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Brown Cork Flooring Gallery

As we delve further into the 21st century, the ever-increasing concerns over defending the environment and preserving natural resources has brought an old friend back into the spotlight. Cork, yep that’s right. Cork flooring is made from the bark of the cork oak tree. Only the bark, which is carefully stripped from a still living tree. Its supply is circulatory as the bark regenerates and is harvestable every decade. New techniques and designs have given cork a variety of colors and styles and has made it an even easier to care for flooring. Join us.

White Cork Flooring Gallery

Cork flooring comes in many different styles, designs and colours. Now you can have white cork flooring that will suit any room in your home. At Forna we are proud to present out white cork flooring in several different patterns. White cork flooring is perfect for the minimalist in you. Picture your kitchen all white, walls, counter tops, cupboards and flooring. Use our white cork flooring tiles as your backsplash, or maybe a bar front, the possibilities are almost endless. Let the decorating diva in you come out use your imagination with our beautiful white cork flooring today beautiful white cork flooring.

Why Cork Flooring Is The Better Choice

Why Cork Flooring Is The Better Choice

In today’s market, we as consumers have been spoiled as far as the home products are concerned. The homebuilding and decorating industry is overflowing with a variety of designs, decors, floorings, tiles and more. Selecting one that really suits your needs and tastes has become a rather overwhelming thing to do. The truth is that while most of these building materials might look great on your walls and floors, not all are good for your health or for the environment. A lot of these building components contain volatile organic compounds which emit off gases or toxins that are harmful to you and your surroundings.

Why Cork Flooring Is The Better Choice

Why Cork Flooring Is The Better Choice

Cork is a naturally occurring substance that is both renewable and recyclable. It does not contain V.O.Cs and is completely free of formaldehyde, both in its natural and engineered states. Essentially what this means is that cork is a substance that is produced naturally and then is manufactured in a process that utilizes eco-friendly products to maintain its green certification, thus is absolutely healthy for everybody.

Top that off with the fact that no cork tree is cut down to provide the source material and you’ve got a winner. Cork trees naturally shed their bark every 9 to 12 years. This bark is expertly peeled by specially trained individuals without any damage being inflicted upon the tree. Cork tile is thus an ideal choice for floors of your home.

The tiles/planks come in a range of vibrant colors and designs that can carry very appealing and elegant textures. Cork tile can be used on walls as well as for flooring purposes. Wall tiles not only look very earthy and warm but also provide an interesting contrast, almost artistic.

Cork glue down tile flooring is a great choice for your floors. These work really well on new construction floors as this cuts out the stress of stripping and prepping old floors. Cork glue down tile flooring is a wonderful insulator of heat and is also very effective in noise reduction especially at 8mm+ thicknesses. Made up of hundreds of millions of sealed air-cells, much like a honeycomb, the air pockets present between the cellular walls are the essential characteristic of cork that makes it so buoyant and spongy. This soft nature makes the flooring ideal for people with who suffer from joint pains, a bad back or arthritis. Using such flooring in kitchens is one of the best ways to treat your legs well while you stand for long periods of time. Similarly this spongy nature makes cork very shock absorbent. Install it in a child’s room and worry less. A fall on a cork floor would reduce the severity of any injuries thru the cushiony property.

While there are several retailers that can provide you with cork floorings, don’t forget to look at direct distributors as well. This options allows for a higher chance of savings as often middleman add-ons can be avoided. So you as the customer receive the fairest pricing available. Online firms that assure low shipment costs are even better as they can help you do up your house on a tight budget.

Come learn more about cork and cork flooring today at iCorkfloor.com.

A better floor for your kids, cork for the play room

A better floor for your kids, cork for the play room

When cork was first made, you’d swear kids were a serious consideration for its purpose and function. Why? Because it is the only wood-based product that makes for a better floor where young kids are concerned. What you ask do we mean by this. Consider this. Most homeowners choose to go with carpeting in the bedrooms and playrooms of their homes because of its softness and ability to lessen impact injuries. No one wants their child to fall on a stone or ceramic floor while running about and playing. But did you know that cork can also provide a softer surface to play on.

