfloor. Installation is simple, but it takes some prep work for the underlying surface to be made ready. If you wish to hide the seams or prefer custom-cut shapes, cork also comes in sheets. Installation will be trickier, however, so you may need to contact a professional contractor.