Cork Flooring, Cork Underlayment, Cork Laminate Flooring
Quality cork flooring, Durable laminate cork floor, Commercial cork underlayment
Cork flooring is great for a number of different areas including bedrooms, living rooms, and family rooms. Gain the comfort and warmth of cork flooring with this top quality, commercial-grade product. It is constructed to the highest industry standards and provides long-lasting durability. Greatmats offers an entire line of cork underlayment material for commercial and residential installations.
Our cork flooring is available as a laminate flooring product for residential installations. It is a wonderful option for people who are concerned about our natural resources.
Unlike hardwoods and other flooring products that come from the harvesting of trees, cork is completely renewable. This is because cork comes from the bark of cork trees. Removing the cork from the trees does not kill them so a single tree can provide materials over and over again.
Cork is one of the most environmentally-friendly flooring options available. A cork tree must be at least twenty-five years old before its bark can be harvested. Once a tree has matured, its cork can be harvested every eight to fourteen years without killing the tree. Cork trees can live up to 800 years. The typical life span is 150 to 200 years.
Cork comes from seven countries including Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Tunisia, Italy, Morocco and France. Of these, Portugal provides the lion’s share with 70% of the world’s cork coming from that country. The world's oldest cork oak tree was planted in 1783 in the Alentejo region of Portugal near the town of Aguas de Moura. This particular tree yielded one ton of raw cork in 1991. This is enough cork for more than 100,000 wine bottle corks versus the typical yield of 4,000 corks.
Already regularly used in several countries around the world, cork flooring is becoming more popular in the United States. This is largely due to its longevity, warm appearance, ecologically friendly qualities and other unique characteristics. Cork floors have been used in public buildings such as churches and libraries since 1898. It hasn’t been into much more recently that people have begun to discover the benefits to this material as a flooring option for their homes.
Cork flooring resists cracking and scratches. It is also unaffected by many solvents including gas. Cork flooring is also resilient. Cork can be compressed up to 40% and quickly returns to its original shape. Indentations in the flooring caused by furniture or other heavy objects will eventually disappear once those objects are moved. When properly cared for, cork flooring can last more than forty years.
Cork is a healthy product for your living environment. Cork flooring does not shed micro-fibers or negatively affect indoor air quality. For people who suffer with allergies, cork flooring is an ideal surface. It is antimicrobial and less likely to be affected by mold and mildew. It does not absorb dust or pollen, making it easier to rid the home of these potential allergens.
Cork is also extremely fire-resistant. It will only melt or ignite at extreme temperatures. When burning, cork generates less smoke and toxic fumes than many other flooring materials.
Cork flooring provides a comfortable cushion to stand and walk on. Because it is a pliable material, the floor is ergonomically beneficial and provides fatigue relief. The air in the material provides a slightly spongey surface. Cork is also a natural insulator of both sound and temperature. Rooms with cork flooring are generally warm and quiet.
Manufacturing cork flooring generates virtually no waste. In most cases, the material used for flooring is a byproduct from the manufacturing of cork bottle stoppers. The residuals are collected and ground to a powder. Binders are added to hold the ground material together. Afterwards, a pigment is added to create different colors and patterns. Lastly, a finish is applied.