A better floor for your kids

A better floor for your kids

Agglomerated cork floors are derived from the bark of the cork oak tree. Quercus Suber is a species found mainly in the Mediterranean region and over its very evolution, developed some amazing properties to cope with survival in such an area. Unlike its hardwood cousins, cork is softer and light weight in comparison. How? Because the very cells that make up the structure of cork is arranged similar to that of a honeycomb. These millions of minute chambers are airtight and closely packed together, so you get a material that acts like memory foam. Apply pressure and cork will contract, release the pressure and cork will ‘spring’ back into shape. Thus cork has a certain amount of ‘give’ to it that works great as a flooring product.

This cell structure also provides cork the ability to insulate against heat and sound transfer. Cork acts as a thermal barrier, so the ambient temperature in a room can last for longer periods. A/C air stays cooler longer on a hot summer day while winter nights stay warm and cozy. Cork absorbs or deflects sound, so loud kids at play are muted. That memory foam like quality is great for feet and joints, relieves back pain as well. Shock impact is absorbed by cork as it provides support for the body so it works very well on gym floors as well. Hospitals and physical therapy centers utilize cork floors for this very reason.

Cork is naturally warm to the touch, so your kids will never be playing on a cold floor. In fact they can run around barefoot and won’t complain.

Worried about a playroom floor that not only provides a comfortable play space but looks good doing it? Cork meets those concerns head on. Spill a little paint and carpets stain. A potty accident and you’ve got worries about discoloration and lingering smell. Cork is stain and liquid resistant. Spill some milk or juice and just wipe it up. Urine, no problem. Wipe, and go with a bit of a 10:1 diluted vinegar water solution for disinfectant. No need to use harsh chemical cleaners. Cork is antistatic and doesn’t collect dust and dander like carpet. Regular sweeping will keep it clean of debris.

No matter your playroom décor or theme, we’ve got a cork floor that will match. Whether it be the jungle or beach, a spaceship or race track we’ve got the flooring pattern that can compliment any theme. Try our Autumn Leaves or Logan patterns for a warm golden design. We’ve got Silver Birch and Crystal Oak for wood plank designs. Or if you just want a floor that can camouflage too many stains go with our Jett Black. Let your imagination be the limit.

I use bona floor cleaner on my wood floors. Would this be an appropriate cleaner for a cork floor as well?

Question:
I use bona floor cleaner on my wood floors. Would this be an appropriate cleaner for a cork floor as well?

Foran cork Answer:
Cork floors only need the very basic of care:

1. Weekly (or every few days) sweeping/vacuuming (beater bar “off”)
2. Weekly “damp” mopping – water only (microfiber mop head with lightly damp mop head – do NOT spray the floor with water)
3. Monthly (maximum 2/month) pH neutral floor cleaner in lieu of the “damp water” cleaning – microfiber mop head. Do NOT spray the floor with the mixture.

A pH neutral floor clear for hardwoods is all you need. There are several out there – Armstrong, Bruce, etc all make versions of them. We do NOT allow “Bona” products on our floors. They’ve given clients too many problems over the years.

As for ‘Mr. Clean’ we say “NO!”. Vinegar – NO! These cleaners can be used occasionally (1-2 per YEAR!!!!!) as a slightly deeper clean – but they must be WELL RINSED…as in 3-4 times. And that gets tough because an unsealed cork floor (without the 2 coats of finish) means you cannot allow too much water on the floor at any time. If you use the “deep clean” you could take 5-8 HOURS to finish cleaning the floors. You would rinse (not much water) and wait for it to dry. Then you would rinse AGAIN…and dry. And rinse again – and dry. And again – and dry. The drying time could be 1-2 hours. You can see how much fun that would be.

