Fusion Cork Floating Floors For Your Busy Space
Welcome to a little information on our Fusion Cork Floating Floors. A line we consider a shining example of what cork floors can do. Designed to be the Mt. Olympus of our cork flooring lines, Fusion cork floors are made to emulate the gorgeous grains of natural hardwoods while taking cork to a higher level of performance. Take our Teak, Ash, Barn and Pine Wood patterns for example. Lovely, durable and color-fade resistant, you don’t have to give up that lovely woodgrain look for a floor that can handle more.
What do we mean by handle more? Want a floor that can do sound and thermal insulation without the extra costs of paying for additional materials. Yes, our Fusion cork does that all in one. Natural cork, which all other cork products are made from was given this ability by mother nature, not artificially. So, you get a clean product that does its work naturally. And did you know, cork flooring helps keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. A cork floor can even help lower your heating and cooling bills, giving you more money in the pocket. The fact of this is found in cork’s genetic structure. Honeycomb-like, this hive structure incorporates billions of airtight cells that responds like memory foam. Thus, cork has a ‘give’ to it and can block the transfer of sound or thermal properties. With that memory foam-like ability cork is softer underfoot as well. So much more comfortable than hardwoods or ceramic. Try it in a bedroom. You’ll be singing its praises.
Now for the ‘fusion’ part. We have found an ideal formula to combine cork with PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) and phthalates free polypropylene. The top wear layer—a thin polypropylene embossed finish surface—of our fusion cork planks, which we term ‘vinyl’, is the same polypropylene product used to create children’s toys. It’s super tough, durable enough to compete with stone. And unlike traditional vinyl, which will show scratches, fusion cork flooring will not. But what’s even better is that our vinyl cork is still eco-friendly to produce, and most importantly, farmed from a sustainable resource, is non-toxic and biodegradable. Not only have we ensured that no toxic components are present in our vinyl planks—unlike those found in other PVC types of synthetic plastic polymer—natural cork is derived from the bark of the cork oak tree. No tree is cut down, not even harmed, during the harvesting process. In fact, these forests will out live you and I, making cork a 100% sustainable resource.
Currently available in 13/32inch or 10.5mm thickness, each fusion floor plank comes 8 ¼ inches by 47 ¼ inches in dimension. And are composed of a thin Polypropylene Embossed Finish surface fused to a 1/8inch layer of cork backing. A ¼ inch E1 Grade Moisture Resistant HDF or High-Density Fiberboard core middle layer comes next, followed by a 1/16th inch cork underlayment. Packed 5 planks per carton you get a total coverage of 16.28 square feet.
But that’s not where the buck stops. Go with our Fusion Cork floating floors for easy installation on top of great durability. Performance wise they will stand up to high traffic areas while bringing cork’s other great qualities into play as well. For you, it’s a win-win situation.
Unlike with glue down tile installation, the floating floor install is much easier and will require far less prep work on the subfloor. A floating floor can go over an old or existing floor, so it is easy enough to be a weekend DIY project.
Although glue down tiles are less expensive in the material purchase than its floating floor counterpart, where it will rack up costs is in the additional purchase of tools and accessories needed to complete the project. And that does not even include the hiring of a professional floor installer to do the labor.
Cork floating flooring basically features an interlocking tongue and grove system. We use the patented Unilic System. Planks are laid in a staggered pattern (male to female) and the pieces lock or snap together to keep the cork floor in place. As this process can be done over an old existing floor, the only things you will need to be careful about is making sure that the flooring over which you are laying the cork floor is level, dry and even. Be sure to follow instructions otherwise the final result will fall below expectations.
In addition to being easy to install, cork floating flooring also offers homeowners several other benefits. Fusion floating cork floors are exceptionally good-looking and are surprisingly easy to maintain. No need for harsh chemicals or frequent mopping. Sweep daily to minimize debris and mop every few weeks. It’s really that simple.
These are some basic features that most homeowners look for in prospective flooring. Often when you find a type of flooring that is easy to maintain, it ends up not being very durable. Or, if it is durable, chances are it may not look so good. With our Fusion cork flooring, you get all three benefits without a great number of drawbacks. Truly a cork floor will do more for you. And when it comes to sound control, cork has few competitors. At 13/32inch or 10.5mm thickness Fusion cork beats out its traditional vinyl competition by being a floating floor that can handle up to 1/2inch or 12mm thick underlay beneath it. This means even better sound dampening abilities when you do a cork underlay. In fact, our fusion cork flooring has an IIC rating of 18dB.
Don’t hesitate, visit us and learn more about cork today. Come see why it’s perfect for your home.