Cork is natural plant material that comes from the bark of the cork oak tree. It’s cell structure resembles a honeycomb, enabling it to act as a natural thermal and sound insulator, as well as providing shock absorbing properties.
Cork flooring is perfect for domestic and commercial use. Cork offers the following benefits as a floor finish.
Cork is a natural acoustic insulator. Studies show that cork floors reduce walking sound by 53%.
Natural Thermal Insulation
Cork retains heat meaning cork flooring provides optimal temperatures year round.
Cork floors are very comfortable to walk on due to their natural flexibility. A test into walking comfort showed that after 45 minutes walking on five different materials, cork floors have a higher comfort perception than wood, laminate and ceramic floors.
Walking on very hard floors creates energy that moves upwards towards our muscles and tendons causing them to vibrate. This is caused by the impact of our heel with the floor. These vibrations, over time hurt our feet, legs and lower back. Floors that are too soft cause fatigue and aren’t easy to walk on. Think of walking on sand! Cork flooring delivers the perfect mix to reduce heel strike impacts but is stable enough to reduce effort and reduce body fatigue.
Corks elasticity and compressibility allows it to adapt to pressure. When compressed it doesn’t lose flexibility, recovering it’s initial shape and volume without suffering any damage. It bounces back from hard impacts giving you a very robust floor.
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