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.
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
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
|(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.|
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:
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.
Cancork Floor Inc
|(06:56:27)||Visitor 74074667: Hello, I am considering using a 6mm cork underlayment for a glued engineer hardwood application on a concrete slab. The adhesive I am considering to adhere the cork underlay to the concrete slab is Bostik Vapor-Lock which has acoustic characteristics and using the same adhesive to attach the engineered hardwood to the cork underlay. The system would then provide acoustic value to everything except for the hardwood itself. Would this make for a good floor?|
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|(06:56:54)||Cancork Floor : Is the slab at, above or below grade?|
|(06:57:29)||Visitor 74074667: The slab is above grade, 8 th floor of a condo highrise.|
|(06:58:14)||Cancork Floor : Then a vapour barrier adhesive isn’t really needed. So long as the adhesive is rated for “concrete” and “cork underlay” you should be fine.|
|(06:58:42)||Cancork Floor : The “double stick” is one of the highest rated (most expensive) installs we have in the flooring industry.|
|(07:01:01)||Visitor 74074667: I was trying to enhance the acoustic rating by using an acoustic adhesive. The condo association wants a floating floor and I am trying to get them to approve a glue down system with better than normal acoustics.|
|(07:01:52)||Cancork Floor : Without knowing the ‘acoustic rating’ of the adhesive, it is super difficult to figure out how the adhesive will effect the rating for a cork underlay.|
|(07:02:18)||Cancork Floor : In theory the double stick is the best option (from a structural) stand point.|
|(07:02:54)||Cancork Floor : I’m not sure what the Bostik will do to increase the ratings. The 6mm cork underlay is accepted by 90% of condo boards = already approved.|
|(07:05:09)||Visitor 74074667: It appears the adhesive has a IIC rating of 50 for a 6 inch concrete slab, our slab is 8 inches. Would the adhesive affect/reduce the rating for the cork underlay or just add to it?|
|(07:06:09)||Visitor 74074667: The approval you mention, is it floating or glued application?|
|(07:06:34)||Cancork Floor : STC ratings are odd things.|
|(07:06:51)||Cancork Floor : The 6″ concrete = 28- 33 dB all by itself.|
|(07:07:22)||Cancork Floor : So 8″ concrete = 36-38″ dB|
|(07:09:16)||Cancork Floor : The adhesive in theory should add to the ratings of the cork…but the adhesive manufacturer must list cork and concrete as two of the substrates|
|(07:09:45)||Visitor 74074667: Yes they do, both.|
|(07:10:08)||Cancork Floor : Then the only thing you need are the right trowels for both formats of adhesive.|
|(07:10:48)||Cancork Floor : A cork underlay of 6mm would be regardless of installation application. The reason: 6mm of cork is 6mm of cork. That doesn’t change.|
|(07:11:01)||Cancork Floor : Have you received approval for 6mm cork underlay under your hardwood???|
|(07:12:11)||Visitor 74074667: Not as yet, our condo does not have specific criiteria, all they indicate is an acoustic padding.|
|(07:12:25)||Cancork Floor : Then the 6mm will pass.|
|(07:12:40)||Cancork Floor : It is rated as acoustic underlayment|
|(07:13:05)||Visitor 74074667: Can you provide me with the IIC acoustic rating for 6mm cork?|
|(07:13:20)||Cancork Floor : I have Delta IIC ratings for cork + cork underlayment|
|(07:14:52)||Visitor 74074667: What is Delta, I have not come across that term in my research?|
|(07:15:09)||Cancork Floor : How much time do you have today???|
|(07:16:36)||Visitor 74074667: Some, is it that complicated? A competiting underlay Dura-Son MB indicates a FIIC rating of 69|
|(07:16:54)||Cancork Floor : Yes…it should take me 3-4 hours of time to type it out.|
|(07:17:10)||Cancork Floor : FIIC = FIELD IIC testing = almost useless.|
|(07:17:22)||Cancork Floor : Go ahead and Google “Delta IIC ratings”|
|(07:18:19)||Visitor 74074667: It is interesting because some in the industry suggest that is a better indicator than the lab IIC.|
|(07:18:56)||Cancork Floor : Nope…Delta IIC is a PURE number that is ONLY for floor+ underlay|
|(07:19:19)||Cancork Floor : STC/IIC and FIIC ratings REQUIRE the EXACT floor/ceiling assembly as tested = never happens.|
|(07:19:39)||Cancork Floor : If you require more help…please send an email: via contact us|
|(07:19:52)||Visitor 74074667: I am trying to provide a communication to the Condo Board that they may understand and accept.|
|(07:20:02)||Cancork Floor : Please click the contact us link|
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|(10:09:14)||Visitor 41003281: I can’t seem to find the % of density of your cork tiles, can you help?|
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|(10:09:38)||Stephanie McCarthy : Cork glue down tile density?|
|(10:09:55)||Stephanie McCarthy : roughly 550kg/cubic meter|
|(10:10:16)||Visitor 41003281: Is that for all types?|
|(10:10:21)||Stephanie McCarthy : pretty much|
|(10:10:34)||Visitor 41003281: Thank you|
|(10:10:35)||Stephanie McCarthy : That is the level needed to create a floor tile.|
|(10:10:41)||Stephanie McCarthy : The cork underlay is different|
|(10:11:14)||Visitor 41003281: What i am surching for are tiles to glue|
|(10:11:40)||Stephanie McCarthy : no problem…the 3 wall tiles have a slightly lower density but still higher than the underlay|
|(10:11:59)||Stephanie McCarthy : This is for a floor application?|
|(10:12:07)||Visitor 41003281: Yes|
|(10:12:44)||Stephanie McCarthy : All of them are same level of quality|
|(10:12:51)||Stephanie McCarthy : Just different thicknesses.|
|(10:13:34)||Visitor 41003281: Thank you for your help and excuse my english, I’m french.|
|(10:13:46)||Stephanie McCarthy : No problem. Have fun.|