When searching for a pH neutral hardwood floor cleaner you are looking for:
1. Neutral (the word must be on the front of the bottle somewhere)
2. “For hardwood floors” – cannot be a LONG LIST of things – just hardwoods is what we are looking for – maybe laminate
3. “Does not leave a residue” – this is SUPER important
4. Do NOT purchase “shine” enhancers or anything that says “refreshes” or rejuvenates

Vinegar can be used – but sparingly. Vinegar is acidic. And acids ETCH the finish of wood floors = HAZING and cracking. As much as people think this is a ‘natural’ product, it is still too aggressive for wood floor finishes.

Questions about Cork Floor Fading and Yellowing

(07:54:37) Visitor 52891960: Hi. Do you have suppliers of this product in Saskatchewan?
(07:55:04) Cancork Floor : We are the direct distributor of all Forna products.
(07:55:10) Cancork Floor : We sell/ship directly to the homeowner.
(07:55:18) Cancork Floor : There are no independent dealers in Canada
(07:55:22) Cancork Floor : Other than us…that its
(07:55:32) Cancork Floor : Have you ordered your free samples?
(07:55:40) Visitor 52891960: How do people choose a colour if they can’t see it?
(07:56:05) Visitor 52891960: It is really hard to get a sense of what an entire floor will look like from a tiny sample
(07:56:10) Cancork Floor : They order their free samples
(07:56:18) Visitor 52891960: I have found this out the hard way
(07:56:29) Cancork Floor : The samples are for “colour” matching, the photos on the website are for “total room” appearance.
(07:56:44) Cancork Floor : I also have excellent understanding of how our floors “present” in a larger area.
(07:57:08) Visitor 52891960: May I have an idea of cost per square foot?
(07:57:10) Cancork Floor : Between the samples in your hand, the photos on the internet and my expertise, this shouldn’t be a problem
(07:57:18) Cancork Floor : Sure…which floor are you looking at?
(07:57:26) Cancork Floor : Glue down or floating?
(07:57:41) Visitor 52891960: it would be floating
(07:57:59) Visitor 52891960: and, are the floating floors a click type floor?
(07:58:25) Cancork Floor : As you can see from the website, the prices range from $2.69/sf – $4.69/sf depending on which colour/pattern/thickness/presentation you choose.
(07:58:38) Cancork Floor : Yes…click-together = floating.
(08:00:16) Visitor 52891960: I am looking for a low voc, non formaldihyde product
(08:00:51) Cancork Floor : We hit the “very low” VOC range for our products. The “no formaldehyde” = “no formaldehyde ADDED”
(08:01:21) Cancork Floor : Formaldehyde is found in all living beings. THerefore everything has a little bit of formaldehyde. THis is referred to as “back ground” formaldehyde levels.
(08:01:37) Cancork Floor : Our floors do not have ADDED formaldehyde = what you are after
(08:01:44) Visitor 52891960: Is the product suitable for kitchen and bath?
(08:01:56) Cancork Floor : Click together = kitchen = no problem
(08:02:12) Cancork Floor : Full baths require the glue down version = no problem with water/full baths.
(08:02:35) Cancork Floor : A “powder room” can use the click together floor (toilette + sink)
(08:02:54) Cancork Floor : Have you had a chance to look at all 70+ products on our website?
(08:03:04) Visitor 52891960: I see. If I chose the floating throughout except main bath, would pattern and colour still match?
(08:03:20) Cancork Floor : The answer is “yes” and “no”
(08:03:31) Cancork Floor : Not all of our patterns duplicate in the glue down option
(08:03:42) Visitor 52891960: Ok, I see. Thanks
(08:03:49) Cancork Floor : If you would like to have matching throughout, then you will need to work with a pattern that shows up in both formats.
(08:04:08) Visitor 52891960: Got it. Thank you for your help and information.
(08:04:11) Cancork Floor : I’ll give you a hint about cork flooring – everything is a “yes” and “no” answer.
(08:04:23) Visitor 52891960: Ha!
(08:04:30) Cancork Floor : Go ahead and shop our website. Order your free set of samples.
(08:04:36) Cancork Floor : The first 5 samples mail out for free.
(08:04:45) Visitor 52891960: thanks.
(08:04:46) Cancork Floor : Is there a particular colour/look you were after?
(08:05:11) Visitor 52891960: I need very neutral and lighter because I have such dark furniture.
(08:05:28) Cancork Floor : The natural colour of cork is “honey oak”.
(08:05:34) Cancork Floor : As cork ages, it becomes lighter.
(08:05:50) Visitor 52891960: that’s interesting, I thought it might get darker.
(08:05:55) Cancork Floor : Nope.
(08:06:12) Cancork Floor : The “finish” you are thinking about is the solvent based “oil based” polyurethanes
(08:06:12) Visitor 52891960: any yellowing?
(08:06:23) Cancork Floor : The solvent based “oil based” polyurethanes turn VERY yellow.
(08:06:33) Cancork Floor : These finishes will turn a white piece of paper “orange”.
(08:06:50) Cancork Floor : The water based finishes (used on all  our cork floors ) are clear and colourless
(08:07:48) Cancork Floor : The water based finishes (like the Loba on our website) is clear and colourless and does not yellow or amber over time
(08:08:26) Cancork Floor : The colour variation will be subtle. Because the sun swings through the sky through the day and through the year, you will get a gradient of fade throughout the floor.
(08:08:48) Cancork Floor : Most people don’t notice until they completely rearrange the furniture or “move out”.
(08:08:54) Visitor 52891960: Ok. Thank you again. I will have a look around.
(08:09:25) Cancork Floor : No problem. THe “whites” and the “gray” tones are much less likely to show fading – the stain protects them from changing colours.

