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Cork Flooring FAQs

Why should I choose cork-based flooring?

Cork floors are as durable. Often times they are longer wearing than other flooring products. Cork is a natural product that is considered a rapidly renewable resource. Cork is hypo-allergenic and it is resistant to mold, mildew and insects. Cork’s cellular structure is the perfect “insulator” – both acoustic and thermal.

Can cork floating flooring be installed in the kitchen or the bathroom?

Kitchens – “Yes”; Bathrooms – “NO!” Kitchens are the obvious places for cork flooring, but many people don’t realize that floating cork floors do very well in the most used room in the house. A floating floor can not be made water-proof, but it can be made water-resistant! By applying two coats of water based polyurethane over your Forna Cork floating flooring, you can reduce the risk of water damages caused by every-day spills.

Bathrooms are a different kettle of fish. A glue down application is the only option for a bathroom. The reason is not the cork, but the High Density Fibreboard (HDF) that makes up the Uniclic system. The HDF is water resistant but it can never be made water proof. The HDF layer is prone to “puffing”, or water absorption, when faced with high humidity. Many bathrooms can have humidity levels of 85%-100% (depending on the person using the shower!). These levels are considered disastrous for HDF.

How durable is cork?

Cork is an extremely durable product but like all surfaces it can be show wear. Cork flooring has been in use since the late 19th Century. The US Library of Congress installed cork flooring when it was being built. It opened its doors in 1897 – the cork flooring was and has remained beautiful and functional at this time!

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