Cork floor: how to choose a quality material

When choosing finishing materials for their living space, most owners of apartments and cottages prioritize environmental safety. And this is indeed the right choice, since daily contact with a synthetic finish that emits carcinogenic substances can cause irreparable harm to your health.

In this sense, natural materials such as wood paneling and cork tiles are among the safest. However, their demand has led to the appearance on the market of decorative finishing of counterfeit products of low quality. This article will briefly outline the basic rules. How to distinguish quality and durable floor cork from third-rate products.
Criteria for choosing a quality cork: choose a cork floor made in the EU from European raw materials, in compliance with modern production technologies.
A high-quality cork floor is not only first-class raw materials, but also strict adherence to processing standards, as well as the conformity of the design of the finishing material to the production technology. At the moment, there are two most popular methods of flooring:
– No-glue or “floating” floors, consisting of cork tiles with interlocking joints.
– Adhesive, which are fixed on the surface of the base using adhesive mixtures.

High-quality cork tiles have the following properties:

  • Has clearly defined 3 main layers. The highest density is the medium layer.
    – The lower one is rather loose, consists of cork chips, its main purpose is to stabilize the coating on the surface of the base – it levels out small defects.
    – The outer decorative layer is a solid veneer – a cut of cork bark, glued to the base and treated with an environmentally friendly varnish. In high-quality cork tiles, the outer layer has the same thickness as the middle one – at least 2-3 mm. Only a layer of this thickness can provide the necessary thermal insulation characteristics, shock absorption, and sound insulation of the coating.
    Locks should be waxed to prevent moisture ingress and accumulation.
    The adhesive cork floor must be at least 4-6 mm thick. It consists of two layers, the first is high pressure pressed (agglomerated) cork chips, and the second is natural cork veneer. Both layers can have different thicknesses.

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