Have you ever wondered what is the soft flooring used in old museums, churches, or libraries? This soft, comforting wood is cork vinyl flooring and has been in use for a really long time. Let us understand what it is and its advantages for home décor.
What is it?
Cork is derived from the outer bark of the cork oak tree, Quercus suber. The tree needs to be about 20 to 25 years old, only then can it be used to harvest the bark. This bark is hard and has a very irregular structure. When a layer of bark is harvested, gradually a new bark layer will begin to grow on the tree. Thus, a tree can be harvested every 9 to 10 years. This gives the tree a chance to grow back the bark. One tree can produce several hundred kilograms of cork. If harvested carefully, the tree can survive for many years.
What makes cork flooring so popular is that it is environment-friendly. All one needs to do is clean the slabs of bark and boil them. Their rough outer surface is stripped and one can punch out the bottle stopper 'corks' from the best material in the slab. The remaining material is ground into small granules. This is mixed and baked into large blocks. This means there is 0% waste, thus, having no adverse effects on the environment. The flooring made from the harvested bark is very flexible, water-resistant, and airtight. It can be joined together and used as a durable floor covering.
Cork Flooring Tile
Cork flooring tile has a very stylish look and is easy to maintain. These tiles are water-resistant and can handle rough foot traffic. They give a very warm and relaxing ambiance to the room. They are antimicrobial in nature and are non-toxic. They are also mildew-resistant and do not emit VOCs (volatile organic compounds). This makes them good to be used in bathrooms and kitchens. They do not absorb the water, but they can stand water for long periods of time. They are ideal to be placed near a bath or shower. This is because they give a very comfortable and warm feel to wet feet.
There are plenty of uses of cork vinyl flooring around the house. You can use it as an underlay for walls, ceilings, and floors. You can use it as a baseboard and molding. Home decorators use cork vinyl tiles for living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways. It is available in rolls to be used as an underlayment.
You need to approach a professional for help with the installation of this flooring. Many professionals use water-based adhesives to install it. The tiles are given a protective coating with natural wax. Maintaining the flooring is also very easy as you only need to use a dry or damp mop to clean it.
The durability of this type of flooring is well-known and it is also famous for its resistance to wear and tear. It can do well in areas of temporary splashing and in slightly humid regions. It will add a natural honey-brown hue to your home, and make it warm and friendly.