Cork underlayment + polyethylene sheeting = most cost effective insulator on the market.

Subject: Cork flooring in a basement (with subfloor panels)

Message Body: Hello, I’m currently renovating my basement (approx 1400 sq. ft.), and am looking into different flooring options, one of which is cork flooring. I read the FAQ on your website regarding basements and using a vapor/moisture barrier on the floor, but I wanted to know if it is a suitable option to use an engineered subfloor panel (Home Depot link: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.2-ft-x-2-ft-engineered-subfloor-panel-system.1000112986.html). They are particle board with plastic moisture barrier underneath. I would likely still use a clear plastic moisture barrier on the concrete floor, followed by the subfloor panels, followed by cork underlay and finally the cork tiles or floating system.

Could you please let me know if this seems logical or if there are some other concerns or potential hazards? I like the look, feel and insulation value that the cork floor provides but am concerned about the possibility of moisture affecting the performance of the cork.

Thank you, Braden Deane

Answered by Cancork Floor:

Dear Customer,

We’ve received your flooring sample order and will ship that tonight with Canada Post. In your situation, I would “skip” the subfloor system. The cork underlay + polyethylene sheeting = most cost effective insulator on the market. The Dricore product you show is a “nice” product for a high price ($1.75/sf). Cost of installation for the panels will have to be calculated as well (some guys charge as much as $1.50/sf to put these down). Your square footage indicates you would need 350+ panels ($2446.50 for exactly 350 panels). Typically you will need 10% – 15% waste for the DriCore (ad another 35 – 40 panels to that number). And as you’ve discovered, you still need the polyethylene sheeting for the DriCore. The polysheeting is the moisture barrier. It is “industry standard” and will do everything you need it to do. In fact, that is the only moisture requirement we have in a basement.

I propose the 6mm cork underlay ($0.95/sf) + poly sheeting ($0.06/sf) and red duct tape ($9.99/roll) = a beautifully insulated basement for $0.90/sf. Add the cork floating floor and you are done. If you insist on having a HEAVY DUTY insulator, our 12mm cork underlay ($1.79/sf) is cheaper and faster to install than the DriCore and would provide double or even triple the insulation the Dricore would offer.

