Over recent years the use of cork flooring products have continued to grow. With many turning to cork for its sustainability features as architects seek greener building materials.
The history of cork has been said to stem back to before the birth of Christ being used in countless everyday objects.
These days, Portugal is home to 49.6% of the world’s Cork Oak forests. However, cork is being used across the world in sustainable projects.
For those wondering what all the hype is about, we thought take a look into some of the things that makes cork so popular.
Sustainability of Cork Production
There are a number of sustainable cork products emerging including Cork Wise’, a carbon negative flooring product that doesn’t use any PVC and is 100% sustainable.
Cork products are produced by stripping the bark from the cork oak tree. This process is done once every nine years to preserve the health of each tree.
In this time, the oak tree captures and stores additional C02 which actually makes the manufacturing process carbon positive.
Once stripped, the bark is then taken to the factory where it is heated to extremely high temperatures; a point at which it releases natural binding agents and is pressed into blocks.
Insulation benefits of Cork
In addition to it’s highly sustainable production process, Cork products are excellent for thermal insulation. In fact, cork has been used on spacecrafts since the 1950’s to protect the spacecraft from the spread of flames.
It’s performance as a thermal insulator only adds to the sustainability of this product. Increasing energy efficiency and reducing the cost of heating and cooling for the home.
Contrary to many people’s beliefs cork is extremely waterproof, which is why we’ve used it for decades to protect our wine.
Cork products hold strong when exposed to water and because cork absorbs so little water, it is very dimensionally stable.
AcoustiCORK products can be totally immersed in water for 30 days or more and show no signs of structural deterioration
As well as being an excellent thermal insulator, cork also has great sound absorption qualities that prevents noise pollution.
This makes cork the perfect product to control the travel of noise between different living units.
Soft Flooring Solution
Not only is cork soft on the ears, it also has great shock absorbing qualities making it soft on the feet.
This makes cork tiles a great choice for the elderly and also reduces the impact on the floor when dropping heavy objects.