Have you ever thought about using cork for floors? Do you know the properties of this type of flooring and also its disadvantages?

cork floors

Cork floors are a new alternative that is beginning to establish itself thanks to some of its unexpected virtues. To be more precise, this is not exactly a new trend. It is rather a material that returns after a few decades, during which it was treated unfairly. Cork floors are a resistant, ergonomic, ecological solution, with good insulation and a different natural and striking appearance.

From the aesthetic point of view can be found in different finishes, shapes and sizes, although always under its characteristic appearance of irregular grain patterns. It is possible to apply dyes to obtain different colors or shades.

Can be found with manufacture similar to that of a laminate. That is, an upper layer of cork and underneath a base in another material such as MDF or even some wood such as pine or fir. And also on slabs or tiles. Therefore, cork floors can be glued to the subfloor or floating with adhesives or glues. It is the latter, the floating cork floors, that represent an authentic novelty in the sector.

Typically, these floors already come with a treatment applied (sealing, varnish …) however it is advisable to renew it after a few years, in order to avoid stains and seal the passage of moisture.

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Advantages of cork floors

  • Like bamboo floors, they are a green or renewable alternative. It is obtained from the bark of some trees, so it is not even necessary to cut them. The bark is fully regenerated in a few years and the environmental impact is very low when done with proper planning.
  • It gives a feeling of softness when stepping, very different from the other options. In certain areas it is considered a great advantage, for example in children’s rooms or gyms where heavy machines are not used and activities are carried out on the ground (yoga, gyms, exercises for pregnant women …). In addition, this natural elasticity of the cork floor is good for the joints and spine when walking.
  • These floors are antistatic.
  • Has a excellent moisture resistance, as long as it is not constant. There are no drawbacks for their use in kitchens, in fact, it is very common to see them in this type of environment.
  • Cork is a material that is often used in soundproof rooms when used as a wall covering, this effect is also achieved when used as a floor.
  • It is a very good thermal insulator, so it helps to keep the house temperature stable.
  • It regains its original state when it is dented when stepped on or when strong pressure is exerted on it.
  • The surface of cork floors is non-slip.
  • They are ideal for homes where people with allergies live. They do not generate dust, they repel mold and fungi. Suberin, a natural polymer, turns them into hypoallergenic.

Disadvantages of cork floors

  • Contrary to what it may seem, cork floors are not the cheapest alternative. You can find lower prices for laminates or vinyl. Although it is cheaper than solid wood or porcelain.
  • Although they are resistant, care must be taken when dragging heavy elements, for example mobile, as the deterioration can be significant. Use a blanket if you need to move furniture. Another alternative could be a multilayer parquet
  • Although many like the irregular and random design of cork, although it can also be said that it is not the taste of many others. Designs and options, although they exist, are limited.
  • It needs periodic maintenance, every few years it will be necessary to renew its finish.
  • Sunlight, if it is direct and constant, will affect its hue.