Personally I’ve seen 6mm cork underlay + cork floating flooring offer a 7 Celsius increase in temperature in a cold basement. The 12mm cork underlay + 11mm floating floor will raise the temperature in the basement by 12 – 15 deg. Celsius.

A glue down tile is not allowed in a basement. The warranty is void. Even if you use Dricore (and do everything right), you still can’t glue the cork tiles into place. The OSB surface on the DriCore will not allow the glue to “stick”. You would be forced to add MORE sheathing (subfloor grade 3/8” plywood) to the DriCore ($1.50/sf + screws + cost of install/time). And we still wouldn’t offer a warranty due to “improper installation”.

Your situation is unique to all others that have come before you. Ask yourself if “7 celsius” increase in temperature in your basement is “good enough” for you. If it is, then the 6mm cork underlay will be just fine. If you desperately need added warmth (because you can’t get the temp above 12 C without rerouting the entire heating system) then the 12mm cork underlay would be the next step. You can do away with the DriCore subfloor system. You don’t need it if you are using cork + cork. But then again, I’m biased J

Please let me know if there is anything else I can help with.
Best regard

Cancork Floor Inc

How to install a unheated space with cork flooring?

(10:35:23) Visitor 74789261: Hi, I’m leading the build of a yoga/shiatsu studio and my client would like to install a cork flooring. The building has a concrete slab and will NOT be heated permanently, as it’s off-grid in the wood in a vacation centre. Which of your product would best fit this application?
(10:35:45) *** Cacork Floor joined the chat ***
(10:35:54) Cacork Floor :Cork Glue down tiles with 3M 30NF Green Fastbond Contact Adhesive  
(10:36:24) Cacork Floor : As soon as it is “unheated” or goes without HVAC, the warranty is void – but then again so would ANY floor.
(10:36:53) Cacork Floor : In the Pacific coast region this is not much of an issue.
(10:37:10) Customer: I’m from Quebec
(10:37:11) Cacork Floor : IN more extreme areas the life of any floor will be reduced when exposed to extremes.
(10:37:57) Customer: The floor will go through temperatures from -25 to +25.
(10:38:13) Cacork Floor : Yep…reduced life expectancy = to be expected.
(10:39:34) Customer: What would be the best way to prevent damage, I’m thinking especially in terms of underglooring. I was thinking vapour barier plus foamy underlayment
(10:39:36) Cacork Floor : My shift is over – is there anything else?
(10:39:49) Cacork Floor : Please send your questions in an email
(10:39:57) Cacork Floor : Contact us
(10:40:29) Cacork Floor : The details of such an install are pretty tough to get done over a chat. It should take me 1-2 hours of typing to get it all down.
(10:40:43) Cacork Floor : Please send email with your question and I will try my best to answer tomorrow.
(10:40:55) Customer: Ok, thanks!

Email:

I happen to build a Yoga studio that’s going to be off-grid in the forest, here in Quebec. My client insists on using cork for flooring as it’s a natural, soft and “warm” material. I’m concerned because the building will be left unheated for long periods of time, so the humidity rate will fluctuate a lot. This would probably cause expansion and contraction to the floor, especially if it’s a floating floor, and could badly damage it if it happens too often or too quickly. A fireplace will be added to the room and I’m afraid that someone coming in the dead of the winter might make a fire too hot too quickly and the humidity rate would change rapidly.

The building is round, 27 feet of diameter inside. Right now the floor is a concrete slab. What would be your best product to tackle those challenges? I understand very well the fact that because humidity and heat will not be constent, your warranty will be void. I want the best option to mitigate my client needs with the conditions the building is into.

I was also considering installing a polystyrene insulation between the concrete and the cork floating floor for added insulation and protection from temperature differences between the top and the bottom of the board.

Please indicate me what solution you would recommend to me given the circumstances, and which of your product s best suited.

Cancour Floor Answer
Thank you for your email.

The best flooring for unheated space is cork glue-down tiles, but you must use 3M 30NF Green Fastbond Contact Adhesive to install the cork tiles. Ray cork installed cork tiles in a trailer in Winnipeg area 15 years ago. The cork floor still in very good condition.  You can call Ray about installation cork tiles. He provides cork glue down tiles installation service. (Ray 204-770-0200)

This is one of the toughest things you will do – install “indoor” materials in an unheated space in Quebec.  Everything you install will have a limited lifespan.  

A cork floating floor + 6mm cork underlay = a nice way to insulate the space.  This will do what the ‘polystyrene’ insulation would do without the big expense.  A cork floating floor in your situation may only have 7-15 years of life in it.  A carpet = 7-15 years of life.  Vinyl = 3-7 years.  Laminate = 3-10 years.  Linoleum = 5-15 years.  Hardwood = 5-15 years.  As you can see, everything we have that is “interior” grade is going to have a vastly shorter life span.  

Cork Glue down tiles is the best flooring for you. The down side of glue down tiles is installation requires more time. you may need a professional installer like Ray cork to install cork glue-down tile. Installation fee is more expensive than floating floor. …..

How to remove glue on the top of cork floor?

 

(05:01:59) Visitor 96145565: Can anyone give me advice on how to remove glue from my cork floor.
(05:02:14) Cacork Floor : What type of glue….on which side of the cork?
(05:02:21) Visitor 96145565: Im restoring a building and someone laid carpet tiles and glue on top
(05:02:24) Visitor 96145565: the top
(05:02:37) Cacork Floor : How old do you think the glue is?
(05:02:48) Visitor 96145565: a couple decades im sure
(05:03:00) Cacork Floor : What have you attempted thus far
(05:03:29) Visitor 96145565: nothing so far, not sure where to start. The glue is pretty much seeped in
(05:03:44) Cacork Floor : “Seeped in” would be very rare for cork.
(05:03:53) Cacork Floor : It would imply the cork was completely bare of finish
(05:04:27) Visitor 96145565: oh really?
(05:04:30) Cacork Floor : The first trick is always plenty of water – as hot as you can handle it and then scrape it off the finish.
(05:04:42) Cacork Floor : A finished cork floor = same as a finished hardwood = same stuff used.
(05:04:47) Visitor 96145565: okay sounds good we will try that
(05:05:01) Visitor 96145565: do you know of any companies that restores cork?
(05:05:12) Cacork Floor : Once 90%-99% of the glue is gone…you can then have the cork sanded and refinished.
(05:05:20) Cacork Floor : I do….in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
(05:05:27) Visitor 96145565: michigan?
(05:05:28) Visitor 96145565: lol
(05:05:47) Cacork Floor : Sorry – no.
(05:06:01) Visitor 96145565: oaky thank you for your help
(05:06:15) Cacork Floor : How thick is the cork?
(05:07:03) Visitor 96145565: not sure. I think it was laid when the building was build 1927
(05:09:36) Cacork Floor : The first thing you want to know is the THICKNESS.
(05:10:04) Cacork Floor : If the cork is too thin…you won’t be able to sand/refinish = no use trying to remove the glue because the fight to get the floor in shape won’t work.
(05:14:34) Visitor 96145565: how thick does it need to be to refinish?
(05:14:49) Visitor 96145565: or to be worth refinishing?
(05:14:56) Cacork Floor : 4mm or thicker…a 3.2mm “1/8” is too thin
(05:15:15) Cacork Floor : You’ll need to get out your metric tape measure and see how thick it is.
(05:16:45) Cacork Floor : If the floor is original to the house…and for 1920’s it is VERY possible it is…it is worth a HUGE amount of money as a restored “original cork”.
(05:18:46) Cacork Floor : Is there anything else I can help with?
(05:21:05) Cacork Floor : Good bye